Journeys with Purpose (JWP) Kingdom of the Sky 2025

South Africa and Lesotho
Date: 20th April to 2nd May 2025
12 nights / 13 days

Flights: Arrival Fly into  OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg 20th April 2025 (Before 10am)
Flights: Departure Fly out of Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport on  2nd May 2025 (After 14h00pm)
Group size: 6 + BSST Host (*Need a min of 4 people to run the trip)

PRICE:
$5760pp   Single (only 3 x Single Supplements available)
$4800pp  Sharing

**30% deposit is required to book a spot on the trip within 14 days of confirming. The balance is to be paid 90 days  (1 February 2025) before the departure date. Price quoted is US Dollars. T&C Apply

Pictures: supplied by Working with Wildlife and Wildlife Act

Summary

Embark on a 13-day adventure through Lesotho and South Africa with our ‘JWP Kingdom of the Sky’ 2025 trip. Start in the awe-inspiring Southern Drakensberg, engaging in vital vulture preservation efforts alongside the Wildlife Act team. Trek through rugged Drakensberg foothills, learning from seasoned conservationists and participating in nest monitoring. Ascend Sani Pass into Lesotho, known as the Kingdom of the Sky, for exploration. Continue to our final destination, where wildlife experts will deepen our understanding of ecology, biology, and animal behaviors. Gain insights into combating the poaching crisis and explore rich biodiversity. With hands-on conservation work, our bespoke group will engage in various activities, from predator monitoring to anti-poaching efforts. Set against the backdrop of Southern Africa, our expedition promises unparalleled exploration from mountains to deserts, stargazing, and wildlife sightings. Join us in safeguarding this remarkable region’s natural heritage for future generations.

Everything your dreams can think of from land to sky and more. Africa… The magnetic natural beauty, the crescendo of the exploding sunrises, the intoxicating mix of sights and sounds, the wildlife and natural splendor that enthralls, captivates and stills your mind, body, and soul… the thrill of adventure, the raw, untamed wild power of survival…. This is Africa!! This once-in-a-lifetime experience is NOT a regular safari. It’s a unique and personalized adventure, searching and exploring wildlife in the magnificent. Re-ignite  your soul in nature.

Do YOU have any questions? We would love to hear from you.

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Highlights

Some of the extraordinary experiences you can look forward to as part of this group of eco-travellers includes:

Southern Drakensberg: Immerse yourself in awe-inspiring mountain vistas, setting the stage for an unforgettable adventure.

Vulture Conservation: Meet and learn from passionate conservationists dedicated to saving the vulture species. Engage in vital vulture preservation efforts with the Wildlife Act team, directly contributing to the protection of these magnificent birds.

Sani Pass and Lesotho: Drive up Sani Pass into Lesotho, known as the Kingdom of the Sky, for a unique exploration of this captivating landlocked country. The Drakensberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ecological Insights: Gain valuable insights into conservation efforts and the challenges facing African wildlife as you learn from wildlife experts about ecology, biology, and animal behaviours.

Poaching Crisis: Increase awareness of the pressing poaching crisis affecting rhinos and other wildlife. Learn firsthand from anti-poaching experts about the methods used to combat this threat.

Biodiversity Exploration: Discover the rich biodiversity of the region, encountering various plants, amphibians, reptiles, and birds while engaging in hands-on conservation activities across mountains and deserts.

Kalahari Desert: Conclude your journey with an unforgettable exploration of the Kalahari Desert, where you’ll embark on unparalleled off-road adventures, marvel at the breathtaking stargazing opportunities, and witness incredible wildlife sightings amidst its stunning natural landscape. Dive into a uniquely hands-on wildlife conservation experience in South Africa’s vast Kalahari Desert by immersing yourself in the Khamab Kalahari Reserve, a 240,000-acre Big-5, malaria-free, private game reserve. Participate in hands-on wildlife research within this expansive desert landscape, making meaningful contributions to conservation efforts. Experience a personalized adventure alongside like-minded travelers, awakening your soul through immersive experiences and fostering a deeper connection to nature.

Frequency: Bespoke once-off annual expedition
Fitness Ratings: Moderate to Fit
Tour Features: Wildlife Conservation,  English-Spoken, Fundraising for Wildlife Conservation, Female Only Trip, Single or Sharing Occupancy
Beneficiary: Wildlife Act Vulture Project
Accommodation: Sharing – Rooms/Chalets/Tents. Single – we have availability for 3 x single only)
Price range: Mid-range
Min: 4 eco-adventurers
Max: 8 eco-adventurers

*Please note that this Itinerary and Price may change slightly, but the expedition host will keep you updated if anything happens. Terms and conditions apply due to availability. Please note some activities are weather dependent, and we will do our best to accommodate them all in our itinerary. In some areas, there will be minimal or no Wi-Fi signal (We do love a digital detox)

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Includes

  • Expedition leader/host and native South African – Carla Geyser.
  • Basic accommodation – sharing or single in rooms, chalets, tents
  • All meals & water as shown in the itinerary.
  • National Park fees & tourism levy and VAT /taxes where applicable.
  • All activities are detailed in the itinerary.
  • Transportation to and from the airport during the expedition only
  • Fundraising for our chosen beneficiary, Wildlife Act (NB: This money can either be paid by person or fundraised by the person)

Excludes

  • Any International Flights & any necessary transfers to get to the start/finish of the expedition in Maun (Botswana)
  • Gratuities (*We recommend US$ 5 to 10 per guide or activity*)
  • Any visas & border costs for Lesotho or South Africa
  • All Alcoholic drinks except for basic selection & snacks & any extra meals not on the itinerary
  • Any personal expenses
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (*Compulsory*)
  • Extra nights’ accommodation (pre/ post-expedition)  in Johannesburg
  • Any extra activities not mentioned in the itinerary

Itinerary

JWP KINGDOM OF THE SKY 2025
DATES: 20th April to 2nd May 2025
13 Days/ 12 nights
Countries: South Africa and Lesotho

Date Country Details
20 April 2025 Sunday South Africa Transfer:  Collect guests at Airport. Drive to Bergville
Welcome dinner and brief by Carla Geyser
Accommodation – Drakensberg Mountain Retreat or similar
Type: Room
Meals: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
21 April 2025 Monday South Africa Accommodation – Underberg/Himeville
Type: Room / Chalet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities; Bearded Vultures / Wildife Act
3 22 April 2025 Tuesday South Africa Accommodation – Underberg/Himeville
Type: Room / Chalet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities; Bearded Vultures / Wildife Act
4 23 April 2025 Wednesday South Africa Accommodation – Underberg/Himeville
Type: Room / Chalet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities; Bearded Vultures / Wildife Act
5 24 April 2025 Thursday Lesotho Accommodation – Sani Mountain Lodge
Type: Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities:  Drive Sani Pass 4 x 4 into Lesotho
6 25 April 2025 Friday Lesotho Accommodation – Mohale Dam Lodge or similar
Type: Cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities:  Explore Lesotho highlands
7 26 April 2025 Saturday Lesotho Accommodation – Maliba Mountain Lodge or similar
Type: Room / Chalet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities:  Explore Lesotho highlands
8 27 April 2025 Sunday South Africa Drive from Lesotho Ficksburg Border to Vryburg
Accommodation – Game View Lodge
Type: Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities:  Transit
9 28 April 2025 Monday South Africa Accommodation – Working with Wildlife
Type: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities:  Conservation work with WWW
10 29 April 2025 Tuesday South Africa Accommodation – Working with Wildlife
Type: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities: Conservation work with WWW
11 30 April 2025 Wednesday South Africa Accommodation – Working with Wildlife
Type: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities: Conservation work with WWW
12 01 May 2025 Thursday South Africa Accommodation – Vryburg
Type: Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities:  Depart WWW
13 02 May 2025 Friday South Africa Drive to JHB
Drop guests at OT airport by 2pm
*Please note that this Itinerary and Price may change slightly, but the expedition host will keep you updated if anything happens. Terms and conditions apply due to availability. Please note some activities are weather dependent, and we will do our best to accommodate them all in our itinerary. In some areas, there will be minimal or no Wi-Fi signal (We do love a digital detox)

ITINERARY/ ROUTE(ISH):

Day One: Bergville

Guests will be picked up from Johannesburg OT Airport, the starting point of our journey, the destination for the day is Bergville. Which is about a 3-4 hour drive. Bergville, also referred to as the gateway to the Northern Drakensberg, sits along Route 74, offering a more picturesque route compared to the Toll Road. This scenic journey guides us through the Oliviershoek Pass. Nestled along the banks of the Tugela River, Bergville presents an opportunity to marvel at the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, Southern Africa’s primary mountain range. Rising over 3,475 meters high and stretching approximately 1,125 kilometers parallel to the southeastern coast of South Africa, the Drakensberg is truly awe-inspiring.

Accommodation: Drakensberg Mountain Retreat or similar
Includes: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day Two to Four – Underberg

The journey from Bergville to Underberg takes approximately three hours. Underberg, nestled in the Mzimkulu River valley, is an administrative town surrounded by dairy and cattle farms, offering numerous activities for nature enthusiasts. Nearby lies the southernmost region of the Drakensberg and the Mzimkhulu Wilderness Area, near the Lesotho border, both part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. Covering 249,313 hectares, it’s the largest Protected Area complex along the Great Escarpment of Southern Africa, crucial for over 250 endemic plant species, various fauna, and unique bird species as an Important Bird Area.

Our next three nights will be spent here, collaborating with Wildlife ACT. The team operates from the charming ‘Gate House,’ a rustic yet cozy farmhouse located in the buffer zone surrounding the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. This strategic location allows easy access to the park, vulture-safe feeding sites, and swift response to emergencies. The house features twin rooms, indoor bathroom facilities, a comfortable lounge, a well-equipped kitchen, and a delightful outdoor verandah. Volunteers will be responsible for meal preparation, cleaning, and maintaining the research house during their stay.

Wildlife Act Vulture Project:

The Wildlife ACT Vulture Project, part of the Southern Drakensberg Conservation Project, collaborates with the Drakensberg Conservation Initiative and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to enhance wildlife conservation efforts in the region. The project focuses on vulture conservation, species monitoring, and protected area boundary support. Activities include monitoring nesting sites, managing safe vulture feeding sites, conducting remote camera surveys, and controlling alien plants. Volunteers participate in physical tasks such as hiking, monitoring nest activity, transporting carcasses, and maintaining camera traps. They also assist with emergency response and boundary support. This hands-on conservation work provides valuable data for management and policy-making.

Accommodation: The Gatehouse or similar
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Five– Sani Valley

Today, as a group, we embark on an exhilarating journey across the famed Sani Pass to reach the Sani Mountain Lodge, perched majestically atop it. Our ascent begins at 1544 meters, and we will ascend 1332 vertical meters to an impressive altitude of 2874 meters. The route ahead presents us with a steep gravel road, featuring gradients of up to 1:3, which may pose challenges, particularly in adverse weather conditions. As we make our way along this approximately 9-kilometer pass, we remain mindful of its significance as the boundary between border controls of the two countries.

Accommodation: Sani Mountain Lodge
Included:  Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day Six – Katse Dam

Today, we’ll be embarking on a scenic drive from Sani Mountain Lodge to Katse Lodge, situated by the breathtaking Katse Dam. This dam stands as one of the most remarkable water features in the country, nestled on the Malibamatso River and serving as a pivotal component of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Completed in 1997, the dam boasts an impressive 185-meter-high wall, stretching 700 meters in length, and containing a staggering 92,000 cubic meters of concrete. During our stay, we’ll have the opportunity to tour the dam and witness its engineering marvels up close.

Accommodation: Motebong Lodge or similar
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day Seven  – Tshelanyane National Park

Today, we’ll be embarking on a scenic drive from Katse Lodge to Tshelanyane National Park. This park, with altitudes ranging from 1940 to 3112 meters, is predominantly sub-alpine and owes its existence to the access road to the Hlotse tunnel for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Nestled at the convergence of the Tsehlanyane and Holomo rivers, this protected area spans over 5600 hectares of rugged mountain terrain, safeguarding one of the few remaining indigenous woodlands in Lesotho.

Accommodation: Maliba Mountain Lodge or similar
Included: Full Board

Day Eight– Vryburg

Today we are in transit to Working with Wildlife. We will over night in Vryburg. Game View Lodge is an up-market Lodge situated in Vryburg next to the Leon Taljaard Game Park. Whilst enjoying a sundowner on our deck you will be able to view game which includes 2 of the big 5 and the most beautiful sunsets.

Accommodation: Game View Lodge or similar
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day Nine to Eleven – Khamab Reserve

Today we head to our destination for the next three nights. We will be at Working for Wildlife, embarking on an exclusive Kalahari Safari focused on wildlife research. Participants will be provided with a hands-on conservation experience in South Africa’s vast Kalahari Desert. They will be accommodated in a tented lodge within the Khamab Kalahari Reserve, a 240,000-acre Big-5 private game reserve. The safari will include activities such as predator monitoring, pangolin monitoring, camera trap surveys, game counts, vegetation surveys, and anti-poaching efforts.  It all depends on what conservation work is needed at the time. Participants will have the opportunity for sensational star-gazing and incredible game viewing experiences.

The safari aims to make a real conservation impact by involving participants in vital conservation efforts. They will be able to track iconic predators like African wild dogs, contribute to pangolin and cheetah monitoring, assist with camera trap surveys, participate in game counts, and contribute to anti-poaching initiatives. The experience will go beyond typical wildlife safaris, allowing participants to become partners in critical conservation research and directly contribute to the survival of endangered species.

The basecamp will offer comfortable accommodations with essential amenities such as electricity, hot water, Wi-Fi, and purified drinking water. With just five two-sleeper tents with en-suite bathrooms, guests can enjoy unrivaled wildlife sightings and unforgettable nights by the bonfire boma. “Working for Wildlife” will emphasize the importance of active participation in conservation efforts rather than passive observation. The safari will aim to educate participants about the challenges facing African wildlife and inspire them to make a meaningful difference. It will reject the notion of armchair conservation in favor of hands-on involvement, challenging participants to get involved in the reality of conservation work in the Kalahari Desert.

Accommodation: Working with Wildlife Basecamp
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

 Day Twelve

Today we head back to Vryburg, to break up the long drive to Johannesburg. We will do a morning Game drive and then head out after breakfast to be there by the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Game View Lodge or similar
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day Thirteen

As the journey nears its end, you’ll be transported by road back to Johannesburg which is about a 4 hour to five hour drive, where you’ll be dropped off at the airport to catch your flight home, carrying with you cherished memories of South Africa and Lesothos diverse landscapes and rich cultural experiences. Before departure, breakfast will be provided, ensuring you begin your journey home on a satisfying note.

 

**Please note that this itinerary and price may change slightly, but the expedition host will keep you updated if anything happens. Terms and conditions apply due to availability. Please note some activities may be weather dependent, and we will do our best to accommodate them all in our itinerary. This itinerary is designed to offer solo female travelers an enriching and immersive experience in Southern Africa’s natural wonders, providing opportunities for adventure, cultural immersion, and relaxation in equal measure.

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