Location: Dwars-in-de-weg, Steenbokpan, Lephalale, Limpopo, South Africa
Leader: Peter Marais
Dates: March – April 2020, May – August 2020, September 2020
Number of Participants: 10 – 24
Explore the Southern point of Africa. The place where you can rest beneath the stars next to a crackling campfire, and wake up to an endless array of adrenaline boosting activities. South Africa is known for its diverse and phenomenal wildlife and sightings of the magnificent big 5 can be guaranteed. If you love nature this Outdoor Leadership Institute will be a trip of a lifetime.
Save South Africa one animal at a time!
Outdoor Leadership Institute in conjunction with our partners in South Africa offers International students a life changing experience in beautiful South Africa. If you have a passion for the conservation of nature and wish to travel while going on an ultimate adventure, then this is for you. During this 10-day adventure you are guaranteed to not only make memories to last a lifetime, you will get the opportunity to work with animals and work on conservation issues which will change your perspective of the world around you forever.
Our partner Game Ways have been teaching student from across the region about conservation of big game and now that course work is available to us.
This is a 10-day expedition, which will get you in the South African Bushfield, close to wild animals and working with animals in conjunction with a veterinarian. You will learn about conservation, and the local environment, and take part in engaging talks about local culture and life including visiting historical sites in one of the most pristine parts of the world.
The 10-day expedition can be extended to explore additional areas in South Africa and further conservation and adventure activities in the Western Cape, Cape Town, famous for the “One of the 7 wonders of the world Table Mountain” and Shark Cage diving with White Sharks.
Primary Accommodations – Game Ways Training Facility
The training facility is situated in the heart of the beautiful Limpopo bush-veld about 40Km from Lephalale (Ellisras). Here fellow nature lovers and conservationists are welcomed with open arms. The training facility offers refreshing swimming pools, a relaxation area, large dining hall where guest can indulge in South African meals and a lectures. The training area consist of 2,100 hectares of bushfield. Here we can provide students with practical knowledge and experience. Guest start every day watching the sun rise over the beautiful Limpopo Maroela bushfield.
Early morning wake up with the sun rising and birds singing in the South African Bushveld, walking in the footprint of nature – nature hikes and observation of wild animals, working with animals, snake handling, and helicopter flights where you would be able to make a better recording of the different animal species and gain better insight about the condition of their habitats.
Day 1 – Arrival day
Arrival Johannesburg International Airport in South Africa and transported to Ranch in Steenbokpan, Lepalale, Limpopo.
Day two the nature adventure really begins.
• Pre-Vet experience (Assist a wildlife veterinarian in the dart, treatment and relocation of various animal species)
• Sitting around camp fires
• Snake presentation (Identification, treatment of wounds and handling)
• Introduction on the wildlife of South Africa
• Helicopter flight (Experience South Africa for half an hour from a bird’s view)
• Night walk and Navigation
• Cultural plays and competitions
• Nature quiz night
• Obstacle course and team building activities
• Day Anti-Poaching experience (Bush survival, build shelter, prepare food on fire and sleep under the stars)
• Star gazing
• Tree and Grass Identification
• Weapon handling, safety and target shooting competitions,
• Visiting big 5 nature reserve (Pilanesberg nature reserve)
• Walks in nature and Night drives.
DAY 10 – TRANSFER TO JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN SOUTH AFRICA.
• Transportation from OR Tambo International Airport and back to airport after duration of stay.
• Accommodation at Game Ways Lodge.
• 3 meals per day and snacks.
• Game Ways Study Guide.
• 3 Game Ways and OLI branded shirts.
• Game Ways and OLI water bottle.
• All presentations by specialist in their various departments.
• All day trips and transport to various locations.
• Dinner reservations in the beautiful Pretoria, Boabab Restaurant.
• 1 Night stay in a guesthouse near Airport before departure.
What’s Not Included
• Flights to and from South Africa
• Course dates are subject to a minimum amount of bookings. (10 people)
• The course is presented in English
• Bookings are limited to 24 guest per course.
• After the completion of the course students receive a certificate to indicate that they successfully completed the course.
During the duration of your stay you will
• Build lifelong friendships.
• Travel and explore the Southern point of South Africa.
• Change the way you see the wildlife of Africa forever.
• Make memories and capture moments you will never forget.
The course promises to be an unforgettable experience for any guest who has a passion for nature and wishes to discover the Southern point of Africa.
OLI requires travelers to be in good physical shape and health. The tour may involve: long days (usually 8+ hours), a substantial amount of physical activity in very remote locations. Being in the sun in potentially hot temperatures, long journeys by bus, and other similarly challenging scenarios. If you have questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help determine if the trip is appropriate for you.
BASE TRIP PRICE – 10 TO 14 PERSONS (PER PERSON):
BASE TRIP PRICE – 15 TO 24 PERSONS (PER PERSON):
Final payment is due 90 days before departure.
EXTENDED TRIP PRICE (PER PERSON):
(Extend your African experience with five day to visit the mother city of South Africa, Cape Town and Hermanus located in the Western Cape Province.)
(Additional Information on request)
While we do our best to adhere to the itinerary, traveling to remote parts of the world requires flexibility, and changes to specific interactions and other activities may occur. In addition, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and changes to timetables and transport routes, which can happen with little notice. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time. Each day we will update you on the program and keep you informed throughout the trip.OLI may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events, it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary.
If OLI cancels the trip, traveler can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.
Additional Information on Activities
There is no better way of changing the world than changing the way you look at things. You only really acknowledge South Africa’s beauty when you are able to see her in her full capacity. This trip will make you want to be involved in protecting these endangered animals.
Walking in the footprints of Nature: Take a walk with us and make the connection with nature. To preserve nature you need to understand the behavior of the animals you are striving to help. During your walk in nature you can witness the true miracles nature has to offer.
Horse Riding: There is no better way exploring the wildlife and nature of South Africa than on a horseback Safari through our beautiful Nature Reserves.
Pilanesburg National Parks The volcano that gave birth to a game reserve by the name of Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The Pilanesberg Mountain was named after a historic Tswana chief, Pilane, and the ‘Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex’ is the park’s primary geological feature. This volcano was created 300-million-year ago. Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic area of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature and boasts the big 5 that make Pilanesberg reserve comparable to none in Africa. Pilanesberg National Park is 110 000 acres in size and offers Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhinoceros referred to as the Big Five as this is one of Pilanesberg major draw cards because of the ample sightings of the big Five in the reserve. Bird watching in Pilanesberg is tremendous; there is an extensive diversity of bird species as over 300 bird species have been recorded as 6 world-class photographic hides overlooking spectacular drinking water holes offer the bird and animal lover an experience beyond expectations. The park now has in excess of 7 000 animals including 24 of the larger species, 132 tree species and 68 grass species making Pilanesberg the finest diverse fauna and flora big 5 Game Reserve in Africa.
Pre-vet experience: Spend time working side by side with a wildlife veterinarian. You would be assisting the vet in helping sick or injured animals back to health while learning more about various darting techniques, drugs, supplements and different animal diseases. Participants could also help the veterinarian relocate animals to another geographic area that is more fulfilling of the animal needs. If you have a love and passion for animals and would love to help rescue them, then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for.
Target Shooting (optional): Firearms are definitely one of the tools that will be used on a game and nature reserve. It is important that any conservationist or person working in nature have adequate knowledge of firearms. This includes firearm safety, shooting techniques and operational knowledge of different types of firearms and calibers.
Snakes: Nature conservationists will certainly encounter snakes regularly in their professions, especially in the warmer summer months. The poison of some snakes is fatal while other snake species are not poisonous at all. It is therefore important that conservationist have adequate knowledge about the different species.With many farms and nature reserves situated in remote areas it is vital for any person working in nature to know exactly how to react in the case of a snake bite. Snake identification is crucial, as different snakebites require different medical procedures.
Team-building: OLI and Gameways build lots of team-building into this trip. We do not only teach guests to take care of South Africa’s wildlife but we also teach them to take care of each other. The wide variety of team building exercises and group projects makes it almost impossible for guest not to build new friendships with people from all over the world. It is certainly a unique, unforgettable experience for guest to meet different people, working together towards the same goal and all sharing a love and passion for animals and the conservation of nature.
South African Cuisine: Learn and experience the aromatic tastes of South Africa. During your stay you not only get the opportunity to taste delicious South African meals but also learn how to make some of our specialties. The various cultural influences from all over the world does what makes South African cuisine so unique taste.“Cooking and eating in a foreign country may be the surest, truest way to its soul.