WELCOME TO KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA!

Students of Nature offer custom made trips to South Africa to further our learner’s nature education.

OUR TOURS

We create a ‘working holiday’ for our learners, where they will study to complete a range of wildlife courses to gain industry recognised qualifications, that will ultimately greatly enhance their Curriculum Vitae.

This itinerary is suited for anyone who shares a passion for the great outdoors and truly ‘roughing it’ under the stars. A love of camping and adventure is a must.

This itinerary would be ideal for army cadets (CCF) and Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) students in particular.

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Land-based, this tour incorporates bush walks, game drives and sleeping under the stars. Discover the ancient culture of the Zulu and gain knowledge about the indigenous flora & fauna.

Includes wildlife and conservation workshops addressing pressures facing Africa’s wildlife.

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For the budding marine enthusiast. We’ll teach you how to identify marine species and how to interpret their environments.

Visit Sodwana Bay one of the top 5 best dive destinations in the world. The Indian Ocean awaits ensuring perfect snorkeling and diving conditions.

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Experience the thrill of birding in South Africa. Trek the famous birding routes of Kwazulu-Natal and discover how you can identify birds by their unique songs.

Learn how to correctly locate and identify as many bird species as possible. Work up from common birds to rare species.

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TRAVEL AND LEARN WITH STUDENTS OF NATURE

Our group tours can be either an educational one off, or an adventure run annually, and will be scheduled where possible, to fit into holiday/semester breaks.

Our tours run for no less than 10 days, with 2 weeks being the ideal time period to enjoy a full itinerary, gain qualifications and really experience South Africa.

Group size is a minimum of 10 students, with a maximum of 20 students.

Large groups will be split in half, once in country, in our camps. This is for ease of everyday practical activities, such as game drives and bush walks. Groups will again reunite after their activities to share experiences.

  • Game drives, bush walks & night drives
  • Traditional & cultural activities
  • Specialist guest lecturers – experts in their chosen wildlife fields
  • Tracking & trailing of animals and/or man
  • Large mammal monitoring skills
  • Conservation workshops
  • Reserve management skills
  • Survival & bush craft skills
  • Marine activities & skills
  • Boat cruises
  • And much more…

SLEEP UNDER THE STARS!

Bhejane Ebandla wilderness camp is situated inside Amakhosi Private Game Reserve. Amakhosi reserve is a big five game reserve, with rhino species, buffalo, elephant, leopard, cheetah and a very healthy population of lion on the property. It is also rich in incredible plant and bird life

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Bhejane Base Camp in Kuleni Game reserve is situated amongst rare sand forest vegetation, creating a wonderful peaceful atmosphere for learning. After a full day of exciting activities, nothing beats drifting off to sleep and awakening to start a new day, to the soothing sounds of the forest’s wildlife.

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AWESOME ACTIVITIES...

Sleep under the stars
Track and study wildlife
Guided safrais
Birding walks
Fully insured
Experienced guides

MEET THE TEAM...

JOSIE EASTON

Josie Easton is a qualified Nature Guide for both the terrestrial (land) and marine (sea) environments.

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DYLAN PANOS

Dylan has got over 18 years of experience as a guide and trainer and started his career in the lowveld where he started working as a trainee guide under the mentor-ship of Master Tracker Wilson Masia.

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CHRISTA PANOS

Christa spent many years working alongside husband Dylan in various South Africa Game Reserves before joining Damelin as a lecturer for Game Ranging and Lodge Management.

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WHERE ARE WE GOING EXACTLY?

Come join us on one of our exciting tours and explore Zululand, the pride of the Zulu people, in the heart of Kwazulu-Natal province. This special area is located along the picturesque Elephant Coast.

Our destination is perfectly placed to enjoy both the African bush, with incredible game reserves on our doorstep and the Indian Ocean, with opportunities for a range of relaxing marine based activities.

The Zulu people and the climate couldn’t be more welcoming and our destination is blessed with glorious sunshine throughout the year. Kwazulu-Natal province is equally as pleasant in the winter months (May - September) as it is in the summer months (October - April). The warm sea temperature of 20°C, makes for some fantastic swimming and diving. During certain times of the year you can also take advantage of Whale Watching & Turtle Tours.

With such a hospitable sea temperature, it’s no wonder that where we dive, Sodwana Bay, has been declared one of the top dive destinations in the world due to its clear waters and diverse marine life.

Another highlight of the area, is the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which is situated around the corner from our base camp and has been crowned a World Heritage Site.

Kwazulu-Natal is also part of the famous Birding Route that runs throughout South Africa, with many beautiful and specialist species to be spotted.

With its spectacular array of biodiversity, our tour destination is a hidden gem for flora and fauna, including the big 5 and many rare and endemic specials found nowhere else.

Zululand has all of your wildlife and adventure needs covered, promising the best blend of both bush and beach.

 

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY...

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Rebecca Brackpool

Camping in the wilderness of South Africa may sound like madness to some people but to me it was perfect. A trip I will never forget!

Sharni Halford

Our trip was 100% worth every penny and I absolutely recommend choosing Josie as your guide!

Deborah Collingwood

Now home, I have found myself looking at our native wildlife in a completely different way and I have a new found respect for trees! The greatest part was connecting with the others in the group.

Heather Coburn

My highlights were following and tracking the lion pride the view at Ebandla camp and getting to go to St. Lucia on a day trip. Amazing!

Hannah Robinson

Our week at Ebandla camp was something I will never forget. Good food, good company, amazing guides and leaders.

Anya Towers

The trip to Bhejane Nature Training, South Africa was an experience of a lifetime.

PERFECT FOR NATURE ENTHUSIASTS OF ALL AGES