Southern Africa September 21 - October 1, 2019

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Southern Africa September 21 - October 1, 2019

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**Deposit is $$1,229 Per Person (Balance is due 30 days before date of travel)

*Full Trip Cost is $2,459 Per Person*

Includes:

- 10 nights of double occupancy accommodation
- All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation within South Africa & Swaziland
- 3 Days of volunteering with C.R.O.W.
- Scheduled activities as mentioned in the itinerary                                            

Does not include:

- International airfare
- Trip Insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
- Miscellaneous spending

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Itinerary:

Day 1: September 21, 2019

Arrive into King Shaka International Airport [DUR] in Durban and meet your transportation to Umdloti. You will have a day at leisure to explore this little resort town and the surrounding beaches or maybe rest after your journey. Enjoy a free first night out with your fellow travelers.

Accommodation: Dolphin View Guest House

Meals: not included

Day 2: September 22, 2019

Today you will go for a full day wildlife volunteering at CROW in the Yellowwood Park neighborhood of Durban. Volunteers assist staff with the day to day running of the centre. Main activities include feeding and caring for the animals, ensuring their enclosures are cleaned on a daily basis and helping the team with general maintenance around the grounds and enrichment programs for the animals. Where ever possible, volunteers are also given the opportunity to assist staff on wildlife rescues and releases.

About CROW:

Founded over 30 years ago, CROW (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) was one of South Africa’s first dedicated wildlife rehabilitation centres. Today, CROW is still Durban’s only registered wildlife rehabilitation centre dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of all indigenous wildlife found in KwaZulu-Natal.

Run by a small, yet highly dedicated and experienced team of staff and volunteers, CROW assists over 3000 orphaned, injured and displaced animals every year. From mongoose, genets and monkeys to birds, reptiles and antelope, CROW represents a second chance at a free, safe and sustainable life for all wild animals in distress.

As a registered non-profit organization, CROW relies solely on the support and goodwill of the public both locally and internationally to ensure the doors to its centre remain open 365 days a year. As one of South Africa’s leading wildlife rehabilitation centers and a proud member of the IWRC (International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council), CROW strives to improve the quality of wildlife rehabilitation in South Africa and to uphold the code of ethics adopted by professional wildlife rehabilitation practitioners around the world.

Mission Statement :

Crow is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured wildlife and believes in action and education with regards to the protection of all natural resources.

Day 1 Schedule:

08:00 – 10:00 Welcome, presentation about CROW, Tour of our facilities

10:00 – 10:15 Tea

10: 15 – 12:00 General works (whatever needs to be done, eg. Cleaning and Preparing enclosures, preparing animal enrichment items, ect.)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 Afternoon cleaning of animal enclosures and cages/ clinic, preparation of food, feeding of animals

Accommodation: Dolphin View Guest House

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: September 23, 2019

Today you will spend your second day volunteering with CROW!

Day 2 Schedule:

07:00 – 09:30  Morning cleaning of enclosures and cages, preparation of food, feeding of animals

09:30 – 09:45 Tea

09:45 – 12:00 General works

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 Afternoon cleaning, food preparation and feeding.

Accommodation: Dolphin View Guest House

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: September 24, 2019

Today will be your final day volunteering with CROW

Day 3 Schedule

07:00 – 09:30  Morning cleaning of enclosures and cages, preparation of food, feeding of animals

09:30 – 09:45 Tea

09:45 – 12:00 General works

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch/ presentation of certificates/ farewell cake and cool drink

13:00 – 15:00 Afternoon cleaning, food preparation and feeding.

Accommodation: Dolphin View Guest House

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: September 25, 2019

In the morning you leave for the drive up to Tembe Elephant Park, close to Mozambique. This remote park is famous for its elephants and is one of the only places left in Africa where you can find the famous 'Tuskers',  elephants still in possession of large tusks. In the afternoon you'll have your first safari, looking for the Big Five that roam here.

Tembe Elephant Park is a link to unspoilt ancient Africa with its animals and birds – and its people too. Partly-owned and fully managed by the Tembe tribe, the ancestral custodians of the area, while its precious bio-diversity is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the KwaZulu-Natal conservation service. The Tembe people are eager to share this treasure with you, to introduce you to the real wilderness, and the richness of their own culture.

Accommodation: Tembe Safari Lodge

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: September 26, 2019

Early in the morning and in the late afternoon you will go on gamedrives in Tembe. These are the times that the animals are most active and  you have the highest chance of seeing them. During the heat of the day the animals hide under bushes and in the shade, and we will do the same - a great time to relax!

Accommodation: Tembe Safari Lodge

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: September 27, 2019

Today you cross the border into Swaziland! The trip is about a 4 hour drive so either enjoy some shut eye or get your cameras ready for the beautiful scenery you will drive through. Prepare for a unique opportunity to experience village life in this mountainous country!

Accommodation: Tembe Safari Lodge

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: September 28, 2019

he Shewula Mountain Camp is the first community eco-tourism project in Swaziland and one of the most successful in the whole of southern Africa. The camp is fully owned and run by the community, meaning that all profits are shared by the community in an effort to continually develop and improve this traditionally impoverished area. The camp is a vital source of income and employment for the community and is a proud achievement for all.  

Possible activities for today include:

Cultural walks 
The walks allow you to visit the village, join in their daily chores, taste the local beer "umcombotsi" and listen to all the fairy tales. A soccer game with the local team will add to this experience. See the crafters at work and visit one of the schools. 

Sangoma (traditional healer) visit
The Sangoma is a very powerful person in the Swazi culture. They are thought to have healing powers and are able to predict the future. Shewula has carefully organized this visit in a manner that is both respectful to the traditional Swazi way of life as well as informative to the visitors. This experience will certainly open your eyes and possibly leave you wondering... 

Sibhaca traditional song and dance
The most photographed experience in the camp, the Sibhaca dance, preformed by a group of young people from the community, will leave you with a smile on your face and a shake in your step. The dancers, proudly dressed in traditional regalia, will show you the importance of this dance and offer you the chance to learn it for yourself if you are up for it. 

Biking
This exciting new activity will help give you an insight into the community that one can't achieve while driving in a car. The guided route will allow you to visit the community craft centre, wetlands, local school and other numerous scenic spots in the community. The community members are always friendly and ready for a chat whenever you might have questions. The ride is mostly flat and can be done but most anyone that is comfortable on a bike. Bikes are available for hire or you are welcome to bring your own. 

Accommodation: Shewula Mountain Camp

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: September 29, 2019

You will say farewell to Swaziland and head back to South Africa today. In the afternoon you enter Kruger National Park and drive through this famous park to the camp. Keep your eyes peeled for roaming lions and get excited for a big day tomorrow!

Accommodation: Lower Sabie Rest Camp

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: September 30, 2019

Today you have a full day to arrange game drives depending on what you would like your schedule to look like. The camp reception and our TVP leader can assist with any activities you may want to do on your last day of your TVP experience!

Accommodation: Lower Sabie Rest Camp

Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: October 1, 2019

Today is the end of your TVP trip. You will leave for Johannesburg, where you can either be dropped off at of at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or at a hotel if you are planning on continuing you journey in South Africa!