Country visited: South Africa
This tour gives you the best of South Africa. 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, cycling, whale watching or just taking a relaxing walk on the beach. We drive around Swaziland to Nelshoogte Nature Reserve where we spend a full day hiking, enjoying the waterfalls and swimming holes at the Queen Rose Hiking camp! After this, we head to the famous Kruger National Park, where we keep our eyes peeled for the Big 5. We are then off to Hoedspruit for some very informative, fun activities! We stay in Balule Nature reserve where you do a morning walk with a qualified naturalist on her farm. We also visit the Moholoholo Rehab centre and Hoedspruit Reptile Center. We spend a day with Rhino Revolution in Khaya Ndlovu in Hoedspruit as well as an open jeep safari. Before making our way back to Pretoria we visit the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon. The last night we spend in Sabie, where you can enjoy hiking through the forrest and swimming in the hot swimming pool.
Tour Code: SA/7/2022
Tour Price: € 1.900,-
Tour price includes: (depending on Covid 19 regulations)
Tour price excludes:
Visas, flight ticket, additional spending money, optional activities, sleeping bag & pillow. 1 dinner (St Lucia) & 1 lunch (Hoedspruit)
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...so arrival in South Africa on or before the 3rd of July!
Departure Date for July 2022:
4 July 2022
Return Date 2022:
22 July 2022
Please make sure you book your flight back to Holland from the 23rd of July onwards!
Please make sure that you are at Twana Lodge 1 day before departure date...so arrival in South Africa on or before the 1st of Aug!
Departure Date for August 2022:
2 August 2022
Return Date 2022:
20 August 2022
Please make sure you book your flight back to Holland from the 21st of Aug onwards!
For more information, you are very welcome to visit the info meeting:
Monday 4 April, 12:45 - 13:45. Bolognelaan 101, room BOL1.204 at the Uithof, Utrecht University!
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
Day 2: Drakensberg (full day hike to Tugela Falls) - included
Day 3: Drakensberg (full day for optional activities)
Day 4: Durban
Day 5: St Lucia (morning shark dissection & afternoon Hippo & Croc tour) - included
Day 6: St Lucia (game drive through iSimangaliso Wetlands Park to Cape Vidal) - included
Day 7: St Lucia (full day Hluluwe-Umfolozi game drive) - included
Day 8: St Lucia (full day for optional activities)
Day 9: Sodwana Bay
Day 10: Sodwana Bay (full day optional activities)
Day 11: Nelshoogte Nature Reserve
Day 12: Nelshoogte Nature Reserve (14 km Queen Rose Hiking Trail) - included
Day 13: Marloth Park (Jane Goodal Institute Chimp Eden) - included
Day 14: Kruger National Park (full day game drive)
Day 15: Balule Hoedspruit (full day game drive through Kruger NP) - included
Day 16: Balule Hoedspruit (morning walk, Hoedspruit Reptile Centre & Moholoholo Rehab Centre) - included
Day 17: Balule Hoedspruit (Rhino Revolution & open jeep safari) - included
Day 18: Sabie (via Blyde River Canyon)
Day 19: Twana Lodge
Day 20: Depart Home
Driving day to the Drakensberg
Tugela Falls - Included
Hike to ‘The Cascades and Tiger Falls’
Cultural village tour
On the way to St Lucia, we stop and do the shark dissection tour. They show a shark dissection where you can see the internal anatomy of one of the ocean’s most feared predators. Once we reach St Lucia, there is an afternoon Hippo and Croc boat cruise.
This town originated as a result of the good fishing in the area. The estaury is a combination of fresh and sea water and has its own unique ecosystem. Today we take you to Cape Vidal as we game drive through the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.
Today we do the full day game drive in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park. 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.
Take a day to relax, chill by the pool, explore the markets or do other optional activities. (see activity page for optional activities and rates)
A free day at the beach or the option to dive or snorkel weather permitting. If available, a talk about turltes will be given. If there are whales around, you can hire a boat to get up closer. Sodwana Bay is situated along side a World Heritage Site called Isamango Wetland. Snorkeling and diving takes place inside the Park along the east coast. A popular spot for divers and anglers because of the warmer Indian Ocean and abundance of fish and reefs. (see activity page for optional activities and rates)
Queens River Hiking Trail Camp
Driving around Swaziland, we spend the next 2 nights in the Nelshoogte Nature Reserve for a full day hike.
Queens River Hiking Trail Camp
We leave this morning on a 14km purple trail hike that includes waterfalls and swimming holes. Spend the day enjoying nature and splashing in the water.
Maloth Park is on the border with Kruger National Park, we sleep here for the night before we head into the park the next day. On the way to Marloth Park, we visit the Jane Goodall Institute Chimp Eden where we get a 2 hour tour with the Chimps.
Kruger National Park
|Day 16:||Balule Hoedspruit
After doing a morning walk with Campfire, we are off to Hoedspruit Reptile centre. After lunch, we spend the afternoon at Moholoholo Rehab centre. This is a rehabilitation centre for injured and sick animals, those that can get released back into the wild and those that are unable to be released are cared for by the Rehabilitation centre.
We spend the morning at Rhino Revolution and learn about their efforts to save the rhino and their anti-poaching program. Then we do an open jeep safari to find the Big 5!
We head to the town of Sabie via the Blyde River Canyon. We sleep at Merry Pebbles camp site where they have a hot swimming pool!
Bourkes luck Potholes
Blyde river Canyon
We head back home to Twana Lodge for our last evening together.
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: 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:
Rock Climbing - R1180,- (3 people or more)
Pocolane Peak Absail - R500,-
Durban Optional Activities:
Visiting Ushaka Marine World - R157,-
St Lucia Optional Activities:
Zulu Cultural Evening (inc. Dinner) - R440,-
Snorkel Safaris - R750,-
Horse Riding - R495,-
Bicycle Tour - R275,-
Bird Watching Tour - R425,-
Sodwana Optional Activities:
Scuba diving - R410,-
Snorkling - R 350,-
Kruger National Park Optional Activities:
Night Drive - R450,-