For a fourth consecutive year, a group from St. James Senior Girls School (London) have set off on a combined wilderness expedition and cultural immersion programme in South Africa, organised by the Wilderness Foundation UK and delivered by our sister charity the Wilderness Leadership School and our colleagues at responsible tourism business African Insight.
The expedition, being led by teachers Julia Gillick and Caroline Hillsdon, comprises a five day wilderness trail in the Umfolozi Game Reserve, home to the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), followed by a four day stay at the rural Zulu community of Ekutheleni.    The programme will be completed by  a one night stay on the shores of the Indian Ocean at Cape Vidal.
The girls will enjoy a back-to-basics experience over the next two weeks, without running water (other than the Umfolozi River), flushing toilets or electricity.   Everything they need will be carried in rucksacks on their backs, as they walk in the footprints of rhino and elephant in one of the world’s most pristine wilderness regions.
For parents eagerly awaiting news of their daughter(s), we can confirm that everyone arrived safely and spent a relaxing first night at Twinstreams, before entering the wilderness reserve at Umfolozi yesterday (Sunday 10th June 2012).
We will bring you further news from the wilderness as it develops, but you can be sure that the girls will enjoying an experience quiet unlike anything they have ever known before!
For further information on expeditions for schools and youth groups organised by the Wilderness Foundation UK please click here.