Countries Visited: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland
“During this tour, you travel through the diverse landscapes of South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. We first make our way from Pretoria to one of the smallest but fascinating game reserves, Pilanesberg National Park, situated in an ecologically rich zone. Then continue our trip up north, crossing savanna, the world’s largest saltpans, swamps, and the Kalahari Desert. We will paddle through the majestic Okavango Delta in a local canoe, a ‘mokoro’. We will be welcomed into the villages of native Bushmen, make game drives through several National Parks in search for wildlife, follow the course of the mighty Zambezi river to visit the moist area surrounding the Victoria Falls, see the rock art at Motopos, and end the tour with a beautiful hike to the waterfalls in Morning Sun Reserve.” (if you choose the extension your tour will spend an extra 2 days in the famous Kruger National park and then the tour continues to Swaziland for 2 days of hiking, biking and horsing around at Mlilwne Game Reserve.
Tour Code: SABOZI
Tour Price: € 1.895,-
Kruger Extention Price: € 400,-
Tour price includes: All transport in our fully equiped Overland vehicle, camping equipment, cooking equipment. All meals (except 2 nights in Victoria Falls). All game drives and park entry fees, Bushman walk in Ghanzi, Mokoro Overnight tour in the Okavango Delta, Game drive and boat cruise in Chobe National Park, Rhino Trekking and Stone age rock art in Matopos, Waterfall Hike in Mashovhela Bush Lodge. Kruger Extention: all game drives in our vehicle, meals & park entry fee.
Tour price excludes: Visas, flight ticket, 2 meals in Victoria Falls, additional spending money, Optional Activities, sleeping bag & pillow.
Per person price is based on a minimum of 6 students
Please make sure that you are at Twana Lodge 1 day before departure date!
Departure Dates 2018:
09/07/2019 - Guaranteed Departure
Looking for an adventure coming year?
Would you like to do something completely different?
And have you always wanted to explore the exciting nature and wildlife of Southern Africa?
Then join one of the Student Safaris (3 ECTS)! This year, you can choose to travel to South Africa and Swaziland (start 12/07/2019) or Botswana and Zimbabwe (start 09/07/2019). With fellow students and experts in the field, you will explore African nature and wildlife, while learning about the diverse habitats, culture, and conservation issues.
To find out more, please visit the next info-meeting:
Date : Tuesday 27 November 2018
Time : 12.30-13.15h
Location : Forum Building, Wageningen University
Room : C104
Hope to see you soon :)!
Day 1: Pilanesberg National Park
Day 2: K’ang (Botswana)
Day 3: Ghanzi (Bushman Walk)
Day 4: Maun
Day 5: Okavango Delta (Mokoro Overnight Trip)
Day 6: Maun
Day 7: Planet Baobab
Day 8: Elephant Sands
Day 9: Kasane
Day 10: Kasane (Game drive & Boat cruise)
Day 11: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Day 12: Victoria Falls
Day 13: Hwange National Park
Day 14: Hwange National Park (Full day game drive)
Day 15: Motopos National Park
Day 16: Motopos National Park (Rhino trekking and Stone age rock art)
Day 17: Mashovhela Bush Lodge (South Africa)
Day 18: Mashovhela Bush Lodge (Waterfall hike)
Day 19: Kruger National Park (Day 20: Twana Lodge - if extention is not booked)
Day 20: Kruger National Park (Full day game drive)
Day 21: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (Swaziland)
Day 22: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (Roan Antilope breeding project)
Day 23: Pretoria (South Africa)
Today we leave to one of the smaller game parks in South Africa for some game viewing
After crossing the border and Limpopo river between South Africa and Botswana we stay our first night in the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savanna in Southern Africa extending for 900,000 square kilometres, covering much of Botswana, parts of Namibia and regions of South Africa.
Here we go swimming in the quarry and take a walk with the Bushman who will teach you about trekking and the wildlife of the Kalahari Desert.
Afternoon shopping and chilling by the pool
|Day 5:||Okavango Delta
Mokorro trip into the Okovango Delta - we spend the afternoon exploring the Island’s beauty and wildlife on a guided afternoon walk.
After a Mokorro trip back from the primitiveness of the Delta, you can do a scenic flight over the Delta to see its beauty from above. (optional activity)
For those who choose not to do this activity, you can relax at Planet Baobab camp, swim and take photos of one of the biggest Boabab trees in Botswana.
|Day 8:||Elephant Sands
Watch the Elephants up close while enjoying a cold beverage
The gateway to Chobe National Park – we spend the afternoon chilling by the pool
Morning game drive in the Chobe National Park and afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River
|Day 11:||Victoria Falls
After crossing the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe, we spend the afternoon relaxing in Victoria Falls
|Day 12:||Victoria Falls
Free day to enjoy the Falls or various activities like, white water rafting, bungi jumping, canoeing, croc farm tour, gorge swing & high wire, Helicopter scenic flights, Horse riding, Ultralight Flights, Zambezi River Tour (optional activity)
|Day 13:||Hwange National Park
We stop off at the Painted Dog conservation centre where you can learn more about these rare and special dogs
|Day 14:||Hwange national Park
Full day game drive in the park
|Day 15:||Motopos National Park
After a quick stop in Buluwayo for shopping, we spend the afternoon enjoying the beauty of the Motopos balancing rocks.
|Day 16:||Motopos national Park
You get a transfer to Motopos National Park from our accommodation and do a morning Rhino trekking walk and visit the magnificent Stone age rock art. The park has significant populations of black eagles and both black and white rhinos.
|Day 17:||Mashovhela Bush Lodge
After crossing the border back into South Africa, we head to the lodge where we sleep in Hammocks for 2 nights.
|Day 18:||Mashovhela Bush Lodge
We spend the day hiking and exploring the waterfalls.
|Day 19:||Kruger National Park
We head off to Kruger National Park for the next 2 nights, where we sleep in the park in tents, listening to the sounds of the wild animals!
|Day 20:||Kruger National Park
Spend the day game driving looking for animals, such as Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Rhinos and Leopard. Don't just focus on the Big 5, but also see the beauty in the small things.
We cross the border into Swaziland to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
We spend the day hiking, horse riding, mountain biking or relaxing at the pool.
We head back home to Twana Lodge for our last evening together.
Your airport transfer will take you back to the airport for your flight home.
This tour is an accredited Field Course (3ECTS) for university students that provides field experience with conservation issues, ecology, wildlife and plants in Southern Africa, while focusing on the importance of wildlife conservation and understanding actual conflicts concerning protection of wildlife species and their habitats.
The course will provide a deeper understanding of the structure and functioning of animal communities, population control, translocations, wildlife diseases and animal behaviour. From experts in the field, students will learn more about wildlife conservation, doing ecological research, and the management of national parks during visits of protected areas, research institutes and other field excursions. To facilitate an understanding of conservation on Southern Africa, students will prepare presentations that will be giving on site.
These presentation will mainly focus on biodiversity, conservation, human-wildlife conflicts and ecology in certain areas and habitats. Students will gain knowledge about wildlife, habitats, flora and the applicability of all of these to ecological studies. The course will provide a unique opportunity for students to learn new skills and concepts. This course enables students to orient themselves on a potential internship, thesis or research project and will trigger them to evaluate their ambitions and further steps in their academic career.
- Student presentations
- Final discussion on assignment: GPS sightings/monitoring rare species/body condition scores
- Certificate for overall participation and motivation
- Final report per group
Qualification of guides General guides:
The guides that accompany the students during the complete trip have nearly 20 years of experience with overland travels in Southern Africa. Therefore, they have a varied general knowledge on the nature, culture and the geological background and history of all the locations. The guides also stimulates the students in reflecting on their career aspirations, give them some life experiences and flexibility when working in developing countries. Local guides Qualified, certified local guides and game rangers are arranged at all specific sites. They offer essential knowledge of the park, nature and animals present.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- Critically discuss and evaluate the conservation and management of wildlife/ problems in wildlife management
- Understand species distribution and adaptation to specific climate circumstances and resource availability
- Understand the major physiological and behavioural adaptations of animals in different habitatsa and ecological systems
- Describe different strategies aimed at prioritizing areas for conservation and effective management - Discuss human-wildlife issues on an academic level
- Student can set up a small experiment and analyse and discuss collected data
- Explain some of the techniques relevant for the management of wildlife populations
- Present the results in an understandably way for both managers and policy makers.
The course consists of one week preparation and three weeks in the field in which students from different disciplines will be exposed to a large diversity of mammals, birds, invertebrates, fish, reptiles and amphibians.
- Preparing for field trip and oral presentation
- Presentation of results in an oral presentation (field practical)
- Plenary discussions;
- Writing a final report based on the acquired knowledge
All activities are mandatory.
- Oral presentation
- Final group report
- Overall motivation and participation
Optional activities for the Sabozi tour:
Maun optional activities:
Flight over the Okavango Delta - $90,- (minimum of 5 people)
Planet Baobab optional activities:
Ntwetwe Overnight Quadbike Meerkat Tour - €145,- (minimum of 4 people)
Victoria Falls activities:
White Water Rafting - $160,-
Bungi Jumping - $160,-
Canoeing - $160,-
Croc Farm Tour - $ 20,-
Gorge Swing & High Wire - $ 140,-
Helicopter Flights - $ 170,-
Horse Riding - $100,-
Ultralight Flights - $ 180,-
Zambezi River Cruise - $ 55,-
Victoria Falls visit - $30,-
Kruger National Park optional activities:
Night Drive - R450,-