DATE: 1 to 17 SEPTEMBER 2019

16 Nights / 17 Days

RATE: Price: US $3900 pp + $1400 (fundraising) = $5300pp


Join the Blue Sky Society Trust for the team expedition of a lifetime.

If you are passionate about conservation, ethical eco-travel and fundraising, then collaring five elephants at Africa’s Gile National Reserve is the adventure for you! Join seasoned expedition leader and humanitarian, Carla Geyser, on this 16-day overland journey in Mozambique, and work alongside teams from Elephants Alive and Wildlifevets. You’ll also visit community conservation projects, climb Pope Mountain, go on exhilarating game drives and riverside walks, enjoy a sunset cruise and soak in the ocean-side tranquillity at the private Pebane Lodge. Highlights also include exploring Gorongosa National Park, famed for its restoration success with lions, hippos, elephants, antelope and scores of water birds and finally visit the African Parks Bazaruto Project. Experience Africa on this unique hands-on opportunity to connect ethical adventure travel and meet the local conservationists who are working every day to promote biodiversity and wildlife education. 

Frequency: Once off expedition

Fitness Ratings: Moderate

Tour Features: Wildlife conservation, Cultural exchange, Youth Conservation Education, English Spoken, Women & Men welcome, Fundraising for Wildlife Conservation Groups

Accommodation: Mostly camping / Bungalows

Price range: Midrange

Min: 6 Max: 10


Day 1: Fly into Quelimane (Mozambique). You will be collected for the airport and taken to our overnight accommodation for expedition briefing.

Day 2/3: Drive to Pebane Fishing lodge which is located on the east coast of Mozambique, the lodge is located right on an estuary on the Indian Ocean, just 100 meters from an unspoiled beach.

Days 4-9: We will be collaring elephants in Gile National Reserve. The Gilé National Reserve (GNR) used to be one of the most preserved treasures of biodiversity in Mozambique. It is mainly made up of miombo forest, dambos, reforested savannah and riverine vegetation along various rivers and rivulets. Of great interest the granitic Kopjes’ habitats which are either inside or around the GNR.

Day 10: Sleepover in Catapu to break up the journey. M’phingwe is an affordable bush lodge nestled within the 25,000-hectare Catapu forestry concession and 9,960-hectare Catapu Safaris game farm. 

Days 11-13: Gorongosa National Park is a preserved area in the Great Rift Valley of central Mozambique. Its forests and savannahs are home to lions, hippos, and elephants. Lake Uremia and its surrounding wetlands and rivers attract scores of water birds. The multitiered Murombodzi Falls spills over jagged rocks on the slopes of Mount Gorongosa. Limestone gorges and bat-filled caves define Cheringoma Plateau. We will be meeting people from various organizations to hear about their project, and hopefully doing a community /school OR Project visit OR visit EO Wilson Biodiversity Lab

Days 14-16: Vilankulos is a coastal town in Mozambique, lying in the Vilanculos District of Inhambane Province. African Parks Project – Bazaruto Archipelago is made up of an extraordinary collection of terrestrial and marine habitats of unique ecological value along Mozambique’s coastline. In 2017, this critical marine sanctuary became the 13th park and first marine reserve to fall under African Parks’ management, in partnership with the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC). Their shared vision is to see this exquisite coastal ecosystem revitalized as one of Africa’s leading and most productive marine protected areas. We will be visiting the project. Possible beach clean-up with one of the island schools. (TBC)

Day 17: Guest crew fly home from Vilankulos airport

*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but Expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. 


  • Expedition leader 
  • Expedition vehicles 
  • Fuel & Toll fees 
  • Basic accommodation (camping/bungalows) 
  • All Meals & Water
  • All camping equipment (*Except sleeping bags and pillows)
  • National Park Fees
  • Activities – include collaring elephants in Gile National Reserve, 1 x boat cruise at Pebane, Visit to African Parks Bazaruto Project, 2x Game Drives at Gorongosa National Park, Visit Communities and/or Wildlife conservation education at school(s)


  • Any Flights & any necessary transfers to get to the start/finish of any expedition
  • Gratuities
  • Any Visas & border costs
  • Alcoholic drinks & Snacks
  • Any personal expenses
  • Comprehensive Travel insurance (*Compulsory)

These self-drive adventures are organised and led by Carla Geyser, the founder of the Blue Sky Society Trust (BSST) who has, to date, led many successful trips into Africa.

If you are an enthusiastic adventurer who is passionate about conservation and takes life as it comes, then this is for you! #JWP brings together like-minded people from around the world on trips that focus on visiting and raising funds for wildlife initiatives along the route.


Carla tries to handpick the expedition members, always looking for well-rounded individuals of various skills and interests. If you are an enthusiastic adventurer who’s passionate about conservation and who takes life as it comes, then our next #JWP expedition could be for you!


These expeditions often involve driving long distances over bumpy dusty roads, camping in remote areas, and at times being without cell service for days and of course loads of giving back through hands-on charity work

This is not a tour but rather a team expedition, and every member of the team is expected to pitch in with cooking, cleaning, camp set up etc. It is the experience of a lifetime, and we would love to have exploratory fun-filled compassionate spirits along for the ride.


This is a LIMITED entry journey, which means only a few people get to experience this unforgettable never to be repeated experience.


Safety is always a priority, We have a satellite phone, SATIB Insurance 24 hour medivac and assistance on call, Access to doctors 24/7


30% of total amount to be paid to confirm a seat within 48 hours of booking

70% to be paid 90 days (3 months) prior to departure


30 days (one month) or less – 100% Cancellation fee applies. No refund.

30 – 90 days (one to three months)  - 70% Cancellation fee applies. 30% will be refunded.

90 – 150 days (three to five months) – 30% Cancellation fee applies. 70% will be refunded.

150 days or more – 0% Cancellation fee. 100% will be refunded. There is an administration fee of R2000.


Please note the itinerary may change slightly but we will keep you posted as to any amendments or changes. This is Africa. BSST crew will drive from South Africa to get to Quelimane (26th August 2019). The guest crew will be fetched in Quelimane and we will continue on our expedition. Guest crew will fly out of Vilankulous (17th Sept 2019). BSST would like to do educational work in rural schools as well if possible, handing out educational booklets to children and/or visiting communities. Travel insurance is COMPULSORY. We will send you emails with what documentation and correspondence we require from you. An Expedition Agreement contract will be sent and needs to be read, understood , signed and returned to confirm your seat.