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Service and Safari: Mammal Conservation in South Africa

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Program #20580RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
The Lajuma Research Centre is in mountainous terrain ranging in altitude from 3775 to 5735 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Equipment needed includes sturdy, broken-in hiking boots, a whistle and a flashlight or headlamp. Suggested equipment includes binoculars for game viewing.

Itinerary for Oct 6 — Oct 23, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, October 06 - Departures
Afternoon: Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Hotel, a beautifully appointed, Tuscan-themed hotel, is located on a small lake only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg International Airport in a very secure area. All studio suites have private, attached bathrooms, and either twin or double beds.

Contact info:
9 Zulberg Close, Off Ernest Oppenheimer Road,
Bruma Lake
Johannesburg, 2100 South Africa
phone: +27 -(0)11-622-8436
web: www.citylodge.co.za/cy2.php

Room amenities: Large rooms include full bathrooms, seating/office area, television, patios overlooking the lake as well as coffee/tea making facilities, telephone, radio, hair dryer, TV, AC/heat, safe, fan, safe/lock box, and electrical outlets. Refrigerator, ironing board, and iron are available on request.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, pool (not heated), restaurant serving continental meals, bar, room service, and US currency exchange. Hotel staff can provide laundry service during week-days; guests can also do their laundry for a nominal fee. Guests can get 15 minutes wireless free per day on each of their personal wireless devices. After the 15 minute deal guests can purchase a voucher from the front desk or via credit card on the web link. The purchase will generate a username and password to be entered on screen by the guest. Alternatively, a PC computer and printer is available at the guest office but the 15 minute free wi-fi deal does not apply. The voucher prices vary by time: in summer 2012 30 minutes of wireless costs 30 South African Rand, 1 hour is 50 South African Rand, 2 hours is 90 South African Rand, 4 hours is 145 Rand, and 1 day is 195 Rand.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Program Provider
Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 07 - Arrival in Johannesburg
Afternoon: Arrive Johannesburg where you clear customs and are met for the transfer to the hotel. Enjoy happy hour drinks and snacks in the hotel lounge from 5pm-7pm.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: An orientation session follows dinner.

Lodging: Courtyard Hotel Eastgate

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Accommodation at Lajuma Research Centre is provided at the Wilderness Camp. The accommodation consists of a thatched living area (containing kitchen and dining facilities as well as space for research equipment and talks) and a series of 8 accommodation units, each unit containing two beds and bathroom facilities. The camp has electricity from a generator and gas refrigeration is used in the kitchen. The generator will run for as long as necessary for the group’s activities and will be switched off by the last person who goes to bed. The generator is likely to be switched off by 9:00 or 10:00pm each night. There is no internet access at the Wilderness Camp at present, and mobile phone service is spotty. The Wilderness Camp at the Lajuma Research Centre is located in the center of the research project study area. Although there will occasionally be the need to drive to some activities, much of the study area can be reached by walking.

Contact info:
n/a
Louis Trichardt, South Africa
phone: +9784610081
web: www.earthwatch.org/exped/hill.html

Room amenities: Each of the eight accommodation units contains two separate twin beds and bathroom facilities. Hot water and showers are available in each accommodation block along with sinks and conventional flush toilets. Bath tubs are not available. Mosquito nets are not needed.

Facility amenities: Swimming is available at natural pools along the river, although the staff will advise which pools are safe to swim in and which are not. Lajuma Research Centre is situated in a beautiful mountainous environment, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and as such it provides a great opportunity to "unplug" from everyday life.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Tuesday, October 08 - Start of Research Project
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport where you board a flight to Polokwane.

Lunch: A lunch snack is provided in flight.

Afternoon: Arrive Polokwane where you are met and transferred to the Lajuma Research Centre, the base of operations for Earthwatch Institute's "Mammal Conservation in South Africa" research project.

Lodging: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Field Station

Description: Accommodation at Lajuma Research Centre is provided at the Wilderness Camp. The accommodation consists of a thatched living area (containing kitchen and dining facilities as well as space for research equipment and talks) and a series of 8 accommodation units, each unit containing two beds and bathroom facilities. The camp has electricity from a generator and gas refrigeration is used in the kitchen. The generator will run for as long as necessary for the group’s activities and will be switched off by the last person who goes to bed. The generator is likely to be switched off by 9:00 or 10:00pm each night. There is no internet access at the Wilderness Camp at present, and mobile phone service is spotty. The Wilderness Camp at the Lajuma Research Centre is located in the center of the research project study area. Although there will occasionally be the need to drive to some activities, much of the study area can be reached by walking.

Contact info:
n/a
Louis Trichardt, South Africa
phone: +9784610081
web: www.earthwatch.org/exped/hill.html

Room amenities: Each of the eight accommodation units contains two separate twin beds and bathroom facilities. Hot water and showers are available in each accommodation block along with sinks and conventional flush toilets. Bath tubs are not available. Mosquito nets are not needed.

Facility amenities: Swimming is available at natural pools along the river, although the staff will advise which pools are safe to swim in and which are not. Lajuma Research Centre is situated in a beautiful mountainous environment, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and as such it provides a great opportunity to "unplug" from everyday life.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Wednesday, October 09 - Orientation and Introduction
Note: As the components of the service project vary by season and weather, the activities outlined below are a general outline of possible activities that can be expected. Additional information will be provided at the start of the service project.

Breakfast: Breakfast at camp.

Morning: Orientation and field training methodology. The research at the Lajuma Research Centre focuses on four primary objectives: 1. To evaluate the role of the Soutpansberg Mountains in conserving flagship mammalian species. 2. To assess the extent of actual and perceived human-leopard conflict and the viability of the Soutpansberg leopard population. 3. To evaluate the nature and extent of human-primate conflict within the Soutpansberg Mountains. 4. To evaluate and mitigate the environmental risks from land reform and land use change. To this end, volunteers will have the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities and develop their own personal interests within the scope of the research. Possible activities during your stay at the research center include: Camera-trapping, scat surveys, dietary analysis, radio-tracking and collaring, primate habituation and behavioral data collection, habitat surveys and vegetation monitoring.

Lunch: Lunch at camp.

Afternoon: Introductory talks.

Dinner: Dinner at camp.

Evening: Talks from research staff or time to relax.

Lodging: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Accommodation at Lajuma Research Centre is provided at the Wilderness Camp. The accommodation consists of a thatched living area (containing kitchen and dining facilities as well as space for research equipment and talks) and a series of 8 accommodation units, each unit containing two beds and bathroom facilities. The camp has electricity from a generator and gas refrigeration is used in the kitchen. The generator will run for as long as necessary for the group’s activities and will be switched off by the last person who goes to bed. The generator is likely to be switched off by 9:00 or 10:00pm each night. There is no internet access at the Wilderness Camp at present, and mobile phone service is spotty. The Wilderness Camp at the Lajuma Research Centre is located in the center of the research project study area. Although there will occasionally be the need to drive to some activities, much of the study area can be reached by walking.

Contact info:
n/a
Louis Trichardt, South Africa
phone: +9784610081
web: www.earthwatch.org/exped/hill.html

Room amenities: Each of the eight accommodation units contains two separate twin beds and bathroom facilities. Hot water and showers are available in each accommodation block along with sinks and conventional flush toilets. Bath tubs are not available. Mosquito nets are not needed.

Facility amenities: Swimming is available at natural pools along the river, although the staff will advise which pools are safe to swim in and which are not. Lajuma Research Centre is situated in a beautiful mountainous environment, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and as such it provides a great opportunity to "unplug" from everyday life.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Thursday, October 10 - Service Project continues
Note: Depending on the activity, some days may require early starts or longer days in the field.

Breakfast: Breakfast at camp.

Morning: Morning briefing on the day's activities by reasearch staff. Depart for assigned field work.

Lunch: Lunch at camp. (Note: Some activities will require a packed lunch to be taken.)

Afternoon: Continue project.

Dinner: Dinner at camp.

Evening: Time to relax.

Lodging: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Accommodation at Lajuma Research Centre is provided at the Wilderness Camp. The accommodation consists of a thatched living area (containing kitchen and dining facilities as well as space for research equipment and talks) and a series of 8 accommodation units, each unit containing two beds and bathroom facilities. The camp has electricity from a generator and gas refrigeration is used in the kitchen. The generator will run for as long as necessary for the group’s activities and will be switched off by the last person who goes to bed. The generator is likely to be switched off by 9:00 or 10:00pm each night. There is no internet access at the Wilderness Camp at present, and mobile phone service is spotty. The Wilderness Camp at the Lajuma Research Centre is located in the center of the research project study area. Although there will occasionally be the need to drive to some activities, much of the study area can be reached by walking.

Contact info:
n/a
Louis Trichardt, South Africa
phone: +9784610081
web: www.earthwatch.org/exped/hill.html

Room amenities: Each of the eight accommodation units contains two separate twin beds and bathroom facilities. Hot water and showers are available in each accommodation block along with sinks and conventional flush toilets. Bath tubs are not available. Mosquito nets are not needed.

Facility amenities: Swimming is available at natural pools along the river, although the staff will advise which pools are safe to swim in and which are not. Lajuma Research Centre is situated in a beautiful mountainous environment, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and as such it provides a great opportunity to "unplug" from everyday life.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Friday, October 11 - Service field work
Breakfast: Breakfast at camp.

Morning: Morning briefing on the day's activities by reasearch staff. Depart for assigned field work.

Lunch: Lunch at camp. (Note: Some activities will require a packed lunch to be taken.)

Afternoon: Continue project.

Dinner: Dinner at camp.

Evening: Talks from research staff or time to relax.

Lodging: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Accommodation at Lajuma Research Centre is provided at the Wilderness Camp. The accommodation consists of a thatched living area (containing kitchen and dining facilities as well as space for research equipment and talks) and a series of 8 accommodation units, each unit containing two beds and bathroom facilities. The camp has electricity from a generator and gas refrigeration is used in the kitchen. The generator will run for as long as necessary for the group’s activities and will be switched off by the last person who goes to bed. The generator is likely to be switched off by 9:00 or 10:00pm each night. There is no internet access at the Wilderness Camp at present, and mobile phone service is spotty. The Wilderness Camp at the Lajuma Research Centre is located in the center of the research project study area. Although there will occasionally be the need to drive to some activities, much of the study area can be reached by walking.

Contact info:
n/a
Louis Trichardt, South Africa
phone: +9784610081
web: www.earthwatch.org/exped/hill.html

Room amenities: Each of the eight accommodation units contains two separate twin beds and bathroom facilities. Hot water and showers are available in each accommodation block along with sinks and conventional flush toilets. Bath tubs are not available. Mosquito nets are not needed.

Facility amenities: Swimming is available at natural pools along the river, although the staff will advise which pools are safe to swim in and which are not. Lajuma Research Centre is situated in a beautiful mountainous environment, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and as such it provides a great opportunity to "unplug" from everyday life.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Saturday, October 12 - Service field work
Breakfast: Breakfast at camp.

Morning: Morning briefing on the day's activities by reasearch staff. Depart for assigned field work.

Lunch: Lunch at camp. (Note: Some activities will require a packed lunch to be taken.)

Afternoon: Continue project.

Dinner: Dinner at camp.

Evening: Talks from research staff or time to relax.

Lodging: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Accommodation at Lajuma Research Centre is provided at the Wilderness Camp. The accommodation consists of a thatched living area (containing kitchen and dining facilities as well as space for research equipment and talks) and a series of 8 accommodation units, each unit containing two beds and bathroom facilities. The camp has electricity from a generator and gas refrigeration is used in the kitchen. The generator will run for as long as necessary for the group’s activities and will be switched off by the last person who goes to bed. The generator is likely to be switched off by 9:00 or 10:00pm each night. There is no internet access at the Wilderness Camp at present, and mobile phone service is spotty. The Wilderness Camp at the Lajuma Research Centre is located in the center of the research project study area. Although there will occasionally be the need to drive to some activities, much of the study area can be reached by walking.

Contact info:
n/a
Louis Trichardt, South Africa
phone: +9784610081
web: www.earthwatch.org/exped/hill.html

Room amenities: Each of the eight accommodation units contains two separate twin beds and bathroom facilities. Hot water and showers are available in each accommodation block along with sinks and conventional flush toilets. Bath tubs are not available. Mosquito nets are not needed.

Facility amenities: Swimming is available at natural pools along the river, although the staff will advise which pools are safe to swim in and which are not. Lajuma Research Centre is situated in a beautiful mountainous environment, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and as such it provides a great opportunity to "unplug" from everyday life.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Sunday, October 13 - Service field work
Breakfast: Breakfast at camp.

Morning: Morning briefing on the day's activities by reasearch staff. Depart for assigned field work.

Lunch: Lunch at camp. (Note: Some activities will require a packed lunch to be taken.)

Afternoon: Continue project.

Dinner: Dinner at camp.

Evening: Talks from research staff or time to relax.

Lodging: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Accommodation at Lajuma Research Centre is provided at the Wilderness Camp. The accommodation consists of a thatched living area (containing kitchen and dining facilities as well as space for research equipment and talks) and a series of 8 accommodation units, each unit containing two beds and bathroom facilities. The camp has electricity from a generator and gas refrigeration is used in the kitchen. The generator will run for as long as necessary for the group’s activities and will be switched off by the last person who goes to bed. The generator is likely to be switched off by 9:00 or 10:00pm each night. There is no internet access at the Wilderness Camp at present, and mobile phone service is spotty. The Wilderness Camp at the Lajuma Research Centre is located in the center of the research project study area. Although there will occasionally be the need to drive to some activities, much of the study area can be reached by walking.

Contact info:
n/a
Louis Trichardt, South Africa
phone: +9784610081
web: www.earthwatch.org/exped/hill.html

Room amenities: Each of the eight accommodation units contains two separate twin beds and bathroom facilities. Hot water and showers are available in each accommodation block along with sinks and conventional flush toilets. Bath tubs are not available. Mosquito nets are not needed.

Facility amenities: Swimming is available at natural pools along the river, although the staff will advise which pools are safe to swim in and which are not. Lajuma Research Centre is situated in a beautiful mountainous environment, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and as such it provides a great opportunity to "unplug" from everyday life.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Monday, October 14 - Recreational day
Breakfast: Breafast at camp.

Morning: Recreational day. The Earthwatch staff will offer either a planned team activity or a small choice of recreational activities.

Lunch: Lunch at camp.

Afternoon: Recreational day continued.

Dinner: Dinner at camp.

Evening: Time to relax.

Lodging: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Accommodation at Lajuma Research Centre is provided at the Wilderness Camp. The accommodation consists of a thatched living area (containing kitchen and dining facilities as well as space for research equipment and talks) and a series of 8 accommodation units, each unit containing two beds and bathroom facilities. The camp has electricity from a generator and gas refrigeration is used in the kitchen. The generator will run for as long as necessary for the group’s activities and will be switched off by the last person who goes to bed. The generator is likely to be switched off by 9:00 or 10:00pm each night. There is no internet access at the Wilderness Camp at present, and mobile phone service is spotty. The Wilderness Camp at the Lajuma Research Centre is located in the center of the research project study area. Although there will occasionally be the need to drive to some activities, much of the study area can be reached by walking.

Contact info:
n/a
Louis Trichardt, South Africa
phone: +9784610081
web: www.earthwatch.org/exped/hill.html

Room amenities: Each of the eight accommodation units contains two separate twin beds and bathroom facilities. Hot water and showers are available in each accommodation block along with sinks and conventional flush toilets. Bath tubs are not available. Mosquito nets are not needed.

Facility amenities: Swimming is available at natural pools along the river, although the staff will advise which pools are safe to swim in and which are not. Lajuma Research Centre is situated in a beautiful mountainous environment, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and as such it provides a great opportunity to "unplug" from everyday life.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Tuesday, October 15 - Service field work
Breakfast: Breakfast at camp.

Morning: Morning briefing on the day's activities by reasearch staff. Depart for assigned field work.

Lunch: Lunch at camp. (Note: Some activities will require a packed lunch to be taken.)

Afternoon: Continue project.

Dinner: Dinner at camp.

Evening: Time to relax.

Lodging: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Accommodation at Lajuma Research Centre is provided at the Wilderness Camp. The accommodation consists of a thatched living area (containing kitchen and dining facilities as well as space for research equipment and talks) and a series of 8 accommodation units, each unit containing two beds and bathroom facilities. The camp has electricity from a generator and gas refrigeration is used in the kitchen. The generator will run for as long as necessary for the group’s activities and will be switched off by the last person who goes to bed. The generator is likely to be switched off by 9:00 or 10:00pm each night. There is no internet access at the Wilderness Camp at present, and mobile phone service is spotty. The Wilderness Camp at the Lajuma Research Centre is located in the center of the research project study area. Although there will occasionally be the need to drive to some activities, much of the study area can be reached by walking.

Contact info:
n/a
Louis Trichardt, South Africa
phone: +9784610081
web: www.earthwatch.org/exped/hill.html

Room amenities: Each of the eight accommodation units contains two separate twin beds and bathroom facilities. Hot water and showers are available in each accommodation block along with sinks and conventional flush toilets. Bath tubs are not available. Mosquito nets are not needed.

Facility amenities: Swimming is available at natural pools along the river, although the staff will advise which pools are safe to swim in and which are not. Lajuma Research Centre is situated in a beautiful mountainous environment, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and as such it provides a great opportunity to "unplug" from everyday life.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Wednesday, October 16 - Service field work
Breakfast: Breakfast at camp.

Morning: Morning briefing on the day's activities by reasearch staff. Depart for assigned field work.

Lunch: Lunch at camp. (Note: Some activities will require a packed lunch to be taken.)

Afternoon: Continue project.

Dinner: Dinner at camp.

Evening: Time to relax.

Lodging: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Accommodation at Lajuma Research Centre is provided at the Wilderness Camp. The accommodation consists of a thatched living area (containing kitchen and dining facilities as well as space for research equipment and talks) and a series of 8 accommodation units, each unit containing two beds and bathroom facilities. The camp has electricity from a generator and gas refrigeration is used in the kitchen. The generator will run for as long as necessary for the group’s activities and will be switched off by the last person who goes to bed. The generator is likely to be switched off by 9:00 or 10:00pm each night. There is no internet access at the Wilderness Camp at present, and mobile phone service is spotty. The Wilderness Camp at the Lajuma Research Centre is located in the center of the research project study area. Although there will occasionally be the need to drive to some activities, much of the study area can be reached by walking.

Contact info:
n/a
Louis Trichardt, South Africa
phone: +9784610081
web: www.earthwatch.org/exped/hill.html

Room amenities: Each of the eight accommodation units contains two separate twin beds and bathroom facilities. Hot water and showers are available in each accommodation block along with sinks and conventional flush toilets. Bath tubs are not available. Mosquito nets are not needed.

Facility amenities: Swimming is available at natural pools along the river, although the staff will advise which pools are safe to swim in and which are not. Lajuma Research Centre is situated in a beautiful mountainous environment, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and as such it provides a great opportunity to "unplug" from everyday life.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Thursday, October 17 - Service field work
Breakfast: Breakfast at camp.

Morning: Morning briefing on the day's activities by reasearch staff. Depart for assigned field work.

Lunch: Lunch at camp. (Note: Some activities will require a packed lunch to be taken.)

Afternoon: Continue project.

Dinner: Dinner at camp.

Evening: Time to relax.

Lodging: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Accommodation at Lajuma Research Centre is provided at the Wilderness Camp. The accommodation consists of a thatched living area (containing kitchen and dining facilities as well as space for research equipment and talks) and a series of 8 accommodation units, each unit containing two beds and bathroom facilities. The camp has electricity from a generator and gas refrigeration is used in the kitchen. The generator will run for as long as necessary for the group’s activities and will be switched off by the last person who goes to bed. The generator is likely to be switched off by 9:00 or 10:00pm each night. There is no internet access at the Wilderness Camp at present, and mobile phone service is spotty. The Wilderness Camp at the Lajuma Research Centre is located in the center of the research project study area. Although there will occasionally be the need to drive to some activities, much of the study area can be reached by walking.

Contact info:
n/a
Louis Trichardt, South Africa
phone: +9784610081
web: www.earthwatch.org/exped/hill.html

Room amenities: Each of the eight accommodation units contains two separate twin beds and bathroom facilities. Hot water and showers are available in each accommodation block along with sinks and conventional flush toilets. Bath tubs are not available. Mosquito nets are not needed.

Facility amenities: Swimming is available at natural pools along the river, although the staff will advise which pools are safe to swim in and which are not. Lajuma Research Centre is situated in a beautiful mountainous environment, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and as such it provides a great opportunity to "unplug" from everyday life.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Friday, October 18 - Final day at camp/outreach activity
Breakfast: Breakfast at camp.

Morning: Outreach activity in collaboration with the Environmental Education Unit in the Blouberg Nature Reserve.

Lunch: Lunch at camp.

Afternoon: Outreach activity continues.

Dinner: Final dinner at camp.

Evening: Final opportunity to chat with research staff and get your bags ready for tomorrow's departure from the research center.

Lodging: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Honeyguide's Mantobeni and Khoka Moya Camps are set among Tamboti trees on the banks of a flowing riverbed. Accommodation is in very spacious and comfortable East African-style tents which are raised on platforms and possess luxurious amenities. Honeyguide is the original tented safari - a real "Out of Africa" experience, with great comfort, excellent food, superb game viewing and outstanding service. The camps are housed in the Manyeleti ("The Place of the Stars" in the local language) Game Reserve with a team of reliable staff who will share the wonders of the reserve with you on safaris.

Contact info:
Manyeleti Game Reserve, Limpopo Province, PO Box 786064
Sandton, 2146 South Africa
phone: +011-27-(0)11-341-0282
web: www.honeyguidecamp.com

Room amenities: Each spacious East African-style tent is built on a raised platform with approximately five steps leading up. There is a sitting area on the front end of the platform, including a comfortable couch, oversized chair and writing desk with lamp. The bed is in the center of the tent, with a dressing area just behind it. Unzip the back tent wall and there is a covered, walled bathroom area with shower, sunken bathtub, sink and conventional flush toilet. Each tent also has an electrical strip with common international plug configurations, so no plug adaptor or converter is needed here. A fan provides cool air, and hot water bottles are put in the beds if the temperature is chilly. 

Facility amenities: The main lodge area consists of a sitting area, library, bar, dining area, and swimming pool, all of which are open to the surrounding bush. The helpful lodge staff provide porterage, wake up calls, and complimentary laundry service. A telephone is available for guest use in the lodge main area. A safe in the manager office is available for guest use. A small curio shop is located on site, and accepts South African rand in cash as payment. The firepit allows guests to relish in the African sunset, warm up during cool weather, and enjoy refreshment with new friends. Lunch and dinner at Honeyguide include the freshest ingredients for truly sumptuous dishes, such as braised lamb shank or vegetable rolls with sweet pepper (you will be given a choice of plated main course with starters and deserts). In the morning you will be brought tea, coffee, and juice in your tent prior to your game drive; the game drive will include a stop for light refreshments, and once back at camp you are privy to a hearty breakfast. Wi-fi is available at Honeyguide Camps free of charge. Ask a ranger or a manager for the password to use on your personal device. The wireless works in both the common areas and tents. For miscellaneous purchases, Honeyguide accepts Visa and Mastercard in addition to South African rand.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Saturday, October 19 - Transfer to Manyeleti Game Reserve/ Game Drive
Breakfast: At camp.

Morning: Say goodbye to the research project staff and transfer to Honeyguide Camp in the Manyeleti Game Reserve (entire transfer from Lajuma Research Centre to Honeyguide Camp is approximately 5 1/2 hours).

Lunch: A boxed lunch is provided.

Afternoon: Arrive at Honeyguide Camp in the Manyeleti. Manyeleti Game Reserve occupies a prime position on the western border of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Manyeleti may be explored in open game viewing vehicles, or on foot under the guidance of armed and experienced guides. The Reserve boasts a large number of lion, buffalo, rhino, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, zebra, giraffe, a healthy elephant and hippo population, and a variety of antelope species as well as prolific bird life. Arrive Mantobeni Camp where you have time to settle in before tea and snacks are served. During tea time, your group leader gives a lecture on elephant social structure, behavior and culling issues. Afterwards, embark on your first game drive within Manyeleti in search of the “Big Five” and other wildlife resident in the Reserve. Sundowner drinks and snacks are served at a scenic spot as you watch the sunset.

Dinner: Enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by the resident chef.

Evening: Spend the evening stargazing in Manyeleti, which means "place of the stars" in Shangaan.

Lodging: Honeyguide Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Honeyguide's Mantobeni and Khoka Moya Camps are set among Tamboti trees on the banks of a flowing riverbed. Accommodation is in very spacious and comfortable East African-style tents which are raised on platforms and possess luxurious amenities. Honeyguide is the original tented safari - a real "Out of Africa" experience, with great comfort, excellent food, superb game viewing and outstanding service. The camps are housed in the Manyeleti ("The Place of the Stars" in the local language) Game Reserve with a team of reliable staff who will share the wonders of the reserve with you on safaris.

Contact info:
Manyeleti Game Reserve, Limpopo Province, PO Box 786064
Sandton, 2146 South Africa
phone: +011-27-(0)11-341-0282
web: www.honeyguidecamp.com

Room amenities: Each spacious East African-style tent is built on a raised platform with approximately five steps leading up. There is a sitting area on the front end of the platform, including a comfortable couch, oversized chair and writing desk with lamp. The bed is in the center of the tent, with a dressing area just behind it. Unzip the back tent wall and there is a covered, walled bathroom area with shower, sunken bathtub, sink and conventional flush toilet. Each tent also has an electrical strip with common international plug configurations, so no plug adaptor or converter is needed here. A fan provides cool air, and hot water bottles are put in the beds if the temperature is chilly. 

Facility amenities: The main lodge area consists of a sitting area, library, bar, dining area, and swimming pool, all of which are open to the surrounding bush. The helpful lodge staff provide porterage, wake up calls, and complimentary laundry service. A telephone is available for guest use in the lodge main area. A safe in the manager office is available for guest use. A small curio shop is located on site, and accepts South African rand in cash as payment. The firepit allows guests to relish in the African sunset, warm up during cool weather, and enjoy refreshment with new friends. Lunch and dinner at Honeyguide include the freshest ingredients for truly sumptuous dishes, such as braised lamb shank or vegetable rolls with sweet pepper (you will be given a choice of plated main course with starters and deserts). In the morning you will be brought tea, coffee, and juice in your tent prior to your game drive; the game drive will include a stop for light refreshments, and once back at camp you are privy to a hearty breakfast. Wi-fi is available at Honeyguide Camps free of charge. Ask a ranger or a manager for the password to use on your personal device. The wireless works in both the common areas and tents. For miscellaneous purchases, Honeyguide accepts Visa and Mastercard in addition to South African rand.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fifteen: Sunday, October 20 - Game Drive/ Termites
Breakfast: Wake to the sound of beating drums followed by early morning coffee/tea served in the tents.

Morning: Morning game drive in search of the Big Five.

Brunch: A delicious and filling brunch is served following the morning game drive. Afterwards, you can relax at the pool, participate in a short foot safari with one of the guides or view passing game at the waterhole next to the camp. On the foot safari you learn to identify tracks, spoor, and other signs to discern the small creatures of the bush.

Afternoon: Afternoon tea and snacks are served, during which time your group leader gives a lecture on termites and their importance to the ecology of the area. Following tea, the evening safari departs; explore the area with in-depth interpretation from your guides. Sundowners at a scenic spot.

Dinner: A delicious meal is prepared by the resident chef.

Evening: Spend the evening in the Boma around the fire, in discussion with your fellow travelers.

Lodging: Honeyguide Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Honeyguide's Mantobeni and Khoka Moya Camps are set among Tamboti trees on the banks of a flowing riverbed. Accommodation is in very spacious and comfortable East African-style tents which are raised on platforms and possess luxurious amenities. Honeyguide is the original tented safari - a real "Out of Africa" experience, with great comfort, excellent food, superb game viewing and outstanding service. The camps are housed in the Manyeleti ("The Place of the Stars" in the local language) Game Reserve with a team of reliable staff who will share the wonders of the reserve with you on safaris.

Contact info:
Manyeleti Game Reserve, Limpopo Province, PO Box 786064
Sandton, 2146 South Africa
phone: +011-27-(0)11-341-0282
web: www.honeyguidecamp.com

Room amenities: Each spacious East African-style tent is built on a raised platform with approximately five steps leading up. There is a sitting area on the front end of the platform, including a comfortable couch, oversized chair and writing desk with lamp. The bed is in the center of the tent, with a dressing area just behind it. Unzip the back tent wall and there is a covered, walled bathroom area with shower, sunken bathtub, sink and conventional flush toilet. Each tent also has an electrical strip with common international plug configurations, so no plug adaptor or converter is needed here. A fan provides cool air, and hot water bottles are put in the beds if the temperature is chilly. 

Facility amenities: The main lodge area consists of a sitting area, library, bar, dining area, and swimming pool, all of which are open to the surrounding bush. The helpful lodge staff provide porterage, wake up calls, and complimentary laundry service. A telephone is available for guest use in the lodge main area. A safe in the manager office is available for guest use. A small curio shop is located on site, and accepts South African rand in cash as payment. The firepit allows guests to relish in the African sunset, warm up during cool weather, and enjoy refreshment with new friends. Lunch and dinner at Honeyguide include the freshest ingredients for truly sumptuous dishes, such as braised lamb shank or vegetable rolls with sweet pepper (you will be given a choice of plated main course with starters and deserts). In the morning you will be brought tea, coffee, and juice in your tent prior to your game drive; the game drive will include a stop for light refreshments, and once back at camp you are privy to a hearty breakfast. Wi-fi is available at Honeyguide Camps free of charge. Ask a ranger or a manager for the password to use on your personal device. The wireless works in both the common areas and tents. For miscellaneous purchases, Honeyguide accepts Visa and Mastercard in addition to South African rand.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Sixteen: Monday, October 21 - Game Drive/ Rhinoceros
Breakfast: Wake to the sound of beating drums followed by early morning coffee/tea served in the tents.

Morning: Morning game drive in search of animals that may have eluded you so far.

Brunch: Following the morning game drive, a filling brunch is served back at camp. After brunch, you have time at leisure during the heat of the day. A short foot safari with one of the local guides is offered today, too, where you can learn to identify the smaller creatures of the bush.

Afternoon: Over afternoon tea, your group leader gives a lecture on rhinoceros. Following tea time, you embark on the last evening safari of the program. Cherish your last sundowners at a scenic spot.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at camp.

Evening: Spend the evening recounting tales from the program with your fellow participants.

Lodging: Honeyguide Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Tuesday, October 22 - Game Drive/ Departure
Breakfast: Wake to the sound of beating drums followed by early morning coffee/tea served in the tents.

Morning: One last game drive within the Reserve in search of animals you may not have seen thus far.

Brunch: A filling brunch is served, after which you have time to pack.

Afternoon: You are transferred approximately one hour to Hoedspruit airport, where you board your commercial flight to Johannesburg. In Johannesburg, you connect to your international, overnight flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch
Day Eighteen: Wednesday, October 23 - Arrive Home
Morning: Early morning arrivals back in the USA and Canada.


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