Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Johannesburg Kruger National Park South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience Trip
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South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 3,495 $ 350 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Going behind the scenes of the conservation efforts to protect endangered species
  • Feeding orphaned baby rhino at a sanctuary to save these gentle beasts
  • Tracking the “Big 5” throughout Kruger National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Learning firsthand about wildlife conservation from experts at the country’s largest reserve
  • Reading and playing with disadvantaged children who want to learn English
  • Visiting a center that rescues and rehabilitates injured wild animals
  • Playing a hands-on role in conservation using camera traps to track leopards and other animals
  • Relaxing poolside at our basecamp, located inside a private nature reserve
  • Admiring the third largest canyon on earth, filled with subtropical vegetation and dazzling birds

Short Description

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.  Go beyond the safari - become part of the wildlife conservation movement!

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Johannesburg
End City Johannesburg

Trip Includes

  • 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

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Itinerary

Day 1:

Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will be met by a member of our staff.  At 10 am we will depart the airport to the nearby countryside where you’ll have a chance to rest and refresh.  In the afternoon, enjoy a walk with young lions and learn about efforts to diversify the lion gene pool.  You’ll even have the chance to hold a baby lion cub! Enjoy a traditional South African barbecue, called a brai. Spend the night at a lodge in the Pretoria countryside.

Day 2:

Wake up to the sounds of singing birds and lions in the distance. Today we drive to the northeastern region of the country to our basecamp situated outside the town of Hoedspruit.  That afternoon, go on a game drive as an introduction to the bush in the Greater Kruger National Park region.  In the evening, dine with a researcher from the INGWE Leopard Foundation to learn about their work and how your hands-on support will benefit them.

Day 3:

This morning we’ll go on a bush walk to learn how to track leopards and hyenas by identifying scat and paw tracks.  Along the way, set up camera traps to gather data about animal movements in the region. In the afternoon, take a game drive through a Big Five reserve to try to spot some of these magnificent creatures.

Day 4:

Spend the day at the Hoedspruit Center for Endangered Species learning about their work breeding and rehabilitating vulnerable animals. Lend a hand with daily tasks and get up close and personal with cheetahs and orphaned baby rhinos. In the evening, learn about the difficult but inspiring recent history of South Africa and its unique cultural pageantry.

The Greater Kruger National Park Region

The Kruger National Park and the adjacent private nature reserves comprise the Greater Kruger region of more than 7,500 square miles of area under conservation.

This spectacular region has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.  It is home to over 500 species of birds, and contains more species of large mammals than any other African reserve.  

It is possible to spot all Big Five (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) within the region.

Besides the park, the Blyde River Canyon can also be found nearby.  This is the third largest canyon in the world and is known for the stunning spirals of dolomite that rise from its walls.

Leopards are the last of the big five roaming free outside game reserves and national parks in South Africa. Because of this, they are under threat from farmers. These beasts are important as they are at the top of the food chain, and therefore a key indicator of a healthy ecosystem.

You will help the INGWE Leopard Research Center gather data on leopard density, behavior and population dynamics outside of formally protected areas. This will help improve local policymaking, and also allow conservationists to work with farmers to humanely move leopards to appropriate lands.  We use camera traps to gather this data.

Camera traps are digital cameras that are set out along game trails in remote locations within research areas. These camera traps are triggered by movement and operate continuously, secretly recording the movement of animals without need for human presence or disruption of nature.

Day 5:

Volunteer with Seeds of Light, a local non-profit that works with vulnerable children and orphans in townships – urban areas reserved for non-whites during Apartheid.  The children here need to practice English with native speakers.  Choose to read to the children or engage them in crafts while learning from them about life in contemporary South Africa.  

Day 6:

Moholoholo is a haven for the rehabilitation of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. Learn about the issues they’re tackling and get up close to some of the rare species they are caring for.  At lunch, sample cuisine from different South African cultures.  In the evening, take a night drive through the Greater Kruger region to see wildlife that comes out after dark.

Day 7:

The Panorama Route is a drive 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.  
Day 8: Head out to collect memory cards from the camera traps and compile data for the researchers. Enjoy a picnic lunch out in the bush and have the afternoon to relax and enjoy our final evening at the basecamp.

Day 9:

Today is a full-day epic game drive through the heart of the renowned Kruger National Park. The park contains 147 species of large mammals.  Along the way, meet with park staff to hear about conservation techniques they employ. Spend the night at in a wilderness lodge near the town of Nelspruit.

Day 10:

Spend the morning at an inspiring sanctuary for endangered rhinos. Have a chance to feed baby rhinos and witness first-hand how one organization is trying to save them. Fly to Johannesburg in the afternoon in time to catch your return flight home or continue your travels through the country.

Our South African Home Base  

Your home-away-from-home, the Discover Corps basecamp, is a deluxe tented camp on the banks of the Blyde River It features a common building with a dining area and panoramic private deck, where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush. 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 an infinity pool, wi-fi, hiking trails, and an assortment of South African beer and wine for sale.

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We lived in the African bush for 10 days. Accommodations were wonderful - tents with nice furniture and attached bathrooms. Plenty of hot water! Food was delicious and quite sophisticated. But the best were the wildlife experiences led by an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. All the staff were kind and professional.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

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Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Max: 16, Average: 12

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