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Kruger National Park EcoQuest Safari South Africa

If you are an adventurous spirit wanting to gain a greater understanding of nature and the environment while experiencing the excitement of the bush, then the EcoQuest is for you. Or if you are a student testing the waters for a career in this field, join this course! This course is designed to provide a learning experience and incorporates certain aspects of EcoTraining safari guide course. It is aimed at those who are looking for a more in-depth bush experience, but who do not necessarily have four weeks to break away from work obligations. And on top of it all, EcoTraining will show you how to drive a 4x4 vehicle, to identify birds, plants, trees and tracks, and how to track animals.

  • Maximum group size: 20 participants
  • Vaccines needed: Malaria vaccine is recommended
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Birds

Highlights

  • 2 daily game walks or drives
  • Instruction and training during the course
  • Venture within an access restricted part of Kruger National Park
  • Chances to study the behavior, interaction, and identification of birds
  • EcoTraining certificate of participation
  • Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner
  • 4x4 vehicle for game drives
  • 6 nights' accommodation

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6 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
09:00

EcoTraining’s Kruger National Park camp is situated in the Makuleke Concession, between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers. This is a true wilderness area, steeped in history and situated in the remotest part of Kruger, in one of its most biologically diverse areas.

Scenery ranges from the beautiful, quietly flowing Luvuvhu River, shaded by nyala trees and fever tree forests, and teeming with hippos and crocodiles, to the awesome Lanner Gorge, palm-fringed wetlands and rocky outcrops with thousand-year-old baobab trees.

Twenty students are accommodated in comfortable thatched, tented rooms, placed on wooden decks in the shade of large nyala trees. Each room has an en-suite bathroom consisting of a shower and washbasin with hot running water and a flush toilet, as well as a veranda overlooking the surrounding bush.

The camp is not fenced, which means that animals do move through it from time to time.

Program

The course consists of two components - fascinating facts and knowledge gained about all elements of nature combined with a day in the life of a safari guide experience. You will learn about the infinite variety of living organisms that exist in nature. Study the behavior, interaction, and identification of the small creatures and birds in the ecosystems. Understand the underlying elements that support this variety of life such as geology, soils, plants, and climate.

While you study these smaller organisms, you will study and learn to identify the habits and behavior of the larger charismatic wild animals that roam the wilderness areas.

Subjects covered

  • Ecology
  • Common trees and shrubs
  • Animal tracks and tracking
  • Bird identification and behavior
  • Animal behavior
  • Astronomy
  • Orientation and navigation
  • Bush skills
  • Positioning vehicle for photography
  • Correct use of binoculars

You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day. No other training provider can match the frequency of practical activities EcoTraining offers. Arrival for the course is at 14:00 on the first day, with departure at 09:00 on the last day.

A typical day will include

  • Drumbeats start the early morning with tea/coffee
  • A day-break drive or walk, focusing on the topic of the day
  • Return to camp for a hearty cooked breakfast
  • Debriefing on morning activities observations/ lessons
  • Midday lecture
  • Free time or leisure activities
  • Mid-afternoon light lunch
  • Afternoon drive or walk, focusing on the day’s lecture theme ended with sundowners
  • Dinner and debriefing on the evening activities’ observations and lessons

Variations to typical schedule may include

  • Full day activity for tracking and trailing
  • Full day activity for navigational walks
  • NOTE: Both will incorporate general observations and learning
  • Sleep-out incorporating bush survival skills of locating and sourcing water, preparing a fire and ensuring location is safe etc.
  • Evening activities may include star gazing (astronomy)

Certification and accreditation

All course participants will receive an EcoTraining certificate of participation.

Location

Situated between the Limpopo and the Luvuvhu Rivers in the northern section of the Kruger National Park is the Pafuri region, an area spanning 24,000 hectares (59,305 acres). Within the Pafuri area is the Makuleke Concession, the ancestral home of the Makuleke people and the most diverse and scenically attractive area in the Kruger National Park.

The Makuleke Concession is not accessible to the ordinary tourist visiting the park. This area belongs to the Makuleke community, who were removed in 1968. After a lengthy process, however, it was finally returned to the community in 1998 in what was a historical event for South Africa.

This area is certainly the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park and offers varied vegetation, great wildlife viewing, and the best birding in all of the park, and it is filled with folklore of early explorers and ancient civilizations.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 game walks or game drives daily
  • Instruction and training during the course
  • Chances to study the behavior, interaction, and identification of birds
  • EcoTraining certificate of participation
  • Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner
  • 4x4 vehicle for game drives
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Transfers/transport to and from the camp, before and after the course
  • Any accommodation before and after the course
  • Beverages (beer, ciders, bottled water)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) or O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. You cannot access the camp privately as it is an access restricted area. Please arrange entry with EcoTraining if you wish to go directly to the park.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Wednesday September 1, 2021
(7 days / 6 nights)

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