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Brett Horley Safaris is synonymous with ecotourism and conservation, offering interactive group safari experiences that fully involve participants in nature. This is where we learn to identify animal tracks and scat; how to recognise bird calls; how to find your way in the bush; find constellations in the night sky; and make fires without matches!

These programs are totally flexible, tailor-made to suit specific interest groups, and guided by Brett with the assistance of subject experts along the way. The programs call on leaders in specific fields of research, conservation, and veterinary science. If you want fun, learning, team building, and conservation experience – if you want to touch ‘safari’ – get in touch, and we can begin building the perfect programme.

BHS group safaris are perfectly suited to college groups, schools, business colleagues, friends, or anyone looking to be educated and inspired. This is an ideal introduction to conservation in South Africa set in two magnificent private nature reserves in the heart of the famous Kruger National Park.

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Study with Wildlife

Through guided game drives, walks and sleep outs, this trip will cover the theory and practical knowledge behind conservation including the following elements:

  • Ecology
  • Mammal biology and identification
  • Snake and reptile identification and handling
  • Animal behaviour
  • Bird identification
  • Tracking big game from vehicles and on foot
  • Dangerous game and their behaviour
  • Frogging and insect identification
  • Visit to a cultural village
  • Elephant research presentations
  • Hornbill research presentations
  • Rhino darting/chipping
  • Visit to an endangered species breeding centre
  • Visit to a wildlife rehabilitation centre
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Sleep outs

This is an experiential safari itinerary. Hands-on and in-depth, it is both educational and a whole lot of adventure and fun. Conservation is the main focus, but this broad subject enables us to cover topics as diverse as hunting, poaching, Transfrontier parks, population control, management practices, policies and programmes, tracking, photography, and loads more.

Studying the Stars

Klaserie and Balule Nature Conservation Experiences

Download 2018 Klaserie and Balule 10-day itineraries here

The Klaserie and Balule are part of an exclusive, privately owned wildlife reserve, which in turn is part of the world-famous Greater Kruger National Park. There are no fences between these reserves; in fact, there are no boundary fences within the Kruger, which allows free movement of wildlife between conservation areas of more than 4,500,000 ha. Thus, opportunities to see the Big 5 (elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, and lion), hyena, Cape hunting dog, and the plethora of bird species are plentiful.

The area is characterised as ‘savannah bushveld’ with 6 different landscape types: acacia woodland, open woodland, mopane (a tree sp.) woodland, combretum (bush willows) woodland, mixed combretum woodland, and mixed veld on Gabbro (rock). Rivers, waterholes, and dry riverbeds intersect the veld. This mixture of geography supports an array of biodiversity that students will be introduced to.

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Accommodation at Klaserie and Balule varies slightly, while the itineraries are more or less the same. The intention of these nature conservation experiences are to submerge ourselves in the wild and take in everything it has got to offer.

Klaserie: Unfenced campsite with dome tents; a donkey-boiler shower; flushing toilet; mess tent; no electricity; charging stations for devices and gadgets; true wilderness.

Balule: Dorm-style accommodation at a privately owned lodge;  shared ablutions; hot showers; flushing toilets; electricity.

All meals will be provided throughout the trip. This includes the following:

  • Breakfast – Rusks, muesli, muffins
  • Lunch – Pasta and salad
  • Dinner – South African braai/barbeque, beef/chicken, rice/pap/potatoes

One game viewer vehicle seats 9 people. Highly skilled FGASA qualified guides – all are qualified rifle handlers and trained in first aid. A highly skilled, local Shangaan tracker can be booked at an additional cost.

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10-Day Itinerary Outline

Download full 2018 itinerary here

Day 1

  • Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport
  • Scheduled road transfer from OR Tambo International Airport to the Kruger Camp
  • Lunch stop in Dullstroom
  • Meet & Greet at Kruger Camp
  • Introduction and overview

Day 2

  • Morning game drive/walk
  • Interactive discussion on different species of snakes and spiders
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Morning game drive/walk
  • Nyani Cultural Village/Roots of Rhythm
  • Full day village tour, Roots of Rhythm dance show, lunch
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Dinner

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Day 4

  • Morning game drive/walk
  • Elephant research presentation – Programme Manager STE-SA
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Dinner
  • Introduction to Astronomy

Day 5

  • Rhino Darting in the Greater Kruger Park
  • Full day activity
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Dinner

Day 6

  • Hornbill Research Programme
  • Klaserie Private Nature Reserve Head Quarters
  • Lunch at local bar – Bush Pub and Inn (own account)

Day 7

  • Morning game drive/walk
  • Tracking and spoor identification
  • Dangerous game on foot
  • Dinner
  • Sleep out hide

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Day 8

  • Morning game drive/walk
  • Full day tour to the local villages – help NPO to build a new library for a orphanage
  • Afternoon activity
  • Dinner

Day 9

  • Morning game drive/walk
  • Bushveld ecology
  • Mammals
  • Birds identification
  • Afternoon activity
  • Dinner

Day 10

  • Morning game drive/walk
  • Visit Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Dinner

Day 11

  • Morning game drive/walk
  • Depart after breakfast
  • Lunch at Dullstroom
  • Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport

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 Testimonials

“The Student African Conservation Experience in the Greater Kruger has been a truly life changing experience for all involved. It was a week filled with passion, enthusiasm and excitement. The programme for the trip was exceptional. Including lectures by experts on Ground Hornbills, Elephants and Snakes, darting and micro-chipping the endangered White Rhino with one of the country’s very best Wildlife Vets, immersing ourselves in local culture and lifestyle.

Frogging, walking and spotlighting! A week in which we really focused on the conservation of wildlife and eco-systems, not only in Africa but also throughout the world. A Safari adventure with a real educational and experiential dimension. We hope that all went away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for wildlife and the natural world. We had loads of fun and at the same time, learnt so much. We leave as the future pioneers of conservation and wildlife management on our planet.”

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