My highlight was learning how to identify both animal tracks and birds. And being able to walk in the bush.
The staff created an environment of inclusivity, everyone felt welcome and catered for.
Identifying the different leaves and trees was interesting but challenging
All of the staff were fantastic. It was great to learn so much from passionate, friendly people
The Track, Tree and Bird Identification sessions were challenging, but fun to do
I had a great stay. I learned a lot of new things I didn't expect to learn. I have gained very useful knowledge that I can use in the future.
We loved making our own meal as a group and really enjoyed the vegetarian meals
My stay has given me ideas for what I want to do with my future.
Really enjoyed the experience of cooking my own meals. It's all been delicious!
Our favorite meals were potjie, Bobotie (mince with egg) and the chicken wraps
My favourite activities were the Game drives, Tracking and the Night Game Drive
All better than I could have expected
My highlight was learning how to cook traditional South African food.
What is Edutourism?
Edutourism is the act of being a tourist and engaging in an educational activity or program while travelling abroad. The purpose is to learn something new such as a skill or activity found locally in your destination instead of walking or driving around completely oblivious to the nature and culture that surrounds you. Edutourism programs can last anywhere between one to four weeks and typically consist of a crash course that covers in-depth knowledge, and hands on learning about the nature and culture of the area where you are visiting.
What edutourism does Chrysalis offer?
We offer bespoke Conservation and Nature Education field trips for local and international schools and universities. We have various nature and conservation activities that include a short theory component, followed up with a large portion of time doing practical activities in the field. We work very closely with our clients to create a customised program to meet the needs of each group. Field trips typically take place in bush locations, some of which have the Big 5.
Activities can include but are not limited to:
- Bush walks combined with focusing on tracks and sings in the bush
- Field identification activities—an introduction to using a field guide to identify animals and plants
- Conservation workshops—highlighting conservation issues in the area that we are staying
- Field Research and monitoring activities– learning how to conduct a basic survey, and how animals are tracked and monitored using telemetry equipment and camera traps
- Traditional uses of plants and animals
- An overnight stay in a traditional village
- Sleep out in the open bush
- Learning the skills of camping in comfort