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Price was at R70,000 now starting R45,000 (35% OFF)
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Step off the beaten path and into the heart of true wildlife conservation.

These expeditions are a meaningful way of bringing the traveler direct experiences in the center of major conservation activities. You’ll be shoulder-to-shoulder alongside seasoned wildlife professionals and specialists getting hands-on encounters, exploring Africa’s untamed wilderness, and assisting in all activities of conservation, and by doing so, you can transform and impact the lives of the African animals while having an extraordinary journey of a lifetime.

Find out what it’s like by viewing a translocation project below.

Get excited, get in the middle, get into the heart of conservation with our once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

ADVENTURES START
JUNE 2022 THRU SEPT 2022

Elephant Contraception + Cheetah Collaring (3-9 June, 2022)

Accommodation: Wilderness Camp NOW R45,000 per person sharing (35% off original price)
Price includes ALL expenses: accommodation, food, and activities, but EXCLUDES drinks. Terms & conditions apply. Contact us for bookings for further information

ELEPHANT

There are few animals in the wild that elicit as visceral a connection to natural world as the African elephant. Having been placed on the IUCN red list since 2004 as vulnerable elephants continue to be threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, and poaching for the illegal ivory trade. As a keystone species, elephants play a crucial role in shaping the environments in which they inhabit.

For this reason, Mapesu Private Game Reserve found it imperative to introduce a founder herd onto the newly created reserve. As per government decree, the reserve is only allowed to conserve one elephant per thousand hectares. As such, the breeding age females within the herd need to be given contraception from time to time to ensure the reserve does not become overpopulated.

During this conservation expedition, you are given the opportunity to participate in this vital conservation work and get up close and personal with Africa’s largest land mammal. You will be working alongside the reserve team and veterinarian. You will be able to observe both on the ground and from a helicopter and gain an understanding of what it takes to protect these magnificent giants.

CHEETAH

In conjunction with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Mapesu Private Game Reserve was able to release cheetah onto the reserve. This species is used to roaming in large home ranges and the telemetry equipment helps to locate these animals and is of vital importance to our understanding of their movements as well as their safety in the event of an escape. These collars, however, do not have an infinite battery life and as the animals grow the collar may become tight or run out of battery.

During this expedition you will assist in the chemical capture of cheetah, which may be from the air or on the ground with the use of a bait. The collars will be replaced, and the animal released back into the reserve.

Cheetah Translocation + Elephant Contraception (8-14 July, 2022)

Accommodation: Wilderness Camp NOW R45,000 per person sharing (that’s 35% off original price)
Price includes ALL expenses: accommodation, food, and activities, but EXCLUDES drinks. Terms & conditions apply. Contact us for bookings for further information

CHEETAH

In conjunction with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Mapesu Private Game Reserve we will be releasing cheetahs onto the reserve.

Cheetahs today are heading toward extinction due to predators, changes to their environment, habitat destruction, hunting, and many other detrimental factors. Because cheetah populations have relatively low genetic variability, due to low populations and inbreeding, moving the current population around helps to introduce a bigger genetic pool, allowing the cheetahs to have a greater genetic diversity. This helps to improve their genetics (genome) to help the species survive better in the long term.

During this expedition you will assist in the chemical capture of cheetah(s), which may be from the air or on the ground with the use of a bait. You will help with the a health check, and possibly place a tracker and then will be there during the transport and release into the reserve. You will also be routinely checking on their status throughout your stay.

Wild Dog Collaring + Elephant Contraception (18-24 August, 2022)

Accommodation: Mopane Bush Lodge NOW R50,000 per person sharing (that’s 35% off original price)
Price includes ALL expenses: accommodation, food, and activities, but EXCLUDES drinks. Terms & conditions apply. Contact us for bookings for further information

WILD DOG

In conjunction with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Mapesu Private Game Reserve was able to release both wild dog onto the reserve. These collars however do not have an infinite battery life and as the animals grow the collar may become tight or run out of battery. Therefor, during this expedition you will assist in the chemical capture which may be from the air or on the ground with the use of a bait. The collars will be replaced, and the animal released back into the reserve.

As wild dogs have a large home range, we will teach you how to use the telemetry equipment to locate these animals which is of vital importance to our understanding of their movements as well as their safety in the event of an escape.

ELEPHANT

As a keystone species, elephants play a crucial role in shaping the environments in which they inhabit. For this reason, Mapesu Private Game Reserve found it imperative to introduce a founder herd onto the newly created reserve (2016). As per government decree, the reserve is only allowed to conserve one elephant per thousand hectares. As such, the breeding age females within the herd need to be given contraception from time to time to ensure the reserve does not become overpopulated.

During this conservation expedition, you are given the opportunity to participate in this vital conservation work and get up close and personal with Africa’s largest land mammal. You will be working alongside the reserve team and veterinarian. You will be able to observe both on the ground and from a helicopter and gain an understanding of what it takes to protect these magnificent giants.

Game Count (18-24 September, 2022)

Accommodation: Mopane Bush Lodge NOW R50,000 per person sharing (that’s 35% original price)
Price includes ALL expenses: accommodation, food, and activities, but EXCLUDES drinks. Terms & conditions apply. Contact us for bookings for further information

Since 2014, Mapesu Private Game Reserve has done a biannual game count to ensure the animals living on the reserve are thriving and within the parameters of the carrying capacity of the property as set out by the ecologists.

The total number of zebra, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, oryx, impala, eland, kudu and giraffe has grown from 483 to 1103 in the last 4 years. Between 2018 and 2020, the reserve, the shareholders, and guests have facilitated the introduction of additional species as well as a greater number of individuals through the means of live purchases.

The 2022 game count will thus prove to be the year where most species are expected to reach their optimal stocking rate. By reaching this optimal rate a surplus can be projected and this will enable the reserve to introduce additional predators onto the reserve.

As part of the game count, you will be in the helicopter helping the reserve and conservation team count all of the animals on the reserve from the air.

What’s included in the price?

Accommodation /  meals / activities  / so much more!

During your stay you will be treated to luxurious living at either the Wilderness Camp or Mopane Bush Lodge. You’ll get the best of all worlds being in the heart of the bushveld and offering great facilities and exceptional service.

Each day you will have activities ranging from the conservation events, to game drives, to guided tours of ancient rock art, and Mapungubwe National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). These activities include refreshments.

Delicious meals are included in various places around the property from a star studded night at the boma around a fire, to dinners in the bush, and on the grounds around the lodgings. Drinks are excluded during the principle meals.

All units have spacious bedrooms providing a relaxing environment in luxurious comfort with top quality mattresses and bedding, air conditioning, generous cupboard space, a safe in each room, hair dryer, good lighting over a large mirror at the dressing table, mini-bar, Nespresso machine (at MBL), tea/coffee station, and free WiFi. Large pool, bar, and restaurant on premises for great experiences!

At extra cost: The Spa treatments, Wine Boma for tastings, Laundry services available upon request.

SPACE IS LIMITED SO BOOK NOW!

For more information or questions, please reach out to us. bookings@ mapesu.com | +27 (0) 15 534 7906 / +27 (0) 83 633 0795

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

Deposit: A deposit of 10% is required in order to confirm your reservation. The remainder to be paid in 2 installments – 40% payable 45 days before arrival, final 50% to be received 7 days before arrival.

Method of payment: Bank transfer, credit card (Visa), or cash in ZAR (R).

Cancellation fee: A 10% administration fee of the full account will be levied on any cancellation after written confirmation of the booking. For cancellation within 30 days a 30% cancellation fee is applicable, with the full amount due for cancellation less than 7 days before arrival, or client is a no-show.

CONDITIONS

  • Children under 12 years are not allowed to partake in activities at Mapungubwe. However guest can do self-drive in Mapungubwe National Park.
  • Activities should be booked for when the reservation is made to ensure availability, whether using our guides or self-drive. Bookings on arrival are subject to availability.
  • Maps and directions are available at reception if the self-drive option is selected.
  • Refreshments are included on all of the activities.

Where will you be staying?

Depending on which adventure you will be attending, you’ll either be staying at the Wilderness Camp or Mopane Bush Lodge.

Wilderness Camp Luxury Tents

Discreetly tucked away on a hillside with stunning mopane bushveld views is the Wilderness Tented Camp. Each luxurious tent has an ensuite bathroom with large tub, outdoor shower, air conditioning and quality bedding. The units are set apart so as to enjoy privacy while offering comfortable furnishings, ensuring all nature lovers can relish their time in this secluded and mystifying area of South Africa.

To ensure you have the best of times, the pool is within a short walking distance of each unit as well as fine dining and great cuisine at the restaurant. Usher in the evening with a drink in hand served at the bar while you discuss the events of the day. There are plenty of great seating and common areas and free WiFi will allow you to send your friends and family those great shots of your time away.  Maybe you want to relax on your own private deck at your tent and take in the great 180º degree views of the stunning sunrise or sunset.

Mopane Bush Lodge

You will be staying at the luxury 4-star Mopane Bush Lodge in a secluded double/twin-bedded thatched chalet with en-suite bathroom. Each room has its own veranda, additional outdoor shower, and fantastic views of the surrounding bushveld that are unique and exclusive to each chalet. The spacious bedrooms provide a relaxing environment in luxurious comfort with top quality mattresses and bedding, air-conditioning, generous cupboard space, a safe in each room, hairdryer, good lighting over a large mirror at the dressing table, and mini-bar. Each room has a Nespresso machine and tea/coffee station in every room and free WiFi. Laundry & Spa services also available on request.

The lodge pool, situated next to the full-service bar and wooden deck is the perfect place to enjoy a revitalizing swim or sundowner while watching the animals drink at the watering hole. The comfortable lounge provides the ideal retreat for those relaxing moments with a cozy fire for wintry nights. There is a small library with reference books and light reading material for your enjoyment. Delicious meals are delightfully prepared and can be served in our spacious dining room, on the lawn, in the boma around the fire under the brilliant southern night sky, in the lapa around the pool, or in the bush.

MOPANE BUSH  LODGE

MAPESU WILDERNESS CAMP

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WAS R75,000 now at R45,000 ppp (that’s a 35% DISCOUNT)

AN EXPEDITION OF A LIFETIME

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Price per person.

Price includes all conservation and activities, food, and lodging for one week.

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