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Wildlife Conservation - (9N/10D)

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Starts With Rs 96600 /-
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10 days 9 nights

Description

Experience

An experience that is worth waiting for this small group adventure will take youngsters right to the heart of the African bush where they will learn about animal tracking and wildlife conservation from the very best. They will engage in projects with the local experts and volunteer some of their time working with African children. Living in camps in the jungle they will witness a sky lit by stars. They will walk with the lions, mingle with the locals, track animals & birds. Most of all for 9 whole days they will live a life that will change them forever.. 
 
Minimum Age: 14 Years
 
WHY WE LOVE THIS TRIP
  • This is not just the best introduction to wildlife but also one of the best ways for youngsters to get to appreciate the fragile balance of the ecosystems and learn about animal behaviour. 
  • Hands-on experience, a great outdoor trip working with the expert research team - a learning opportunity and a glimpse into many other professions that exist outside the big cities. 
  • New Experiences in a safe, secure environment and an opportunity to acquire skills - Independence, interdependence, leadership and more 
  • Get introduced to new cultures and engage in community work 
  • End your days with project reports, group presentations / discussions but also laughter & fun stories 
  • Return with a certificate (issued jointly by Active Holiday Company and Award Winning Conservation company African Impact) that looks good on college applications and your CV

Itineary

Day 1 
Tuesday, ArrivalOpen or Close

We meet up at Johannesburg Airport at 7 pm. Your Tour Manager from Active Holiday Company will introduce you to the rest of the group and you will be transferred to a hotel in Johannesburg.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 
Wednesday, Arrival & Project Briefing

After breakfast we leave for Kruger. A 5 to 6 hour drive to Kruger will get you to your lodge which will be your home for the next few days as you work on your conservation project. Later today you’ll get acquainted with rules pertaining to your safety, accommodation, pool etc. and of course meet your fellow participants. We end the day with a lovely local dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 
Thursday, Theory on Data Collection and Research Drive (Elephants & Rhinos) Save the Rhino Study

Today, breakfast will be followed by an introduction to your conservation project in the heart of Kruger, South Africa. We will go over the overall aim of the project and the achievements to date of the local people who run the research and development project. Then you will go over a briefing on safety while on Research vehicles and an introduction to conservation data collection and the animals you are going to observe. The members of the group are assigned different roles for the week ahead. After lunch you’ll get introduced to data sheet handling and you are all set to get on your very first Research Drive through Buffaloland. A guide and a Research Manager will teach you how to identify Elephants and Rhinos on the move. Return to the Lodge at dusk in time for dinner and a presentation on Rhino poaching.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 
Friday, Insect, Bird & Big 5 Survey, Camping & Night Observation

We have a very exciting day lined up for everyone! We start the day with an insect and bird survey early in the morning. The second half of the morning is spent entering the data captured that morning and an introduction to camera traps, finding relevant images and understanding data from the camera traps. 

After lunch, we leave for a research drive through the Klaserie Game Reserve where you can expect to learn about the behavior of Elephants, Lions, Leopards and Rhinos. We will spend the night camping here with dinner in the open over the braai (South African for barbecue). There is an entire new world of nocturnal creatures waiting to be explored and tonight you will unravel some of the mysteries of such species on a night drive through the Klaserie Game Reserve with your research guide. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 
Saturday, Klaserie - Visit to Hoedspruit

After an exciting night sleeping out under the stars, we wake up early for a research drive through the Klaserie Natural Reserve. We return to the make-shift camp in time to pack up and leave for the lodge. 

Our weekend starts with a visit to Hoedspruit town. This is your chance to do some souvenir shopping, visit the cafes in town and spend the afternoon relaxing. 
We return to the Lodge and have the rest of the evening free! 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 
Sunday, Safari to Kruger National Park

Spend a day in the world famous Kruger National Park. Enjoy seeking out the African Big 5 amongst the myriad of species including plains game, ground horn bills, hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs, wild dogs, and many, many species of birds! This is a full day trip that includes a packed breakfast and lunch. 

Return to the lodge in the evening where you will have some free time before dinner. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 
Monday, Theory on Data Collection; Reptile Park; Star-Gazing

It’s time to start connecting the dots and to see the data in action. We’ll learn how putting all the data we’ve collected into the mapping software recreates the movements of the animals! Knowing the movements of the animals is core to understanding their behaviour and conservation revolves around this in a big way. We also create ID kits for the Big 5. 

After lunch, we continue with conservation work at the local Reptile Centre. You’ll learn about handling snakes and learn about the importance of reptiles within the Eco System. 
After dinner, we gather at the lodge grounds for a evening of star-gazing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 
Tuesday, Conservation Community Class at a local school

Conservation work this morning could be creating a waterhole, doing a snare sweep or helping on the butterfly project, all as a team. With this done, you will spend the rest of the morning preparing for a Conservation lesson to be given at the local school. Your guides and Research Manager will help you with material and ways to make this as interactive and fun as possible. After lunch at the Lodge we head to the local school and take them through the importance of wildlife conservation and how they can be sensitive to this. This will give you a chance to understand the local education system, the lives of the children who live in this area and the challenges they face. We return to the Lodge in the evening and after dinner you will participate in a quiz on animal behaviour. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 
Wednesday, Project work & departure from the lodge

We being our day with a morning of project work. This can range from creating a snare garden or working on the data that you have collected through your time at the project. We go over all that we have learnt and spend a wonderful morning with new people we have met on this trip, who have now become our friends. 

With a long drive to Johannesburg ahead of us, we leave lodge at 15:30pm and drive to Nelspruit where we will be spending the night. Enjoy a great pizza dinner with the group on your last night in South Africa and turn in early.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 
Thursday, Departure

With the experience of a lifetime at an end, we leave early to get to the airport in Johannesburg for the flight back back home. 

Meals: Breakfast

Package Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfers from Johannesburg International Airport. Please contact us before booking your flights to ensure your ward is arriving at the right time.
  • Accommodation with attached facilities at the Greater Kruger Conservation Lodge.
  • One night of outdoor camping in the game reserve.
  • Arrival night stay at Johannesburg 
  • Departure night stay in Nelspruit 
  • All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Lunches (unless packed) & dinners are hot meals. Fruits are available throughout the day. There is a refrigerator for stocking things one can't live without. There is a tuck shop where snacks can be bought.
  • Services of an accompanying Active Holiday Company group manager.
  • Introduction to Wildlife Conservation and hands on experience working on different species everyday.
  • Research Game Drives with qualified and expert guides in search of the Big 5
  • Conservation work under the supervision of experts
  • A visit to the world famous Kruger National Park
  • Volunteer work in local community projects
  • Certificate for Conservation & Community Development Volunteer Work to boot University Applications & your CVs

Package Excludes

  • 9% Service Tax and / or any other taxes.
  • International or domestic flights, unless included
  • Meals other than those mentioned as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
  • Visa, passport, travel insurance.

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Dates & Prices


Start Date End Date  Price Per Person
19th December 2017 28th December 2017 INR 96,600
12th May 2018 21st May 2018 INR 96,600   
16th June 2018 25th June 2018 INR 96,600  
07th July 2018 16th July 2018 INR 96,600  
 
  • This price is exclusive of 5% GST

 

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