Zululand Conservation Experience
After arriving in South Africa we transfer to Somkhanda Game Reserve where you have the unique opportunity to contribute to the conservation of endangered and threatened wildlife species by doing practical fieldwork that will make a difference. This is a unique programme which is aimed at adventurous travellers who are looking for a “Science on Safari” experience where they will be actively involved in meaningful wildlife conservation work.
After Somkhanda we drive over the Lebombo Mountains to the remote Tembe Elephant Park where, from our accommodation at Royal Thonga Lodge, we will explore one of South Africa’s truly wild Big 5 game reserves. This unique experience compliments the Somkhanda experience with a Big 5 safari experience. This remote park lies on the border between South Africa and Mozambique, where over 250 of the largest elephant in the world roam. Here we will enjoy unlimited safari drives in our own private safari vehicle and guide.
Rounding off the experience we enjoy 3 nights at seaside resort village of Ponto Do Oura in Mozambique for a completely different beach and marine life experience. Ponto Do Oura is renowned for its sandy beaches, coral reefs and opportunities for some of the finest snorkelling and dolphin interactions. All these experiences are booked on arrival and for you own account. Everything in Ponta do Oura is within walking distance of our private guest house accommodation
Arriving in the late afternoon, you will be given an opportunity to unpack, before departing on an early evening game drive before dinner.
DAYS 2 – 7: Wildlife Monitoring & Conservation
Working in small groups our daily programmes will start with either a bushwalk aimed at providing a broader appreciation and knowledge of the basics of tracking, bird, mammal, insect identification which will enhance the experience or one of the following wildlife conservation projects:
- Rhino monitoring
- Camera Trap Surveying
- Game Population Monitoring
DAYS 8 & 9: Tembe Elephant Park (Royal Thonga Lodge)
After a scenic 2 hour transfer over the Lebombo Mountains (once home to the well-known author of King Solomon’s Mines – Ryder Haggard) and into Maputaland, home of the Tembe Elephant Park and other unique wildlife adventure destinations. From our safari lodge, we spend these two days exploring this truly wild park which is only accessible by 4x4 and offers the greatest diversity of wildlife in KwaZulu-Natal including the Big 5, lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as Africa’s smallest antelope the Suni.
DAYS 10-13: Ponto Do Oura – Mozambique (Gala-Gala Eco Lodge)
It is a relatively short trip to The Mozambique border where we will leave our vehicle and be met on the other side by transport provided by our host. The drive from the border to Ponto Do Oura is an adventure in itself! On arrival, we will meet out host, enjoy a light lunch and settle into our rooms.
DAY 14: Return to King Shaka International
After a very early breakfast, we pack up and depart for the border control to arrive as it opens to make the journey back to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg/ King Shaka Airport Durban for the return flight home.
For this last section of your trip, you can choose to relax on the beach, book snorkelling and dolphin excursions with your hosts at Gala Gala. It is safe to explore the village’s extensive informal market and many souvenir shops by foot, making sure to take reasonable precautions for your personal safety. (included in this package is a Dolphin excursion, snorkelling and a two-hour quad bike excursion)
- ZAR 22,245
- EUR 1698
- Accommodation on shared basis (Lodge accommodation with en-suite bathroom)
- All Activities as per Itinerary
- Local Guides/facilitators
- All meals except lunches in Mozambique and lunches on days 1 &
- All Entrance fees
- Additional / optional activities
- Items of a personal nature