Explore: Loziba Wilderness Reserve, South Africa


Loziba Wilderness Reserve, South Africa

Situated In the heart of spectacularly scenic Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, our partner Loziba is an established wildlife conservation area that is fast becoming a catalytic revenue generator for local communities in the area and an extraordinary example of sustainable community conservation. 

Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about conservation from behind the scenes, while experiencing the beauty of the untouched wilderness of rural Zululand. The new Loziba Wilderness project will see the creation of a 25,000 hectare Big 5 wilderness reserve and is being established based on a wildlife economy, generating meaningful benefits to landowners and surrounding communities whilst conserving valuable cultural and natural heritage.

Participants on the trip will work alongside conservationists and rangers taking part in workshops and practical experiences on a wide variety of topics covering anti-poaching techniques, snares, APU tactics, black rhino and wildlife range expansion, camera traps, scientific data collection, animal collaring (leopard and elephant) and tracking. In addition, you will visit local communities and schools and delve into all of the complex issues surrounding human-wildlife conflict mitigation, eco-tourism, and sustainable development alongside wildlife. 

Toward the end of the trip we will spend three nights at the Mkuze Falls Game Lodge, a “Big 5” private reserve overlooking the majestic Mkuze River.

This trip is open to high school age students traveling with parents or adults traveling without children. South Africa has very strict travel restrictions for youth under age 16, so we cannot accommodate unaccompanied minors. 

We can’t wait for you to join us on these life changing adventures.


July 30 – August 14, 2023


$4,700, not including air fare to South Africa


This trip is open to high school age students traveling with parents or a guardian, or adults traveling without children.

Our trips are intimate, hands-on experiences, maxing out at 14 participants.

Our partner URLIFE Media, and their team of Hollywood Producers and Editors, will create a personalized movie using the content you capture on expedition.


Day 1 – July 30


If leaving from USA, plan your flights for arrival 7/31 in SA.

Day 2 – July 31

Arrive Johannesburg

Arrive Johannesburg. Night at Safari Club SA, for rest and recovery. 

Day 3 – August 1

Departure and transfer to Loziba Wildlife Reserve (LWR)

Departure and transfer to Loziba Wildlife Reserve (LWR) Drive from Johannesburg through rural northern KwaZulu-Natal. Stop for lunch en-route (not included). Welcome Dinner.

Day 4 – August 2

Loziba Wildlife Reserve (LWR)

Morning introductions, bush guidelines, introduction to Loziba and wildlife monitoring. Afternoon game drive – monitoring focus. Evening – Visit Zulu Kraal, learn about Zulu traditions, customs, and Zulu dance scene.

Day 5 – August 3

Loziba Wildlife Reserve (LWR)

Morning: Community Conservation introduction. Afternoon: Community Project: building food garden part 1.

Day 6 – August 4

Loziba Wildlife Reserve (LWR)

Morning: Anti-poaching workshop: snares, APU tactics, black rhino range expansion considerations etc.  Afternoon: game drive (snare search focus). Evening community soccer and/or netball games.

Day 7 – August 5

Loziba Wildlife Reserve (LWR)

Early Morning Game Drive. Wildlife management, considerations for starting a new wildlife reserve, future vision for Loziba. Bush “lecture” under Red Ivory Tree. Conservation research with Inkawu Vervet Monkey Project. 

Day 8 – August 6

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park

Day visit to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park to see Big 5. 

Day 9 – August 7

Loziba Wildlife Reserve (LWR)

Morning – Camera trap overview, cage traps, data collection (incl. game drive for trap checking). Bait leopard trap (or another animal). Afternoon – If found, leopard collaring activity with veterinarian (students get to keep tracking co-ordinate access). Late afternoon swim at Sulphur spring at Thangami (on Loziba Extension).

Day 10 – August 8

Loziba Wildlife Reserve (LWR)

Community project: building food garden part 2. Community school visit – possible donations of computers or other equipment. Evening game drive looking for owls, jackals, aardvark, honey badgers, civets, cerval cats.

Day 11 – August 9

Loziba Wildlife Reserve (LWR)

Morning game drive (tracking collared leopard). Community project: building food garden part 3. Community braai (BBQ). 

Day 12 – August 10

Mkuze Falls Private Reserve

Transfer to Mkuze Falls Private Reserve. Afternoon game drive.

Day 13 – August 11

Mkuze Falls Private Reserve

Morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 14 – August 12

Mkuze Falls Private Reserve

Morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 15 – August 13

Mkuze Falls Private Reserve – Johannesburg

Morning game drive. Transfer to Johannesburg. Night at Safari Club SA.

Day 16 – August 14


Transfer to airport and homebound flights.

Meet the Expedition Leader

Ellen O’Connell has led delegations to over 84 countries globally including 22 African countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan, East Timor, Thailand and other parts of Asia. 

She is the Founder and President of Sankhara, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in non-profit management, governance and social enterprise. She is passionate about conservation, climate change, human rights and the environment and has spent over three decades in the non-profit arena pursuing her conviction that philanthropy plays a transformative role in the world. Ellen also serves as the President of Ngaren, Inc., an ambitious project spearheaded by world renowned conservationist, paleontologist and politician Richard E. Leakey to create a platform for state-of-the art science education and storytelling and a museum in the Rift Valley of Kenya, dedicated to telling the story of the origins of humankind through the lens of climate change and adaption.  

She is a Strategic Advisor for the Terra Conservation Initiative and a board member of Friends of Wildlife Justice Commission. And she was previously the Executive Director of Prince William’s charity, Tusk USA. From 1999 to 2014, Ellen served as Vice President at the humanitarian aid organization, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Associate Executive Director at Covenant House New York from 1991 to 1999 and the Director of Fundraising at Covenant House International from 1989-1991. In 1997, she designed and opened a social entrepreneur for-profit restaurant in Greenwich Village in NYC, that provided job training to at-risk and homeless youth.  Ms. O’Connell graduated in 1987 from Georgetown University with a BA in English and received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Wagner School of Public Service, NYU in 1991 and a Masters Degree in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research in 1995. She completed coursework for her PHD in Cultural Anthropology at CUNY and has a certificate in Executive Non-profit management from Columbia University.  

Terms of Payment

Your non-refundable $500 deposit is due on or before January 15, 2022

Payment in full is due on or before May 10, 2022

Upon receipt of your deposit you will be contacted by a Terra representative to schedule a Zoom call. We will assist you in answering questions regarding the expedition, including insurance, medical, and visa requirements, as well as in finalizing room and additional activity reservations.


Note that a portion of your payment is tax deductible as a donation through Terra Conservation Initiative, a sponsored program of Ngaren Inc.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation 31 days or more before the arrival date: deposit not refunded.

Cancellation 30 days or less before the start of services: 0% refunded. Can be rescheduled if COvid-related disruptions occur.


Malaria: Malaria exists in South Africa; please consult your family doctor to get the best form of prophylaxis for you.



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