Wildlife and adventure tour operator Gane and Marshall has announced the first-of-its-kind safari, where holidaymakers are able to join in a special, three-week itinerary, departing on March 1, 2015.
If you’re missing all those deadly animals in Oz, then this training trip in the wilderness could be just up your street. In fact, for anyone with a passion for wildlife, it sounds fantastic.
The “Pyramids of Life” itinerary will nurture participants’ bush skills and teach them a deeper understanding of the geography and wildlife of East Africa, and at the end they’ll be presented with a certificate of participation.
The group will go through the Masai Mara, the Northern Serengeti and the Southern Serengeti, immersing themselves in each place for a week. It sounds great for any travellers who love the freedom of the wilderness and want to learn at the same time.
Documentation of experiences and creative expression through drawing, painting and photography are encouraged, so you could actually come away with a variety of newly appreciated skills. Some things you’ll learn about are animal behaviour, astronomy, orientation and navigation, and bush skills. Maybe when you’re back you’ll manage a night out in London without getting lost…
The week in the Mara will incorporate night drives and walking with big game, while the week in the Serengeti North will focus on traditional bush skills and fly-camping, with an emphasis on the ecosystem sustained by the Mara River.
The final week, in the Serengeti South, will take place in the wildebeest birthing season, so be prepared for all kinds of action. You’ll certainly have some unique holiday snaps.
The tour operator is also offering customers the opportunity to join the safari for just one or two weeks, if they prefer.
Prices for Gane and Marshall’s “Pyramids of Life” itineraries start from £6,495 per person for the one-week course and reach £19,295 per person for the full, three-week course (March 1 – 22, 2015). This includes accommodation, meals, park and camping fees, walking fees and domestic flights to the parks. Visit the Gane and Marshall website for more info.
For international flights from London Heathrow to Nairobi, add £600 per person to the above prices.
Travelling while learning useful skills sounds like an awesome opportunity, so why not give it a go?