Wildlife Group Tour

South Africa Group Tour - Rhino Conservation Project

Departing 21st - 27th July 2019

7 days

from $2,795pp
  • Participate in a conservation project, including darting, notching and microchipping a rhino.
  • 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.


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. 


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


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


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:
  • 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 ExpertStatus 
21st Jul 2019 27th Jul 2019 $ 3,773.25 $ 1,181.25 $ 560.25 Dr Peter Rogers Limited
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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

  • International flights (Costs shown separately)
  • Lunch on Day 2 and Day 8
  • Drinks
  • Insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • Gratuities


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

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 Bateleur Main Camp, full board

Day 5

Morning Taking Part in White Rhino Conservation Project
Today you will take part in the White Rhino Conservation project. The proper identification of white rhino is very important and vital to the conservation of this species in the Greater Kruger National Park. This area now contributes to 160 000ha of wildlife, which is open to the Kruger National Park. The White Rhino Project is a huge task and also a costly one. There is an estimated population of 130 white rhino's in this area and this project aims at notching and inserting microchips in every single one. This is an ideal opportunity to sponsor and be directly involved in this conservation effort. You will wake up very early in the morning and drive through the bush to meet the management team from Klasserie Nature Reserve and Dr Peter Rogers, of Provet Wildlife Veterinary Services. Dr Rogers will give a detailed explanation of the proceedings and also assign duties to each member of the group. The project involves:
1 Chemical immobilisation of a white rhino
2 Participating in the ground work:
3. Following darted rhino through the bush on a 4x4 game viewing vehicle
4. Monitoring anaesthetised rhino's vital signs
5. Insert of microchips and ear notching
6. Reversing anaesthetic and waking up of rhino
You then head back to the lodge for a late breakfast and a relaxing midday to recover from the early morning start.
In the afternoon there is an opportunity to go on an open 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 Bateleur Main 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 Bateleur Main Camp, full board

Day 7

Drive from Kruger to Johannesburg

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

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.

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Group Size:

Min 3 / Max 10

Tour Expert:

Dr Peter Rogers

Departure Date (S):

  • 21st July 2019

  • Light Activity - The tour may involve short walks, mainly around cities, but nothing very strenuous. The tour may have 1 or 2 visits to sites per day and follow a steady pace throughout with adequate free time.

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