New partnership promises transformation in guiding industry in Eastern Cape

Aug 18, 2023 | WFA News

[Gqeberha, Friday 18 August 2023] – Wilderness Foundation Africa, renowned for its conservation efforts and commitment to sustaining the natural world, and Ulovane Environmental Training, a leading name in accredited field guide training, are excited to announce their strategic collaboration aimed at transforming the guiding industry in the Eastern Cape.

The partnership combines the extensive expertise and resources of both organisations to create a pioneering training program for aspiring Field Guides. Drawing upon Wilderness Foundation Africa’s conservation legacy and Ulovane Environmental Training’s hands-on approach, this initiative promises to promote transformation in conservation, foster environmental stewardship, and enhance eco-tourism experiences throughout the province.

The pilot programme will take place at Tanglewood Conservation Area, a property located within the “Bushman’s River Corridor” in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, which forms part of the broader Albany Biodiversity Corridor vision: a proposed ecological corridor that will extend from Addo Elephant National Park to the Great Fish River Nature Reserve. In 2021, Tanglewood was established as a catalyst for corridor expansion, ecosystem restoration and socio-economic opportunities in the region.

About Wilderness Foundation Africa:

For more than 50 years, Wilderness Foundation Africa has been at the forefront of conservation, dedicating itself to safeguarding wild spaces, flora, and fauna across Africa. Whether it is direct action anti-poaching, landscape wilderness management, developing young leaders from disadvantaged communities, or the development of innovative finance solutions, Wilderness Foundation Africa focuses on lasting impacts.

About Ulovane Environmental Training:

With a 24-year track record of excellence, Ulovane Environmental Training has earned a stellar reputation for delivering industry-leading field guide training in South Africa. Their immersive courses combine theoretical knowledge with practical experience in diverse ecosystems, empowering students to become expert guides with a deep appreciation for nature.

The Guiding Industry Transformation:

The collaboration between Wilderness Foundation Africa and Ulovane Environmental Training signifies a landmark step in transforming the guiding industry in the Eastern Cape. The partnership will open pathways into conservation for previously disadvantaged young people in the region, and offer aspiring Field Guides an unparalleled opportunity to obtain comprehensive training, fostering a new generation of ecologically-conscious and knowledgeable guides.

Benefits to the Guiding Industry:

  1. High-Quality Training: Through this unique collaboration, aspiring Field Guides will receive world-class training, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and ethical principles needed to lead responsible and impactful wilderness experiences.
  2. Conservation Stewardship: With a strong emphasis on conservation education, trainees will gain a deep understanding of the region’s ecosystems and wildlife, fostering a sense of responsibility for preserving South Africa’s natural heritage.
  3. Enhanced Eco-Tourism Experiences: Visitors to the Eastern Cape can look forward to richer, more immersive eco-tourism experiences led by local expert guides who possess a profound connection to the environment.
  4. Community Empowerment: The collaboration aims to create employment opportunities within local communities, promoting sustainable tourism and conservation as means of economic growth and empowerment.
  5. Positive Environmental Impact: With a strong network of trained Field Guides, the initiative will contribute to ongoing research, monitoring, and conservation efforts in the region.

As the collaboration unfolds, Wilderness Foundation Africa and Ulovane Environmental Training remain committed to elevating the guiding industry, cultivating a generation of passionate conservationists, and nurturing a lasting love for nature among both guides and travelers alike. 

The first cohort of students will be commencing their training at Tanglewood in October 2023. For sponsorships and further inquiries, please contact Nicky Daniels (


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