18 Day Educational Tour

Minimum of 6 people per group

This tour will take place at locations in KwaZulu Natal.

Mountain-pre-deployment

An Example Tour Itinerary:

(Tour activities are subject to change depending on season and animal activity.)

DAY 1:

Itinerary:

  • Arrive in South Africa & transfer
  • Land at King Shaka Airport
  • Meet and greet at Durban’s King Shaka airport
  • Transfer to Umgeni conservation area. Tented accommodation in stunning conservation area
  • Settle into camp, discuss plans with your guides, eat and relax

DAY 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Cycad Bush Camp

Areas of learning: Conservation – Environmental – Cultural – Survival

  • Camp – Further camp orientation and familiarization
  • Guides – Meet guides in evening & discuss plan for the next 5/6 days
  • Field Studies – Grassland, river, tree & shrub ID, animal & bird ID
  • Field Study – Forest canopy study
  • Culture – Zulu culture study
  • Animal anatomy – Dissection and post mortem programme
  • Rehabilitation Center – Animal & bird Rehabilitation Centre
  • Astronomy – Night navigation & constellation ID
  • Dissection – Animal dissection and anatomy study
  • Environmental Project – Alien plant eradication programme

DAYS 7, 8 & 9

Drakensberg Mountain Trail

Areas of learning: Conservation – Environmental – Cultural – Hiking Skills

  • Wilderness area -Highest level of conservation area
  • Field Study – Wildlife: Animal & bird ID & behavioural study
  • Culture – San Bushman culture
  • Culture – Cave art research
  • Hiking – Mountain hiking & survival skills/ sleep out in mountain caves
  • Astronomy – Night navigation & constellation study

DAYS 10 & 11:

Riverine Forest Bush Camp

Areas of learning: Culture – Community – Reptiles

  • Culture – Zulu village, customs, superstitions, homestead, weapons & history
  • Reptiles – Reptile course and hands on experience

DAYS 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16:

Wilderness Area Walking Trail

  • Areas of learning: Conservation – Environmental – Cultural – History
  • Wilderness area – Highest level of conservation area
  • No roads or vehicles, buildings, or people other than trail guides and trackers
  • Field Study – Wildlife: Big 5: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino identification and behaviour study
  • Field study – Grassland, shrub and tree study
  • Zero impact – Take only pictures, leave only footprints
  • Guides – Highly training, expert game rangers & trackers leading the trail
  • Culture – This was King Shaka’s (the most famous Zulu King) royal hunting grounds
  • Hiking – With heavy back packs by day & make camp in the bush by night

DAY 17:

Riverine Forest Bush Camp

  • HIV AIDS – Arts, crafts, tree & shrub planting programme with HIV positive patients
  • End of course exam
  • Pack & prepare to leave tomorrow

DAY 18:

Depart for Durban’s King Shaka Airport Mid-morning

Time to travel home…

Note: Guides will be with you during all your activities, travelling and shopping. They will also be on hand at your accommodation should you need them for any reason at all.

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