About Us

Welcome to SAN Ecosystems South Africa          me


We provide Correspondence Courses and Enrichment Training through our Academy for Ecological Biodiversity Interpretation & Intelligence


Its sounds a mouthful, but actually, our courses are designed for the Individual Ecologist, or Nature Lover, Field Guide, Gap Student, or anyone who loves nature really, who is simply looking for a deeper grasp of their current level of understanding and love for ecosystems in South Africa.



We design our packages to suit the individual, both on their lifestyle as well as their current understanding. Everyone can benefit!


We offer short three month courses, as well as a 14 month course and most importantly….


    We enjoy a personal interaction with each of our students!!!




Our course material is based on Knowledge Enrichment, focusing on individuals who have a deep love and understanding for natural ecosystems, and are looking to enhance his/her current understanding of nature and ecology with a deeper meaning, a deeper grasp; one step further, one step closer to really understanding and interpreting ecosystems.

Through many years of working with students in the field, we have come to believe that many of earths ambassadors know how to identify their ecosystem, which is a great foundation, but there are few who know how to really read their ecosystem, and to fully grasp what is happening in the big picture in the environment that they operate in everyday.

Many earth ambassadors have come to love our natural environment. Here at SAN Ecosystems, we teach you to step closer and learn how to read, interpret and engage with the ecosystems that you love.



SAN Ecosystems is passionate about individual student focus. We believe in in-depth, personal and elite training to our students, and therefore only accept a small number of students to join our courses throughout the year.

We believe in ensuring that each student obtains the maximum they can out of every module we present to them.

Please feel free to browse our top tabs for more details on the Modules presented in the Correspondence Courses that we offer.


Please contact us for further details for altering enrichment to suit your personal needs where possible.


Our Facilitator is also available for consultations on :

- Career/Course Selection Guidance

- Alien Vegetation in Your Garden/Estate


We look forward to helping you to do your bit for South Africa’s Natural Ecosystems!



About The Course Facilitator (Qualifications)   IMG 6638

 Nicola Schwim is a Qualified Wilderness and Trails Game Ranger with over fifteen years of experience operating in various South African National Parks and Private Concessions.


Having obtained her original Game Ranger & Lodge Management, and Adv Game Ranger and Game Farm Management Qualifications with distinction in 1999 and 2000, Nicola went on to later achieve the

FGASA Level 1, 2, 3, SKS and Wilderness Trails Qualifications


Nicola qualified as a Ranger Trainer and Assessor in 2005, and is DEAT and CATHSSETA Registered.

Nicola is a four times published author and wildlife photographer.

Nicola has been operating in the Organic and Sustainable Farming Movements, as well as Biodiversity Conservation and EIA Movements in Eastern Cape for past six years.


Nicola Schwim has operated and actively promoted Conservation in:

  • Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands
  • Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Marakele National Park
  • Hluhluwe/Umfolozi National Park
  • Greater Addo Elephant National Park (Main and Primary focus the last decade)


Her passion lies in several fields,  Environmental Education and Alien Vegetation Management being her current primary objectives.