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The whole experience was incredible - the activities were challenging whilst being fun at the same time and it gives you the opportunity to meet some amazing new people who you are likely to stay friends with for a long time afterwards. I will miss everything about it a lot - the group, the range of activities and casually seeing wild animals walk about the reserve.
Rebecca Scott
Rebecca Scott
Leaper Alumni

Your Itinerary

What you'll do and where you'll go, from the day you arrive until you hop on a plane back home.
  • Day 1 Private Game Reserve - Kwa Madwala
    You’ll arrive at KWA, a private ‘Big 3’, game reserve. Your base, is in the heart of the reserve, surrounded by wildlife, providing the perfect safari setting from which you will help with all of the following conservation and community projects.
  • + Anti-Poaching
    On arrival at Kwa you’ll be given an introductory lecture by the reserve experts on their anti-poaching efforts. With your help, poaching will be tackled by educating the local communities and with fieldwork involving snare patrols and anti-poaching walks.
  • + Animal Welfare
    During regular game tracking activities, you will quickly learn to identify and interpret animal spoor and help rangers keep tabs on the behaviour and health of resident rhino, elephants and leopard.
  • + Reserve Management
    You’ll help with daily fence patrols, maintenance and controlling of the ever-encroaching bush. You’ll also help maintain the reserve’s road network.
  • + Microlight Flight
    Included in the program is one 15-minute flight all over the reserve. Flying low over the game and high to capture the fantastic views.
  • + Mijane Township
    Just outside the reserve we work with 2-day care centres for kids in the township of Mijane. Here you will hang out with the kids while helping to build a play area and renovate the buildings.
  • + Elephant Ride
    Twali and Mujaje, two orphaned elephants, have found sanctuary at KWA. Local schools are regularly treated to a day with the elephants and you’ll be asked to help facilitate this, but more importantly, you will get the chance to stroll through the reserve with these magnificent creatures at your side.
  • + Backpacker Favourites
    On your time off there is plenty of optional extras close to the reserve: river tubing, abseiling and paint balling, safari in the Kruger National Park and visiting the Moholoholo Wildlife Centre.
  • Day 42 Private Game Reserve - Kwa Madwala
    Fly home or carry on with a spot in independent travelling.

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