Schools & Safaris: Resilience in Action, Africa, July 2020
“As we strengthen others, we strengthen ourselves. In collaboration with trusted partners, our professional development trips are designed to grow your resilience through deep rejuvenation, connection with other extraordinary worldmakers, soul enriching experiences, and meaningful opportunities to serve communities in need.”~Mollie Marti, CEO, National Resilience Institute
Our 7 day African adventure focuses on learning from and contributing to several Zululand schools (preschool, primary, secondary and special needs) and assisting the nonprofit Africa Foundation’s community resilience work. Along the way, we will explore South Africa’s golden north coast and safari at the magical Phinda Reserve – a world leader in conservation. You will return from this trip rejuvenated and expanded in deeply transformative ways. Ready for even more adventure? Check out options to explore Cape Town on the front end or visit the magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe!
11 July: Arrive Durban, South Africa*
12-17 July: Phinda Reserve, South Africa
17 July: Depart home*
*Options: Add Cape Town, South Africa 8-11 July and/or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 17-20 July. Pricing includes all internal flights and transfers!
“Phinda is a magical and beautiful destination, a place of rehabilitation and great healing energy. We cannot wait for you to experience this for yourselves.”~Our African Footprint guide
Our Big WHY: Community Resilience Building! Through our partnership with the nonprofit Africa Foundation, you can choose to spend your days working with the teachers and students at nearby local schools, including preschool, primary, secondary and special needs. Additional opportunities provided to support the Foundation’s community resilience work. This time learning from people in local communities and contributing your expertise to a dedicated nonprofit serving the under privileged rural communities of Zululand certainly will be a trip highlight.
Our service time is intentionally scheduled between daily game drives so you also can fully experience the awe of the sacred African land at the award winning Phinda Reserve. The ethos of Phinda: Care of the land. Care of the wildlife. Care of the people. Our visit includes both morning and evening safaris. The remaining free time allows you to connect with yourself, with nature, and with your amazing travel mates.
Upon arrival, you will settle in at the Kwa-Zulu Natal North Coast of South Africa – a true paradise with its warm climate, blue oceans and tropical coastal forests. This stay is about relaxing and recovering from your travels. Accommodation: 1 night at the Fairmont Hotel with five outdoor swimming pools. Stroll the world class trails that meander through abundant forests and a championship golf course. Enjoy breakfast with a view as we prepare to journey north to Phinda.
Phinda, with its seven different eco systems, is one of Africa’s Jewels. It hosts some of the ﬁnest animal interactions on the continent and is abundant with Big 5 viewings. In addition to the 8 included game drives, you might choose to participate in current conservation initiatives – perhaps a rhino dehorning or an elephant collaring.
Accommodation: 5 nights enjoying Phinda’s world class hospitality at the magnificent Forest Lodge – each lodge blending seamlessly with its surroundings, positioned above the forest ﬂoor and nestled between ancient trees and soft white sand. Get a small flavor of Phinda here.
Have questions or ready to reserve your spot? Email us today or call +1 319-362-5433.
- All internal flights
- Group transport from and to airport/hotels
- Designated hotel nights
- All meals during stay
- All trips and activities described with guides
- All sightseeing and service day transfers by vehicle
- Water, coffee, and tea at all meals and adult beverages at some meals
- All gratuities for drivers, guides, waiters, housekeeping and other helpers through itinerary
- All park fees and entrance fees to sites included on the trip itinerary
- All taxes, fees and services on any group events
Does not include: Air from your home city to and from Africa, personal items or travel insurance.
Investment: $4785 (double occupancy)
Three payments of $1595 – due 10th of October, 2019 (or upon registration), January and April 2020.
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GET AN EARLY START! Cape Town, South Africa – “Travel to the Ends of the Earth”!
Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. The recipient of numerous prestigious travel awards for its food, breweries, surfing, golfing, business tourism, and adventure.
Accommodation: 3 nights luxury accommodation in this vibrant city with guided exploration from the harbor to breathtaking viewpoints. Our time includes cultural and historical sightseeing, hiking, fine cuisine, and options for museum visits, brewery tours, wine tasting, and more.
Investment: $2775 (double occupancy)
Three payments of $925 due 10th of October, 2019 (or upon registration), January and April 2020.
AND THERE’S MORE! Visit Zimbabwe – and See One of the Wonders of the World!
One of Africa’s most iconic destinations, Victoria Falls is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. The mighty Zambezi plummets off a 1700m curtain to the pools below, creating a cloud of mist that ﬂows to the sky with the roaring sound of water, earning the nickname “The smoke that thunders”. The town itself, known as Africa’s Adventure Capital, has rich cultural sights and is surrounded by vast wilderness and plenty of opportunities for adventure.
Accommodation: 3 nights at Ilala Lodge Hotel, a historical colonial accommodation with superb dining near the Falls. Rest from your travels. Enjoy a cocktail overlooking the lawns as warthogs feed in the gardens on the edge of raw African lands. Includes a Zambezi sunset boat cruise and cultural sightseeing. Special rates for extra adventures – say a helicopter or Heli-flip over the falls?!
Investment: $1935 (double occupancy)
Three payments of $645 due 10th of October, 2019 (or upon registration), January and April 2020.
Meet your hosts, guides and adventure mates!
Your safety, comfort and care are our priorities as we support you in making lifelong memories and relationships. Our trip is under the direction of Dr. Mollie Marti, CEO of the National Resilience Institute (US) and David Richmond, COO of the nonprofit Worldmaker International (UK). Our schools-based experts include Dr. Melissa Louvar Reeves, past president of the National Association of School Psychologists. Our school and community visits are hosted by Bheki Ntuli of the nonprofit Africa Foundation. Travel is under the good care of Brett and Domi Roux at Our African Footprints who want you to know… “Africa is a land of unrivalled opportunity and possibility. It yields a magic unlike anywhere on earth and has the ability to crawl into your heart and never leave.”
Summary of Options (inclusive of intra-country travel and meals):
Schools & Safaris (North Coast and Phinda): $4785
Schools & Safaris PLUS Cape Town: $7560
Schools & Safaris PLUS Zimbabwe: $6720
Schools & Safaris PLUS Cape Town and Zimbabwe: $8995 ($500 package savings)
Space is limited! Registration prioritized by date of deposit and installments.
Questions or Reservations: email email@example.com or call +1 319-362-5433.