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Safari Guide Experience in Africa

Dependent on location, this Safari Guide experience from our African training partners, EcoTraining is either 21 or 28 days. Whether you’ve chosen a professional career linked to wildlife or nature, have just finished school and are on your gap year, if you’ve possibly taken a career break or are a regular traveler to the bush, this exerience is for you. It is structured to maximise practical experience in the bush. Each day allows for hours of time spent in the field interpreting the ecology and enjoying a wildlife experience.


South Africa, Botswana or Kenya


School leavers, students, career and gap year individuals, sabbatical takers, interns, volunteers, anyone keen to develop a deeper understanding of the bush


Prices start from USD 2,500 for 21 days or USD 3,400 for 28 days including tented accommodation and all meals



Ever dreamt of being a safari guide - well this is the experience for you.  One month disconnected from the world and immersed in the wilds of Africa.

Detailed Overview

This experience is EcoTraining’s signature course consisting of 21 or 28 adventure-packed days (dependent on location) living in and learning about nature and ecology at our wilderness camp. You will take part in a variety of learning activities, while driving and walking in some of the most stunning areas of Africa with our trained guides.

The Safari Guide course is aimed at those wishing to experience a bush holiday, while also learning about the environment they are in. A month of living and learning in nature at our wilderness camps (Selati and Karongwe in South Africa, Mashatu in Botswana or Lewa in Kenya) will provide you with the practical and theoretical knowledge of the natural environment.

The basis of this course was first developed in 1993 and was the first of its kind in the safari industry. It is for those who are passionate about nature, and who would like a more in-depth experience and understanding of it.

All accommodation is within the EcoTraining wilderness camps and consists of two people sharing tents. Pricing includes all meals for the duration of your stay.

The Story

This experience operates in conjunction with our partner organisation, EcoTraining, in their wilderness camps in Southern Africa.  

EcoTraining was started in 1993, when a few forward-thinking young guides from several safari lodges realised the need for a formal nature programme.  The EcoTraining mission is to educate people on the importance of the wilderness and especially the processes that drive the natural ecosystems of the world. The hope is that participants, armed with this knowledge go out and make a difference to the way they look after the planet in their day-to-day lives.  

EcoTraining has four permanent camps – three in South Africa and one in Botswana, collectively accommodating a maximum of 80 people at any one time – as well as temporary camps in Kenya and Zimbabwe. EcoTraining has hosted more than 10 000 people, young and old, from all over the world and from many walks of life. Our experiences are run in simple unfenced bush camps in the middle of great wilderness areas, where participants get to truly experience what it is like to live in wild places.


Our tented camps are located in wildlife conservancies and we aim to minimise our impact on the environment. All accommodation is in two person tents including bedding. Our camps are unfenced meaning that we often have many different wild animals visiting our camps during the day and night. All meals are included in any stay including early morning breakfast, brunch, afternoon meal and dinner. Alcohol purchases are additional.

Specific details on what to bring to your EcoQuest experience will be provided.  We aim to ensure that you walk away from your EcoQuest experience eager to return again soon.