Studying southern Africa – 18 Day Tour
Southern Africa is one of the most exciting destinations on the planet at the moment. From South Africa’s tumultuous past to her current day peace miracle, her legendary wildlife and equally impressive natural beauty, we include the tiny “pocket rocket” Kingdom of Swaziland. One of the last remaining true monarchies of our history, this tiny Kingdom is a window into another culture. One that is warm, welcoming and proud of its heritage. What’s more, so much of it is accessible. This tour is spiced up with real adventure, exciting wildlife, fascinating culture all delivered at a leisurely pace. Relax and let our guides navigate you through a journey of discovery.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Large Group
This tour is designed to leverage the distinct cultures offered up by Post-Apartheid South Africa – the rural sector as well as the formal commercial sector. These two sectors reflect huge inequalities in terms of culture, value and could roughly reflect the first and third world living shoulder to shoulder. Added to this is the unique Kingdom of Swaziland which has an altogether separate culture, based on nearly 50 years of independent monarchical rule.
Students will gain first-hand experience of the challenges and opportunities that businesses face in marketing goods, services and experiences that leverage the natural environment of Africa.
Market Research skills:
- Writing a good question for a responsive interview
- Practical experience in transcribing field notes
- Coding of qualitative date using the latest software
- Design a research protocol that enables the addressing of nuances of communicating with stakeholders across cultures.
Application of these techniques in distinct cultures include:
- Urban townships – e.g. Soweto
- Conservation imperatives – e.g. the founders of Big Game Parks, Swaziland
- Rural community woman producing in their village
- Project managers seeking profitable development with sugar cane
A significant element is exposure to this regions natural resources specifically the eco-tourism element. Expect an adventure fuelled study trip.
- All accommodation
- all meals as listed
- all activities as listed
- all transfers within the tour
- all gratuities
- refreshments on transfers
- International Flights
- Curios and purchases of a personal nature
- administration relating to visas, if applicable
- medical insurance
Arrival and Orientation
African Quiver delivers an overview and an orientation of the tour followed by dinner
IRR and Soweto Tour
Arrive at the Institute for Race Relations for a seminar with the CEO covering the vast and unique socio-political landscape of South Africa.
We arrive in Soweto for lunch before embarking on a bicycle journey of discovery through the historic city of SoWeTo. Dinner and overnight in Soweto
Visit to Apartheid Museum
We set off for the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, expertly curated and a fascinating centre piece of South Africa’s modern miracle. Get a feel of triumph from the depths of despair and learn about the the heroes who shaped this magnificent land.
Travel to Swaziland
We head for the beautiful Malolotja mountain reserve in Swaziland. This easy 4 and a half hour journey is highlighted by the wonderful story of Ngwenya Glass. A highly skilled glass factory that recycles glass and is a model of sustainable commerce. Not to mention a brilliant shopping opportunity for souvenirs!
Tree Top Canopy Tour
A grand day of Adventure…we head into the depths of the reserve, transferred in an open vehicle to the start of the Tree Top Canopy Tour. This tour is about 2 and a half hours and allows you to ”zip-line” from platform to platform. An eco-friendly and fun way to appreciate the natural beauty of this magnificent reserve.
Culture Day and transfer to Hlane Royal National Park
We visit the Swaziland National Museum as well as the King Sobuza II Memorial. Here our guide explains in a little more detail what it means to be a Swazi. En-route to Hlane we stop by a ”Shis-Nyama” which is a Swazi BBQ. Here we enjoy tasty meat grilled over open flames in the most informal way. Our 1hr 30 minute drive ends with us entering the gates of Hlane Royal National Park.
Hlane Royal National Park
After breakfast we embark on a Game Drive to spot Lion, Elephant and Rhino. These gigantic and charismatic beasts of the wild are accustomed to visitors which means photo opportunities are excellent. We’re back at camp for lunch and a rest as we ruminate over the complexities of conservation.
Shewula Village Visit.
We depart Hlane for a day trip out and about. Our highlight of the day includes a visit to the Shewula Village, this village is set in a wonderful location and gives an insight into a community run tourism project. We enjoy a walk to the village, a tasty local meal and a visit to the local traditional healer.
Mkhaya Game Reserve
What will stand out as a highlight for many, Mkhaya Game Reserve offers some of the most rewarding wildlife encounters. If conditions permit, expect to see a rhino while you are in the wild, on foot, being guided by a Mkhaya game ranger. Aside from life changing animal encounters, the overnight stay in this ”barefoot” luxury camp is sure to remain in your mind forever.
Valley of Heaven - Ezulwini
We head from a wonderful Big Game experience to the home of conservation in Swaziland, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Here, plains game abound and without the danger of dangerous animals, you are invited to play in this adventure environment. En-route to Mlilwane we take in an excellent lunch at the Craft market, another opportunity to snap up some African souvenirs.
Mlilwane and Rock of Execution Hike
Today is a hike up to the infamous Rock of Execution on Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Summiting this peak gives you commanding views over the fast developing Ezulwini Valley. The walk is strenuous but through wonderful scenery in the Reserve. Refreshments await atop the mountain along with a leisurely transfer back to the accommodation.
Overnight Horse Trail at Mlilwane
A slow, leisurely horse ride to a cave hidden in the mountain overlooking the Mlilwane plains. Upon arrival at the cave, camp will be established and this will be your very comfortable base for the night. another easy ride gets you back to the Rest Camp.
Day at Leisure
A chance to explore the reserve on foot, bike, safari or on horse again. Or simply catch up on emails, photos and a great chance to relax.
Gobholo Cave adventure
Known as Adventure Caving in this neck of the woods and spelunking in others. This is an evening activity with an evening amble to the caves where you’ll spend an hour or so wriggling around the second largest granite cave system in the world. Having worked up an appetite, the activity ends in the hot mineral springs for a night time swim accompanied by pizzas and refreshments.
Kruger National Park
The group now transfers for an easy drive across to southern Kruger National Park. There are a number of camps to stay at and plenty Big Game can be sighted en-route, within the Park. Cheetah and leopard are the elusive ones.
Kruger National Park
Half Day safari in an open game viewer. A guide will take the group out to explore the best of the area and will be back at camp for lunch.
Kruger National Park
This is the final day and another whole day is dedicated to finding more animals. By the end of the day, most of the southern section of Kruger will have been explored.
Transfer to Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport
ensure your flihts are booked for the evening and this day will allow for last minute shopping and a leisurely transfer back to OR Tambo airport – around 5 hours.
- Day 1 – The Aviator Hotel, Johannesburg
- Day 2 & 3 – Lebo’s Backpackers, Soweto, Johannesburg
- Day 4 & 5 – Malolotja Nature Reserve, Swaziland
- Day 6, 7 & 8 – Hlane Royal National Park
- Day 9 – Mkhaya Game Reserve
- Day 10 & 11 – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
- Day 12 – Overnight Cave in Mlilwane
- Day 13 & 14 – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
- Day 15,16 & 17 – Kruger National Park