Wildlife Group Tour

South Africa Group Tour - Rhino Conservation Project

Take part in the White Rhino conservation project

Limited OfferNo single supplement for the first two places booked on our 2019 Rhino tour, a saving of £415pp

7 days

from £2,295pp
Limited Offer
  • For the first two solo travellers booking on our South Africa Rhino Conservation tour in 2019, there is no single supplement to pay
  • Available on a first come first serve basis
  • A saving of £415 per person
  • Experience game walks and drives in Timbavati Game Reserve
  • Visit the Khamai Reptile Centre for an insight into snake and lizard conservation.
  • Take a guided tour of the renowned Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

Discover the species being preserved and the wildlife education projects currently underway at these two valuable institutions. The White Rhino Conservation Project is committed to notching and inserting microchips into Greater Kruger National Park's 130-strong white rhino population.

Accompany the chief vet and rangers from Timbavati Nature Reserve as they locate a white rhino; take part in notching and microchipping the sedated animal. Spend time gaining an insight into the conservation efforts being made to protect the diverse wildlife of the Greater Kruger National Park. A key part of conservation is education and rehabilitation; visit the Khamai Reptile Centre and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to learn about the work being undertaken. Set out on game drives to track down the park's magnificent inhabitants; aim to have a close-up encounter with one of the fearsome big cats that roam the savannah.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR?

This group tour allows you to travel like a local, you get to see parts of the country that other holidays don’t show. Ticking off the Big Five is not the aim of this tour, but it does allow wildlife lovers the chance to gain hands-on experience of conservation. You also get a chance to give back. Your contribution to the tour enables the rhino to be darted, notched and checked, ensuring it becomes protected. 

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?

It is simple, we have tried to keep the accommodation cost low so as to make the holiday affordable. The emphasis is on the conservation and the learning elements and not on the accommodation

DO I NEED TO BE FIT TO JOIN THIS TOUR?

No, you don’t. You simply need to be able to get on and off an open 4x4 safari vehicle and to walk.

WHAT OTHER WILDLIFE WILL I SEE ON THE TRIP?

Hopefully, you will see all the wildlife in the area including the Big Five. You will be visiting rehabilitation centres for wildlife, birds and reptiles, so you will see a lot of diversity from close up and from far. You will go for a walk in the Timbavati and you may also see smaller wild things. The last group saw a huge herd of 500 buffalos, as well as wild dogs.



Departing on:
  • 22nd July 2018
  • 21st July 2019

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

STARTFINISHPrice Excluding Flights £Flight cost fromSingle SupplementTour LecturerStatus 
22nd Jul 2018 28th Jul 2018 £ 2,295 £ 995 £ 415 Dr Peter Rogers Available
21st Jul 2019 27th Jul 2019 £ 2,795 £ 875 £ 415 Available
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what is included

  • Professional Guide & Driver
  • Accommodation and transfers
  • All meals when at camps/lodges
  • Park fees
  • Game activities including rhino project

what is excluded

  • Any additional activities not listed in the itinerary
  • International flights on Day 1 and Day 8
  • Lunch on Day 2 and Day 8
  • Drinks
  • Insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TO ALLOW FLEXIBILITY, OUR GROUP TOURS DO NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AS STANDARD. WE CAN ARRANGE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ON YOUR BEHALF AND THE ABOVE IS AN INDICATION OF COST, BASED ON RETURN FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM LONDON. ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Suggested group flights
The suggested group outbound flight for this tour is:

South African Airways SA235, scheduled to depart London Heathrow at 19:00 on Saturday 21st July, arriving into Johannesburg airport at 07:05 on Sunday 22th July.

An arrival transfer will be provided to connect with this flight. You will be met at the arrivals hall by a member of our local team.

The starting point for the group is the arrivals hall at Johannesburg airport on the morning of Sunday 22th July. You will meet with the rest of the group for a short briefing, timings will be confirmed in your final documentation.

This former gold rush town makes for a truly interesting stopover. Its affluent and upmarket northern suburbs offer calm in what's now a bustling fast paced city. Take a tour of Soweto, visit the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and Cradle of Humankind, or go shopping in its many malls and art galleries.

Drive from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit


On arrival in Johannesburg you will be met at the arrivals hall by your guide holding a named board. You will then pack your bags into the vehicle and start your drive towards Hoedspruit.

Leave Johannesburg and travel to Hoedspruit, which is around five hours away.


Nestled between the Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon is the small town of Hoedspruit. Home to the Endangered Species Centre and the Maholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, it's a base to explore the Panorama Route as well as Kruger National Park itself.


Dinner included


You will be staying at Moholoholo Mountain View Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
This morning after breakfast you will visit the famous Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, home to abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. Join a public tour of the centre, since they do not conduct private tours, and have the opportunity to learn about this highly regarded contributor to wildlife education.

The centre returns rehabilitated birds and animals to the wild, whenever possible. Animals which cannot be released are used as part of the educational talks given to visitors. Dedicated to preservation of wildlife, the staff are incredibly knowledgeable about the animals they care for.

There are also a number of successful breeding programs, of which the most successful is the Serval Breeding Project. More than 160 servals have now been bred and used to repopulate areas where they had previously been extinct. Please note that physical interaction with the animals is not always guaranteed.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Satara Rest Camp


After the morning at the centre you will head towards the Kruger Park. Lunch will be served by your guide at a roadside picnic spot. Leave Hoedspruit and head into the nearby Kruger National Park. Spend two hours driving deep into the park, with the opportunity to spot wildlife en route. Finish at the Satara Rest Camp.


Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa, and one of the oldest, most diverse parks in Africa. Stretching 350 kilometres from north to south, the park is home to the largest array of wildlife in Africa, including the 'Big Five' - lions, leopards, black rhinos, Cape buffalo and elephants.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Satara Rest Camp, full board

Day 3

Full Day Game Drive
Embark on a full day game drive through the Kruger National Park, in an open vehicle. Have the opportunity to spot the 'big five', as well as large herds of grazing animals. The professional guide will interpret what you see, highlighting things that might otherwise go unnoticed. Please be aware that game drives in the Kruger National Park are conducted on the road with other public vehicles.

In the afternoon, return to camp and have the option to take a refreshing dip in the pool, before dinner under the stars.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Satara Rest Camp, full board

Day 4

Drive from Satara Rest Camp to Klaserie Nature Reserve


Drive from Satara Rest Camp to Klaserie Nature Reserve

Today you will leave Kruger National Park and drive to the town of Hoedspruit, which is around two hours away. Here, you will visit the Khamai Reptile Centre and take part in a 'behind the scenes' tour of this valuable facility. Learn about the interesting conservation work conducted by the centre.

Situated in an area with a high concentration of snakes, the centre is in a prime location for reptile-related research and public education. Although predominantly working with reptiles, the Khamai Centre has also been pivotal in conserving the golden brown baboon spider, which is protected by law.

Afterwards, a picnic lunch will be served and then you will continue to Klaserie Game Reserve, which is around 90 minutes away.


Possible Night Game Drive
Have the option to go on a night game drive in an open vehicle. Return for dinner in the boma, under the stars and next to the fire.


Visit Khamai Reptile Centre
Today you will visit the Khamai Reptile centre near Hoedspruit.

The Reptile Centre is situated in one of the most pristine parts of the country in terms of natural heritage. This area has a particularly high concentration of snakes and therefore there is a high frequency of interactions between snakes and people, making this a prime location for reptile-related research and public education. The Centre has a dedicated team at work saving reptiles by all means possible. Education is a powerful tool that should play a major role in conservation. The centre has been pivotal in the active conservation of many endangered species such as the endemic Golden Brown Baboon Spider which is protected by law. Researchers have discovered that the webbed tunnel homes of these spiders can be relocated and Khamai helps buy relocating the spiders from demolition and building sites.


Afterwards, a picnic lunch will be served and then you will continue to Timbavati Game Reserve


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Umlani Bush Camp, full board

Day 5

Rhino De-Horning at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Following an early breakfast, you will depart the lodge at approximately 07:00 for the hour-long drive to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, the unique African wildlife complex that concentrates on the conservation and sustainability of vulnerable and endangered species.

On arrival at the centre you will be introduced to the veterinary specialist Dr Rogers and his team who will brief you on the anti-poaching initiatives that the centre has undertaken to safeguard their rhinos both at the centre and on the greater Kapama Game Reserve, specifically by de-horning the rhinos to try and deter poachers. Following the briefing, you will be assigned an active role in the day's procedures should you wish to be involved.

Following the briefing you will have the rare opportunity to witness the darting of up to six rhinos within the eight-hectare enclosure and support the veterinary team as they remove the horns and smooth the remaining stumps of these anaesthetised giants. Following the procedure, the rhinos will be awakened and monitored to ensure that there are no side effects.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to work alongside rhino conservationists working on the ground to respond to the drastic poaching crisis. Up to three rhinos per day, whose horns are now worth more than gold, are poached. While de-horning is a measure not undertaken lightly, it is vital means of deflecting poachers from these vulnerable populations.

Following this busy and exhilarating morning, you will depart the centre at approximately 12:00 and return to the lodge for lunch and an afternoon game drive.


Afternoon and Night Game Drive
Embark on an afternoon and evening game drive, culminating in the chance to spot some of the reserve's nocturnal residents.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Umlani Bush Camp, full board

Day 6

Morning Walk Followed by Afternoon Game Drive
In the morning, have the opportunity to take a walk with an armed ranger and guide. Later, continue game viewing from an open vehicle.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Umlani Bush Camp, full board

Day 7

Drive from Kruger to Johannesburg


Leave Kruger National Park and travel to Johannesburg, which is approximately seven hours away.


Suggested group flights
The suggested group inbound flight for this tour is:

South African Airways SA234, scheduled to depart Johannesburg at 20:00 on Saturday 28th July, arriving into London Heathrow at 06:25 on Sunday 29th July.

A departure transfer will be provided to connect with this flight.

For those not taking the suggested group flight, please speak to one of our team should you need help organising a departure transfer.


Breakfast included.

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Tour expert

Dr Peter Rogers

Dr Peter Rogers
In addition to running a wildlife veterinary practise in Hoedspruit, Dr Peter Rogers is also a specialist in wild animal capture and translocation. He has previously assisted with the capture and aerial translocation of various species including white rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, blesbok and cheetah.

His most notable achievement was the capture of 20 white rhino from Umfolozi game reserve to the Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru in Kenya.

On the morning of day five, the group will travel to meet with Dr Rogers and his team. He will then give a short overview to the group regarding the morning's activities. During the rest of this tour, the group will be joined by a local English speaking guide.

Enquire about this Wildlife tour:

Group Size:

Min 4 / Max 12

Tour Expert:

Dr Peter Rogers

Departure Date (S):

  • 22nd July 2018
  • 21st July 2019

  • Moderate Activity - The tour may occasionally involve a variety of activities throughout the duration of the itinerary and be at a moderate pace.


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