Welcome to EcoLife Expeditions:
Your mobile classroom in wildlife conservation and Wildlife veterinary science


We offer exciting hands-on, in depth educational expeditions to students and professionals in wildlife conservation and veterinary science. Anyone with a keen interest in wildlife conservation - come and enjoy a behind-the-scenes experience with us!


"COVID 19 Announcement" October, 5 2020


As we all know by now, COVID-19 was born out of an unhealthy, irresponsible, and exploitative relationship with the natural world, as so many other recent novel viruses have been. And we are encouraged by China’s new commitment to halt the legal trade of wildlife and the so-called “wet markets” that abuse wild nature and spawn novel diseases that jeopardize global human health.

The South African government recently announced that the country will move to Level 1 of Lockdown and subsequently open our borders for international travel. For more information on the 57 countries whose citizens are restricted from entering South Africa, please click on the official Coronavirus website of the South African government below.
Official South African Government Coronavirus Information: sacoronavirus.co.za

EcoLife COVID19 measures which will be implemented on our expeditions upon commencement are as follows:

Video by Jessica Hatfield

Learning to live together with African wildlife. Andie went on an EcoLife Expedion in September 2013. Video contains veterinary practices

Video by Patrick Jones

Vets-in-the-Wild Expedition 2012(Video contains veterinary practices)

A sneak preview... (Video contains veterinary practices)

"In the end we conserve only that which we love, We love only that which we understand, We understand only that which we are taught" - Baba Dioum

About EcoLife Expeditions

Vets-in-the-Wild Expeditions

Join us for a 22 day special interest expedition focused on pre-veterinary, veterinary technician, veterinary nursing and veterinary science students. Meet and interact with veterinarians specialised in the wildlife field. Hands-on experience of game capture, animal rehabilitation and other aspects of African wildlife management and care.
This includes 6 transferable academic credits from the North-West University, South Africa.

Meghan McIntosh (USA) - "Very useful and interesting information that isn't readily offered in veterinary schools. I loved the hands-on activities and applying those skills and lessons learned to various tests and challenges on the way. EcoLife ignited an intense passion for wildlife management in me. I was continually challenged and pushed to the limit, and I emerged a more knowledgeable, confident individual with surefire passion for a career in wildlife medicine."

Wildlife Conservation Expeditions

This expedition is an extensive 22 day African wildlife conservation program for students in conservation biology and wildlife ecology, incorporating interaction with experts in wildlife management, animal rehabilitation, reptile care and game capture. Learn about all the aspects of reserve management in the African context.
This includes 6 transferable academic credits from the North-West University, South Africa.

Stephanie Kirchman (USA) - "There are so many different aspects of this tour that are out of this world and you can't believe you are doing, that every day seems to be the best day of your life. The tour lets people experience Africa in a way most people only dream of doing it."

Professional Veterinary and Veterinary technician program
Veterinary Care of Wildlife in Africa

EcoLife presents a new 15 day expedition for professional veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary nurses. The focus is on ecological management of wildlife diseases, elephant contraception techniques, wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary care programs.
This is a 31 credit CE(Continuous Education) RACE (AAVSB) approved program.

Dr. Stephen Ngulu Wildlife Veterinarian. Olpejeta Conservancy (Kenya) -"This trip provided an exclusive in-depth, wildlife-veterinary educational adventure safari experience that led us to exploring a range of different environments which helped us understand the intricate ways in which each ecosystem functions and how veterinary science contributes to wildlife conservation. It is an expedition I would recommend to anyone with a special interest in nature and wellbeing of wildlife in particular."

African Wildlife Care expedition - NEW!!

Come and join us on a specialized and private two week expedition that includes hands-on experiences with wildlife! The program is managed by Prof. Wouter van Hoven, retired director of the Center for Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria.

Lerin Rives (USA) - "I had the absolute BEST time of my life in South Africa. It was an eye-opening experience in respect to the culture and confirmed my aspirations of working with wildlife. After I showed my family all of my pictures, told them stories and explained what I had learned, we all agreed that it was well worth the time, effort, and money. I would go back in a second and am actually considering applying to the college of veterinary medicine at the University of Pretoria. I cannot explain in words how thankful I am to have been able to go on this trip. The EcoLife guides, places we visited, and animals of South Africa made this one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you so much for everything. I will never forget those 3 weeks."

Marine Biology and conservation expedition - "NEW"

Embark on an adventure-filled 17 day expedition to the coastal areas of north-eastern South Africa and southern Mozambique. Spend time with marine biology experts and conservationists who are passionate about the preservation of the unique species of the warm Indian ocean waters. The biosphere reserves and estuaries provides for a rich educational experience. An Introduction to Scuba Course will make sure that nobody is left high and dry.

Kelsey Gagnon - "This trip far exceeded my expectations. I didn't realize I would fall completely in love with South Africa. It has taught me a lot about myself and now I have a clearer picture of what I see myself doing after college."

Photo Galleries

Loved ones and friends can follow you on your expedition. Pictures of each expedition are uploaded to our Facebook page mostly on a daily basis. Non-Facebook members can click on the link to view the photos too!

Caitlin Flint (Virginia Tech- USA) - "This was absolutely a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have met some great friends, had the privilege to have 2 great guides show me around Africa all the while doing something I love. I know I will return home with great stories and experiences I will never forget. Overall a great program."

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Other ways to reach us

24\7 EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
Prof Wouter van Hoven:
+27-82 557 3142
Suzanne van Hoven:
+27-82 770 9513

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Mailing Address

457 Polaris Avenue
Waterkloof Ridge,
0181
SOUTH AFRICA