Unleash your potential with EcoTraining – become a qualified safari guide!


As we step into the New Year, consider making it a year of transformative experiences and your positive impact on the planet. EcoTraining, a pioneer in sustainable tourism and conservation education, invites you to embark on a journey that not only explores the wonders of our planet, but also contributes to its preservation.

Why Choose EcoTraining?

Founded over three decades ago, EcoTraining stands as a beacon for connecting individuals with nature and nurturing a sustainable future. Operating across Southern Africa and Kenya, the organization offers unparalleled field guide programs set against the backdrop of breathtaking wilderness camps.

Whether you’re an adventurer at heart, a student seeking knowledge, or someone passionate about nature, EcoTraining has crafted programs to suit you. The essence lies in learning about the natural world while immersing yourself in its beauty.

Choose a resolution backed by credibility. EcoTraining’s courses are endorsed by prestigious associations like the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and accredited by the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority of South Africa (CATHSSETA).

No matter where the year takes you, EcoTraining brings its programs to your doorstep with a range of online courses. Explore the possibilities and kickstart your resolution journey HERE.

Make this the year you transform your aspirations into reality. Dreaming of becoming a field guide? EcoTraining’s premier courses and training await you. Discover your options HERE and start on a fulfilling career path.

In a phase of transition? Opt for a conservation gap-year and enrol in the one-year Professional Field Guide course for a truly enriching experience.

Tailor your resolutions with EcoTraining’s diverse short courses. Their flexibility allows customisation based on your specific needs and interests.

Whatever you choose, anticipate a year filled with immersive, hands-on adventures deepening your understanding of the natural world. Plan your eco-friendly journey with EcoTraining’s course calendar.

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Benefit from the wisdom of EcoTraining’s experienced and passionate instructors. Your 2024 resolution to become a field guide or a conservation-conscious traveller is just a step away.


Still undecided? Allow the testimonials of previous students to inspire your New Year resolution here. Let their experiences guide you toward making an informed decision.

Overall, EcoTraining allows you to connect with nature, gain valuable insights, and contribute to a brighter future for our planet. Start your resolution journey now!

EcoTraining Guides & Guardians is located at Shop No 5A, Corner of Van der Merwe and Ehmke Streets, Nelspruit. For bookings, call +27 (0) 13 752 2532 | +27 (0)71 895 8658; email enquiries@ecotraining.co.za or visit them online at www.ecotraining.co.za today.


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About us

Actually, Home Food and Travel offers a lot more than just reviews of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.  We also visit great destinations, receive advice from interior designers and stop to smell the roses and taste the coffee.

Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

Home Food and Travel advice on finding the right accommodation

So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

On the road to great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities

If you’re driving, be safe and make use of all the wonderful farm stalls that populate South Africa’s open roads.

If you overhear somebody asking a lot of questions or see someone taking photos of empty bedrooms chances are it’s one of our Home Food and Travel team members.

We’re out looking or those great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.

See you on the road!


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