Entabeni Communications
environmental education and youth tourism

Picture by Karen E

About Entabeni

Entabeni Education Centre was originally established under the then SA Crane Foundation in 1992.  The original mandate from the Foundation was to focus on cranes and wetlands & the reaction from schools was such that it was quickly realised that the centre required additional support.  Thus the centre was brought under the care of the Wildlife & Environment Society of SA under the care & mentorship of the late Tim Wright, an environmental educator of great passion & vision.

The centre was taken over privately in 2001 by Nic & Carma Shaw who formed Entabeni Communications as the vehicle to take the project further.

We have worked hard to develop our reputation as one of the top environmental & outdoor education service providers in South Africa.  We are serious about maintaining that reputation through our professional service-oriented attitude, impeccable safety protocols & risk-assessment procedures, enthusiastic & knowledgeable staff & our commitment to providing quality, meaningful, relevant and enjoyable environmental and outdoor learning experiences.

From our humble beginnings as a small education centre we have come to be active in a number of environmental networks throughout the world.  We deeply value our partnerships with other like-minded organisations and individuals and will work with them to make the world a better place.

We also are deeply grateful to the many special people that have given of themselves and their time to make Entabeni what it is today. Steve & Mary Livingstone, Fanie, Mark, Paul Burke, Mike Ward, JJ Wigley & Jessica Gird, John Roff, Tim Wright & the WESSA team, Martin Clements and Interns too many to mention...thanks.

We have recently bought the farm on which Entabeni and the Hlatikulu Crane & Wetland Sanctuary are situated. Now that we have security of tenure we are developing a facilities improvement plan as part of our effort to constantly improve our service. We are also developing an environmental management plan to guide us in the handling of this important buffer to the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site.


Entabeni has a combination of permanent & qualified staff, Interns, international volunteers & part-time guides. There are ongoing opportunities at Entabeni; volunteerships are 3 to 6 months & Internships 6 to 12 months.  Both Interns and volunteers should have:

  • above average communication skills,
  • excellent general knowledge,
  • a passion for the environment,
  • the ability to work with children,
  • the ability to work as part of a close team,
  • solid character references.

If you are interested & if you think you've got what it takes, send your CV & motivational letter by email.




Work at Entabeni is varied, often hard, regularly challenging & always rewarding.