South Africa Biology Tour
South Africa's wildlife parks are famous throughout the world. In the Kruger you can see large populations of lion and elephant as well as the other 'Big Five' of leopard, buffalo and black rhinoceros. There are also excellent opportunities to see Hippo and Crocodile at St. Lucia and to visit Durban's marine world aquarium.
School Biology Trip To South Africa
South Africa's wildlife and game parks are famous throughout the world and none so much as the Kruger which stretches over 20,000km and where you can see large populations of lion and elephant as well as the other 'Big Five' of leopard, buffalo and black rhinoceros. There are many species of antelope including the familiar impala, and other predators including wild dog, hyena and jackal. Outside the Kruger our tour visits a wild life sanctuary and explores some of the beautiful scenery of the Blyde River Canyon. We then travel to the Durban region on the Indian Ocean coast where there are excellent opportunities to see Hippo and Crocodile at St. Lucia and to visit the wonderful uShaka marine world aquarium.
The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.
Depart from Home
Flight to Johannesburg: You depart today for your overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Arrival in Johannesburg. Gold Reef City and the Apartheid Museum.
Gold Reef City: You will be met by your guide and private coach on arrival and visit Gold Reef City, a living museum depicting the early mining days in Johannesburg. You descend underground in a mine hoist to explore the mine museum and try your hand panning for gold.
Apartheid Museum: In the afternoon you take a guided tour of the extraordinarily powerful Apartheid Museum. With its large blown-up photographs, metal cages and numerous monitors recording replays of apartheid scenes, you will get a sense of what it was like in the townships in the late 1970’s and 1980’s, dodging rubber bullets or teargas canisters. Your accommodation this evening is at a hotel in a quiet district of the city and dinner is at local restaurant.
Blyde River Canyon, God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes
Blyde River Canyon: After breakfast you drive to Mpumalanga Province. This afternoon you spend time looking out over ‘God’s Window’ at Blyde River Canyon – the third largest canyon in the world. You also visit the extraordinary Bourke’s Luck Potholes – natural water features of cylindrical potholes gouged into the bedrock of the river. There will be an evening potjiekos competition (outdoor cooking in a cast iron pot – a South African tradition) and accommodation is at Blyde River Adventure Camp.
Adventure morning on the Blyde River. Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
Adventure Morning: The day begins with adventure by tubing on the Blyde River. This is an easy float down tame water and is great fun experience for all.
Wildlife Rehabilitation: After lunch you visit the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre – a home for many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. Moholoholo also facilitates a number of successful breeding programmes and you will be able to handle some of the wildlife including the huge vultures and tame leopard. In the afternoon you continue your journey to your hotel in Hazyview along the Sabie River.
Elephant Whispers and Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers: Early this morning you visit the Elephant Whispers sanctuary which was set up in 2007 to care for six elephants that couldn’t be released into the wild. This is a great opportunity for interaction with these gentle giants.
Kruger National Park: You then continue to the Kruger National Park, the most famous wildlife park in the world. You spend the day game driving and exploring the park. The Kruger has a greater variety of animals than any other park in Africa, including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, zebra and many varieties of antelope. This evening’s accommodation is at Rondavel style huts at one of the rest camps in the park.
Kruger National Park - Big Five Game Drives
Big Five Game Drives: This morning and afternoon there will be guided game drives searching for the Big Five and other mammals. You learn about each species and how it has adapted to its environment. These game drives will pass through a variety of ecozones, each with their own vegetation that helped attract the different animals and birds who live there. There will also be an evening game drive in special open game driving vehicles to spot the nocturnal animals of the bushveld. The day ends with a Bush braai – a traditional barbeque – under an African Sky.
Swaziland: This morning there is a further game drive heading south through the Kruger and into Swaziland. You first travel to Ngwenya Glass where you witness first-hand the magical art of glassblowing. Swazi craftsmen and women – with age old artistry – breathe life into enchanting interpretations of the animals and birds of Africa – all handmade from 100 % recycled glass. You then continue to the Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland, nicknamed ‘The Valley of Heaven’, nestled between the capital, Mbabane and the town of Manzini. Accommodation at a local lodge.
St Lucia Wetlands
St Lucia Wetlands: You leave Swaziland early in the morning and head for a boat cruise on Lake St Lucia, where there is a multitude of birdlife to see as well as crocodiles and hippos. You then continue to the sub-tropical Dolphin Coast, Gateway to Zululand, the magnificent Nature Conservancy of Zinkwazi – a unique coastal experience of endless golden beaches, lush indigenous forests, and 8 km of untouched lagoon. At Zinkwazi Lagoon Lodge you will be surrounded by the amazing bird songs of the tropical forest. Your evening meal tonight is a traditional local Indian curry. Accommodation at Zinkwazi Lagoon Lodge.
Durban Marine World
Durban Marine World: This morning you drive to Durban to visit the unmissable uShaka Marine World which is one of South Africa’s premier marine parks. Although it continues to offer dolphin shows, which we do not endorse, there are many good reasons to visit the park as it will give students a superb insight into the diversity of marine life found in the Western Indian Ocean. The aquarium is visible from the surface and you can gaze into all of the larger exhibits which provides a unique bird’s eye view of the fish and sharks. The real aquarium experience is, however, underground where you enter the aquarium through a hole in a wrecked vessel and walk down three floors, past a restored skeleton of a southern right whale, into the superb aquarium galleries. As well as the aquarium, there are also a theme park section with a variety of water rides and slides.
Shark Dissection Class. Flight Home
Shark Dissection Class: This morning you travel to the Kwa-Zulu Natal Shark Board for a Shark dissection class. The class begins with an audio-visual presentation that provides information on subjects such as the sensory biology of sharks and their role as top predators in the marine environment. The presentation is followed by a shark dissection where you can see the internal anatomy of one of the ocean’s most feared predators. The demonstration lasts for two hours and once finished you have lunch before departing to the airport for your homeward flight.
Arrive Home: Your flight arrives back in the UK today.
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