Twenty-five students and teachers from independent day and boarding school Brentwood School are undertaking a wilderness expedition and community volunteer programme in South Africa

The Wilderness Foundation has a proven track record in delivering outstanding educational visits for schools, having done so for the past forty years.    In that time, over 50,000 people have journeyed into the South African wilderness, for a combination of walking wilderness expeditions through the stunning iMfolozi Wilderness Reserve, trekking in the St. Lucia Wetlands and navigating the Drakensburg mountains, as well as participating in community volunteer programmes in rural villages across South Africa.
Jamie and a Beautiful ViewWe are delighted to have been working with independent school Brentwood School for the past nine years, providing outstanding experiential learning opportunities for their students.   On Monday 20th July 2015 our latest group of wilderness explorers and future custodians of the environment left the UK for a twenty-day programme in South Africa.  During their time with our sister charity the Wilderness Leadership School, the mix of boys and girls and four staff members from the school will spend five days walking on foot and sleeping under the stars in the iMfolozi, before moving on to trek along the Wild Coast,ending up at our Wild Coast community homestay programme, where they will volunteer within the village helping out at the local pre-school and tendings food crop and caring for animals alongside the people of the community.     Some of the group will be completing the Gold Residential section of their DofE Award during this time (The Wilderness Foundation is an Approved Activity Provider registered with DofE Windsor).

Why wilderness?

Our expeditions for young people have been designed to develop informed leadership in a climate of challenge
and adventure, bringing travelers closer to the beauty and spectacle of wild nature than they have ever been before.  The wilderness trail lies at the heart of the journey to Africa.   Participants walk on foot, sleep under the stars and enjoy a primitive wilderness experience following in the footsteps of lion, rhino, elephant and more.
The community volunteer programme is an authentic, integrated cultural and community work experience project.   There is no better way of really getting to know a community than living and working alongside them.   By night, visitors are welcomed in to the homes of the host families, which ensures an authentic cultural experience and by day, work alongside the community.

Benefits of the South Africa Wilderness Expedition


Life Lessons

Each trail offers a range of life training skills, such as leadership, planning and organising, decision-making, communication and teamwork.

Personal Development

Our participants benefit from improvements in self-esteem and group and social skills.   Time for personal reflection and solitude provides the opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery!

Gaining Perspective

Walking on foot and sleeping under the stars gives young people perhaps the closest link to the natural world that they have ever experienced, building a connection with the earth, so that participants return replenished and with fresh insights.
For more information on how we can help you to plan and deliver an outstanding educational experience for your children and students, please contact the South Africa Trails Team on 0300 123 3073 or email to request our latest school expedition brochure.
We wish all our friends at Brentwood School a safe journey.   They arrived safely in Durban yesterday and spent their first night as guest of the Wilderness Leadership School in the Kenneth Steinbank Nature Reserve.   This morning, after breakfast and packing up their rucksacks, they have headed out towards iMfolozi where their journey will really begin.
We will share more news of this latest school expedition as it is received.