South Africa: Safari Service Expedition™

Highlights

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 St. Lucia
  • Experience tribal culture and traditional storytelling

On This Program you will...

On this program you will experience life in the Somkhanda Game reserve and learn about conservation on the front lines. You might spot Africa’s “Big Five” in the region — lions, leopards, elephants, 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 about 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 experiences fighting poachers. Track the movements of wildlife by satellite, learn how rangers set camera traps, and join them in combing through video footage. Finally, uplifting the surrounding Zulu community is critical to conservation: promote successful and safe conservation programs for this region’s wildlife.

Immersive Learning

Hear from experts in the field about the challenges facing preservation of various species such as elephants and rhinos. Learn to spot fresh prints, identify wildlife tracks, discuss endangered species and more. Discover the biodiversity within the bush ecosystem. Visit a local community to learn about Zulu culture and the role the community plays in conservation. Enjoy tea with and hear stories from a ugogo (Grandmother in Zulu).

Adventure

Experience all the wonders of South Africa on this programs’ overnight excursions: Go on a bush safari and sleep under the stars accompanied by professional field guides. ravel coastward to St. Lucia Wetlands Park and Cape Vidal Game Reserve for a three-day excursion. After checking into our accommodations, we’ll jump right in with a boat ride at the iSmangaliso Wetland Park estuary–try to spy some of the area’s many hippopotamus and crocodiles.

Lodging

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.

Dates & Tuition

South Africa

Safari Service Expedition™

14-Day Program
2021 Dates
 July 1 – July 14, 2021
 
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 32
Language Hours: N/A
14-Day Program
2022 Dates
 July 01 – July 14, 2022
July 17 – July 30, 2022
 
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 32
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • In-country transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials