Introduction

BlueXplorer dotcom Expedition


BlueXplorer.com expeditions have a focus on education and conservations projects matched with spectacular and unique adventures. We arrange expeditions to locations where we have intimate local knowledge and work with ethical organisations and companies. This personal investment and guarantee offers an experience otherwise unavailable or unattainable to the independent traveller or through larger travel or expedition companies. Michael’s background in teaching enables this expedition course to complement the International Baccalaureate CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) or could also offer the base for a Swiss Maturity Essay.

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Our local partner, Transfrontier Africa manages this project in conjunction with Ezulwini lodges and the Olifants West Region of the Balule Nature Reserve. Transfrontier Africa in its capacity as Ecological Manager for the Olifants West Nature Reserve has initiated the S.A.V.A.N.N.A. Project (South African Volunteers for Animals Native to Natural Areas) within the reserve to assist with the activities and responsibilities described in this document, to undertake the ecological management of the area and as such have signed a Memorandum of Agreement in this regard. Their sole source of income is from current special courses, from volunteer students wishing to engage in the wildlife monitoring and data-capture activities which occur on an on-going basis, and the occasional grant awarded from NGOs. BlueXplorer also supports Transfrontier Africa with material (e.g. solar panel, LED lighting, backup power, radios, etc).

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The ‘African Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Expedition’ is scheduled for July 7-22, 2012, during the dry season of the southern winter months, and based at Ezulwini Paradise Camp in the heart of the Balule Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park. This expedition course has been organised specifically for students, with an emphasis on learning about the African bush, survival skills in the wild, experiencing the African wildlife firsthand with local experts and discovering the beauty and uniqueness of Africa.

The explorers will become involved in the monitoring of African game and vegetation species in a typical 'Big Five' environment, as well as engaging in daily management tasks including soil erosion management and alien vegetation control. This expedition course is not a safari holiday but a unique opportunity to live and breath the African life, to learn about the flora and fauna in this habitat, and to learn some basic skills of tracking wildlife. Of course, game viewing will be the main aspect of this expedition, but participants should not expect a full service, 5-star game lodge - this is a real research station with very basic facilities, and participants will have to learn a new way of living and forget some of the habits that they are used to.

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