The Greater Kruger National Park region is is one of the world’s greatest wildlife refuges. 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).
Some of the most inspiring and innovative conservation efforts in the world are happening in this same area. Become part of the solution helping local conservationists set camera traps to protect leopards and go behind-the-scenes in the reserve. Along the way, you’ll get up close and personal with a variety of wildlife in a way most travelers never do, including a visit to Jabulani, an elephant sanctuary that will introduce you, up close and personal, to African elephants and the conservation work that surrounds them. This trip allows you to go far beyond the safari — you’ll become part of the wildlife conservation movement!
A Transformative Safari Experience
This is a safari experience unlike any other. Gain a level of access and engage first-hand with some of the region’s most innovative conservation projects while scouting for the iconic wildlife that South Africa is known for.
South Africa’s largest animal reserve faces threats from rhino poachers, leopard-shooting farmers, and outbreaks of immune system viruses among its lion population. Fortunately, there are also many innovative conservation projects happening in the park, with the goal of protecting endangered species. Meet the inspiring leaders spearheading this work, visit wildlife rehabilitation centers, delve into elephant conservation at a local sanctuary, and participate in unforgettable game drives. Go beyond the normal safari experience and live in harmony with nature on an exclusive reserve and become part of the wildlife conservation movement to protect the animals of the Greater Kruger National Park region.
Where You’ll Stay
We work with a portfolio of 4-star lodges in South Africa, all situated amongst the trees where you will feel fully immersed with nature. Your home-away-from-home will be located just along the banks of the Blyde River in the Wild Rivers Reserve, home to a range of wildlife.
All rooms include crisp white linens, a plush bed, and full private bathroom with hot and cold water, hairdryer, lockbox, and fan. You’ll also be able to enjoy your pool, wi-fi, and an assortment of South African beer and wine for sale.
Arrive in Johannesburg and make the scenic drive to Greater Kruger National Park. Along the way, stop at the stunning Blyde River Canyon, the third largest on Earth. Settle into the comfort of your 4-star safari lodge, the jumping off point for our adventures over the next 9 days. Split your time with game drives in the park and engaging with projects and people making a difference.
Visit the site of one of the most famous hippos in the world, set camera traps to record the movement of leopards in the park, meet the ambassador animals at a wildlife & rescue center and visit a social impact project linking conservation with community issues and ideals, finding integrated sustainable solutions to issues plaguing conservation such as wildlife crime, poverty, low levels of education and food insecurity. End the trip with an inspiring visit to an elephant sanctuary before taking a short flight back to Johannesburg
Your Expert Local Guide
Discover Corps’ expert family of guides around the world are by your side throughout the journey. Please note that the actual guide may vary from date-to-date.
Lily & Conraad Loubser
Lily & Conraad are the husband and wife duo that spearhead our South Africa trips. Lily is originally from the UK, but has lived in South Africa for many years working in responsible tourism. Conraad is a native of South Africa and is a certified naturalist guide. He is most at home when he’s out in the bush and loves sharing the natural wonders of his countries with travelers.
Optional post-trip extensions
Discover Corps’ post-trip extensions allow you to extend your experience beyond the core itinerary and explore unique corners of the destination.
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Dates and Prices
Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.
- Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
- Single Room Supplement = $895
- *Price does not include mandatory $200 one-way domestic flight supplement
- 4-star 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
- 24-hour Discover Corps emergency hotline & turnkey service
What’s Not Included:
- Tip for the Discover Corps Guide and Driver
- International Airfare
- Mandatory One-Way Domestic flight Supplement ($200 additional supplement per person, added at checkout)
Our intimate, small-group departures consist of like-minded travelers. Don’t see a date that works? Want to make it private? Schedule a personal travel consultation and we’ll make it happen.
September 10-19, 2023
October 9-18, 2023
December 26-January 4, 2024 (Full)
February 4-13, 2024
March 17-26, 2024
May 19-28, 2024
June 2-11, 2024
June 16-25, 2024
July 7-16, 2024
July 21-30, 2024
August 4-13, 2024
September 1-10, 2024
October 13-22, 2024