African Wildlife Care Expedition

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African Wildlife Care Expedition

Journey through the South African Wilderness on the trip of a lifetime! Experience the animals, their habitats, and an amazing culture of people who take care of them!

Animal and travel lovers rejoice as the African Wildlife Care Expedition tours you around this beautiful country to some of the finest National Parks and Wildlife Conservations on the entire continent.

Learning and adventure abound as you visit the most exotic Nature Conservatories, see hundreds species of animals, and check out the the Big 5 (Lions, Leopards, African Buffalo, Rhinoceros, and Elephants) up close and personal!

Arrive in beautiful Johannesburg, South Africa and get to know your group with a welcome dinner on day 1.

On your first full day, travel onwards to Silkaatsnek for an introduction to Rhino Conservation and Economics of African Wildlife Conservation and time to explore the lodge and its surroundings.

Day 3 plunges you into the action as the tour of the Silkaaatsnek Nature Reserve is an eye-opening and jaw-dropping highlight of the African Wildlife Care Expedition!

Kruger National Park is the next scenic gem! With the leadership of Ralf Kalwa, a veteran Kruger Ecologist with years of experience and knowledge of the 5 MILLION ACRE park, tour these breathtaking grounds! An afternoon game drive, as well as an evening drive after dinner gives you the chance to take amazing pictures of the abundant wildlife!

And then…the African Wildlife Care Expedition rolls on to the Elephant Museum at Letaba. Experience the history and research behind these thundering beasts before Day 7’s African Elephant Management Lecture and Game Viewing in Elephant Country!

The next stop on the African Wildlife Care Expedition includes a day trip to the Endip Wildlife Reserve & Disease Research Center and the Northern Districts of Kruger National Park.

While there, learn from your host, Cornell Vermaak, B. Tech, M. Tech, Tropical Parasitology (Duke University) and enjoy the camp wildlife: meerkats, wildebeests, and more! Focus on the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Care of the Animals all while enjoying the up-close and personal time with them.

Elephant River is the highlight of day 9 as you take a scenic boat ride to view the abundance of wildlife on the riverbanks, including the amazing African Elephant!

Day 10 is a visit with the legendary Jessica the Hippo and shopping in the capital town district Hoedspruit, another great chance to stock up on vacation photos and memorabilia!

As the African Wildlife Care Expedition approaches its conclusion, travel to the Limpopo Province to the Zion Wildlife Reserve, one of the most breathtaking stops on the journey, followed by a night’s stay in the comfortable chalets!

Day 12 is the rare opportunity to plunge into the world of the Wildlife Capture/Relocation Techniques, one of the premier activities of wildlife preservation specialists!

You’ll get to observe and practice various Wildlife Capture & Relocation techniques the next day as the African Wildlife Tour heads to the Rhino Orphanage!

After another entertaining day on the reserve, you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner amongst your peers before departure day…

But we’re not done yet! As you head for the airport, stop a while at the Elephant Sanctuary to experience some of the most majestic animals and sights on the planet, the perfect ending to this once in a lifetime Vacation!

When this amount of education, travel, and fun come together, you just can’t beat it. The African Wildlife Care Expedition is one of the most valuable experiences you can participate in during your life, as a student, an animal lover, and as a human being.

Instead of taking a regular vacation, do something more with your time and money! Sign up before the spots run out!


    Upon arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg you will be welcomed by someone from our local team and transferred to the Journey Inn Lodge, after stretching your legs after the flight, and following a sundowner beverage we will be ready for a welcome dinner.

    (Depending on flight arrival times we might go directly to Silkaatsnek)

    Accommodation: Journey’s Inn – Lodge

  • DAY 2: Talk about Rhino Conservation!

    Travel to Silkaatsnek near the town of Brits.

    After lunch an introduction and talk on Rhino Conservation and the Economics of African Wildlife Conservation by Prof. W van Hoven, President of Ecolife Expeditions and former Head of Department of Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria.

    Accommodation: Silkaatsnek – Lodge

  • DAY 3: Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve

    In the morning we receive an introduction to the Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve by the warden and thereafter proceed on a leisurely guided walk in the reserve and for those interested can do wildlife viewing from horseback.

    In the afternoon we visit a Vulture Research and Rehabilitation Center.

    Accommodation: Silkaatsnek – Lodge

  • DAY 4: Kruger National Park

    After breakfast we travel to Skukuza/Pretoriuskop Camps in Kruger National Park.

    We will be travelling through some beautiful scenery and our guide will explain features as we reach them.

    We should arrive in the early afternoon, check in and have enough time for a leisurely drive for wildlife viewing before dark.

    Accommodation: Bungalows – Skukuza/Pretoriuskop Rest Camp.

  • DAY 5: Ralf Kalwa - A Veteran Kruger Ecologist

    In the morning we rise early and travel through the southern part of the park to visit well-known Ralf Kalwa, a veteran Kruger Ecologist who has an intimate understanding of this majestic five-million-acre park. In his informal way he will first explain the management of wildlife and particularly the overpopulation of elephant in Kruger National Park and thereafter the management of vegetation ecology to the benefit of wildlife health in Kruger National Park.

    After lunch we will take a leisurely drive back to base while viewing the many wildlife species with ample opportunity for photography.

    After dinner a night drive will be available for those not too tired. Spot lights will be used to see the nocturnal species.

    Accommodation: Bungalows – Skukuza Rest Camp/ Pretorius Kop.

  • DAY 6: Elephant Museum at Letaba

    Today we travel to the northern districts of the Kruger Park and view the changes in ecology on our way and how the wildlife adapts to this.

    We visit the Elephant Museum at Letaba.

    Accommodation: Bungalows – Elephants or Letaba camps.

  • DAY 7: African Elephant Management Lecture

    We remain in the northern district and with game viewing and interpretations. This is elephant country.

    After dinner there will be a talk outdoors on African Elephant Management by Dr. Wouter van Hoven.

    Accommodation: Bungalows – Elephants or Letaba camps

  • DAY 8: Endip Wildlife Reserve & Disease Research Centre

    After breakfast we will travel at ease through the park in a westerly direction, viewing the great variety of wildlife and the varying biomes of Kruger National Park in the northern districts.

    We later settle in at the Endip Wildlife Rehabilitation and Disease Research Centre in the District of Greater Kruger Park.

    Your host at this remote camp is Cornell Vermaak, B. Tech, M. Tech, Tropical Parasitology (Duke University) Wildlife Disease Ecologist and Veterinary Microbiology graduate from Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria.

    You will be greeted by his array of friendly camp wildlife, such as the cheeky meerkats, and wandering wildebeest etc.

    The focus during our program here will be on Wildlife Rehabilitation and Care of a variety of species in this region.

    We will also go on foot (for those that want to do a bit of walking) to track wildlife in the bush.

    The day is concluded with a night drive with spotlights to view the nocturnal wildlife.

    Accommodation: Permanently erected tents – Lodge Endip

  • DAY 9: Elephant River

    Spend the day with Cornel Vermaak and his activities of the day that he will lead in the wildlife areas where he works.

    In the afternoon/evening we do a 2 to 3-hour boat ride on the Elephant River to view the wildlife on the banks of the river and enjoy some sundowners.

    This will be followed by an outdoor barbeque and dinner.

    Accommodation: Permanently erected tents – Lodge Endip

  • DAY 10: Jessica the Hippo

    Depart Endip and visit Jessica the Hippo and stop by the wildlife capital town of the district, Hoedspruit for shopping of souvenirs etc.

    We then visit a local rural community and experience their life style, history and way of living and meet the mother of the chief.

    Accommodation: Chalets – Moholoholo Lodge

  • DAY 11: Zion Wildlife Reserve

    We depart from the lowveld Kruger Park region and travel to the central part of the Limpopo Province in the Renkens Pass district to the Wildlife Reserve Zion, where we meet Dr. John van Zyl and his family and settle in in the various chalets on the reserve. He is the district wildlife veterinarian.

    Accommodation: Zion Wildlife Reserve.

  • DAY 12: Wildlife Capture/Relocation Techniques

    Introduction to Wildlife Capture/Relocation Techniques and the use of Immobilization Guns.

    Then we visit wildlife quarantine facilities.

    Participate in/or observe various wildlife capture and relocation activities out in wilderness areas.

    Accommodation: Zion Wildlife Reserve.

  • DAY 13: Observe Various Wildlife Capture & Relocation

    Today we visit a local Rhino Orphanage.

    Accommodation: Zion Wildlife Reserve.

  • DAY 14: Farewell Dinner

    On the last evening we have a farewell dinner to remember and depart the next morning.

    Accommodation: Zion Wildlife Reserve.

  • DAY 15: Elephant Sanctuary & Departure

    On our way back we stop to spend several hours at an Elephant Sanctuary to experience the intelligence of these gentle giants.

    Transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg for departure.

    **Please note that items in the program itinerary are subject to change or swopping of days due to practicalities and/or weather.**

Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!

Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:

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*Breakdown provided for informational purposes only. Individual experiences may differ. 

Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.

No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.

*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.

Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.

We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!

It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.

Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.

On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.

In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!

As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:

  • Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
  • Additional food, drinks and snacks
  • Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
  • Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)

The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.

In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.

Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.

Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!

Great! Simply follow the prompts on the ‘Book Now’ tab to secure your spot on this truly unique adventure. As soon as we receive your booking, we’ll get to work making sure everything is organized for you. It’s that easy!

Once you have completed the booking form you can secure your spot by paying a deposit of US$500. This is part of the total tour price and will be deducted from your final invoice. The balance needs to be paid 6 weeks prior to your tour start date. Don’t worry – we will send you a reminder when that time comes and an invoice which you can simply click and pay.

*If you wish to join a tour that is starting in less than 30 days, you will be prompted to pay the entire tour fee at the time of booking.

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African Wildlife Care Expedition (15 Days)

Inc. Wildlife Veterinarians & Conservation Experts!
US$ 4900
  • Bungalows, Chalets, Lodges & Permanently Erected Tents
  • Twin Share Accommodation + Meals (Single Room Supplement: +US$500)
  • Kruger National Park, Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve + Zion Wildlife Reserve
  • Endip Wildlife Rehabilitation & Disease Research Centre
  • Learn about Rhino Conservation + Visit a Local Rhino Orphanage
  • Visit Jessica the Hippo!
  • 2 x Airport Transfers
  • including:
  • Professional Guides, Transportation & All Scheduled Group Activities
  • Certificate of Completion

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