We are pleased to offer this world-beating Personal Development Safari & Expedition, designed especially for Undergraduates.

The provisional dates for the 2016 Wild Trail expedition are:

Travel out from London Heathrow to Johannesburg early evening on June 18th, 2016

Travel back into London Heathrow arriving early morning on July 15th, 2016

(If we arrange a group booking to obtain the best flight cost for everyone the actual times of  travel to be confirmed once the booking is made)

Actual day’s in-country are June 19th until July 15th, 2016

For the 1st phase of the expedition, the group will stay intact. For phases 2-4 they will be split into 3 groups (Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard), rotating through phases 2-4 and coming together again in between each, at the Mtunzini WESSA Camp, and again at the end of the expedition.

Throughout the expedition, participants will be living and working in the heart of KwaZulu Natal, contributing to environmental conservation and the ongoing protection of its native flora and fauna with plenty of time to chill, think, soak up the atmosphere and engage with the local people. Throughout the expedition there will be ongoing support and coaching from both Africa Wild Trails and Odyssey Expedition Leaders.

Odyssey Wild Trail Itinerary

Date and Phase                              Location and Group

June 18th                                        Travel Day

Travel to Heathrow to catch early evening flight to Johannesburg. The flight will be approximately 11 hours long, departing around 19:00hrs

Phase 1 : 8 days                             Zingela Safari and River Camp

Arrive early into Johannesburg International Airport for transfer to the Zingela Safari and River Camp. Arrive in camp for safety briefing, tent allocation, programme briefing and down-time

Bush and open-air classroom development programme focusing on leadership skills, confidence building, decision making and problem solving, team working, communication, building personal presence other critical life and work skills identified by the CBI and BCCI as being ‘lacking’ when a lot of graduates enter the workforce

(Lots of physical activities utilising the local environment)

Phase 2 : 4 days                             Somkhanda Game Reserve

Anti-poaching training: surveillance, ambush procedures and layout, big game tracking, spoor identification and interpretation with a focus on Rhino. Human tracking and basic weapons training (supervised fun and education only). Bush survival: water location/purification, fire, cooking, tool use, navigation, protection, camouflage, concealment and protective shelters. Land management and ecological ‘carrying capacities’. Here we are supported by South African Special Forces Game Rangers.

Phase 3 : 4 days                            Hluhluwe IMfolozi Wilderness Area

The focus at IMfolozi is on threatened species research and monitoring. This will be 4 days living in the wild and sleeping under the stars in an area of KwaZUlu Natal that has the highest level of international conservation and legal protection. This will be bush hiking at its best, whilst looking for the Big 5, tracking and monitoring endangered species, learning about the identification and use of natural medicines (and toxins) and the natural world in South Africa. All whilst undertaking behavioural studies of birds, mammals and reptiles. Here we are supported by expert Game Rangers and local guides.

Phase 4 : 4 days                            Isimangaliso Wetland Park and Ndumo Game reserve

The focus is on wildlife conservation with a primary focus on Crocodiles and Hippopotamuses.

Population surveys and monitoring of the 2 populations with the capture of juvenile crocodiles for health monitoring. At St Lucia we are supported by one of South Africa’s leading experts on Crocs and Hippos – Dr Peter Calverley.

Inter-Phase  : 6 days                      Mtunzini WESSA Camp

The Mtunzini Camp is where we will come together between each phase of the expedition. This is where you will have time for personal admin as we prepare for your next expedition phase. During our stays here we will also visit a traditional Zulu homestead, learn about traditional Zulu beer making, Zulu drumming and dancing, Zulu weaponry and the Anglo-Zulu wars.

July 14th                                          Travel Day

Travel to Johannesburg to catch a mid-evening flight back to Heathrow, arriving early on July 15th

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 Please note that whilst unlikely the final itinerary may be subject to small changes due to local conditions and final participant numbers