Field Course South Africa: EcoSavvy
In this 14-day Ecosavvy course, you will gain a good understanding and usefull skills in trails guiding, tracking skills and leadership. It is based on practical, experiential learning. You will improve your ability to read your immediate surroundings and deepen your connection to nature. In addition to focusing on identifying and interpreting the tracks and signs left by the incredible diversity of South African wildlife, you will become more at home in nature and focus on different life skills needed to lead a group of people on a journey of risk and opportunity.
This course takes place in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (part of the Greater Kruger). You and your international team will spend 10 nights in mobile tented camps, and three nights will be spent under the stars (without tents) on the “Primitive Trail”.
A maximum of eight participants ensures personal attention from course leaders and as much first-hand experience as possible. All participants are welcome, both professionals seeking further education and nature enthusiasts eager to join for their personal experiences.
Upskill yourself and get an official CyberTracker Universal Tracker certification.
- Experience the exciting world of wilderness trails in the "big game" country of South Africa
- Explore the bush with tracking and sign experts, watch them in action and get hands-on training
- Learn essential skills needed to navigate wild landscapes
- Develop fundamental life skills associated with leadership, decision-making, group management, strategic planning, systematic problem solving and risk assessment
- Spend 4 days out on the Primitive Trail
- Get an official CyberTracker Universal Tracker Certification
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Included in the programme fee
- Placement in the programme
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Assistance with selecting travel insurance
- Assistance with booking flights
- Risk coverage certificate
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Note: The price stated above is an approximate value. Due to sharp fluctuations in the exchange rate of the South African Rand, the final price for this trip will be calculated at the time of enquiry based on the latest exchange rate.
Trails Guiding Skills, Tracking and Leadership Course
While studying in our intensive EcoSavvy course, you spent an average of seven hours daily in the bush. A unique highlight of this course are the four days on Primitive Trail, experiencing the hunter-gatherer way of life of our ancestors.
Arrival and orientation in South Africa
You either have to book a flight to Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit) or fly to Johannesburg and take a shuttle bus to Hoedspruit. According to your arrival time, you will be met by a staff member and taken to the camp in Timbavati. This transfer is included and takes approximately 1 hour. All participants are welcomed with camp orientation followed by a bush and trail safety briefing. There will be an activity on the first afternoon. This could be an introductory walk. You will be brought back to Eastgate Airport at the end of your course before continuing your journey or returning home.
Tent Camp in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
The basic tented camp is located in a breathtaking setting: Under giant jackal berry trees along a dry riverbed. In dome tents, two participants are accommodated together at a time. Mattresses and pillows are provided. Please bring a sleeping bag. The "bush bathroom" consists of pit-fall toilets and bush showers under trees, open to the astonishing view of the surroundings. There is no electricity, cell phone signal or Wi-Fi. This course is fully catered, and all meals, tea, coffee and juice will be provided. You will spend the first eight and last two nights in this tent camp.
Activities while based at the tent camp
This course will give you the insight needed to spot, interpret and follow tracks. This hands-on learning experience will sharpen your situational awareness, as even the smallest details reveal a wealth of information about your immediate surroundings. At the same time, you will train how to safely guide people on foot through a potentially dangerous environment.
During your time at the tented camp, your day will begin before sunrise. You will go on two bush walks daily. Midday will be spent eating, relaxing and attending a presentation at the camp. The evening is spent around a campfire.
Primitive Trail - Four days becoming one with nature
A Primitive Trail is an alternative, immersive way to explore nature. There are no set routes or predefined campsites. It's just you, your backpack and endless possibilities. The only restricting factors are limited access to water and the powerful midday sun. You will navigate the wilderness according to your interests, skills and pace. Led by professional wilderness trails guides, each with thousands of trail experience hours, you will spend three nights self-sufficient in the wilderness under the stars (no tents).
CyberTracker Universal Tracker certification
Back at camp, you will spend the last full day of the course taking the CyberTracker exam. You will be assessed in the form of a practical field test. To begin with, each participant will be asked to give their interpretation of the tracks and sign at hand. Errors will be corrected and explained throughout the duration of the exam. For the evaluation, the apprentice tracker receives a percentage.
Leisure time at your EcoSavvy Course
Your days are packed with one adventure after another. However, during your time at the camp, you will have a few hours of free time around noon. This time can be used for showering, having a nap or reading.
Day 2 - 7
A typical training day at the tent camp
Day 8 - 12
Last morning of the course and departure
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“[...] sleeping under the stars and waking up in the middle of nowhere, without walls or tent around you, just surrounded by rocks and trees. I never felt so connected to nature before!”
“I particularly liked the fact that you get a completely new view of nature and actually learn to become a part of it.”
1. Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is a paradise on earth for nature enthusiasts and admirers of the unique diversity of African wildlife and vegetation. It covers 53,392 hectares between Hoedspruit (Limpopo) and Acornhoek (Mpumalanga). Without a fence, it borders the Kruger National Park in South Africa. White lions, as well as the other large mammals of the African Big Five, roam freely in this area.
Enabling life-changing experiences
This course focuses on the essentials and removes the unnecessary. You will be free from distractions. Free from a noisy mobile phone. Free from your ever-growing inbox. This authentic wilderness immersion will deepen your appreciation for yourself, your social surroundings and the natural environment — a pure, grounding sensation.
We hope that with trips like this, we can motivate people to be environmentally conscious. We want to empower people to apply their understanding of conservation to their personal lives upon returning home.
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