South Africa, Mozambique & Swaziland
- World-Class Wildlife Safari
- 40 Hours of Community Service
- Visit the Apartheid Museum
- Elephants, Lions, Giraffes & Zebras
- Discover Kruger National Park
- Soweto Township Bike Tour
- Surf Lessons
- Epic White Sand Beaches
- Snorkel & Sea Kayak
- Whitewater Raft & Hike
2017 Dates & Prices
21 Days: $6088.00
July 1 - July 21
July 23 - August 12
SOUTH AFRICA: ORPHANAGE & VOLUNTEER PROJECTS
Our three-week Africa teen trip begins with a focus on South African history and culture. On our first days in Johannesburg, we visit the Apartheid Museum and bike through Soweto Township, gaining a new perspective of South African history and contemporary culture. We visit Nelson Mandela’s home and learn about the struggle against apartheid. In the heart of Zululand we volunteer at a local orphanage, helping kids to build garden beds and then actually plant the seeds of the garden.
SAFARI: ELEPHANT, RHINO, HIPPO, LION, GIRAFFE & ZEBRA
Epic Africa includes three world-class safaris. We begin in Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s most famous game parks and home to countless rhinos, elephants, zebras, lions and giraffes. Kruger, South Africa’s most famous National Park is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime safari experience. Next, near the quaint town of St. Lucia, we visit iSimangaliso Wetland Park where we safari by boat, seeing hippos, crocodiles, incredible birds and maybe even some elephant. Next we visit Hluhluwe Game Reserve – famous for its large population of white rhino. Hluhluwe is a mountainous safari and another great opportunity to see the elusive Big 5.
SWAZILAND: CULTURAL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
High up in the Lebombo Mountains we discover a genuinely African way of life. Staying in a local village and by volunteering in a small Swazi village we immerse ourselves in the warm culture of Swaziland. Mornings are devoted to work as we help at a local school and plant trees. In the evenings, we eat local delicacies and enjoy traditional village dances around the campfire. The combination of culture, service, wildlife and adventure make Bold Earth’s Epic Africa the best high school Africa program.
MOZAMBIQUE: SURF, SNORKEL & KAYAK
Traveling to Ponta du Ouro, Mozambique, we experience a new culture and the most beautiful beaches. On the stunning white sand beaches of the Indian Ocean, we adventure in one of Mozambique’s most picturesque beach towns, Ponta do Ouro. While living in just steps from the beach, we spend our days surfing and snorkeling with dolphins. This is the beachside experience of a lifetime!
- Johannesburg: Apartheid & Cradle of Humankind Museum
- Soweto Township: Bike Tour
- Kruger National Park Safari
- Swaziland: Orphanage Project
- Indian Ocean: Dhow Safari & Snorkel with Whale Sharks
- Mozambique: Surf, Sea Kayak & ATV
Together with a group of teens and AMAZING trip leaders, explore the villages of Swaziland, the beaches of Mozambique and the extraordinary wildlife of South Africa. A 3-country, 3-week adventure full of community service, adventure, safaris and culture!
South Africa, Mozambique & Swaziland are wonderful world class travel destinations. Bold Earth has carefully build a sophisticated trip to experience the real Africa. Bold Earth families expect Epic Africa to be safe, authentic, meaningful and impactful. Campers travel 24/7 with a local South African trip leader plus two Bold Earth leaders. Bold Earth customers expect us to exceed their expectations – PERIOD.
Bold Earth is the expert in teen travel. We have carefully scouted our Epic Africa trip to ensure safety, fun and culture! Our goal was to create the perfect combination of Adventure + Culture + Service for teens.
21 Days of NON-STOP adventure, culture & Africa!
Some AWESOME Highlights:
• World-Class Wildlife Sanctuaries
• 40 Hours of Community Service
• Elephants, Lions, Springbok, Giraffes & Zebras
• Snorkel & Sea Kayak in Mozambique
• 4 Surf Lessons
• Soweto Township Bike Tour
• Visit the Apartheid Museum
From the wildebeest, dung-beetle and cheetah of Kruger National Park, the beaches of Mozambique to the culture of Swaziland’s villages, Epic Africa is truly the best Southern Africa has to offer!
To receive a list of Epic Africa references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or email email@example.com. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.
Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programing and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.
We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.
Elephants, Rhinos, Hippos, Lions, Giraffes, Zebras and Whale Sharks, YES, bring your camera!
Community Service is a Bold Earth core value. Bold Earth carefully chooses hands on community service projects that are active, engaging and . . . LIFE CHANGING! All Bold Earth participants will receive a certificate to document their service hours.
Service Credit: 40 Hours
Campers earn 40 hours of community service on Bold Earth’s Epic Africa program. Designed to be educational, worthwhile and fun, the projects connect campers with the communities and natural environments of the places we visit. Many students write their college essay on their Bold Earth community service projects and the impact they had on themselves and the people we met.
3 AMAZING Projects:
1. Zululand: Campers spend 2 days working at a community center. Campers work side-by-side with local villagers on various projects, including painting, fencing, planting trees and general maintenance. In between our hard work, we will have the opportunity to play with the local school children – SO FUN! Our first service project experience culminates with a cultural evening of Zulu dances and songs and a traditional meal prepared by the women in the village.
2. Swaziland: Our third day of service takes place in northern Swaziland. Living in the village (in Bush Huts), campers get an authentic sense of life in rural Africa. The projects involve fencing an area in which to release small wildlife, refurbishing a nearby school, planting vegetables on the school property and much more. During our stay in Swaziland we will also participate in a cultural exchange as the kids from the local village will teach us some Swazi dances and songs. This will be a great opportunity to interact with the local people of Swaziland.
3. Kruger National Park: Our final day of community service work takes place in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Campers participate in conservation work in world-renowned Kruger National Park. Campers work alongside Park Rangers, to track animals, remove invasive plant species and learn about conservation efforts. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is perfect for animal lovers!
Small group size = SUCCESS!
• Maximum of 13 incredible and enthusiastic campers
• 2 American adult trip leaders (1 male and 1 female)
• 2 professional South African guides
Group size MATTERS! Small groups enhance camper experience and cultivate better relationships. Knowledgeable and experienced guides make Bold Earth trips safer while giving Bold Earth programs powerful authenticity.
Leadership and taking charge is a planned part of every day. You will get a chance to be a Leader of the Day (LOD), which will give you the opportunity to step into a leadership role. Our goal is for students to return home with a dozen new lifelong friends, feeling more confident, more of a leader, and more self aware with a better appreciation of the world around them.
Yes, a male and female leader will be with the group 24/7.
Campers travel exclusively by private vehicles on Epic Africa. Bold Earth’s “Safari-style” bus seats up to 25 people and has tables to play cards – we call it our Mad Max vehicle!
Bold Earth is committed to safe and fun travel. Our bus is driven by an experienced professional local driver.
Bold Earth food is awesome! YES, the food will be healthy, delicious, local, and fun. Bold Earth emphasizes eating locally – this means learning to cook local cuisine and visiting supermarkets – WOW!
Campers will learn to cook new meals and local dishes. Bold Earth employs a local cook who will help prepare meals for us on our journey – this keeps the experience authentic and fun. The diet of many South Africans is similar to the USA or Europe. Lots of potatoes, rice, veggies and meat. Campers find the food to be DELICIOUS and diverse!
There will always be plenty of delicious and nutritious food options – the quality of food and the experience of cooking is often a highlight of a Bold Earth trip!
YES, Bold Earth welcomes vegetarians and can accommodate most special allergies, kosher, diets and food preferences.
Africa is BIG! From the Sahara and the Serengeti to the beaches of the Indian Ocean, Africa has it all!
Home to 15% of the world’s population – about 1 billion people, there are 54 fully recognized countries. Southern Africa, specifically South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland, are among the most stable, safe and successfully developed African countries.
South Africa is a multiethnic democracy with a myriad of languages, cultures and religions. Home to incredible natural diversity, South Africa is famous for its wildlife, beaches and abundant adventure opportunities.
A world pariah until 1994, South Africa’s apartheid regime enforced racial segregation and oppressed the majority of the country’s citizens. In 1994, a free South Africa elected Nelson Mandela, the first black President, to lead the transition to racial equality.
Today, South Africa is a top travel destination. With a sophisticated tourist infrastructure, good governance and abundant attractions – South Africa is a wonderful place to visit! Campers will have the opportunity to learn more about South Africa’s fascinating history at Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum and in discussions with local guides
About the size of Turkey, Mozambique is a Portuguese speaking country famous for its beaches and culture. Since independence in 1975, Mozambique experienced a protracted civil war. In 1994, Mozambique held its first multi-party elections and has remained a stable, democratic country. With its capital, Maputo, full of colonial architecture, most travelers visit the white sand beaches of Mozambique’s Indian Ocean coastline. Mozambique is safe, large and beautiful!
The Kingdom of Swaziland, is a small landlocked country bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. Swaziland is very small, but has made a huge impact on Bold Earth. It is here that campers have the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in African culture. We eat local delicacies and enjoy traditional African dancing around the camp fire; a true cultural immersion enjoyed by all. That is Swaziland – culture and heritage. This is a beautiful country!
Safety is priority #1, #2 and #3.
We understand “Africa” has a bad reputation. Our 15+ years of experience is very different. Bold Earth carefully scouts trip locations with safety in mind. All of the places we visit are extremely welcoming and relaxed. Parents, we understand your concerns and would not consider a trip to a place where the well being, safety and health was questionable. We visit places with our local partners which have a proven safety record of hundreds of Bold Earth students.
WEATHER – WONDERFUL!
South Africa, Mozambique & Swaziland are located SOUTH of the equator, making it “winter”. HOWEVER, even though it is winter during this time, it never gets too cold. The temperature will range between 60’s – 80’s.
Winter is the dry season – no rain, no mosquitos. Just pleasant weather!
Yes, approximately 85% of campers join Bold Earth on their own. Many love to get away from it all and experience a brand new summer with new friends and new adventures.
Some students want to share this experience with their best friend and that is absolutely fine, but Bold Earth will not accept more than 3 students who know each-other in one group. The bonds and friendships that you take away from Bold Earth will absolutely be highlight of your summer!
Bold Earth carefully researches possible health risks as part of our trip planning for the exact destinations we visit in Africa. Bold Earth visits established tourist locations. We will also be traveling during Southern Africa’s winter – the healthiest season to travel! For most campers standard vaccinations are sufficient for travel in Africa.
For more information, please consult your family physician or local travel clinic. The day to day Epic Africa Itinerary on the website can be printed to show to your travel clinic or family physician.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a South Africa specific website which we find to be very broad covering all areas, seasons and types of travel.
Over the last 20 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Epic Africa Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: Epic Africa Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.
Checking Bags? On airport day, campers will check the large duffle bag. We recommend using the small daypack as a carry-on. Most airlines do not charge a checked bag fee for international travel. We recommend asking the airline for their specific policy – campers are responsible for checked bag fees.
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor Team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.
Yes, Epic Africa and all Bold Earth trips are designed to be combined to create an epic Bold Earth summer adventure. If you are interested contact our Colorado office for more information!
Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.
My trip to Africa with Bold Earth this summer was definitely a life changing experience and I would do it over again if I could. Meeting people from all over the country and world was awesome and opened up my eyes, as was traveling around to the different countries. Working with the children and seeing their culture taught me so much I had never knew before.
PARENTS, Maya & Wesley: Bold Earth is a great company that handles parents fears and children's interests well. The leaders were great. They seemed to handle the group well. My daughter loved Epic Africa and everything about it.
The three weeks I spent in Africa weren't just the highlight of my summer, but probably the highlight of my life.
Bold Earth gave me the opportunity to explore another part of the world while surrounded by amazing and friendly people.