Project Description

Eco Ranger Experience

9 Days

Johannesburg to Hoedspruit

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TOUR
TISD 02

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TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE !

This is an authentic life changing adventure. Be a ranger for a week while experiencing the magic of the northern Kruger National Park. Engage in the basics of typical ranger training including practical bush cooking and bush survival strategy.

Eco Ranger Experience Map
Languages English
Departure days Selected Saturdays
Departure locations Rosebank hotels ± 05h00
Sandton hotels ± 05h30
O.R Tambo Airport Bus Terminal Building 06h45
Collection time will be confirmed with the guest, the day before departure
Group size 8 guests per vehicle
Additional Touring Options

Private tour: Itinerary is available on a private basis subject to availability to host a minimum of 6 guests • On request and subject to availability (not available on Freesell) • Departure on any other day is subject to availability to host a minimum of 6 guests • Other language tour guides are not available

Accommodation 3 and 4-star game lodges and camp
Meals 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
Entrance Fees
Kruger National Park conservation fee
Transfers
Johannesburg to Hoedspruit shuttle
Hoedspruit to Makuleke Gate driver only transfer
Excursions 2 open safari vehicle game drives at private game lodge; Makuleke activities as per itinerary
Green Seat
SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism
Excluded: Travel insurance • Flights • Hoedspruit transfer to airport or Johannesburg • Porterage • 2 Lunches • All beverages • Gratuities • Personal expenses

 English Departure Dates 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
20 17 19 21 11 16

Other dates available on request – minimum guest requirement will apply

  • Stargazing
  • Animal tracking
  • Bush sleep-out
  • Acquire survival skills
  • Practical bush cooking
  • ‘Big 5’ game viewing

Day 1 | Saturday

JOHANNESBURG to HOEDSPRUIT AREA via DULLSTROOM (±470km)

Breakfast (own arrangements and for own account) at the hotel. Guests board a shuttle transfer from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit via Dullstroom. The village of Dullstroom is South Africa’s premier fly-fishing destination. Lunch stop en route (own account) and dine at the lodge.

Overnight at Timbavati Safari Lodge or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 2 | Sunday

HOEDSPRUIT to MAKULEKE CONCESSION (±240km)

Guests enjoy breakfast at the lodge before their transfer to the Kruger National Park’s Pafuri Gate in the north-eastern corner of the Limpopo Province. A representative will meet and transfer guests from Pafuri Gate to the Makuleke Camp. Lunch at Makuleke Camp. Guests attend a safety briefing, an orientation of the camp, including an introduction to the camp staff and an overview of this experience. Meals are served at the camp and each day’s activities are divided into three sessions. Guests have leisure time to settle in before the afternoon’s practical activity either on a game drive or a bush walk.

Overnight at Makuleke Camp – Dinner, lunch, breakfast, and activities.

Day 3 | Monday

MAKULEKE CONCESSION – Basic ecology and geology

Guests board a vehicle for a game drive or join a guided bush walk. The focus of the morning activity is on basic ecology and geology. Around noon, guests partake in an interactive discussion with the instructor on geology and soils; weather and atmosphere; food web and energy flow; and habitat ecology and conservation. The Makuleke Concession of the ‘Pafuri Triangle’ is created by the intersection of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers. The Limpopo, a dying river, is estimated to be more than 65 million years old. The Luvuvhu, a young river, has carved its way through the region’s sandstone to form Lanner Gorge and although thought to be younger than 2 million years old, it’s an important feature in the Makuleke Concession. The landscape is ancient and is thought to date back more than 250 million years. Guests enjoy an afternoon game drive or join a guided bush walk. Apart from elephant and buffalo, guests may see nyala, eland and Sharpe’s grysbok, not commonly seen elsewhere in Kruger National Park. Guides will illustrate the theory discussed earlier in practical learning, whilst out in the field. Guests are encouraged to apply these skills in an informal Q&A session whilst out in the field.

Overnight at Makuleke Camp – Dinner, lunch, breakfast, and activities.

Day 4 | Tuesday

MAKULEKE CONCESSION – Animal tracks, anti-poaching and sleep-out and astronomy

Guests will walk the trails from camp focusing on animal tracks, a hands-on experience. Participate in an interactive discussion on the theories and practical application of tracking in the African bush which include an introduction to basic tracks and tracking skills. Tracking contributes to key insights on how animals behave and is an art that teaches observation, reasoning, and deduction. Second discussion will cover anti-poaching which consists of two general categories. The first targets the illegal incursions and includes coercive methods to track and catch poachers. The second deals with campaigns and policies to prevent the illegal trafficking of animal products i.e. targeting the supply and demand chains of the trade. The discussion includes basic anti-poaching strategies and logistics out in the field. In the afternoon, guests focus on the key points of the day’s theory, and apply these principles either on a game drive or on a bush walk. This evening guests spend the night in the bush applying basic survival skills including the sourcing of water; preparing a bush fire; practical bush cooking and safety. Understanding energy-output-for-benefit ratio and making smart decisions. Activities includes astronomy and orientation by understanding the southern hemisphere constellations including the Southern Cross. Survivalists claim that navigation is the key to getting home. On clear nights and on a full moon guests can also apply basic navigation theory and get a directional fix from the moon. Enjoy dinner around the camp fire with storytelling.

Overnight at Makuleke Camp (bush sleep-out) – Dinner, lunch, breakfast, and activities.

Day 5 | Wednesday

MAKULEKE CONCESSION – Field observation challenge and birding

This morning guests walk back to camp applying their newly found skills tracking, navigation and orientation skills as well as focusing on the unique bird species that are found in the Northern Kruger National Park. Guests participate in an interactive discussion on birding and identification using bird reference guides. Guests join an afternoon game drive to an area where they will practice their basic birding skills and incorporate general game viewing and enjoy their last sundowner before a special boma dinner at the camp.

Overnight at Makuleke Camp – Dinner, lunch, breakfast, and activities.

Day 6 | Thursday

MAKULEKE CONCESSION to HOEDSPRUIT via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±320km)

Guests board an early transfer from Makuleke and spend the day travelling south through the Kruger National Park. Breakfast packs will be provided. Lunch in Kruger National Park (own account). Guests exit the park at Phalaborwa Gate arriving at the lodge late afternoon. Board an open safari vehicle for an evening game drive. Dine at the lodge which will be followed by issuing of certificates of participation.

Overnight at Leopards Lair – Dinner, breakfast, and 2 game activities. 

Day 7 | Friday

DAY OF DEPARTURE – HOEDSPRUIT

Guests enjoy an early morning game drive on an open safari vehicle before breakfast. Board a transfer to Eastgate Airport or Johannesburg (own account).

RECOMMENDED PRE-TOUR HOTEL

Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R Tambo

Location: Kempton Park

  • Aviation-themed decor
  • Free airport shuttle
  • On-site dining at The Warehouse

RECOMMENDED POST TOUR

Hoedspruit
  • Nestled within the Makalali Private Game Reserve
  • ‘Big 5’
  • Game drives
Garden Route
  • TISD 21 / Flight required
  • 4 Days
  • Sunset Knysna oyster cruise
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