EcoTraining and the Nakavango Conservation Programme have teamed up to offer this nature guiding course in Zimbabwe!

The Nakavango Conservation Programme has teamed up with EcoTraining, pioneer and leader in field guide and nature training, to offer a 55-day nature guide training course at The Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve near Victoria Falls.

et-logo-e1381497435345The shared ethos between the EcoTraining and Nakavango Conservation Programme teams makes this partnership a natural synergy. EcoTraining are all about reconnecting you to the natural world through educational, exciting and life-changing wilderness experiences and Nakavango is all about making a difference through the integration of conservation, education and community. Although EcoTraining specialises in the training of nature-guides, EcoTraining is first and foremost a passionate conservation business.  The EcoTraining team believe strongly in the importance of wilderness and wild places for the health of our planet and its inhabitants including ourselves.

The Nakavango team envisages the Nakavango Conservation Centre being recognised for its high standards in the conservation and community work achieved, and experiences and education offered to students and volunteers, thereby enriching the lives of all people involved, and simultaneously preserving the unique natural environment of the Victoria Falls area for future generations.

If you intend to enter the guiding industry as field guide or if you’ve chosen a professional career linked to wildlife or nature, this EcoTraining FGASA endorsed Level One course is for you. Every minute of your 55 days will be a learning experience, being constantly exposed to the bush. This comprehensive nature guiding course is endorsed by FGASA (the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa), incorporating over 16 modules: Introduction to the natural environment and biomes, Creating a guided experience, Geology, Astronomy, Weather and climate, Basic ecology, Basic taxonomy, Plants and grasses, Arthropods (Insects & relatives), Amphibians, Reptiles, Fish, Birds, Mammals, Animal behaviour, Conservation management and Historical human habitation. Students will also gain skills in off-road driving, application of conservation management practices, guiding and hosting clients, navigation and orientation, radio procedures, plus identification of tracks and signs in the bush.  The broad spectrum of subjects will be covered in a formal lecture structure as well as out in the field where nature will be the classroom. Although the course is based at Nakavango on the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve, students will enjoy visits to the Chobe National Park in Botswana, the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe as well as the extraordinary Victoria Falls, within the Victoria Falls National Park. This allows students on this course to enjoy the additional benefit of experiencing different areas, wildlife, biomes and biodiversity.

Our courses are endorsed by FGASA

EcoTraining courses to be hosted at Nakavango in 2016: Dates to be advised

While this course forms the foundation for a career in field guiding (and many other wildlife orientated careers), many participants enrol onto this course for a gap year experience or extended bush holiday. Participants older than 18 years, holding a valid driver’s license and from all walks of life are invited to enroll.

Participants will have the opportunity to attempt their EcoTraining and FGASA Level 1 qualification, by successfully completing a theoretical and practical assessment. These assessments will be conducted by EcoTraining instructors (who are accredited FGASA assessors) at Nakavango, during the course.


Duration: 55 Days, Course consisting of over 50 modules, Varied facilitation methods

  • Theoretical lectures and support
  • Formative and summative Theoretical assessments
  • Practical demonstration, training, simulation, workshops and mentorship
  • Formative and summative Practical evaluations
  • Individual written assignments
  • Individual oral presentations
  • Group debates and discussions
  • Educational documentaries and excursions
  • Problem-based learning – Group & Individual

Admission requirements into course:484303_555161637851301_809384744_n

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Driver’s license·
  • Recognized First Aid qualification (First aid course offered on site the week before course commences, if required. Please inquire)·
  • Motivational letter explaining reasons for wanting to do the course
  • 4 x Passport photos – colour
  • 4 x certified copies of Identity Document
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

Phone: +263 13 41005/7
Fax: +263 13 41003
Cell: +263 775 640 351

To be eligible for this project you need to be 18+ and have a keen interest for conservation, nature and working with people, and have a driver’s license. You will be required to operate a stick-shift/manual off-road game viewer vehicle throughout your training and evaluations.



  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • All lectures, week day field activities and community visits


Flights to and from Victoria Falls, and any other means of transportation not mentioned.

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