Their passion and knowledge was infectious and the course was unbelievable to say the least. Lex was so willing to share everything with us as well as how to take photographs in the bush and he never missed a detail on leopard behaviour. From Kimbian, his tracker, we learnt that tracking were indeed a very important part of guiding, especially when it comes to the elusive spotted cats. Anton's passion and knowledge and his way of sharing this made us never want to leave.
After finishing the course, I was very lucky to get a job as a guide at Elephant Plains, it was heaven! I did not sleep at night. After entertaining my guests at dinner each evening, I would take my game viewer out to search for leopards. EcoTraining still had their camp on the property and they had a new trainer, David, who was always willing to help. He would sit on the trackers seat often when he had no students, man the spotlight and tried to find leopards with me. He taught me more trees than we found leopards but I learnt so much from these nights out.
EcoTraining, Lex, Anton and Kimbian gave me everything that has made me who I am today, made all my dreams a reality and ultimately ensured that my passion be used for the good of not only my life but hopefully all leopards worldwide. From my own fantastic training I have helped set up guide training in Namibia at Erindi which is breaking ground as nothing like this exists in the country yet. Today, EcoTraining students come to Erindi for their practical and many have stayed on as permanent guides. Thanks to EcoTraining’s standards and fantastic courses over so many years, Namibia is now developing a higher guiding standard.
EcoTraining will give you the very best chance you can wish for to follow any dream in wildlife, not only for guiding. It is the people of EcoTraining that are saving the world of wildlife by training and
inspiring their students.