Countries visited: South Africa & Swaziland
This tour gives you the best of South Africa and Swaziland. From Pretoria we head to the Drakensberg for 2 full days. Drakensberg is considered the premium hiking destination in South Africa, you can do a hike to the highest country in Southern Africa, Lesotho. Drakensburg also has the higest consentration of rock art in the world and has the 2nd highest waterfall on the planet. From here we head to the east coast for snorkling, diving or just taking a relaxing walk on the beach. Swaziland is the next stop, for more hiking, horse riding and mountain biking. We head to the famous Kruger National Park, where we keep our eyes peeled for the Big 5. We then head to Hoedspruit for some fun activities like visiting the Moholoholo Rehab centre, Kinyonga Reptile Center and a visit to the famous Jessica the Hippo! We make our way back to Pretoria via the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon.
Tour Code: SASWA
Tour Price: € 1.625,-
Tour price includes: All transport in our fully equiped Overland vehicle, camping equipment, cooking equipment, all meals. Full day hike to Tugela Falls in Drakensberg, Shark dissection, Boat cruise in St Lucia,all game drives in Kruger in our vehicle, the interactive tour at Kinyonga Reptile center in Hoedspruit, morning visit to Jessica the Hippo and afternoon Moholoholo Rehabitation centre in Hoedspruit.
Tour price excludes: Visas, flight ticket, 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!
This year the Safari course has become a new ‘Biologie in het Werkveld’ course (2.5 ECTS): (http://biologieinhetwerkveld.
The trips for Wageningen and other students remain a Capita Selecta Course (3 ECTS).
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?
Hope to see you soon :)!
Day 1: Drakensberg (South Africa)
Day 2: Drakensberg (Full day hike to Tugela Falls)
Day 3: Drakensberg
Day 4: Durban
Day 5: St Lucia (Shark dissection) & (Afternoon Boat cruise)
Day 6: St Lucia
Day 7: St Lucia
Day 8: Sodwana Bay
Day 9: Sodwana Bay
Day 10: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (Swaziland)
Day 11: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Day 12: Komatiepoort (South Africa)
Day 13: Kruger National Park
Day 14: Kruger National Park (full day game drive)
Day 15: Kruger National Park (full day game drive)
Day 16: Hoedspruit (Kinyonga Reptile Centre)
Day 17: Hoedspruit (Jessica the Hippo & Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre)
Day 18: Sabie (via Blyde River Canyon)
Day 19: Twana Lodge
Day 20: Flight Home
Driving day to the Drakensberg
Tugela Falls - Included
Hike to ‘The Cascades and Tiger Falls’
Cultural village tour
Hluluwe/Imfolozi National Park are actually two parks that have been joined together. These National Parks are one of South Africa’s ‘Big five’ parks. Rhino breeding projects have been taking place here for years, and has resulted in the White rhino being reintroduced into many parks as far north as Kenya. (see activity page for optional activities and rates)
A 100km drive to Sodwana Bay where you can do some kyaking on Lake Mzuzi – well known for its bird life
Lake Mzuzi is situated in a protected wildlife area and is a favorite with birding enthusiast
|Day 10:||To Swaziland – Mlilwane Game Reserve
Today is a drive day and we cross the border into Swaziland – if time allows we will visit a local market where you can buy some gifts to take home.
Swaziland – Mlilwane Game Reserve
|Day 12:||To Komatipoort
A travel day again, crossing the border back into South Africa, whe we stop to do some shopping and camp just out the entrance to Kruger National Park.
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
We leave the park this morning and continue to Hoedspruit for the next 2 nights, but first we stop at Kinyonga Reptile Centre for an interactive tour.
Jessica the Hippo
Moholoholo Rehab centre
We head to the town of Sabie via the Blyde River Canyon. We sleep at Merry Pebbles camp site.
Bourkes luck Potholes
Blyde river Canyon
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.
Student Safaris are accredited (3 ECTS) Field Courses 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 habitats 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 South Africa & Swaziland Tour: Prices are subject to change at any time without notice. We do our best to keep prices current and provide accurate information.
Drakensberg Optional Activities:
Hiking to Lesotho - R750,-
Cathedral Peak Summit climb - R1100,-
Rock Climbing - R1210,- (3 people or more)
Pocolane Peak Absail - R350,-
Durban Optional Activities:
Visiting Ushaka Marine World - R187,-
St Lucia Optional Activities:
Full day Cape Vidal game drive (inc. Lunch) - R825,-
Zulu Cultural Evening (inc. Dinner) - R440,-
Night Drive - R465,-
Whale Watching - R950,-
Snorkel Safaris - R750,-
Horse Riding - R495,-
Bicycle Tour - R275,-
Bird Watching Tour - R425,-
SPECIAL!! Combo tour: a two hour hike, game drive in Isimangaliso park toward Cape Vidal and also spend time at Vidal beach, we can also include the whale watching tour walk (inc. lunch and park fees) - R845,- pp
Sodwana Optional Activities:
Scuba diving - R410,-
Snorkling - R 350,-
Swaziland Optional Activities:
Horse riding - R200,-
Mountain biking - R450,-
White water river rafting - R1300,-
Quad biking - R600,-
Adventure Caving - R1900,-
Kruger National Park Optional Activities:
Night Drive - R450,-