Location: Balule region of the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Target Years Groups: Y10 to Y13.
Maximum number of students: 24
Approximate cost: HK$23,000
Requirements: Students who are ‘eager and hungry to learn’. Students MUST be 14yrs old and above for this trip.
Outside Providers or Organisation: Africa Conservation Experience
Trip Leader: Mr Ross Burrough
Please note that parents are responsible for the arrangement of visas if required.
Please be aware that minors traveling to South Africa will be required to produce certain documentation certified by a solicitor. Further details will be provided.
Please ensure that your child’s passport is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of departure from their destination.
The secluded Nthaba camp is located on a private reserve in the Balule region of the iconic Kruger Park. The area is home to all of the charismatic big game species including the Big 5 as well as cheetah, giraffe and wild dog just to name a few!
A rustic bush house with shared bedrooms and both indoor and outdoor bathrooms. There is a large open-plan living space with a fully equipped kitchen, lounge area and dining/study area – this leads to an outdoor seated area and campfire pit where the group can relax in the evening and listen to the sounds of the bush outside the fenced camp. There is also an outdoor lecture area and a volleyball court.
An on-site catering team will manage the preparation and cooking of meals but students will work as a team to help with this.
● Arrival in Johannesburg met by our team.
● Private transfer to Nthaba, Balule Reserve within the Kruger Park.
● Lunch is provided on the way and there are plenty of comfort stops on the way.
● Arrive at camp and after meeting the staff have a safety briefing, find out where you are staying.
● Welcome meal around the fire.
● General game drive within our study area that is part of the Balule Reserve, a Big 5 wildlife-rich area, to get an idea of the terrain and area where you will be operating.
● After breakfast introduction to the rhino conservation project that you are now part of.
● Gain an understanding of the greater kruger national park and how and where the project fits in.
● Afternoon game drive; lecture about camera traps. Assist in setting up a number of cameras at various strategic places on the reserve.
● Game drive with a focus on learning about the priority species that we monitor. Learn why these species are being monitored. They include elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and wild dogs.
● You could also see hyena, giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile.
● Start learning to identify the huge variety of eagle and vulture species.
Visit a wildlife care and rehabilitation centre
● Watch a video and have an informative introductory talk about the centre as well as a guided tour of the on-site museum.
● Do an informative tour of the facility where you will learn about the animals that are currently at the centre.
● Get to watch a cheetah dag. This is done to exercise cheetahs in captivity.
After lunch you will have a talk on alien plants and how and why we have to control them. You will then get to do a practical session in helping to remove and control the spread of an invasive plant on a reserve close to the animal care centre.
● Game drive from the Balule gate to camp on the way back from the day out.
● Monitoring drive and bush walk, alternating groups, bush walks focusing on tracking and medicinal plant uses.
● Watch and discuss Blood lions documentary.
● During the afternoon drives and walks collect images from the camera traps.
● After dinner have a look at the images that the camera traps have captured over the past week. Analyse the data and how this affects the project going forward.
● Half the group will conduct a general animal count focusing on herbivores. Learn about how to conduct an animal count.
● Half the group will partake in a bush walk focusing on learning to identify tracks of various species and how to approach an animal on foot.
● Swap activities for the afternoon.
● After dinner night drive, focusing on nocturnal species such as bush babies, owls, leopard and hyena.
● Last early morning game drive. Meet up in the bush for a final discussion which concludes the experience.
● After breakfast and showers pack up and depart for the gate.
● Private shuttle transport to Johannesburg Airport with regular comfort breaks and a lunch stop on route.