For over 60 years, thousands of young people from all over the world have relished the experience of a Wilderness Trail. For young people it's a time to discover who you are, gain independence, a rites of passage of sorts. Researchers have found that Wilderness Programs have a positive impact on a young adult’s behaviour, mood, interpersonal relationships, and social skills. Our blemish free safety record, highly skilled guides, carefully facilitated programs and years of experience ensures some of the best schools in the world return year after year.
I must say that I was not prepared for the emotional effect this trail was going to have on our son! He has grown so much these holidays, especially with maturity, and I think this is largely due to his experience on the trail.
What a magnificent experience. Thank you to you and your team for the amazing work you do - all the organising and planning that goes on behind the scenes and then the walk in the wilderness itself. We always felt safe and secure and loved the warmth with which your guides embraced us. Their wealth of knowledge is so enriching.
I’m sure I speak for both of us that we are truly grateful for the opportunity you allowed the boys and us to have. It was an incredibly meaningful and important experience for everyone involved. They develop all aspects of character and emotional intelligence. I hope I’ve managed to articulate a little just how powerful the experience has been.
THE BENEFITS OF A WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE
The Wilderness Leadership School Trails are all inclusive, meaning you do not need to worry about anything! Our trails include transport from Durban (or the nearest airport) and all your trail equipment. You just have to get yourselves here.
We also have basic accommodation and catering available for school groups wishing to stay at our beautiful historic headquarters in Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve in Durban per or post trail.
Q: Special Dietary Requirements & Allergies?
A: Our guides are master cooks and we have catered for all sorts of allergies and special dietary requirements. Just let us know prior to trail if you have any special requirements and we will get it arranged for you.
Q: How many people can go on a trail?
A: Each trail accommodates between six and eight trailists. For schools with more than one group of trailists, groups will not see each other during trail.
Q: Are the trails guided and safe?
A: Two experienced, armed guides lead each trail. These guides are highly trained and in over 60 years we have never had a trailist hurt by an animal.
Q: Where do we sleep?
A: You set up camp in an area chosen by your guide and sleep under the stars, a once in a lifetime experience in its own right. Each trailist is expected to also stand night-watch and guard the fire while others sleep.
Q: How fit do I need to be to do a trail?
A: You do not need to be especially fit, provided you are over 15, healthy and can carry a rucksack and manage a few kilometers walking each day you should be fine. The duration of the daily walks are customized for your comfort. A trail is NOT an endurance test, in fact, it's rather relaxing!
Q: Is there cell phone reception on trail?
A: No sophistication (including cellphone, watches, music or liquor) is allowed on trail. Trust us, you’ll love the experience of being away from that for a few days anyway and the impact it has on young people.
Q: What does the cost include?
A: Our Wilderness Journey’s are all fully inclusive and include meals, pre and post wilderness trail activities, lodge accommodation, trail equipment, transport to and from King Shaka International Airport.
Q: Is this a malaria area?
A: Although we do recommend mosquito repellent, our trail venues are not malaria risk areas, with the exception of Okavango Trails in Botswana
Trails vary from three to five days with some groups opting for extra days for their programs. However, we usually recommend a five day option as being optimal. The real magic starts happening on day three!
Dates can be scheduled for specialist groups at anytime throughout the year, each season has its own special feel in the Wilderness. As we limit the number of trails running at any one time, School Holiday periods can get booked up very quickly, so we advise scheduling your trail dates as early as possible.
OUR TRAILS RATES ARE ALL INCLUSIVE. THE WILDERNESS LEADERSHIP SCHOOL PROVIDES:
You just need to bring your clothes and items of a personal nature, we will provide you with a detailed suggested packing list prior to your trail departure.
Your guides are some of the most experienced in Africa, specially trained not just for your own safety but to also facilitate your wilderness experience and give you deep, meaningful insight into Africa and the wilderness area. For many, this experience inevitably also opens up a deep insight into yourself. Reconnecting with nature at such a profound level changes the way you see the world, changes the way you see yourself and your experiences in the modern world.
Our guides have a vast amount of experience, they spend over 2000 hours a year in the Wilderness .....they are arguably some of the best in Africa.
Your guides are also highly trained to ensure your safety during encounters with wildlife such as Rhino, Lions, Elephants, Buffalo and other when on foot, something few people ever forget and fewer ever experience.
Our trails locations include:
The Wilderness Leadership School arranges a wide variety of add on programs for school groups to get the most out of their experience. These include
90 Coedmore Ave
Yellowwood Park, Durban
+ 27 (0) 31 462 8642 / +27 (0) 832 255960