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Animal Tracks and Tracking (7 or 14 Days)

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Dates: 7 Days (6 Nights): 28 Feb-6 March 2017 (at Makulele Camp in South Africa), 17-23 March, 16-22 April, 12-18 Oct, 5-11 Dec 2017(at Selati Camp in South Africa) & 14-20 Nov 2016 (at Mashatu Camp in Botswana)

Please note there is also a 14 Days course from 12th to 25th June at Mashatu Camp in Botswana. Please enquire.

Group Size: Min 4 / Max 20

Overview

Animal Tracks and Tracking offers you the ultimate wilderness immersion. Through the ancient art of tracking – possibly the world's oldest art and science – you will connect with the iconic places and creatures of Africa on foot. Our 7 and 14 day courses take place in remote wilderness areas of Botswana and South Africa. EcoTracker will engross you in all aspects of tracking track and sign identification, animal trailing and survival techniques. The courses are mostly hosted by engaging and expert Shangaan trackers.

In many parts of Africa, the ancient survival skills of tracking have disappeared at an alarming rate – alarming because without these skills, humanity's connection to the earth is significantly reduced. The time-worn skills of tracking taught human beings to live consciously with an appreciation and respect for the natural world. With urbanisation and technology, much of this profound ecological intelligence is being lost at a time when it is most important to our long-term survival.

This training course aims to contribute to the preservation of indigenous wilderness skills and the conservation of the Earth's last wild places.

Our instructors are certified by the acclaimed Tracker Academy – the first and only accredited tracker training school in South Africa. Visitors will get a taste of this knowledge from Shangaan trackers who have dedicated themselves to mastering the skills of traditional hunter-gatherers.

What is Tracking?

There are two major aspects to tracking–Track and Sign Interpretation and Trailing (following animal trails).

This course includes Hunter-gatherer techniques as part of the course. All aspects of tracking take years to master.

Track and Sign Interpretation–this component of tracking looks at the signs left by invertebrates, amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals. All learning takes place in the field using field-guides, photographs and presentations to supplement practical training.

Trailing–this component involves following tracks to find the animal. Mastering trailing takes years and this aspect of the course requires a relatively high level of fitness and an ability to focus mentally. Our instructors are amongst the best animal trailers in South Africa and we pride ourselves on our ability to teach this complex skill. Students will have the opportunity to practice trailing animals themselves - under the watchful eye of an instructor.

Interpreting mammal and bird alarm calls, animal behaviour and assessing the age of tracks form part of the trailing skill set.

Hunter-gatherer techniques – Southern Africa's indigenous peoples survived off the land for centuries. EcoTracker's instructors will teach you how to build traps using only natural materials, show you how to find birds nests, water and edible fruits. Through sharing of their experiences growing up in the wilderness, the instructors will immerse students in the wild.

Course Information

7-day course:

This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of track and sign interpretation. The assessment at the end of the course is endorsed by FGASA for those who wish to try and achieve certification.

Depending on the seasonal movement of animals in the area, students may be afforded the opportunity to follow or trail animals on foot.

14 - day course:

The longer course gives students the opportunity for a more comprehensive understanding of track and sign interpretation, trailing and hunter-gatherer techniques. The core focus of this course is to spend time trailing animals such as rhino, elephant, buffalo and lion on foot (often dependent on seasonal animal movements). At the end of the course, students can choose to do a fully accredited FGASA trailing and track and sign course.

Please note a 23% discount is available for South African residents on the 7 Day Experience and a 9% discount on the 14 Days Experience. Please enquire.

Why we chose this Provider

  1. We have been in the business of training guides since 1993 when we were established as the first formal field guide training organisation in Africa. We thus live up to our reputation as the pioneer and leader in our field. 
  2. A company owned and managed by a person with a passion for wilderness. Anton Lategan has spent most of his life visiting and living in wilderness areas. He believes passionately in the need for students to come away from their time with us with an amazing, exciting learning adventure together with a better understanding of the way wilderness areas work. 
  3. A company solely dedicated to training. We do nothing else, so we stay focused on making sure that our training programmes are of the highest standards. 
  4. Instructors who have been around for a long time. We select our instructors based on the number of years of experience that they have had in the guiding industry. We are proud of our specialist trainers that are well known throughout the industry. 
  5. Number of students on each course limited to a total maximum of 20, with a maximum of 10 students for each instructor. This ensures that the students get personal attention at all times. 
  6. We offer quality over quantity. Sometimes a training provider offers many qualifications which look good on paper, but the time available does not allow for thorough training that is sufficient to pass the FGASA exams. 
  7. Courses in great wilderness areas collectively covering more than 100 000 hectares, including one of the greatest national parks in the world, the Kruger National Park. Students are immersed in these great wilderness areas from the moment they step into camp giving them an intimate, experiential experience that can be life-changing. Our camps are unfenced and mostly canvas, so students are in touch with the wilderness all the time.
  8. We play an important role in community training throughout Africa ensuring that local people living on the borders of our national parks and game reserves gain access to training which will ultimately provide them with job opportunities. Our community training includes countries such as Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Gabon, Kenya and Swaziland. 
  9. We have conducted training programmes for top tourism operators and various privately-owned game lodges in southern Africa and our programmes are held in high regard by these organisations. 
  10. The partners and trainers have trained thousands of people over the years in a number of countries – from rural tribesmen in the Gabonese forest in the Congo Basin of West Africa to royalty from Europe.

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Please note a 26% discount is available for South African residents on the 7 Day Experience. Please enquire.

A vast amount of information can be gathered about mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates without ever having seen them. Although this may sound strange, every animal leaves some indication of its presence or passing whereby it can be recognised. And then the “reconstruction” of what could have, would have, should have happened.

ImageYou will get the chance to learn the traditional art of tracking at the hands of authentic Shangaan tracker instructors. You will also get a glimpse into ancient skills taught by local African experts as we aim to restore this indigenous knowledge by engaging with some of the last true indigenous experts. You will be provided with an in-depth animal tracks and tracking course where it will be all about understanding and learning to interpret so much more about the bush and wildlife as you search for, tracks and find game.

The course will begin with the track and sign interpretation component whereby trainers will teach how to correctly analyse an animal’s track. Visual presentations showing photos and illustrations are also used to assist with the learning process. The second component of the course deals with the ability to follow or ‘trail’ an animal’s track, until the tracker finds it. Trailing skills are more complex and therefore take much longer to master.  Learners will get to experience the trailing skills first-hand from our Shangaan trainers who are some of the top trackers in South Africa. Once comfortable the learners will get opportunity to practise trailing an animal themselves, under the tutelage of the trainers.

You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas 24/7 and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice daily. Depending on the course you enrol on, you will be trained on up to two different game reserves, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species. No other training provider can match this variety of training environments or frequency of practical activities we offer to our students.

Rate includes

  • Accommodation (sharing)
  • Meals
  • Tea/coffee and cordials
  • Instruction and training
  • Game walks
  • Open vehicle game drives
  • Sleep outs/ additional activities

Rate excludes

  • Flights and insurance
  • Transfers/transport to and from the camp, before and after the course
  • Any accommodation before and after the course
  • Beverages (beer, ciders, bottled water)
  • Kruger National Park entrance fee (only applicable if the course is at Makuleke Camp)
  • Botswana border crossing (only applicable if the course is at Mashatu)

SELATI CAMP in Botswana

The Selati camp is situated on the banks of the Selati River, in the 33 000ha (81 545 acres) Selati Game Reserve, to the west of the Kruger National Park.

The Selati Game Reserve is a large reserve, with diverse topography and biodiversity. In the east there are large granite hills, where Verreaux's eagles and klipspringers can be found. 

The dominant vegetation types are Combretum and Mopane woodland. This habitat is well-suited to the large elephant and giraffe population found there. 

The reserve is bisected by the Selati River, which dries up into large rocky pools of water in winter. There is a lot of space to conduct walks and get a true sense of wilderness.

Special species occurring here include sable antelope and eland. We are also able to visit the sable breeding programme run by the management of the reserve.

Pick an animal and you’ll find it here – lion, leopard and elephant, as well as special species such as sable and eland. General game such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu, impala, baboons and monkeys are plentiful. For the twitchers there is more than enough of the feathered kind to be heard and spotted.

Useful Information

WeatherAverage summer maximum temperature (October-March): 35°C

Average minimum winter temperature (April-September): 4°C 

AccommodationThe camp consists of 10 simple dome tents, each with two mattresses and single pillows (two learners per tent). There are shared bathroom facilities and a central communal area overlooking the Selati River.

Please bring a sleeping blanket, additional blanket and pillow should you require them. There are no mosquito nets available at Selati.


MAKULELE CAMP (Kruger National Park) in South Africa 

Situated between the Limpopo and the Luvuvhu Rivers in the northern section of Kruger National Park is the Pafuri region, an area spanning 24,000 hectares (59305 acres). Within the Pafuri area is the Makuleke Concession, the ancestral home of the Makuleke people and the most diverse and scenically attractive area in all of the Kruger National Park.

The Makuleke concession is not accessible to the ordinary tourist visiting the park. This area now again belongs to the Makuleke community after they were removed in 1968. After a lengthy process, it was finally returned to the community in 1998 in what was a historical event for South Africa.

This area is certainly the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park and offers varied vegetation, great wildlife viewing, the best birding in all of the Kruger National Park and is filled with folklore of early explorers and ancient civilizations.

The camp

EcoTraining’s Kruger National Park camp is situated in the Makuleke concession, between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers. This is a true wilderness area, steeped in history and situated in the remotest part of Kruger, in one of the most biologically diverse areas. Scenery ranges from the beautiful, quietly-flowing Luvuvhu River shaded by nyala trees and fever tree forests and teeming with hippos and crocodiles to the awesome Lanner Gorge, palm-fringed wetlands and rocky outcrops with thousand-year-old baobab trees.

Animals found in the Makuleke concession (Kruger National Park)

All the wildlife that one would expect to see in a great national park such as Kruger can potentially be encountered on the concession.  Plains game such as zebra, kudu and impala are common, while lions and leopards are a special sighting. Herds of elephant, a few rhinoceros, African buffalo, nyala antelope and also seldom-seen animals such as eland and bushpig can be seen

There is abundant birdlife. This part of Kruger is known to be one of the best birding areas in the park and is home to rarely-seen species such as Pel's fishing owl, wattle-eyed flycatcher and grey-headed parrot.

Temperatures at the camp

In the Kruger National Park you'll find a subtropical climate, with hot summers (average 40˚C/104 F) and warm, dry winters (average minimum 9˚C and average maximum 26˚C). However, be sure not to be caught out by the intermittent summer rains which fall between October and March. Early mornings and late afternoon/evenings during the winter do get very cold, so be sure to bring sufficient warm clothing.

Accommodation

18 Students are accommodated in 9 comfortable thatched, tented rooms placed on wooden decks in the shade of large nyala trees. Each room has an en-suite bathroom consisting of a shower and washbasin with hot running water and a flush toilet and also has a veranda overlooking the surrounding bush.  These tents have mosquito nets (on request). We provide learners with bedding (a duvet and 1 pillow), but you might want to bring an extra blanket for the winter months and an additional pillow if you require. The camp itself is not fenced which means that animals do move through the camp from time to time.

The communal area

This area consists of a thatch-roofed open sided deck where all meals, lectures and studying takes place. A clearing for evening camp fires creates an idyllic setting for social and leisure time.

MASHATU GAME RESERVE in Botswana

The Mashatu Reserve is part of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve which is located on the confluence of the Limpopo and the Shashe rivers, in the easternmost corner of Botswana. The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is the collective name for several privately-owned game reserves including the Mashatu, Ntani and Tuli Game Reserves, covering all the land north of the Limpopo River.

The camp

Our Mashatu Camp is located in the land of Giants in the Tuli reserve of Botswana bordering South Africa. Tuli forms a key part of the proposed Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with majestic rocks, diverse vegetation, abundant wildlife, a profusion of birds and a rich archaeological heritage and spans over 25 000 hectares of wilderness.

Animals found in the Mashatu Reserve

Besides elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena, general game such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland and a variety of antelope, and nocturnal species like springhares, bat eared fox, civet cat, genet, honey badger and mongoose, are prevalent throughout the reserve. The bird life is prolific with Mashatu Game Reserve recording over 366 different species. The 4-wheel drive safari vehicles enable off-road travel and provide guests with up close game viewing and fantastic photographic opportunities. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights, bring the bush to life.

Temperatures at the camp

Mashatu camp can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius in summer time, while going down to temperatures of 8 degrees during wintertime. Temperatures remain quite high during day time in Botswana, never really going below 22 degrees, while reaching 39 degrees regularly in summertime. Hot, dry conditions are usually encountered in the Tuli region. Heavy summer thunderstorms of short duration in the late afternoon and evening may be experienced. Rainfall occurs mostly during the summer months (October - March).

Accommodation

The camp consists of 10 simple dome tents, each with 2 mattresses with pillows (2 learners per tent). Please bring along your sleeping bag and an extra blanket/ pillow if required. There are shared bathroom facilities and a central communal area overlooking the river bed. There are no mosquito nets at Mashatu.


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Prices

Our rates are fixed in USD. Other currencies are subject to change, depending on the rate of exchange.

Standard price per person sharing: $1065

Single Supplement: $n/a

Travel Info

Important Information 

Insurance:

It is a condition of booking with Gaia Conscious Travel that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on travel, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit, which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for domestic travel.

Makulele and Mashatu Camp Information

Accommodation at Makulele:

Students are accommodated in comfortable thatched, tented units placed on wooden decks in the shade of large nyala trees. Each unit has an en-suite bathroom consisting of a shower, washbasin with hot running water and a flush toilet and also has a veranda.
We provide learners with bedding (a duvet and a pillow), but you might want to bring an extra blanket for the winter months and an additional pillow if you require two.
The camp itself is not fenced, which means that animals do move through the camp from time to time.
The central communal area consists of a thatch-roofed open sided deck where all meals, lectures and studying takes place. A clearing for evening camp fires creates an idyllic setting for social and leisure time.

Electricity at Makulele:

There is no electricity at the camp – solar lamps are used for all lighting and a generator is used to charge batteries. Studying at night with solar lamps can at times be challenging so a headlamp for this purpose is recommended as well as an extra battery operated lamp if you wish to study in your tent at night.
The kitchen is equipped with gas fridges for storage of all perishable food items, thus unfortunately there’s no space for personal items (drinks, water or other).
There is however a full selection of affordable drinks available at camp.
The generator is for camp use so will thus not be switched on for the sole purpose of charging learner cameras or other equipment. Learners are allowed to utilise it when it is running for camp purposes and need to understand that it is used at own risk.

Communications at Makulele:

There is no cell phone reception at the Makuleke Camp. The closest reception is 16kms away and a weekly trip will be made to allow learners to phone. The camp’s satellite phone is for emergency use only. Should an emergency arise, contact will be made with the head office from where the necessary and relevant information will be relayed. The office number is: +27 (0)13 7524791.

At Mashatu there is limited cell phone reception. The camp's cell phone is for emergency use only.

Please ensure that you have enough air time as there is no access to shops selling air time.

Accommodation at Mashatu:

The camp consists of 10 simple dome tents, each with two mattresses with pillows (two learners per tent). There are shared bathroom facilities and a central communal area overlooking the dry river bed. There are no mosquito nets at Mashatu.

Electricity at Mashatu:

There is no electricity at the camp – paraffin lamps are used for all lighting and a generator is used to charge batteries. Studying at night with paraffin lanterns can at times be challenging so a headlamp for this purpose is recommended as well as an extra battery operated lamp if you wish to study in your tent at night.

The generator is for camp use so will thus not be switched on for the sole purpose of charging learner cameras or other equipment. Learners are allowed to utilise it when it is running for camp purposes and need to understand that it is used at own risk.

Preparing your Experience

Beverages:

Select beverages are available for purchase (over and above the cordials, tea and coffee included in the course fee).

Water:

Fresh, drinkable water is available from the taps.
Bottled water is available for purchase.

Laundry:

A hand washing laundry service is provided at a nominal weekly fee.

Game viewing vehicles:

The game viewing vehicles are open Land Rover TDI’s 2 at Makulele, open Land Cruisers at Mashatu

What to Bring:

  • Appropriate walking shoes (hiking boots). Thorns go straight through sport shoes!
  • A pair of takkies or sneakers to serve as back up for your walking shoes (hiking boots)
  • Gaiters
  • Rehydrate sachets
  • Gel for minor or reoccurring muscle injuries (Reparil Gel/ Voltaren Gel/ Deep Heat Cream)
  • Sandals for around the camp
  • Khaki (or neutral coloured) clothing for activities (walks and drives)
  • Warm jacket and jersey
  • Gloves, beanie and scarf as it gets chilly in the mornings and evenings during winter
  • Hat for protecting both the head and neck
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal toiletries and towel
  • A powerful torch to use in and around camp (opt for free standing for use inside the tent)
  • A headlamp and extra batteries
  • Sleeping bag, personal pillow if preferred.
  • An extra blanket is recommended in winter.
  • Pen / pencils
  • Notebooks /notepads
  • Raincoat / poncho
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottles, at least 2 litres. We recommend a camelback, MTB or walking water pouch.
  • Snacks/ cigarettes – no shops nearby. Include high energy snacks for walks i.e. protein bars, energy bars, nuts, boiled sweets etc.
  • Any reference / field guide books you may have
  • Binoculars
  • Roberts’ birds phone application
  • A birding book is essential for your birding courses!
  • Camera
  • Rucksack / daypack
  • Any personal medication – please ensure sufficient supply.
  • EcoTraining will not be able to collect or deliver medication to students in the camp.
  • CASH (in ZAR Rands only) - sufficient cash for 4 weeks if you intend to purchase from the camp shop. The camps do not have easy access to the closest towns which have ATMs but the ATMs may not always work
  • Battery operated alarm clock (cellphone/mobile batteries run out and students need alarm clocks to wake up at the allocated times)
  • Blister plasters
  • If you have a musical instrument that you would like to bring along, you’re most welcome
  • Please note: radios and C.D. players are NOT allowed.
  • Personal MP3’s and IPods with earphones can be used, although they must be used with sensitivity to fellow course participants and the environment.

Note for Mashatu:

Cash (in Botswana Pula) Please note: Our Botswana camp operates in PULA and Rand - Our Botswana camp has NO access to ATM’s so you need to bring along enough cash for the duration of your course 
We will exchange Rand to PULA only for drinks/products. No other exchange of currency will take place, however you should exchange Rand to PULA prior to arrival at camp.

Recommended Books:

Purchasing all the books listed below is not expected. The camp has a library with a copy of each book but if shared amongst learners, they may often be inaccessible.

Should you want to purchase your own books, we recommend you purchase at least your own bird book, tree book and mammal book.

  • That way you can refer to them on drives or in camp without having to wait to use the library copy.
  • Sasol Birds of Southern Africa – Ian Sinclair; Phil Hockey; Warwick Tarboton
  • The Behaviour Guide to African Mammals - Richard Estes
  • Game Ranger in your Backpack – Megan Emmet and Sean Patrick
  • Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Braam van Wyk & Piet van Wyk
  • Photographic guide to Tracks and Tracking of Southern Africa - Louis Liebenberg

Malaria:

We are not permitted by law to give advice regarding medical information. However, learners should be aware that malaria occurs in the regions where our camps are situated. A visit to your local doctor/GP will provide you with the best options in terms of medical precautions.

It is important that you use a good insect repellent

Visas and travel documents:

A valid passport is obligatory.

Visas are ultimately your responsibility, and the provider or Gaia Conscious Travel cannot be held accountable for failure to obtain the necessary travel documentation.Therefore, please make sure about the necessary visa requirements before departure from your home country, from either the relevant embassy or your local travel agent.

New regulations for under 18's travelling: Under the new legislation, South Africans and foreign nationals travelling with children under the age of 18 are required to produce unabridged birth certificates.It is part of the government's commitment to safeguard the best interests of children and prevent child trafficking.

Currency:

The South African currency is the Rand (ZAR), The currency in Botswana is the Pula, though the Rand is commonly accepted. Learners can draw cash at Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airports - there are no cash withdrawal machines near the camps.

Adaptors:

Please bring adaptors to suit your own plugs and South African plug/plug points (same in Botswana)

Estimated Expenses per week:

An estimate of spending money that may be required – R200 to R250 per week.

***Prices for additional EcoTraining clothing are available on request.

Getting to Makulele Camp

Please note that all transportation before and after the course is to be arranged by yourself.

PLEASE BE AWARE: Fuel is not available in camp. Should you arrive by selfdrive, please ensure you have sufficient fuel for your departure from camp.

Nearest filling stations to Makuleke Camp:

  • Punda Maria Rest Camp (entry/ departure via Punda Maria) – 75km from camp
  • Caltex Service Station Thepise (entry/ departure via N1) – 120km from camp

BY ROAD from Johannesburg:(Travel time to Makuleke 6 -7hrs)

We can also put you in contact with other course participant should you not wish to travel on your own.

Car Hire, Avis www.avis.co.za – A drop off fee and/or collection fee on both sides of travel will be charged. If visiting the camp for a short time (less than 7 days), keeping the car for that period should be considered. If it is a longer stay, drop off and collection of the rented car from the Pafuri gate is recommended.

If you get a transfer company, you will be dropped at the Kruger Park Pafuri Gate. You must be there by 14h00 to be collected by EcoTraining’s game drive vehicle.

Directions - Gauteng to Pafuri Gate, Kruger National Park:

  • Head North on N1 highway to Pretoria/Pietersburg/Polokwane
  • Toll road: 1 (Phumulani Toll Plaza)
  • Toll road: 2 (Carousel Toll Plaza)
  • Toll road: 3 (Kranskop Toll Plaza)
  • Toll road: 4 (Nyl Toll Plaza)
  • Just before getting into Polokwane City, take the off-ramp N1 Louis Trichardt/Musina
  • Keep following the signs indicating N1 Louis Trichardt/Musina
  • After about 70km, pass straight through local community and over the Tropic of Capricorn to the Capricorn Plaza
  • At Capricorn Toll Plaza, Set speedometer to zero
  • 39km, from Capricorn Plaza, pass through 2 stop streets and a traffic circle and head straight towards Mussina still on the N1
  • Travel up the Soutpansberg Mountain Range and down the other side through the Hendrik Verwoerd tunnels to Mussina
  • 96 km, Pass through the Baobab Toll Plaza
  • 96.8km, Turn right onto the R525 towards Tshipise & Pafuri Gate
  • Set speedometer to zero
  • 110km, pass through a chevron boom
  • Carry on straight along the R525 after the chevron boom for another 19km to Pafuri Gate, Kruger National Park.
  • Total Trip +/- 560 km

Parking:

Parking at Makuleke is some distance from camp and no vehicles can be parked at the camp. When packing, please ensure your equipment can easily be transferred from your vehicle to a trailer/game drive vehicle for the drive to camp.

Getting to Mashatu Camp

Directions from Johannesburg to Mashatu:

Follow signboards on N1 from Johannesburg – N1 signs indicate Polokwane, but further north signs have not been changed and indicted Polokwane as Pietersburg.

Directions through Polokwane:

When arriving in Polokwane do not take the first turn left to Dendron. Rather enter the city centre on Groblers’ road and turn left on Market Street. Travel until you see the Game shopping centre on your left, stay left on route to Dendron (R521) – stay left.

From Polokwane follow the signs on the R521 – You will pass Dendron and Vivo and drive to Alldays.  (Rural road – free roaming animals) – Follow directions to the Pont Drift Border Post.  This is also the last opportunity to visit a fuel station.  The station is NOT operated 24 hours.

Johannesburg to Polokwane – 300km

Polokwane to Alldays - 147 km

Alldays to Pont Drift – 60 km

Notes to keep in mind:

  • The border post between South Africa and Botswana (Pont Drift) opens at 08h00 and Closes at 16h00. 
  • Mashatu Camp is approximately a 6 hour drive from Johannesburg.
  • Toll fees are payable on the N1 to Polokwane from Johannesburg.
  • The collection time for students at the border post (Pont Drift, Botswana side) is 14h00 (Variations of this time might apply)
  • Fill up with fuel at Alldays, alternatively Polokwane.
All guests travelling from South Africa must clear South African Immigration before being met by our camp staff.
  • Transfers of guests and/or students and their luggage are done by open game viewer vehicles. 
  • Should the Limpopo River be in flood, transfers across the river are done by cable car; the cost is additional at 35 Pula per person.
  • Vehicles parked in the designated parking area will require a letter of authority from the owner/ bank as well as the insurance company giving the driver permission for the vehicle to cross the border (even though the vehicle will not physically cross the border).  Vehicle registration papers and a disk plate, corresponding with the number plate of the vehicle – are also required.

Please Remember:

Please note that all transportation before and after the course is to be arranged by yourself.  Upon time of booking the office can assist with this process upon request.


Destination Info - South Africa

South Africa is the located at the southern most tip of Africa. With a population of about 55 million, South Africa is multi-ethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Its stunning combination of people, nature, landscape, history, and culture has made it a once in a lifetime experience for millions of travellers.

The large diversity of South Africa's landscape offers a wide variety of completely different scenery, that will satisfy most people's tastes and preferences. Regardless of whether you prefer to track the Big Five, swim in the blue waters of the Indian ocean, take in the culture and history of our "Rainbow Nation", hike in the mountains or along the coast, savor good wine and food, see wild flowers in profusion or simply just lazing around in the sun, you will encounter spectacular scenic surroundings everywhere.

South Africa's viticulture competes with the best in the world. Whether it's honeyed Chenin Blancs or silky Pinot Noirs, South Africa's wines are improving in leaps and bounds. To accompany the wine, South Africa offers a variety of unique and extraordinary local and international cuisines.

South African people are warm and amiable. They welcome travellers with open arms, and encourage others to enjoy the beauty that the country has to offer. With a vibrant combination of modern ways and ancient customs, South Africa's society has been formed right through its history by large arrays of people who came to see and decided to settle. You should come and visit to explore the colorful diversity of the South African social composition for yourself.

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