It is difficult to put into words how it feels to see your first giraffe, zebra, wildebeest or even impala in it's natural habitat, even harder to describe how it feels to be up close to these magnificent animals and almost impossible to describe the feeling when you are on foot and up close! On this project you will have the opportunity to try and describe this feeling for yourself! Oh!! Did we mention that you may also see lion and elephant this closely as well?!
This project is part of the Balule Nature Reserve, a 35,000 hectare 'Big 5' reserve with no borders to Kruger National Park, making it part of the Greater Kruger National Park. It is an open system where game is allowed to wander freely over several privately owned farms that make up Balule. Because the project does not have animals in cages or in captivity this is not a 'hands on' animal project, rather it enables you to encounter animals in their natural habitat.
The aim of this project is to give you an introduction to all aspects of game farm management. That's why their motto is 'Conservation Through Education'! You will be studying (yes, really studying:-) ecology, conservation and wildlife specific to the owning and running of a game farm, through a structured lecture program combined with a practical approach, like anti-erosion work and alien plant control. Daily bush walks with your guide will give you plenty of chances to spot wildlife on foot and will give you the opportunity to learn navigation, tracking and survival skills, as well as learning all about the wildlife, flora and fauna. Theory and practical combined will give you a unique behind the scenes view of South Africa's most renowned National Park!
This project is an ideal initiation to the whole African bush experience and is a great way to start your adventure. It is a family run project and you are treated not as a guest but as one of the family, which is important whether it's your first time away from home or your hundredth! During your stay you will get ample time to relax and enjoy Africa's peace. Also, the project leaders have built in time to accompany you to your choice of the awesome excursions in the area. They are really not to be missed!
As part of the curriculum you can expect to learn about:
Knowledge of and competency in the bush:
There are five separate rondawels to accommodate from 1-8 persons as well as five caravans to accommodate from 1-2 persons. Apart from this, there is a 3 storey tower where you can sleep out under the stars above tree level. The separate ablution block has got hot and cold running water, flushing toilets, showers and a bath. All bedding is provided, but bring your own sleeping bag for sleeping on the tower or in the bush.
Group size: 1-15 Students, from July until October upto 22 students
Maximum stay: 2 Weeks.
Wildlife Experience: holiday with a difference!
The all-inclusive package, with no hidden extra costs, runs for 14 days. The price includes wifi, accommodation, 3 meals a day (special diets catered for), laundry, Eastgate Airport pick-up & drop-off, weekly town trips for shopping and bush walks & game drives. The following experiences are included as standard:
Special activities may be included as they arise, at no extra cost, for example, accompanying the local wildlife vet on call, visiting a game farm, attending a conservation event, etc.
In addition, there will be short, informal lectures, designed to give participants an understanding of both animals and nature to enhance their experiences on bush walks and game drives. They will also participate in the conservation of the area with hands-on experience in the Bush, which could include alien plant control, erosion management or working on sustainable projects.
Participants must please be made aware that we are in a BIG 5 area and that the programme may be disrupted at any point by game viewing opportunities, whether it be elephants visiting at the camp fence, giraffes passing by or an early morning wake-up call to go see lions…!
On arrival, participants may also choose from a variety of optional extra excursions (prices vary per excursion) which can be fitted into the two week programme: Panorama Drive – touring the natural beauty of Limpopo’s breath-taking landscapes and waterfalls, Horse-back Safari, airborne Microlight Safari, Blyde Canyon Boat trip, additional day-trip into Kruger National Park.
Restrictions: Participants must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper-age restriction.