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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.
Meals: 44 total, 15 breakfasts, 3 brunches, 12 lunches, 14 dinner

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian; Gluten Free.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Courtyard Hotel Eastgate: Johannesburg, 1 nights
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

Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre: Lajuma Research Centre, 11 nights
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:
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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.

Honeyguide Camp: Manyeleti Game Reserve, 3 nights
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


The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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15 nights of accommodations
44 meals: 15 breakfasts, 3 brunches, 12 lunches, 14 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences
2 Flights during the program

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