Epic Africa Trip Prep

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2019 trip blogs

Each trip has its own blog where we post written and photo updates from our trip leaders and students. Please click below to access each Epic Africa trip blog:

Preparing for physical activity

Bold Earth is designed as an active camp for teenagers. We recommend regular aerobic exercise for at least a month before departing on your trip. Walking, jogging, swimming, or riding a bike are all great ways to increase your fitness to get the most out of your Bold Earth experience.


Transportation to and from the adventure is the responsibility of the family. There are two options for booking flights:

  1. By early March 2019, Bold Earth will recommend a specific flight for U.S. students in and out of one major U.S. airport (e.g., Atlanta or New York), and then students will fly together to Johannesburg, South Africa, and from Durban, South Africa.
  2. If you’d rather choose your student’s route to the final destination, please follow the guidelines below. Even if your student does not fly out of the one designated airport, we are still happy to put you in touch with other families whose children are on the same trip and flying in and out of the same area.
Arrival and departure windows

For all Epic Africa trips, students will fly into O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB), and out of King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa (DUR). They can arrive anytime at JNB the first day of their trip, and depart DUR anytime the last day of their trip. 

Our trip leaders will be awaiting each of our students’ arrivals in Johannesburg. As per airline regulations, we greet every student who flies as an unaccompanied minor at the gate. For all other, non-UM students, please follow your group off the plane down to baggage claim, where one or both of our trip leaders will be waiting. Students will call home as soon as they meet with our group and gather their baggage.

*Please do not book flights until your child has been officially accepted and enrolled on the Epic Africa trip.

Packing List

Download the Epic Africa packing list here.