Go Wild South Africa
15 days from $1,663 (was $1,742)
- See the ‘Big 5’ on safari at Kruger National Park
- Spend 2 nights camping in the bush
- Take part in an anti-poaching patrol and learn to fire a rifle
- Get up close to Kwa Madwala’s tame elephants
- Visit ‘chimp Eden’ and a cheetah conservation centre
- Go white water tubing down Sabie River
Go wild in South Africa on this epic 15-day trip. Stay on a private game reserve and enjoy game drives, up-close elephant encounters and unforgettable night safaris. Take part in anti-poaching patrols, volunteer with children in a local community project and learn to track animals on guided walks through the bush. You’ll also spend an incredible 2 nights camping in the world-famous Kruger National Park, visit animal conservation centres and get your adrenaline pumping with some high-octane adventure activities. Have the most amazing adventure while giving back to the local community!
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Day 1: Arrival. Welcome to South Africa! One of our local team will meet you from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport and take you to Kwa Madwala Game Reserve. On arrival you’ll have a welcome meeting with your group before settling into your rustic lodge for your first night under African skies!
Day 2: Orientation, conservation & night safari. You’ll have your first introduction to the reserve this morning with some volunteering activities which may include tracking and monitoring wildlife, or helping with maintenance jobs at the reserve. Tonight you’ll have the magical experience of seeing the reserve after dark with a night safari!
Day 3: Game drive, bushwalk and 4x4 experience. Enjoy a game drive round the reserve this morning, before exploring on foot on a guided bushwalk. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you all about the local flora and fauna and how to track animals using their trails. Later, we’ll look for elephants, giraffe, warthogs, kudu, zebras and more, in an open top 4 x 4.
Day 4: Community volunteering & anti-poaching work. You’ll have the opportunity this morning to spend a couple of hours getting to know some of the children in a local village. You’ll play games with the children as well as helping to prepare meals. Later, you’ll go deep into the bush on an anti-poaching patrol. You’ll even be able to try some target shooting with a .22 calibre rifle!
Day 5: Panorama tour. Today we’ll take you to one of the most scenic mountain areas in South Africa. You’ll see God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the breathtaking Lisbon Falls and more – simply spectacular.
Day 6: Sudwala Caves and Chimp Eden. We’re off to Sudwala Caves today to see the impressive crystals in the walls and the weird and wonderful geological features. Then we’ll head to a chimpanzee sanctuary where we’ll watch the rescued chimps playing and lazing around in the sun – ahhhh.
Day 7: Elephant experience. Meet Kwa Madwala’s two tame elephants today, Tswale and Modjadi. You’ll be able to touch and feed these magnificent beasts - it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Day 8: Conservation, bushwalk, and community volunteering. Begin today with some vital conservation work on the reserve before heading out on another bushwalk to learn more about tracking and the reserve's flora and fauna. After, head to the local day care centre where you can get to know the locals better.
Day 9, 10 and 11: Kruger National Park. We’re heading to Kruger today, one of the world’s top wildlife viewing destinations. You’ll spend 2 nights camping in the bush, heading out on game drives and having the most amazing wildlife experiences during the day. At night you’ll enjoy dinners with your group under a canopy of stars.
Day 12: Paintball, quad bikes & tubing. Today’s all about adrenaline sports with paintballing, quad-biking through the forest and white water tubing - exhilarating!
Day 13: Wildlife centre & cheetah project. Just when you thought we couldn’t possibly pack any more animals into this trip, we’ll pay a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation centre and a cheetah breeding project. Learn all about the animals and explore the project in an open safari vehicle.
Day 14: Horseback safari. Treat yourself to an optional horseback safari for your last day on the reserve. This evening enjoy an farewell feast (additional cost). Tuck into some mouth-watering food and go over all the amazing experiences you’ve had over the last few weeks with your friends.
Day 15: Farewell! It’s time to pack your bags and say your goodbyes. We’ll leave the reserve after breakfast and transfer back to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Safe travels!
- 14 nights’ accommodation
- All meals while on the reserve
- Some drinks (non-alcoholic)
- Airport transfers
- Access to a buddy list before you travel
- Game drives and safaris
- Elephant experience
- Horseback safari
- Bush walks
- 4x4 experience
- Reserve night drive
- Sudwala Cave visit
- Chimp Eden visit
- 2-night camping adventure in Kruger National Park
- Visit to animal rehabilitation centre
- Visit to cheetah project
- Quad biking, paintballing, and white water tubing
- Community volunteering
- Conservation and anti-poaching volunteering
- Local town visits
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Some meals (when not on reserve)
- Snacks and most drinks
- Farewell dinner (£10 extra)
- Other optional activities and excursions
14 nights of accommodation are included on this trip.
For the majority of the trip, you’ll be staying in Bush House, on Kwa Madwala private game reserve. The reserve is over 2,000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness, near the border with Mozambique and Eswatini. Bush House is a rustic lodge where you’ll have a ‘simple safari’ experience without commercialisation - the bush and the animals are the stars of the show! Rooms are simple, clean, single-sex dorms, sleeping 4 – 10 people. Bathrooms are shared. There are communal indoor and outdoor areas in the reserve, including a Boma (campfire area where everybody meets at night), and a plunge pool. There are also free laundry facilities on site. Lockers are not provided.
You’ll also have 2 nights camping in twin-share tents in the stunning surroundings of Kruger National Park.
Internet and mobile phone availability are limited – it’s a proper off-grid experience! If you want better mobile network coverage we recommend that you purchase a local SIM card with data at Johannesburg airport when you arrive in South Africa. There will usually be a couple of opportunities during your stay to either go to the main lodge on the reserve or the local town to access WiFi. You’ll need to bring our own phone or tablet to get online.
Please Note: Although you'll be doing your daily activities with your group and guide, other visitors stay on the reserve. The accommodation areas on the reserve are not fenced, and animals have occasionally come close to the camp. If this occurs, the rangers will ask you to remain inside, and there are radios at the accommodation to notify guides.
Most meals are provided during your stay, apart from during day excursions. Dinners while camping in Kruger are included but breakfasts and lunches are at your own cost. All other meals during your day trips away from the reserve are at your own cost.
Breakfasts mainly consist of yoghurt, fresh fruit, toast, cereal, tea and coffee. Lunches include fruit, pizzas, pies, sandwiches, hamburgers and sausages, juice, tea and coffee. For dinner, you’ll enjoy hearty South African meals. These are usually dishes such as stew, BBQ’s, casseroles, vegetables and salad.
You’ll need to buy any extra drinks and snacks yourself. It is advised that you bring a proper water bottle which you can take out with you on daily excursions. We’ll also make regular trips into the local town, where you can buy drinks and snacks. Alcohol is not provided on site but you can buy this in town also.
Let us know at least a month in advance if you have specific dietary requirements. If you have a very restrictive diet (e.g. gluten free or vegan), you may have to purchase some supplementary food yourself.
Please note: There’s a shared kitchen area at camp. During your stay, everyone is expected to help with daily cooking and washing-up duties.
Fly into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) on day 1. You’ll need to arrive between 10am and 2pm. You’ll be met at the airport by a local team member, where you will wait for the rest of your group to arrive, before being transferred to the game reserve by minibus (about 1.5 hours drive from the airport).
You’ll leave from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport on day 15. Please book your return flight to leave after 10am. Return transfers are included. Depending on how many travellers are in your group there may be only one transfer to the airport, which may mean you have to wait at the airport until your flight. Although small, the airport has basic facilities with a selection of restaurants, shops, a bar, and complimentary WiFi.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 and the trip is suitable for participants between the ages of 18-30.
British citizens can enter South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa. It’s recommended that you have 6 months’ validity remaining on your passport from your date of entry. You also need to ensure you’ve got two blank pages left.
What Should I Pack?
We recommend that you bring a torch with you, as the outside areas at the reserve can be very dark at night. Because of the reserve’s remote location, there aren’t many activities available on site during free time, so you may wish to bring books, music, DVDs, cards or games with you. In terms of clothes, South Africa is known for warm weather, but bear in mind that the temperature can drop at night, and it can be cold during the winter months, so you are advised to pack some warm clothing. You will be given a full recommended kit list once you book onto the programme.
How Much Spending Money Should I Bring?
You’ll need to buy some of your meals and snacks and drinks yourself, so we’d recommend that you bring between 300 and 400, depending on your personal spending habits.
What Animals Am I Likely To See?
Kruger National Park is one of the world’s leading locations for seeing animals in the wild. You’ll have the opportunity to see giraffes, wildebeest, zebra, crocs, kudu, wild elephants, cheetahs, hippos, wild dogs, lions, rhinos, leopards, hyenas, monkeys and much more!
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.