Expedition Itinerary to Swaziland | Sense Africa

Expedition Itinerary

Expedition itineraries change a lot due to the project content and what the focus of the expedition is.  Here is an example of an itinerary that could be used and adapted:

Project and Expedition in the Kingdom of Swaziland

Dates: July
Destination: Swaziland
Price: £3,375per student
Group size: group of 14 – 20
Duration: approx 22 nights in Swaziland
Accommodation: Huts, tents and hostels
Transport: Private minibuses from Jo’burg to Swaziland and within Swaziland and open land rovers and truck in reserves.
Weather: Temperature range of 18 – 28C

The Kingdom of Swaziland welcomes guests to their country with open arms. It is a safe and friendly destination where the nation is proud of its culture, scenery and unique wildlife experiences.

Want to experience life in a local community?
Want to work on a worthwhile conservation project?
Want to have a rewarding experience?

Be part of an exciting and much needed project to assist African communities and ecosystems in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Swaziland, in southern Africa, is in need of your support. So why not help in assisting with a community project such as building a school or a clinic or on a conservation project tracking giraffe or surveying the local flora and fauna.

Do Something Different!

Aims of the expedition

  • To complete a worthwhile project
  • To learn about Leadership techniques
  • To work as a Team
  • To live in a local community
  • To spend time in the wilds of Africa
  • To experience something different
  • To learn about your own capabilities
  • To build vital yet transferable skills
  • How to motivate people and yourself

Project Ideas

  • Building a kitchen, classroom or community building
  • Conservation surveys providing a basis for biological assessment on reserves
  • Working with vulnerable children in local communities
  • Helping at feeding stations
  • Increasing social interaction with vulnerable children
  • Assisting teaching at some schools
  • Organising sport competitions

Day 0: Flight to Africa.
Overnight flight to Africa.

Days 1 – 2: Acclimatisation and Planning.
Mlilwane is Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area and is a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in Swaziland’s “Valley of Heaven”. It covers 4,560 hectares and is predominately open grassland plains with middleveld vegetation, stretching up onto the striking Nyonyane Mountain.
Accommodation will either be in tents or hostel, in a safe environment, where students can concentrate on planning for the expedition. Spend the day planning the project phase:

  • Learning about leadership techniques
  • Learning how to work as a comprehensive team
  • How to manage budgets
  • Learn about the Africa wildlife
  • Safety procedures
  • Risk Assessments for the team
  • Food and different ways of cooking over a fire
  • Health and Hygiene
  • siSwati – the local language
  • Cultural issues and how to work with the local community
  • Ensuring that everyone is fit for the project work by hiking in the reserve

Days 3 -13: Project Work.
The project will be run by the students, managed by the students and completed alongside the help and direction of the local community and experienced expedition leader. The first day will be spent buying food, equipment and materials for the project along with getting to know the area, organising the camp and meeting the key people involved with the project. There will also be an opportunity to see the project site and time to prioritise how the project will be run by putting new found knowledge into practice.

The remaining days will be spent on the project site, working in teams in different areas. This will be managed by the students and each day’s achievements will be acknowledged to ensure that the project will be completed on time. Please do consider that projects may change with the need of the community and the access to resources. Despite this, there will always be a worthwhile project to undertake in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Days 14 – 15: Safari. 
In the vast bushveld expanse of eastern Swaziland where the hot, still sun of Africa beats on the dry but life-giving soils and the rumbling roars of lions are heard in the cool dusky evenings, lies Swaziland’s largest protected area, Hlane Royal National Park.

This is an opportunity to learn about the issues of conservation in Africa, about culling, poaching and the impact on local communities. Learn about the problems that face conservation every day and what the local rangers have to endure to protect the wildlife. These two safari days can be spent searching for lions and elephants and watching rhino at the nearby waterhole. Truly breath taking!

Days 16 – 18: Conservation Work.
Spend time in Mbuluzi Game Reserve helping the manager with scientific survey work and other mini projects in and around the reserve. These projects are designed for the students in mind and can range form giraffe tracking to bridge building for mountain biking, and from going out on patrol to 24 hr water hole watches to record species coming in to drink.  There are a number of on-going projects that Sense Africa is involved with and these include fixed point photography, survey quadrants for alien plant species monitoring and giraffe surveys.

Days 19 – 20: Trek.
A mini 2 day trek where the students get the opportunity to walk with local rangers and learn about poaching and their traditional way of life. Very insightful. That evening they camp out under the stars, in the wilds of Africa and truly experience life in the bush.

Days 21 – 22: Adventure and Safari.
Adrenalin Day! There are a number of adventure activities that the students can participate from and this is their choice. This can include zip wires, mountain biking or caving. Also if they could visit Mkhaya which offers an exceptional experience in looking for endangered species of Africa and why there is such high security – the black rhino. Meet the people behind the break up of extensive poaching rings in southern Africa and learn how they have gained the reputation of one of Southern Africa’s leading anti-poaching teams.

And a last night meal to celebrate all the achievements!

Day 23: Flight home.