Stride climate

Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Johannesburg Kruger National Park South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience Trip
Safari Bird watching South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience package
Nature & Wildlife Culture South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience package

South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience

Discover Corps Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5.0 . Excellent
100%
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
Checking price

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

Find your perfect trip
A vast selection of trips on every continent, for every style. Thousands of itineraries from hundreds of trusted travel companies.
Save time
Use simple search and comparison tools to easily find the best trip. Don't sweat the logistics -- travel providers plan for you.
Save money
Book directly with the operator. Find inclusive packages for the best value and get access to amazing deals.
Travel confidently
Read unbiased user reviews, pick the company that fits your style, and connect with them directly. No worries, just memories.

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.

Availability

Checking price
Price From $ 3,495
Price Per Day: $ 350 per day
Check Availability
Checking price
Start DtaeEnd DateDouble StandardSingle StandardAvailability 
Nov-24-2019Dec-03-2019$ 3,495$ 4,290Limited Reserve
Dec-22-2019Dec-31-2019$ 3,495$ 4,290Limited Reserve
Jan-26-2020Feb-04-2020$ 3,495$ 4,290Limited Reserve
Feb-09-2020Feb-18-2020$ 3,495$ 4,290Limited Reserve
Mar-29-2020Apr-07-2020$ 3,495$ 4,290Limited Reserve
May-24-2020Jun-02-2020$ 3,495$ 4,290Limited Reserve
Jun-14-2020Jun-23-2020$ 3,495$ 4,290Limited Reserve
Jul-05-2020Jul-14-2020$ 3,495$ 4,290Limited Reserve
Aug-16-2020Aug-25-2020$ 3,495$ 4,290Limited Reserve
Sep-13-2020Sep-22-2020$ 3,495$ 4,290Limited Reserve
Nov-22-2020Dec-01-2020$ 3,495$ 4,290Limited Reserve
See more
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 795

Check Current Availability, prices, specials with Discover Corps.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

Ask Our Destination Experts

Dennis Cox
Email Us

Stride Featured in

Stride Feature In

36 Discover Corps Travel Reviews & Ratings

100%
5.0 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 36
Great 0
Average 0
Disappointing 0
Terrible 0
Value
5.0
Guide
5.0
Activities
5.0
Lodging
5.0
Transportation
5.0
Meals
5.0

South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience

Write a Review

Excellent

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
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.
Read more

Company Reviews

It was fabulous

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
I went on their Kenya Safari trip and it was fabulous. They took great care in choosing the most perfect accommodations for the trip to Kenya. Ol’ Pejeta was fabulous and plentiful with animals. The Sweetwater camp inside the conservancy is true glamping with 5 Star service and food. Sweetwater is located on a watering hole where you can sit and watch Elephants, Rhino, Zebra, Warthogs, birds and Giraffes come and drink. Inside the Masai Mara we stayed at Asilia again another 5 star establishment. The animal sightings in the Mara are just amazing, breakfast is provided out on the open plains of the Mara while watching zebra and wildebeest stroll by. Then happy hour with cocktails are provided on the open plains while watching the incredible African sunset (unlike anything you have ever seen). The service provided at both locations was top notch. Discover Corps chose amazing places and designed a fabulous itinerary for our days in Africa. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Read more

It was an amazing trip

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
It was an amazing trip, I was nervous at first because I was not really familiar with Discover Corp. Now, I won't hesitate in the future to sign on for another adventure. I loved the experience of working with the elephants and especially enjoyed meeting Leslie (the elephant guru from Minnesota ) who lives and volunteers with the elephants, He had a wealth of knowledge regarding the elephants, Buddhism and Thai customs The rest of your staff EEM, AVN and Thay (I know I am butchering their names) were wonderful, very helpful, friendly and conscientious and I very much enjoyed meeting each of them,

The Chiang Mai Hotel was great but it took me a while to figure out how to get in and out of the neighborhood. The surrounding streets were like a maze, quite narrow and difficult to find my way, I expected to have a hotel on a main thoroughfare. The massage instead of the zip line was a perfect trade off and the chat with the monk was most enlightening and another good trade off for the river rafting.

8/29/19 Discover Corps #2 Kenya Safari and Conservation
Just back from my second Discover Corps trip, this time to Kenya. Had a wonderful time, enjoyed my 5 fellow travelers, we had lots of laughs together during game drives and over cocktails. We saw one zillion animals and birds and learned about their habitat and behaviors from our excellent, very patient, guides.

Our first camp was at Ol Pejeta Conservancy which was a well manicured camp with great views of a variety of animals rhinos, zebras, elephants and a marabou stork (who often watched us eat through the window of our dining area). The variety and quality of the food was outstanding. One of our excursions was to a search/rescue/bomb sniffing dog training facility. Very interesting to watch the dogs in action, they were all looked very well cared for and loved our attention.

After 4 days at Ol Pejeta, we spent 2 days at the old Brackenhurst Hotel located on a huge oasis of gorgeous indigenous plants.

The last 4 days were spent in Mara and Naboisho Camp which I felt was more "the real Africa". The camp was less manicured than the Ol Pejeta Sweetwater Tented camp and I enjoyed the fabulous game views of the lions and cheetahs. Of course, for me, the warthogs are a real favorite with their huge head/snout/tusks contrasted by their dainty walk with their long tails raised high. Delightful!
Read more

It was an incredible experience

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
My family (me, my husband, and 3 kids ages 17, 14, and 11) took a 2-week trip to Peru in August and used Discover Corps to organize several days of service while we were there. It was an incredible experience that we will never forget, and one of the highlights of our entire trip. Miguel, our host and guide, was so informative and kind and made us feel like family. We loved spending time with him and the children in the community -- doing arts and crafts, flying kites, eating meals, and teaching them English. We also got to visit an orphanage and a local NGO where women produce dolls that are sold around the world. It gave us an incredible perspective on the country and our lives as well. When my daughter sprained her ankle, Miguel took us to the clinic in the main city, and we got excellent and expeditious care. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. It was just what we wanted, and I highly recommend this trip and the organization.
Read more

It was absolutely wonderful

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
We just came back from a family reunion in the Dominican Republic of 28 ages 5 to 77. It was absolutely wonderful. The food was excellent and the staff and people were delightful. Being part of a service project with the whole family created a memory that will be enjoyed in the years to come. I highly recommend this organization.
Read more

Trip was truly spectacular

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
The Kenya Safari & Conservation trip was truly spectacular. We learned so many fun facts about wildlife, saw some amazing stuff like a male lion climbing a tree and got a great first-hand look at whats involved in wildlife conservation. The guides were incredibly knowledgable, they answered all my strange animal and cultural questions with ease. They were committed to providing an amazing experience for all of us. The accommodations were beyond what I could have imagined. The luxury tents were so comfortable and kept out all bugs. Plus the service and food were outstanding. If you love animals, and have safari on your bucket list then this trip is a must!
Read more

Details

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Max: 16, Average: 12

Trip ID#:

SouAfrWilConDisCor

Similar Trips

See all similar trips
×
Great Choice!

Now, Unlock Member Savings

Our Stride Select trips allow you and your travel companions to save up to $700. You wouldn’t want to miss that, right?

or
or
Provide email and password

With your FREE membership you get to:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Already a member?

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Stride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits
First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 32 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!

x
x
Download your brochure

Enter your email to get the "" brochure.

x
Brochure successfully sent!

We've sent the "" brochure to "". Check your inbox!