To participate in this course you must be at least 18 years old and have a good knowledge of English. You don’t need any specialist knowledge. It's far more important for you to be interested in nature, enthusiastic about wildlife and willing to gain new knowledge. We will also require a certificate of vaccination and a doctor's certificate confirming that you are healthy and fit enough to take part in the course. Before departing to Southern Africa. We recommend that you apply early as experience has shown that your chance of obtaining a place in the project is better if you do so. If you have further questions please feel free to contact us anytime.
Your journey begins by arriving in Johannesburg one day in advance, where you will be picked up and brought to the course. An EcoQuest is an opportunity to experience the unique natural landscape of southern Africa at first hand in a short space of time. You will learn the fundamental aspects of a ranger’s typical training. This course is particularly suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about nature as a habitat. This provides an introduction to the ranger course for anybody who is interested in working in the field.
Professionally trained course leaders will guide and support you throughout your time in Africa. They will draw on their wealth of experience to provide you with fascinating insights into life in the wild. You and your group will go on trips through the fascinating landscape twice a day for a close-up encounter of wild animals. The excursions will teach you how to orientate yourself in a natural environment in addition to providing valuable information about native animals and their habits. Delve into the breathtaking landscape of South Africa and Botswana, and unleash your passion for adventure. You will return to Johannesburg once the course is over.
We realise that some of the people on our projects in Southern Africa want to see as many animals as possible in their natural environment. However, this is dependent on a number of factors. Please note that NATUCATE makes no guarantee that you will see a variety of animals, in particular the big five, as nature doesn’t always give us what we want. To make such a guarantee would be unprofessional and against our corporate philosophy.
Your accommodation for the duration of the EcoQuest course in Southern Africa will be in either stilt houses (Makuleke) or two-man tents (Mashatu). When staying in Makuleke you will have access to your own bathroom attached to the stilt house. Shared bathrooms are available in Mashatu. All camps have a large common room for training, eating together and spending evenings with the group. The camps are not fenced in, and tourists have no access to the site. This gives you a special connection to the natural environment and allows you to enjoy the remoteness of your location.
You will be provided with an early morning snack, a hearty brunch, a light midday meal and a hot meal in the evening. Tea, coffee and tap water are available throughout the day, and fruit juice is also provided at mealtimes. The camp is not connected to the electricity grid, but gets the power that it needs from generators. This means that you will have some ability to charge electronic devices when the generators are up and running. A laundry service is also available in return for a small fee. The camps use solar lamps and satellite telephones for emergencies, as mobile reception is generally quite poor.
Everybody interested in our Wilderness Experience should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.