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Group Size: Avg 8, Max 20
Trip code: SABA
Duration: 15 days
Enjoy 15 days of wildlife conservation, safaris and adventure in South Africa! Stay on a private game reserve, enjoy game drives, and see animals up close as a member of a wildlife conservation team. Volunteer with kids at local community projects, experience horseback safaris, and go on guided bushwalks through gorgeous South African landscapes. You’ll also enjoy an unforgettable 2-night camping adventure in world-famous Kruger National Park! This unique South African adventure will take your breath away!
Day 1: Arrival. Arrive at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport between 10am-2pm, where you'll be met and transferred to the game reserve. Enjoy a welcome meeting, meet your group and settle in to life on this stunning South African game reserve.
Day 2: Orientation Day and Night Game Drive. The guides will introduce you to the reserve and you'll take part in your first conservation volunteering activities, which may include tracking and monitoring the wildlife or maintenance and repair duties at the reserve. In the evening, you'll head out on an unforgettable night safari experience.
Day 3: Game Drive, 4x4 Experience & Bush Walk. Enjoy a game drive around the private reserve, spotting all the wonderful wildlife and getting up close to some of the animals in the area. You will also head out on foot around the reserve and learn about the flora and fauna, insects and birds that can be found here before driving around the reserve in a 4WD vehicle!
Day 4: Community Volunteering, Target Shooting & Anti-Poaching Patrols. The game reserve is closely linked to local daycare projects. As a volunteer, you will play games and engage in activities with the kids, help to prepare meals, and muck in with any maintenance or building projects. You will also head out on anti-poaching patrols, searching for and removing illegal wire snares or damaged perimeter fences to help protect the reserve's wildlife. You can also try your hand at target shooting with a .22 calibre rifle!
Day 5: Panoramic Tour Today is dedicated to the natural beauty of South Africa. See rolling green mountains from God’s Window, intricate rock pools at Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and the breathtaking Lisbon falls among other incredible natural wonders that pepper the South African landscape. Allow around R250 (approx. £15) for breakfast and lunch out.
Day 6: Chimp Sanctuary & Sudwala Caves. An exciting day trip today! Visit Sudwala Caves, an impressive network of underground chambers dating back to prehistoric times. Then head over to a wonderful sanctuary for chimpanzees that have been displaced from their natural habitats. Take a look at some chimps lazing around in the sun and wander the beautiful surroundings of the reserve.
Day 7: Elephant Experience and Wifi time. Meet the tame elephants who call the reserve home. Get up close to these majestic creatures and help the reserve staff care for them. Later on have some chill time and the group leader will take to you another camp in the reserve to use the wifi for a few hours.
Day 8: Conservation Volunteering, Community Volunteering & Bush Walk. Begin with some vital conservation volunteering around the reserve. You’ll then learn about the wild elephants, before going on a guided bushwalk focused on the reserve's birds, reptiles, trees and grasses. After that head to day care project and volunteer with the local kids!
Days 9, 10 and 11: Kruger National Park. Head into town to pick up supplies and then venture into beautiful Kruger National Park. Spend 2 nights camping out in this sensational spot, and head out on game drives and wildlife experiences. Dinner is included, but you should allow some spending money for breakfasts and lunches. Return to the reserve on the evening of day 11.
Day 12: Adventure activities. Today is all about awesome adventures, as you lock and load for some paintballing, and then jump on the back of a quad bike to roam the indigenous forest trails and blue gum plantations, before ending up at a spectacular waterfall. Round off the day with some adrenaline-pumping white water tubing down the Sabie River Gorge! Lunch will be eaten out, so allow around R250-300 for food.
Please note: Adventure activities are subject to availability and may change dependent on the season and the weather.
Day 13: Cheetah Project & Wildlife Centre. Get up close to even more incredible animals today as you visit a cheetah breeding project and encounter these beautiful big cats. See how animals are cared for on a visit to the fascinating Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Allow around R250 (approx. £15) for breakfast and lunch out.
Day 14: Horse Riding & Farewell. Then opt to head off on horseback to see the reserve and spot more amazing animals on safari, or head back to base for some down time.
In the evening, you'll get the chance to sit down to an optional farewell dinner, and celebrate all the amazing experiences you've had over the past 2 weeks. If you wish to take part in the farewell dinner, this will be at an extra cost of around £10.
Day 15: Departure Day. Depart from the reserve after breakfast and transfer back to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit) to catch a flight after 10am
Please note: The itinerary is subject to change and is for guidance only - some activities may be done in a different order to what is listed above, and some activities could change depending on weather conditions or for operational reasons.
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