South Africa & Lesotho expeditions

South Africa & Lesotho at a glance

Population: South Africa – 51 million; Lesotho – 2 million

Terrain: Mountains, grassland, wetlands (safari)

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Ideas for your students' expedition to South Africa & Lesotho 

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to South Africa & Lesotho. 

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:


Installing water tanks in rural schools

World Challenge has been working with local schools to install water tanks that harvest  annual rainwater used to maintain vegetable gardens during the dry months. Local involvement at all stages of the project ensures the tanks are handed over for local stewardship after teams depart.


Community projects

Projects in the past have included renovating classrooms, building playgrounds and water tanks, and creating vegetable gardens.


Based in one of the many rural communities in eastern Lesotho, you get to work in local schools helping to deliver long-term projects that have been agreed between World Challenge and the local host communities.


The Giant's Cup Trail, South Africa

1 - 5 days

The Drakensburg Mountains offer rugged trekking as well as the opportunity to encounter rock art, cave dwellings, and a range of different environments as you walk past waterfalls, over rivers, and through forests. Depending on your itinerary, you get to complete a number of sections of the famous Giant's Cup Trail.

1 - 5 days

In-Country Agent

Steve Black embodies the adventurous character of both countries. Based in the foothills of the Drakensburg, Steve is just as at home on horseback in the mountains as he is hosting travellers at his backpacker accommodation. A true wild spirit, Steve ensures teams get the most out of their time in-country.


Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans, Sesotho
Time zone: GMT +1
The traditional blankets worn by people in Lesotho have a hierarchy understood by local communities

Wild Coast trek

2-4 days

This trek follows the coast from Port St Johns south, passing through villages and native bushland as teams cross rivers, hills, and forests.

2-4 days

Accompanied by local guides, you gain an insight into the traditional way of life, and witness one of South Africa's beautiful coastal areas.

Rest & Relaxation

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve safari

Based in the east of South Africa's KwaZulu Natal province, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve – also known as the St Lucia Wetlands Park – offers teams the chance to engage in game drives and boat safaris to see some of Africa's big game in their natural habitat.

With projects in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, trekking along the Drakensburg, and a safari in the St Lucia Wetland Park, this combination itinerary gives teams the chance to see the best of both of these countries.
Michael, our South Africa Expedition Planning Manager

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Mountains, grassland, wetlands (safari)