Well this is where the world started so it doesn’t get much better than this…from the Big 5 to little 5, you will watch, learn and experience everything about the South African bush and with the one and only ‘Lion Whisperer’. You’ll gain an understanding of how some of the most impressive animals behave within their environments and see for yourself the interaction they have with each other and the natural world. You will learn about animal conservation, animal and human conflict, and the importance of conservation. Not to mention, enjoy a typical South African BBQ (known as a Braai), star filled skies, lions hunting, hyenas laughing and who knows what other tracks you’ll pass, but it won’t be long before you can identify them.
After arrival into Johannesburg you’ll be transferred to one of the townships, called SOWETO, which you’ll get to experience by an epic bike tour. You’ll about the local communities and the very disturbing yet recent history surround the apartheid, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, not to mention try some local delicacies before making your way out to the reserve. On arrival you’ll meet the team, following an introduction and site orientation.
The rest of your time on camp with have a fairly scheduled structured from 0730 – 1630 but being a game reserve, there can quite often be unexpected events, which may require longer hours but there is always time in the heat of the afternoon to cool off in the pool.
You’ll be involved in maintenance on the sanctuary from the campsite enclosures, to roads, water holes, vehicles and predator enclosures. As part of the reserve management you’ll also be involved in river cross maintenance, removal of invader species and the creation, and maintenance, of fire breaks.
In the sanctuary your duties will be more focused on animal health, husbandry and enrichment to give you a greater understanding of what it takes to run a wildlife sanctuary. This will include, food preparation, bone and faeces removal, fence checks and building maintenance, de-ticking and de-worming,.
There is a great deal of filming that goes on in the reserve so you could also be assisting with the documentaries and camera crew.
Whilst some of this sounds like hard work, which it is, it will be full of fun and amazing experiences that you will never forget.
what to expect
- Private vehicle for all transfers
- Activities as mentioned in itinerary
- Professional Guides through out the project
- Accommodation and food
- Woodland Trust Carbon Project Contribution
- International Flights, personal insurance and visas (if applicable)
- Snacks and drinks
- Tips for leaders, guides and driver
- Services not mentioned in included
- Expenditure of personal nature
Based on twin sharing
2 weeks – £1500 per person based on 2 pax
Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability. Therefore quoted rates might change accordingly.
Travel insurance is compulsory for anyone travelling with us so please ensure that have the appropriate level of cover, which is why we recommend Covermore. This insurance must cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover.