Thriving Ecosystems

Exploring South Africa’s Grassland and Savannah Biomes

11 – 13 days
This academic field trip unveils valuable insight into the critical elements that underpin the most wildlife diverse region of South Africa. Ezemvelo, Moholoholo and Kruger National Park
Experience “highveld” and “lowveld” biomes in one programme highlighting the role that diversity of landscape and climate play in giving rise to a diversity of ecosystems supporting a huge biodiversity in vegetation types and wildlife.


Ezemvelo Nature Reserve’s location within the Highveld Grassland biome, biodiversity, and commitment to preserving a threatened biome make it an ecologically distinctive and invaluable protected area in South Africa.

The reserve boasts an impressive diversity of flora and fauna, including numerous grass species, birds, reptiles, and mammals. Some species are adapted to the harsh environmental conditions of the Highveld, making it a hotspot for biodiversity.

Ezemvelo features several wetlands, dams, and rivers which support a wide range of aquatic life and attract a variety of water-dependent wildlife. The presence of wetlands within a grassland biome is ecologically distinctive.

Using Moholoholo as a base we have access to a range of unique experiences which are valuable to conservation education and skills development.

Khamai Reptile Centre is dedicated to the conservation and education of reptiles, fostering an understanding and appreciation for these often-misunderstood creatures. Their mission is to provide a safe haven for reptiles, conduct vital research, and offer educational programs that raise awareness about the importance of reptiles in our ecosystems and their role in maintaining ecological balance.

Our programme offers an insight into the world of reptiles through interactive experiences, contributing to a deeper connection with wildlife and the environment.

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a leader the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned, and endangered wildlife, with a strong focus on raptors and large carnivores. Their commitment to conservation is underscored by their dedication to education. Our guided behind the scenes tour provides an opportunity to learn about another side of wildlife conservation, fostering a deep sense of responsibility and understanding of wildlife conservation.

Colin Patrick is a sort after as a trainer in various tracking disciplines, bushskills and K9 anti-poaching. We spend a day with him learning under his expert tutorship.

Kruger National Park, situated in the Savannah biome, is a cornerstone of South African wildlife conservation, exemplifies ecological uniqueness on a grand scale. The park is globally celebrated for its astounding biodiversity, home to a staggering array of species and encompasses various biomes, from woodlands and savannas to riverine forests, offering a kaleidoscope of ecological landscapes in one setting. The diversity of ecosystems supports an extraordinary range of flora and fauna.

Kruger National Park’s magnitude, diversity, and unwavering commitment to wildlife conservation make it an ecological gem of global significance, where conservation and biodiversity thrive on an unparalleled scale.

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Features and benefits of our academic field trips

Increase course appeal + student recruitment

Enhance the appeal of your institution’s study programme and recruit more students by including a life-changing and fully-accredited field trip to South Africa in the curriculum.

Customise the field trip to meet course objectives

Academic field trips are designed at any level to include experiences that meet specific learning outcomes of each group. Depending on the aims and objectives of the institution, field trips can form part of a formal academic module or a supplementary experiential learning nature.

We provide a complete academic field trip planning and facilitation service

Our experienced academic programme coordinators work closely with trip organizers to ensure that the desired outcomes are planned for and achieved. We take care of every aspect of the field trip.

Students learn from and work alongside some of South Africa’s most experienced wildlife and conservation guides

Our field trip guides are true pioneers of conservation in South Africa. To learn from them is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students who are passionate about the environment.

Give students an authentic and educational African safari experience

During their trip, students stay in our purpose-built tented safari camp, with all the mod-cons of comfortable beds, hot showers, well-appointed dining facilities and “boma” area.

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Why work with African Insight Academy?

Over 25 years in business

We have been working with some of our university, college, and school clients for over 25 years, providing safe, well organized, bespoke educational experiences for over 12,000 students from all over the world.

We hold a British Standards Institute BS8848 health and safety accreditation

Health and Safety is our top priority - We hold global BS8848 safety accreditation from the British Standards Institute. Find out more here.

Expert field guides and mentors

Our internship mentors include some of South Africa’s most experienced conservationists and guides.

Why visit South Africa?

South Africa is a meeting point of the first and third world. It boasts a first world economy with educational institutions, communication networks, medical facilities and a road infrastructure to rival the best in the west. With access to extensive wilderness, wildlife, authentic traditional culture and outdoor adventure resources on its doorstep, South Africa is the perfect destination for those looking to learn more about conservation in a safe, practical and supportive environment, guided by experienced mentors.

Health and safety is our first priority and African Insight Academy holds a British Standards Institute BS8848 health and safety accreditation. Parents and guardians are welcome to request a copy of our comprehensive health and safety risk assessment for the camp.

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