Journeys with Purpose (JWP02) Babanango Game Reserve

Babanango Valley (KZN)
19 to 22 November 2020
3 nights/ 4 days (Thursday/Friday/Saturday)

Self Drive
Group size: 8 – 12 PEOPLE  (Limited numbers)
Accommodation: Zulu Rock Lodge  **Single supplement available on request.

Rate: R7395pp (3 nights) OR R5400pp (2 nights) – sharing

*Contact us for single supplement



When was the last time you took yourself off for an adventure so magically different from the world you know that it made you feel alive like never before? In just a few weeks, adventurer, conservation “shero” and Blue Sky Society founder, Carla Geyser, will lead a group of thrill-seekers and chill-seekers into the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal for an incredible self-drive experience.

There, at the Babanango Game Reserve – one of the most exquisite natural spaces in South Africa – they will immerse themselves in game drives, birding, photography and a chance to huddle around a crackling fire with one of the world’s most respected wildlife photographers and safari guides – Matt Yardley 

This extraordinary three-night, four-day long weekend amidst rolling hills, broad savannahs, deep valleys and 23km stretch of the White Umfolozi River is exclusive to just 12 intrepid travellers!

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

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Our group of 12 eco-travellers can look forward to some unforgettable experiences, including:

  • Being among the first to experience Babanango Game Reserves: one of the newest reserves in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Reconnecting with nature in a magical place steeped in culture, history and tradition.
  • Soaking up the pristine, panoramic views of the African bushveld from the brand-new Zulu Rock Lodge.
  • Being part of the annual birding weekend at Babanango Game Reserve, home to more than 280 species of birds including the southern bald ibis, buff-streaked chat, mountain wagtail, African finfoot, the lanner falcon and African hawk eagle. If you’re really lucky you may spot the endangered southern ground hornbill!
  • Exploring the breath-taking rolling hills of Babanango valley, looking for giraffe, hyena, zebra, antelope and the elusive aardvark and aardwolf.
  • Exploring the heavens – the reserve is one of the best places in KZN for stargazing.
  • Huddling around a campfire with renowned wildlife photographer and private guide, Matt Yardley.
  • Reliving African adventures with adventurer, conservationist and humanitarian, Carla Geyser
  • Enjoying a unique African experience with fellow eco-traveller who are as passionate about making a difference in Africa as you are!
    Accommodation:  Zulu Rock Chalets (NEWLY REFURBISHED)
    Price range: Mid-range
    Min: 6 eco-adventurers
    Max: 12 eco-adventurers

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  • Expedition host – Carla Geyser
  • Photography & Stargazing – wildlife photographer Matt Yardley
  • Accommodation in newly renovated en-suite rock clad cottages (**Sharing accommodation)
  • All meals & water in itinerary
  • All Park Fees & conservation levies
  • Daily Housekeeping services
  • All activities detailed in the itinerary above
  • Blue sky society trust conservation Buff


  • Any flights & any necessary transfers or travel (self-drive) to get to the start/finish of the weekend
  • Gratuities (We recommend R50 to R100 per guide or activity)
  • Any visas & border costs
  • Alcoholic drinks & Beverages
  • Any personal expenses – laundry, tips etc
  • Extra nights’ accommodation
  • Any additional activities not covered in the itinerary
  • Additional snacks/food
  • Transfers to and from the camp








1 Thursday 19-Nov DBN/JHB  – Babanango Game Reserve Chalets – F/B Drive  – to arrive by 14h00 / Relax
Afternoon Game Drive
**Dinner & “Storytelling in wildlife photography”- Matt Yardley
2 Friday 20-Nov Babanango Game Reserve Chalets – F/B AM – Game Drive / Birding &  Photography
PM – Game Drive
**Dinner – Night sky photo session or a star talk
3 Saturday 21-Nov Babanango Game Reserve Chalets – F/B AM – Game Drive / Birding &  Photography
PM – Game Drive
**Dinner & Fireside evening  – “Story telling about my adventures in Africa” –   Carla Geyser
4 Sunday 22-Nov Babanango – DBN/JHB AM – Game Walk /Game Drive

*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but the expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. Terms and conditions apply due to availability. Weather permitting for the star photography/Star gazing night

*PLEASE REMEMBER to bring your mask and hand sanitizer*

The idea behind this weekend is to get together a group of like-minded passionate souls that are  in much need of a fun filled weekend out in nature. The itinerary is pretty simple. But we will have lots of fun, laughter , good food and company.

Basically food for the soul. Time to re-ignite that fire in your heart that might have gone out.

So start planning, grab your bestie, partner, hubby or sister ……or fly solo and dust those travel bags off and get ready for an amazing weekend.


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