The Conservation and Culture program invites School groups to explore two of South Africa’s most beautiful features: her wildlife and her people.
This educational program is not about learning from the sidelines. Instead, participants will be learning through active involvement in conservation efforts to protect and preserve South Africa’s rich natural heritage, as well as development programs that support, educate, and care for the vulnerable and disadvantaged children and communities of the Kruger region.
It is a great opportunity to help many children in the community through developmental play and education in both group classes and individual sessions. Participants will assist in these projects throughout the whole process – from planning to execution. Participants will also be practically involved with conservation-related tasks such as the clearing of alien vegetation, creation of waterhole/wetlands, road clearing, litter collection, wildlife monitoring, and data capture in support of the long-term objectives of local wildlife trusts and foundations such as The African Lion & Environmental Research Trust and Save the Elephants.
But the Conservation & Culture program isn’t all work and no play. From arrival in Johannesburg and throughout your time in Kruger, the program offers a variety of cultural experiences, wildlife encounters, and adventure activities that highlight South Africa’s natural heritage and reveals more of this Rainbow Nation.
Themes can be customized to suit a school’s curriculum and specific program requests. A range of topics can be covered, including but not limited to local fauna and flora, poaching, conservation education, wildlife tourism, wildlife photography, water scarcity, park maintenance, river ecology, pollution, or even the conservation of a specific species such as leopard, elephant, and lion.
The program starts in Johannesburg, Africa’s cosmopolitan business capital, where students are introduced to sites of cultural and historic importance. It then moves on to the Greater Kruger Region where the group will be involved with educational service learning projects. The Greater Kruger Region covers a large area of differing vegetation and is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), diverse wildlife, and more than 400 species of birds. Programming will take place in local communities and private reserves along the western border of the Kruger National Park.
- Carry out real and active research on African animals to provide information for the wildlife trusts and organizations working in the area.
- Assist a field team with conservation initiatives such as alien plant control, soil erosion prevention and repair, and any other reserve management maintenance where needed.
- Use your life experience, knowledge, and skills to inspire local children and adults to be involved in development initiatives and to support sustainable change through conservation education
- Help with the refurbishment of various rooms including classrooms, clinics, and libraries
- Get involved with the local Youth Club giving help and direction, and having fun with the youngsters
- Guide the community at a local Reading Club
- Immerse yourself in the culture, learn about the local people, and pick up some of the language
- Experience morning and evening game drives when the animals are most active.
- Enjoy adventurous day trips in some of the most pristine African landscapes.
The minimum recommended duration for this program is 10 days. The maximum length is 21 days.
- Soweto Day Tour
- Apartheid Museum
- Origins Centre and/or Cradle of Humankind
- Constitution Hill
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
- Kiyonga Reptile Park
- Blyde River Canyon boat cruise
- Hike to 5th waterfall in the Blyde River Canyon
- River rafting
- Introduction to Smartphone Wildlife Photography
- Game Drives
- Elephant Sanctuary
- Chimp Eden
- Nyani Cultural Village
- Panorama route including God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and Pilgrim’s Rest
Customize Your Program
Thank you for your interest in developing a School Group Program with EDU Africa. We pride ourselves in our ability to customize a program that will meet your requirements, exceed your expectations and make your vision come to life.
Dinner and Djembe Drumming
Gold Restaurant caters an experience to the opulent heartbeat of African cuisine and culture. Tailoring it’s menu to the diversity found across the African continent, Gold Restaurant offers a gourmet selection seasonally adapted from North, Sub-Saharan, and Southern Africa. Beforehand, guests have the opportunity to join in a djembe drumming session. Feel the pulse of Africa as you drum and dine.
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Cape Malay Cooking Class
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Robben Island Overnight
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Monks Cowl Drakensberg Hike
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AWOL Bicycle Tour
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Bo-Kaap Walking Tour
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Abseiling Table Mountain
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Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center
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Class in the Clouds
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