EcoTracker 7 Day Course
Learn to track on foot in the African wilderness
At a glance
EcoTracker is the ultimate wilderness immersion. This course is operated by our African training partner, EcoTraining and takes place in remote wilderness areas of Botswana and South Africa with our African training partner organisation, EcoTraining. EcoTracker will engross you in all aspects of tracking animals: track and sign identification, trailing and survival techniques of wildlife. The courses are led by expert Shangaan trackers.
South Africa / Botswana
Next start date
16 April 2017
6 nights / 7 days
Online or on location?
Who is this for?
For those interested in understanding the African bush and tracking animals on foot.
Prices start from US$1200 for 7 days including tented accommodation and all meals
Upcoming course dates
16 April 2017
25 August 2017
12 October 2017
14 November 2017
5 December 2017
EcoTracker aims to contribute to the preservation of indigenous wilderness skills and the conservation of the Earth’s last wild places. Our instructors are certified by the acclaimed Tracker Academy – the first and only accredited tracker training school in South Africa. Students on the EcoTracker course will get a taste of this knowledge from Shangaan trackers who have dedicated themselves to mastering the skills of traditional hunter-gatherers.
For those wishing to complete and pass the appropriate testing at the end of the course, you will be awarded a FGASA endorsed tracking certificate.
The course price includes accommodation in fully equipped two person tents with bedding, all meals and professionally trained guides.
SKILLS YOU'LL GAIN
There are two major aspects to tracking of wildlife – track and sign interpretation, and trailing (following animal trails). EcoTracker includes hunter-gatherer techniques as part of the course. All aspects of tracking take years to master.
Track and sign interpretation – this component of animal tracking looks at the signs left by invertebrates, amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals. All learning takes place in the field using field guides, photographs and presentations to supplement practical training.
Trailing – this component involves following tracks to find the animal. Mastering trailing takes years, and this aspect of the course requires a relatively high level of fitness and an ability to focus mentally. EcoTracker’s instructors are among the best animal trailers in South Africa, and we pride ourselves on our ability to teach this complex skill.
Students will have the opportunity to practice trailing wild animals themselves – under the watchful eye of an EcoTracker instructor. Interpreting mammal and bird alarm calls, animal behaviour and assessing the age of tracks form part of the trailing skill set.
Hunter-gatherer techniques – Southern Africa’s indigenous peoples survived off the land for centuries. EcoTracker’s instructors will teach you how to build traps using only natural materials, show you how to find birds’ nests, water and edible fruits.
This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of track and sign interpretation. The assessment at the end of the course is endorsed by FGASA for those who wish to try and achieve certification. Depending on the seasonal movement of animals in the area, students may be afforded the opportunity to follow or trail animals on foot.
During your course, you should encounter some (or if you’re lucky, all) of these fine animals. Sightings aren’t guaranteed of course, but you never know!