The Tembele Ecological
Training Division


The Tembele training division offers specialised modules for nature guide training, a variety of comprehensive short courses in a wide range of history subjects, which are available to formal institutions and private groups alike.

We are endorsed by, and conduct guide training through organizations including The Tracker Academy, The SANParks Honorary Rangers and Birdlife South Africa.

Tembele Ecological Services presents an interesting selection of short courses which appeal to a wide range of audiences including amateur naturalists, nature guides and natural sciences students. All courses are designed and presented by ecologist Joe Grosel who has conducted over 200 courses, practical workshops and tutorial presentations and trained close on 3000 individuals. Joe’s relaxed presentation manner, unique tuition style, vast knowledge and wealth of experience makes for very efficient instruction and thoroughly enjoyable courses.

Guide Training

The training and mentoring of local nature guides throughout southern Africa has been an important feature of the Tembele training division'd efforts over the past 15 years. Not only do we provide specialized lectures and short courses to existing guide training institutions but we also conduct personalized/customized tutoring of guides for tourism establishments in both nature guiding and hospitality skills.

Short Courses

The Tembele training division offers comprehensive short courses in a wide range of natural history subjects including various levels of bird identification, plant identification, nature guiding, tracking and bush skills, wildlife photography, rangeland and wildlife management and African mammal studies.

Botanical Short Courses

Tree Identification & Basic Dendrology
Course Duration: 2 Days

Bushveld Trees (Practical Workshop)
Course Duration: 2 Days

Trees and Shrubs of the Kruger National Park
Course Duration: 3 Days)

Grass Identification & Rangeland Management
Course Duration: 2 Days

Edible Plants of the Bushveld
Course Duration: 2 Days

Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Course Duration: 1 Day

Gardening for Birds
Course Duration: 1 Day

Bird Courses

Level 1 - Bird Identification Course
Course Duration: 3 Days

Level 2 - Practical Bird Identification
Course Duration: 2 Days

Level 3 - Advanced Bird Identification
Course Duration: 3 Days)

Birding in the Field
(Practical Course)
Course Duration: 2 Days

Raptor Identification
Course Duration: 3 Days

LBJ Identification
Course Duration: 3 Days

Wader Identification
Course Duration: 1 Day

Identification and Biology of Swifts, Swallows and Martins
Course Duration: 1 Day

Forest Birding
Course Duration: 2 Days

Birding Guiding Course
Course Duration: 7 Days

Other Short Courses

Mammals of the Southern African Sub-Region
Course Duration: 2 Days

Wildlife Management Principles and Techniques
Course Duration: 3 Days

Practical Bush Skills and Tracking Course
Course Duration: 3 Days

An Introduction to Nature Photography
Course Duration: 2 Days

Introduction to Southern African Herpetofauna (Reptiles & Frogs)
Course Duration: 2 Days

‘Frogs and frogging’ practical workshop
(Practical Workshop)
Course Duration: 2 Days