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Service and Safari: Mammal Conservation in South Africa

Program Number: 20580RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2013 - 10/23/2013;
Duration: 17 nights
Location: South Africa
Price starting at: $5,835.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 44; 15 Breakfasts, 3 Brunches, 12 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

In South Africaís Soutpansberg Mountains, home to one of the highest-density leopard populations in the world, help scientists preserve biodiversity by directly monitoring these beautiful big cats as well as baboons, monkeys and other species. This active, hands-on, small-group Service Learning opportunity is presented in cooperation with Earthwatch Institute, an international non-profit organization that brings science to life for people concerned about the planetís future.




Highlights

ē Assist working scientists with conducting wildlife observations, camera-trapping and GPS data collection with the goal of long-term conservation in mind.
ē Search for the ďBig FiveĒ (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo) during game drives and bush walks in the Kruger National Park area.
ē Revel in the diversity of environments visited, from lush mountains to open veld teeming with wildlife.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to six miles per day over uneven, sometimes challenging terrain. Must carry own gear (day pack, water, binoculars).



Single rooms cannot be guaranteed at Lajuma Research Centre.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Johannesburg, 1 night; flight to Polokwane, coach to Lajuma Research Centre, 11 nights; coach to Manyeleti Game Reserve, 3 nights; flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg, departure.



Days 1-13
Arrival Johannesburg (South Africa)
1 night
Flight to Polokwane
Coach to Lajuma Research Centre
11 nights

Join expert researchers in their quest to understand and mitigate human-wildlife conflict. Help to study predators and primates in the beautiful Soutpansberg mountain range. Research efforts here aim to achieve long-term mammalian conservation in South Africa.



Days 14-18
Coach to Manyeleti Game Reserve
3 nights
Flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg
Departure on overnight flight to the U.S.A.
1 night

Explore Manyeleti Game Reserve, part of the greater Kruger National Park area, from vehicles and on foot as expert safari leaders provide in-depth commentary on species sighted. Identify the creatures of the bush both large and small. Learn about elephant social structure, the importance of termites and the plight of the endangered rhinoceros.




South Africa

Released from prison in 1990 after 27 years, Nelson Mandela adopted a policy of reconciliation and negotiation that guided South Africaís transition from apartheid into a true democracy. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, he became the first South African to win the presidency in fully representative democratic elections. Todayís visitors find a kaleidoscopic of wildlife rivaled only by the cuisine, art and music of the nationís diverse cultures.



Accommodations
Johannesburg: modern lakeside hotel. Lajuma: Rustic but comfortable wilderness camp. Manyeleti: Luxury tents on raised platforms.
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard Hotel Eastgate
  Johannesburg, South Africa 1 night
   Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre
  Lajuma Research Centre, South Africa 11 nights
   Honeyguide Camp
  Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa 3 nights
 Courtyard Hotel Eastgate
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: ĀAmenities 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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: 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
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 groupís 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 allowed: No

 Honeyguide Camp
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: ĀEach 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: ĀThe 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 allowed: No
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Dinner 7:00pm on 7 Oct at the hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa You will be staying at Courtyard Hotel Eastgate that night.
  End of Program:
3:30pm on 22 Oct at the airport in Johannesburg, following flight arrival from Hoedspruit You will be staying at Honeyguide Camp the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passports must be valid for at least six months past trip return date; US passport holders need a minimum of two consecutive, blank visa pages (not amendment/endorsement pages at back), and Canadian citizens need a minimum of four blank visa pages. No visa is necessary for South Africa. Signed liability waivers for the Earthwatch project and for the Program Provider are required for participation.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Johannesburg
  Nearest city or town:  Johannesburg
  Nearest highway: R21
  Nearest airport:  Johannesburg International Airport
  Transportation to site: The arrival transfer from O.R. Tambo airport to the first hotel in Johannesburg is provided by hired coach; transfer time approximately 20 minutes. Typically only two transfers are provided, meeting South African Air #204 from New York-JFK which arrives in the morning, and South African Air #208 from Washington-DC which arrives in the early evening. Taxis are available but not recommended for safety reasons; estimated taxi fare is ZAR 400. The Courtyard Hotel Eastgate also provides an airport shuttle service but is not always reliable as far as showing up when scheduled; approximate price for the hotel's transfer is ZAR 250 per person. Independent travelers are welcome to join the scheduled group transfers but Program Provider needs to know travel details in advance for head-count purposes. Program Provider can also assist in arranging a separate airport transfer if arriving at a different time from the group flights.
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Home
  Transportation from site: Group transfer from the last location to the Hoedspruit airport included for everyone. The flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg is also included in the program price. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you connect to international departures; no further ground transfers are needed unless ongoing travel is planned. Program Provider can help with ongoing travel arrangements if needed.
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.
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.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departures
(Sunday, October 6)
   
 Afternoon: Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Day 2: Arrival in Johannesburg
(Monday, October 7)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Hotel Eastgate
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Start of Research Project
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Orientation and Introduction
(Wednesday, October 9)

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.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Service Project continues
(Thursday, October 10)

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.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Service field work
(Friday, October 11)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Service field work
(Saturday, October 12)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Service field work
(Sunday, October 13)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Recreational day
(Monday, October 14)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Service field work
(Tuesday, October 15)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Service field work
(Wednesday, October 16)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Service field work
(Thursday, October 17)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Final day at camp/outreach activity
(Friday, October 18)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness Camp - Lajuma Research Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Transfer to Manyeleti Game Reserve/ Game Drive
(Saturday, October 19)
   
 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 ďBig FiveĒ 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.
   
Accommodations: Honeyguide Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Game Drive/ Termites
(Sunday, October 20)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Honeyguide Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Day 16: Game Drive/ Rhinoceros
(Monday, October 21)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Honeyguide Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Day 17: Game Drive/ Departure
(Tuesday, October 22)
   
 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 18: Arrive Home
(Wednesday, October 23)
   
 Morning: Early morning arrivals back in the USA and Canada.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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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