Conservation-led luxury travel company andBeyond has launched a selection of WILDchild Eco-guide Challenge journeys designed for nature-loving teens and their parents.
In keeping with andBeyond’s mantra of Care of Land, Wildlife, and People, each of these privately guided journeys is specially designed to inspire young minds to make a difference to our planet.
Every itinerary is specially curated for a teenager aged 14 to 18, travelling and sharing a room with a parent. With an andBeyond Head Guide, Regional Guide Trainer, or Dive Master leading each trip, activities have been selected to challenge and educate, and offer ample opportunities for teens to earn certificates and prizes.
With each journey focussing on a single destination, the WILDchild Eco-guide Challenge in South Africa offers four nights at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. Here, guests will be invited to join the Phinda Conservation team for activities such as a rhino conservation experience and tracking the elusive pangolin.
Teenagers will also get a glimpse into the life of a ranger as they participate in activities at andBeyond’s Ranger Training School and will meet members of the local community on a trip facilitated by Africa Foundation, andBeyond’s community development partner of choice. All this is rounded up with bush walks, Zulu dancing, basic astronomy lessons, and Big Five game drives.
This itinerary is available between October 18-22, 2022 and March 6-10 March 2023, and includes accommodation at andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge.
There are more itineraries to choose from including WILDchild Eco-guide Challenge in Botswana, which introduces young travelers to traditional Bushman skills such as catch-and-release fishing, tracking, and identifying various species of plants and birds. Dancing and singing with Maasai warriors is just one of the adventures that can be found on the WILDchild Eco-guide Challenge in Tanzania, which also gives travelers the opportunity to explore the Serengeti on foot.
In addition, WILDchild Eco-guide Challenge in Mozambique is set on an exotic island in the Bazaruto Archipelago; and WILDchild Eco-guide Challenge in Chile has an array of exciting activities on offer includes horseback riding, catch-and-release fishing, rafting, and rock climbing.
All itineraries can be adapted should both parents wish to travel, or if they are accompanied by more than one child. In the spirit of giving back, teenagers will only be charged 50% of the adult rate (the per person rate has been calculated taking this saving into account).
andBeyond has also extended its offering for marine conservation enthusiasts with the launch of a new itinerary that allows guests to join a team of experts as they conduct a tagging project on marine predators in the waters of Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago National Park.
The Marine Predator Tagging Expedition is based at andBeyond Benguerra Island and provides guests with an insider’s view of the activities of a team of three dedicated researchers as they carry out the conservation activities associated with the annual apex predator tagging project, designed to provide valuable insight into the movements of giant trevally and grey reef shark.
Intended to provide a glimpse of the complex issues surrounding protecting the oceans, the expedition is hosted by Africa Foundation and Oceans Without Borders (OWB) Project Manager Isaac Nhamirre, who oversees all OWB’s community and conservation projects on the island.
This unique expedition combines the charm and indulgence of a luxurious island retreat with the chance to gain a first-hand understanding of the intricate links that exist between land, sea, and people, as well as the elaborate efforts that go into better understanding and managing the world’s pristine marine reserves
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