This Journey offers a unique opportunity to learn a variety of skills from experienced rangers that will enhance your knowledge and appreciation of wildlife, conservation and the African bush. The course incorporates unique opportunities for participants to engage in practical hands-on activities while being immersed in the African bush.
Day 1: Arrive at King Shaka International Airport Durban
An African Insight representative will meet you on arrival at King Shaka International Airport, Durban and transfer you to Somkhanda Game Reserve where your adventure will begin. Upon arrival at Somkhanda, we settle into camp and have a brief introduction to the programme as well as an overview of the itinerary for the next few days.
Flights need to arrive at King Shaka before 11h00
Day 2: Somkhanda Game Reserve Student Camp
Our first morning we take it relatively easy, with a lot of activities designed to teach you the most basic of bush skills you will need for the trip.
In the afternoon you will have an orientation activity in groups where you will move to 6 positions on roads around the main camp. The team completes tasks and collects points that they will use later to “buy” food etc. for the pooitjie competition.
Some activities at each position include All Aboard, Pellet Gun, change a Tire, get up High, Impala and Wild dogs crossing
In the evening we will do the following
- Pooitjie competition
- Conflict Awareness: Animal cards and Dramas
- Full review activity.
Day 3 - Scotia Camp
Participants will spend today journeying through the bush. Along the way, an overall understanding of some basic bush skills, tracking, wildlife conservation and hunting (understanding the value of both hunting and conservation and issues around concepts) Navigation & Bush awareness, understanding the core competencies for moving through the bush and bush environment.
The bush environment, unlike the city, has no artificial light, making star gazing a favourite activity when enjoying an evening braai or sleep out. Dinner will be prepared by yourselves and will be enjoyed around a campfire.
Day 4 & 5- Kosi Bay
Kosi Bay lies in the northernmost part of the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Situated close to the border of Mozambique, it is one of the most remote, yet beautiful places in the country. It is not a bay at all but actually a complex estuarine ecosystem comprising of four interlinked lakes fed by the Siyadla and Nswamanzi Rivers.
Day 4 - circular hike via lake Zilonde, forests, swamp, dunes, beach and snorkelling
Day 5 - hike to Lake 1 where they will be collected by boat for a cruise through the channels, Lake 2 and Lake 3 and drop off at Bhanga Neck. They will then hike down to Bhanga Neck and spend some time on the beach where they will be collected by 4x4 vehicle and driven back to Utshwayelo
Students will carry daypacks with their lunch and refreshments
Day 6 – King Shaka International
After Breakfast you will be transferred to King Shaka International for your return flight on time and ready to return home.
- All participants are 15 years or older.
- Itineraries are for a minimum of 10 days groups consist of a minimum of 10 participants
- Groups are accompanied by at least 1 adult per 10 students
- All participants agree to sign a responsible tourism code of conduct
- Proof of travel insurance before arrival
Accommodation in tents on shared basis
- Guides / facilitators
- Transport (Return transfers)
- All meals except lunch on days 1 & 6
- Entrance fees
- Activities as per itinerary
- First Aid Kits
- Medical Evacuation in case of emergency
- Lunch on Days 1 & 6
- Items of a personal nature
- All Flights
- Backpack & Water bottles
- Travel Insurance