White-water raft the Sabie River, one of the most biologically diverse rivers in South Africa. Discover Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons on Earth. And experience spectacular views at Boulders Beach, a sheltered bay that more than 3,000 African penguins call home!
It’s not all about lions! Meet Jessica, the world-famous hippopotamus who will drink team from a bottle from your own very hands. Spend time with the staff at Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center viewing and learning about the animals in their care ranging from lion and leopards to eagles and vultures.
It may be an ideal place to find big game, but in South Africa, the name of the game is diversity—in language, culture, landscape, and wildlife. Kruger National Park is home to the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent and the setting of the incredible lion-buffalo-crocodile battle watched on YouTube more than 75 million times. The country’s legislative capital, Cape Town, is arguably one of the world’s most scenic cities, from its coastal plains to the top of towering Table Mountain. After World War II, the leadership of South Africa instituted Apartheid, a series of segregation laws designed to limit the rights of the non-whites. But Apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu named the newly integrated South Africa the ‘Rainbow Nation,’ fitting for a country with 11 official languages and people of all colors, races and creeds living in a vividly colored and sculpted landscape.
I had the most amazing summer. Made friends that I will keep forever! I loved the wildlife, people and community service and especially loved the sunset! Thanks to this trip, I will definitely be returning to South Africa in the near future.”
The community service was beyond amazing, especially in Kruger where we spent time building relationships and improving the school and community. Saying goodbye was hard.”