Field Trips for Schools
There’s nothing quite like an authentic South African experience to inspire, educate and empower the hearts and minds of our youth. Combining wildlife, conservation, traditional culture, adventure and personal + interpersonal development, our field trips for schools provide life-changing experiences for young people.
Our current field trip programmes:
Wildlife & Conservation Field Trip
– An Academic Enrichment Programme
– Zululand South Africa
KZN Battlefields Field Trip
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Watch the video above to find out more about African Insight Academy’s Wildlife and Conservation Field Trip for Schools.
Wildlife & Conservation Field Trip
Zululand and Maputaland in the north-eastern region of KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa are rich in wildlife, authentic Zulu culture and magnificent protected landscapes, and is part of a recognized global biodiversity hotspot.
At the foot of the Lebombo Mountain lies Pongola Game Reserve encompassing a diversity of landscapes and habitats including Lake Jozini. It is home to four of the “Big 5” as well as Hippo, crocodile, giraffe, zebra and all species of antelope that historically occurred in the region.
Kosi Bay in the northern-most section of the Isimangaliso Wetlands World Heritage Site is a veritable ecological paradise of lakes, mangroves, forests, reefs and unspoilt beaches.
The most perfect outdoor classroom and laboratory to study the interconnectedness of nature, the environment and man.
Programmes vary from 4 – 12 nights. Each programme is adapted to the needs of the group from Grade 7 learners through to post-graduate university level.
From the arrival of the Voortrekkers in Natal in 1837 to establishment of the Union of South Africa in 1910 numerous bloody conflicts have played out on the landscape of KwaZulu Natal. Nowhere are the conflicts that have shaped South Africa more concentrated and accessible than in KwaZulu Natal’s battlefields region.
African Insight Academy brings history to life in a powerful KZN Battlefields Field Trip incorporating the:
- Voortrekker – Zulu Conflict and the Battle of Blood River
- Anglo – Zulu War conflicts of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift
- Transvaal War of Independence andthe Battle of Majuba
- Anglo – Boer war sites of Spioenkop and Colenso
The full field trip is 6 nights however this can be tailored into shorter trips to meet time and budget factors. Suitable for learners from Grade 7 upwards.
Highlights of the tour include:
- Following in the foot-steps of the Boers as they attacked the British at Majuba
- Spending the night in an Ox-wagon
- Hiking the Fugitives Trail
Download Field Trip Overview Brochures
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Some of the experiences included in our field trip programmes:
The use of radio tracking devices and trail cameras.
Both during the day and at night to observe and learn about animal behaviour.
Hands-on practical learning
Getting practical with some physical hands-on projects that will assist the conservation or wildlife management of the reserve.
There is no better way to learn about a foreign culture than to live and work alongside them.
Giving back to the community is one of the rewards of responsible educational travel.
Forest, Mangrove & Estuary Hike
An educational hike through different eco-systems.
Three Lakes Tour
An educational boat trip covering three interconnected lakes ranging from fresh water to salt water
Features and benefits of our field trips:
Why work with African Insight Academy?
Why go on a school field trip?
“Tell me and I will forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I will learn” is the essence of effective educational field trips.
Well-planned and safely-executed field trips can be far more than just a learning experience outside the classroom. They can be a unique life-changing experience, exposing students to a world of opportunities for learning, but also an opportunity for them to learn what they have to offer to others. Field trips are a critical component of a well-balanced education and learning experience of today’s young global citizens and tomorrow’s leaders.
Learning outside the classroom is an active experiential process where students can encounter actual problems and be involved in determining hypotheses and solutions whilst interacting with others. Experiential learning is inherently interdisciplinary, therefore providing an enriched cross-curricular learning experience.
We grow when we are stretched and for many the simple act of leaving behind the comfort of the known is in itself a challenge and an invaluable growth opportunity. Field trips are super-concentrated opportunities for personal growth and learning of life skills. Spending an extended time in a foreign environment with a group of people that are not your family ensures that participants are involved, and when we are involved, we are learning skills without even realising it.
Health and Safety First
African Insight Academy holds international health and safety accreditation from the British Standards Institute. We also adhere to the highest possible standard of liability insurance and hold a two-decade incident-free record.