Academic Field Trips
African Insight has been providing academic field trips to South Africa since 1999, and many of our partner academic institutions report that these field trips have played a significant role in increasing recruitment onto courses as well as substantially improving student retention on courses.
South Africa’s third world status yet modern and well-maintained communication and travel infrastructure as well as first world medical facilities provide unique opportunities for wildlife, conservation and environmental and socio-political and rural community development field trips.
Academic field trips are designed at any level to include experiences that meet specific learning outcomes of each group thereby reinforcing (or preparing for) lessons learned in the formal lecture situation. Depending on the aims and objectives of the institution field trips can form part of a formal academic module or a supplementary experiential learning nature.
African Insight provides a complete service with every step of planning your academic field trip, from assistance with itinerary planning, flights, administration of travel documentation, payment schedules, travel insurance, preparation for parent meetings …. and once in South Africa a ‘handheld’ service every step of the way until your return home. UK based institutions can arrange for a consultant to visit you in your office or to attend one of our Overseas Trip Planning Workshops.
Wildlife Studies Field Trip Modules
African Insight offers a number of academic modules that a trip organiser or institution can select from to develop a field trip that meets their specific requirements. Each module offers a variety of possible learning outcomes that can be explored depending on the academic level or objectives of the field trip. Our experienced academic programme coordinator works closely with trip organisers to ensure that the desired outcomes are planned for and achieved.
Minimum Requirements for a Wildlife Studies Field Trip
- Itineraries are for a minimum of 10 days on the ground in South Africa
- Groups consist of a minimum of 10 participants
- Groups are accompanied by at least one responsible adult group leader per 10 students
- All participants agree to African Insight’s Code of Conduct
- Proof of travel insurance is supplied before arrival
- For more information on how to set up an African Insight Wildlife Studies Field Trip contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our base during this module of the academic field trip is Moholoholo Wildlife Sanctuary, home to arguably the most successful wildlife rehabilitation centre in South Africa. Here we will have our first opportunity to walk in the African bush and learn about aspects of ecology and animal behaviour. From this base, we have easy access to a variety of optional experiences that will add value to your field trip.
This is a 3 or 4-night module. Proclaimed a National Park in 1926, Kruger is nearly 2 million hectares; roughly the size of Wales. From north to south it is 320km, and east to west a mean width of about 65 kilometres. Most of the Park’s western boundary borders onto private areas under conservation and therefore unfenced, allowing the free movement of the game over an even greater area. The eastern boundary is the international border with Mozambique.
Zululand is home to the oldest conservation areas in Africa with the proclamation of Hluhluwe, iMfolozi and St. Lucia Game Reserves in 1895. However, the conservation road has not been an easy one. In the first 50 years wildlife (and cattle) populations were ravaged by rinderpest and numerous attempts of orchestrated mass annihilation. Due to the ever-present threat of Nagana that wildlife posed to domestic stock, reserves were constantly under threat from agriculture and veterinary authorities, as a result of the widespread use of DDT which was indiscriminately applied by aerial spraying.
This 2-night module takes place in the Maputaland region of KwaZulu-Natal province which is home to the Maputaland Coastal Forest and Marine Reserves. These make up the northernmost section of iSimangaliso Wetland Park which links protected ecosystems as a continuous World Heritage Park stretching 220 km from the Mozambique border southwards to St. Lucia and 5 Kilometres out to sea.
This 11 night / 12-day module covers three unique conservation areas located in the Zululand and Maputaland regions of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Incorporating a unique opportunity for students to engage in practical fieldwork, explore one of South Africa’s true wild ‘Big 5’ reserves and experience the most pristine marine wilderness in the world. This module incorporates aspects of Modules 4, 5 and 6 with more emphasis on practical sessions.