South Africa Up Close

      Gqeberha, South Africa

      5 reviews
      Oct 22 - 31, 2023
      Group size: 4 - 7
      South Africa Up Close
      Gqeberha, South Africa

      5 reviews

      Oct 22 - 31, 2023
      Group size: 4 - 7

      About this trip

      Join Tamandua and the VETPAW organization for an incredible, family-friendly expedition to South Africa. VETPAW’s goal is to help end the African poaching crisis and conserve endangered species. Take part in the conservation efforts at their beautiful sanctuary in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. 

      Your immersive safari will leave you with a true appreciation for the magnificent beauty of African wildlife, and the realizations of the imminent threats to their survival. Most importantly, you will head back home with a sense of confidence in these animals’ continued safety and a sense of achievement for taking part in such a crucial task.

      The reserve you will be visiting is a scenic 20,000+ hectare wildlife area diverse with flora, fauna, and ecology. This protected region is in the beautiful Eastern Cape of South Africa, with panoramic views of one of the most beautiful ecosystems in the country. It is home to many iconic animal species, including Elephant, Black and White Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, Cheetah, Hippopotamus, and a wide range of exotic antelope.

      You will have a trip of a lifetime while getting hands-on conservation experience with some of the most critically endangered species in the world.

      Payment Terms

      The deposit to secure your spot on the trip is non-refundable for any reason. 

      The balance of payment is due no later than 45 days before the trip begins. The balance of payment is non-refundable for any reason 45 days or less before the trip begins.

      Flight Information

      The meeting point for this trip is Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), South Africa. Please book the earliest arriving flight that is available when flying to Port Elizabeth. When departing Port Elizabeth, book a flight that is later in the day. Please wait until you hear from us before you book your flight. 

      Depending on your flight details, you may need to book a hotel during your layovers in Johannesburg. This is NOT covered in the cost of the trip.  We recommend: City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport. Please book your own accommodations if needed. 

      You would need to book this the night before arriving in Port Elizabeth and the day of departing Port Elizabeth. 

      What’s included

      • Reserve Accommodations
      • Airfare
        Not Included
      • Travel Insurance
        Not Included. This is required to join the expedition


      October 22
      Fly to Gqeberha / Port Elizabeth

      Arrive in Gqeberha / Port Elizabeth.

      Your Organizer

      Tamandua Expeditions
      5 reviews
      Tamandua Expeditions originally began running trips out of the Peruvian Amazon Basin over 10 years ago. Today, we offer adventure-packed, hands on, expeditions through some of the most beautiful and challenging wilderness on earth. With locations in Peru and India. Our focus on wildlife research, conservation, and responsible adventure travel.


      It was amazing - the team leader (Empe) was fantastic, Ian was so knowledgeable and great at finding snakes and amphibians and making everyone feel like they could do it too, the camp hosts and family (Borian) were spectacular hosts and cooks and guides, and the camp was comfortable and fun. I couldn’t have had a better time!
      By Amy Jordheim for Operation Malinowski: Herping in the Tambopata/Malinowski Watershed on Jan 24, 2023
      This was my fourth trip with Tamandua Expeditions. If you have an adventurous spirit this is the team you want to go with. My most recent trip to Africa provided more wildlife encounters with Africa's big game, endangered and at-risk animals all within a huge yet well-protected wildlife reserve. It gave me hope seeing the work being done here, and to see so many magnificent animals living within a healthy ecosystem.
      By Grant Phelps for South Africa on Nov 14, 2022
      The trip to South Africa with Paul and the VetPAW guys was an incredible experience! They get you up close and personal to give you raw wildlife exposure, while always maintaining control of your safety and respecting the animals. Paul and Sterling are authentic and welcoming people who go above and beyond to give you the best trip possible. 10/10 recommend any Tamandua trip.
      By Laura Kinsel for South Africa on Nov 13, 2022
      Trips with Tamandua are always one of a kind, adrenaline pumping dventures! It's the people, the places the wildlife! Can not recommend them highly enough for anyone looking for a one of a kind, life changing experience!
      By DEBBIE GREEN for South Africa on Nov 08, 2022
      Awesome trip!! It was everything I dreamed about and more. Staff and guides were professional, knowledgeable and always ready to answer your questions. Food was delicious and there was something different each day. Accommodation was clean and comfortable, I had the best night sleep over there. It definitely was the most unique trip I ever been on and you really get to experience Amazon rainforest at its best. I would recommend it to everyone and most surely will go there again. Thank you!
      By Anni Uusivirta for Tamandua Premium: Luxury in the Rainforest on Jun 14, 2022