South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience

Live in harmony with nature on an exclusive reserve and become part of the efforts to protect the animals of the Greater Kruger National Park region.

Meet conservationists working to protect endangered species and personally support efforts to protect leopards.  Along the way, you’ll get up close and personal with a variety of wildlife in a way that most travelers never experience.


The Place and The People

Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, South Africa has been on the long road of peaceful progress.  The success of the 2010 World Cup was a milestone in recent history and a manifestation of the power of the human spirit to triumph the past.  Today, the country boasts friendly people and breathtaking wildlife.

The Kruger National Park is the largest animal reserve in the country – but its animals are facing many different threats. Rhinos are being poached for their horns, lions are suffering from Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), and leopards are being hunted by farmers.

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What You'll Do

Some of the most inspiring and innovative conservation efforts in the world are happening in this same area.  You’ll have a chance to get directly involved and meet leaders who are struggling to preserve these magnificent animals for future generations.

You’ll use camera traps to assist a leopard conservation organization gather data on leopard density, behavior, and population dynamics outside of formally protected areas. This will help improve local policymaking and allow conservationists to work with farmers to manage leopard encroachment.

Along the way, you’ll get up close and personal with a variety of wildlife in a way most travelers never do: you’ll hold lion cubs, nurse baby rhinos, and feed injured animals. This trip allows you to go far beyond the safari — you’ll become part of the wildlife conservation movement!

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What You'll See

The Greater Kruger National Park region is comprised of more than 7,500 square miles of protected land and has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It’s home to more than 500 species of birds and contains more species of large mammals than any other African reserve.  Within this region, it’s possible to spot all “Big 5” (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros).

 

You’ll spend a day on the Panorama Route, traversing through the Blyde River Canyon, whose lush subtropical foliage makes it the world’s largest ‘green canyon’. Your senses will be overwhelmed as you walk through mist-covered forests teeming with birdlife.  Drive through majestic landmarks such as God’s Window, Wonder View and The Pinnacle to take in sights that you’ll never forget.

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Itinerary Overview

Wake up to the sounds of singing birds and lions in the distance. Spend the morning helping out at one of the different animal conservation organizations in the area.  That afternoon, go on a game drive to spot one of the “Big 5”.  In the evening, dine with a local conservationist to learn about their work and how your hands-on support will benefit them.

 

When we’re not out viewing animals, relax at our basecamp located on the banks of the Blyde River, inside a private conservancy. Enjoy a leisurely walking safari, relax in the swimming pool, or sit by the river and soak up some of the best birdwatching in the country.

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Sandra Almeida

Del Mar, CA

Traveler's Journal

The entire trip was a whirlwind of seeing beautiful wildlife, unique plants, and speaking to inspirational local people. My daughters and I bonded over the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being so close to nature and the animals. It’s an experience we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.

Dates and Fees

We offer serveral Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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10 days / 9 nights

Program Cost: US $2,795 *

 

May 28-June 6, 2017 (FF) – (Waitlist Only – Please Call)

June 18-June 27, 2017 (FF) – (Limited Space – Please Call)

July 2-July 11, 2017 (FF)

July 16- July 25, 2017 (FF)

July 30-Aug 8, 2017 (FF)

Aug 13-Aug 22, 2017 (FF) – (Waitlist Only – Please Call)

Oct 1-10, 2017

Nov 19-28, 2017 (FF)

Dec 24, 2017-Jan 2, 2018 (FF)

Feb 11-20, 2018

March 25-April 3, 2018 (FF)

May 27-June 5, 2018 (FF)

June 10-19, 2018 (FF)

June 24-July 3, 2018 (FF)

July 8-17, 2018 (FF)

July 22-31, 2018 (FF)

Aug 5-14, 2018 (FF)

Nov 18-27, 2018 (FF)

Dec 9-18, 2018 (FF)

 

 

See What's Included

Our trips are all-inclusive, and our “no tipping policy” makes your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • Home Base Lodging in renowned nature reserve
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • An active daily itinerary including lectures, day trips and work assignments alongside the local community
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage & transportation
  • All land transportation during the trip with licensed drivers
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

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* Group occupancy price

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