South Africa: Safari Service Expedition™


Be on the front lines of animal conservation, and learn how to track, monitor and protect South Africa’s most majestic wild animals.
  • Assist with ongoing rhino and African elephant conservation projects
  • Track and monitor wildlife movement on a renowned reserve
  • Spot Africa’s “Big Five” wild animals
  • Enjoy a bonfire as you camp under the stars
  • Visit the beaches on a multi-night excursion to Kosi Bay along the country’s northern coast
  • Experience tribal culture and traditional storytelling

On This Program you will...

Experience life in the Pongola Game reserve and learn about conservation on the front lines. If you’re lucky, you might just spot Africa’s “Big Five” in the region — the African lion, African leopard, African elephant, Cape buffalo and rhino. By night, you’ll live at a rustic Home Base on the reserve, hearing Zulu stories and learning about tribal culture. By day, shadow wildlife conservationists in the South African bush, go on game drives to observe animals and learn modern methods of sustainably preserving the region’s endangered species.

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Join professional conservationists in the field, assisting with habitat restoration efforts and wildlife monitoring. Help the conservation team eradicate an invasive plant species, learn about anti-poaching, undertake a snare patrol to identify leopards, and learn from passionate wildlife protectors about their personal experiences fighting poachers. Track the movements of elephants and other wildlife by satellite, and learn how rangers set camera traps—join them in combing through video footage to spot camouflaged leopards and other threatened species. Finally, uplifting the surrounding Zulu community is critical to conservation: promote successful and safe conservation programs for this region’s endangered wildlife.

Immersive Learning

You’ll hear from experts in the field about the challenges facing preservation of various species such as elephants and rhinos and what it means to manage wildlife. Learn to spot fresh prints, identify wildlife tracks, stay safe in the bush, discuss endangered species and more. Discover the biodiversity within the bush ecosystem and appreciate animals from the impressive Big Five to the miraculous dung beetle. Visit a local community to learn about Zulu culture and the role the community plays in conservation. During your community visit, enjoy tea with and hear stories from a Gogo (Grandmother in Zulu).


South Africa is a microcosm for the wonders of Africa—from its rich cultures and dramatic landscapes to its legendary wildlife. Experience it all on this program’s overnight excursions: Go on a true bush safari, and sleep under the stars on the reserve accompanied by professional field guides. On a multi-night excursion, paddle in two-person kayaks as you spot kingfisher and heron in Kosi Bay. At the program’s close, snorkel in the warm waters of Kosi Bay on the Indian Ocean, and learn about the region’s diverse coastal environments.


On this safari adventure, students will lodge in several locations. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, the group will stay in a guest lodge. For the remainder of the program, Home Base accommodations include wooden cabins, canvas cottages, and a safari camp, which is outside under the stars. Students will share accommodations with roommates and have access to bathrooms, and enjoy communal meals as a group.

Program Type

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of animals?
  • Collaborate with experts on issues surrounding animal & wildlife conservation
  • Work side-by-side with your teen animal volunteer team as you make a difference for local wildlife
  • Contribute to sustainable habitat projects that will help these animals to flourish

Dates & Tuition

South Africa

Safari Service Expedition™

14-Day Program
2020 Dates
 July 6 – July 19, 2020
 July 22 – August 4, 2020
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 32
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any high school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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