Schools Africa and The Middle East South Africa Wildlife Biology Fieldtreks 2

Wildlife Biology Fieldtreks

11 days

South Africa offers fantastic opportunities for Biology fieldtreks; combining the best of the Lowveld region with a safari in Kruger National Park. Students will be able to study the eco-systems that support the diverse and varied wildlife and visit conservation projects.

The Schools Worldwide team have developed many itineraries to Croatia over the years and have prepared the following school expedition based on our personal recommendations and experiences. However, as with all our school expeditions, every itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your school and your group. You can choose this itinerary exactly as it stands, or use it as a starting point for your group's own unique overseas experience...

Itinerary Highlights

  • Kruger National Park
  • Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
  • Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
  • Elephant Experience
  • Panorama Route
Day 1. UK to Transit
Today you will leave the UK for your overnight flight to Johannesburg in South Africa.
Day 2. Transit to Hazyview
Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met by your local guide who will show you to your vehicle and introduce you to your driver. You will then head due east to the Lowveld region of South Africa.
Day 3. Hazyview to Lowveld
Begin your exploration of southern Africa with a tour around the world-famous 'Panorama Route'. This is one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations in South Africa. It leads through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg. Here, in the north-eastern part of the Great Escarpment, the inland plateau declines abruptly and steeply and opens up fantastic views of the plains of the Lowveld a thousand metres below. The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon, from where a small loop road leads to "God's Window" - a spectacular view! The Canyon starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondavels". From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge. The Potholes are very impressive rock formations that were shaped millions of years ago by erosion. The bizarre swirl holes developed when the once rapid river carried masses of sand and debris. You will also visit the wonderful Echo Caves, where you can see spectacular stalactites and stalagmites inside this National Monument.
Day 4. Lowveld to Lowveld
Today you will have the opportunity to explore Moholoholo Rehabilitation centre. Wildlife is brought to the centre from all corners of South Africa, and once healthy enough are re-introduced into their natural environments. Those creatures that cannot be returned to the wild due to the nature and extent of their injuries are cared for at the centre and are used to educate the many people who visit us each year, both from across South Africa and abroad. The Centre now houses confiscated Lions from a Mozambique Circus, Leopard, Caracal, Serval, Cheetah, Crowned Eagle, Marshall Eagle, Vultures and many more that have been confiscated, orphaned, or injured. You will have a guided tour of the centre, and will be introduced to all the animals before enjoying some lunch on the grass where many smaller species roam free. In the afternoon, you will continue an extended tour of the centre.
Day 5. Lowveld to Kruger National Park
Today you will head towards Kruger National Park. En route, you will you will visit the Hoedpsruit Endangered Species Centre. Following an introductory presentation on the Centre, you will enjoy an in-depth tour in open safari vehicles with experienced guides moving between the various enclosures, enabling you to view cheetah, wild dog, lions, the black-footed cat, African wild cat, ground hornbills, sable antelope and much more. After your tour at the Centre, you will continue to the world-famous Kruger National Park.
Day 6. Kruger National Park to Kruger National Park
You will want to get up early today to head out to explore the National Park. Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa, covering 18,989 square km (7,332 sq mi) and extends 350km from north to south and 60km from east to west. All the Big Five (Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard) animals are found at Kruger National Park, which has more species of mammals than any other African Game Reserve (at 147 species). Other species that you may come across include: Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Impala, Eland, Kudu, Cheetah and Wildebeest.
Day 7. Kruger National Park to Kruger National Park
Another full day to explore the amazing wildlife of Kruger! Don't forget to look out for the small things - there are 517 species of bird found in Kruger as well as numerous smaller mammals such as scrub hares, bushbabies and elephant-shrews.
Day 8. Kruger National Park to Kruger National Park
Today is your final day in Kruger, so keep your eyes peeled for any species you may not have seen already!
Day 9. Kruger National Park to Hazyview
Leaving Kruger National Park, you will head to The Elephant Sanctuary, near Hazyview. Their 'Elephant Experience' includes brushing down and grooming of the elephants with their handlers on a one-on-one basis, followed by an amazing 1.5 hours of up-close and personal interactive educational program with the elephants in their natural environment. Experienced guides share in-depth information and insight into African elephants and you will have the opportunity of walking trunk-in-hand with elephants. You get the opportunity to learn about elephant personalities, habits and behaviour. Food to feed the elephants is included in the program. After your visit, you will head to your final campsite where you can have a celebratory final meal!
Day 10. Hazyview to Transit
Leaving the Lowveld, you head back to Johannesburg for your overnight flight back to the UK
Day 11. Transit to UK
You will land back into the UK early this morning - welcome home!

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