An educational adventure for the Ecowise

what is ecowise?

ECOWISE is a concept that has been developed by the Ivy family who have been involved in conservation for many years.

The word ECOWISE is derived from "Ecological Wisdom"which is what we hope to instill in each person who comes to enjoy the "ECOWISE" experience with us.

The ECOWISE adventure has been specifically designed by the Ivys using the advice of teachers and university lecturers, and can be enjoyed by people of all age groups.

It is a comprehensive study of the Southern African environment, emphasising the sustainable utilisation of natural resources thus resulting in a well-conserved ecosystem. ECOWISE concepts are easily adapted to all environmental types, therefore ECOWISE will be relevant anywhere in the world.

A book entitled “Ecowise - a holistic guide to the South African bushveld” written by your IVY hosts detailing all relevant background information pertaining to the ECOWISE concept is available for purchase.

ECOWISE is a 14-day educational adventure, starting and ending at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

ECOWISE offers a critical appreciation of the following: wildlife history geography ecosystems man's influence on the environment management principles to ensure sustainable utilisation

Suggested Itineary

Depending on the general interests of each group, tailor-made programs can be arranged to incorporate the following
A stay at IVY SAFARIS Game Ranch:
  • Bush walks to study nature, including trees, grasses, animals, birds and insects
  • Harvest of an animal and then the dissection of that animal
  • Day and night game drives
  • Camping in the open under the stars and listening to night sounds
Ecological interest:
  • Driving and hiking through 8 major ecological areas
  • Driving and hiking through the Kruger National Park and Polokwane Nature Reserve with qualified game rangers
Cultural excursions:
  • Visiting tribal villages and re-living tribal cultural ways and enjoying tribal dancing
  • Visiting cultural museums
  • Visiting beautiful works of art by African painters, wood-carvers and leather workers

Historical experiences:

  • Viewing old mining sites
  • Visiting ancient tribal ruins and archaeological sites

Gap Year

Need some time out in a challenging, beautiful environment?

We offer a unique opportunity for school leavers from the ages of 17 upwards to become part of our family and spend some quality time in the bushveld during their gap year or anytime they may need a change of scenery! We are a family-run game safari operation that is becoming increasingly involved with the greater local community in all sorts of exciting projects. This programme is not only reserved for young people, we also encourage people who are between jobs or have just retired and are in need of a change to consider Ivy Safaris.

Activities are varied and may include:

Serving clients in the lodge, taking clients on bushwalks or game drives, assisting in game management, day-to-day maintenance on the ranch, office work and outward bound safaris, helping to build or fix something in the local community or transferring skills or knowledge you may have to these communities and staff. You may also be involved in game culling and processing.

No two gap students have the same experience! What you get out of your stay with us will depend on what you are prepared to put in!

One thing is for sure: you will have a new group of friends in Africa!

If you would like to contact some of our previous gap students, let us know and we will send you their details.

Extra Information

Depending on the group size and the specific itinerary, fees will be in the region of £120 Sterling (R1400,00) per person per day fully-catered. (Teachers are entitled to discounted rates).

To confirm your booking a 50% deposit is required 180 days before arrival. The other 50% is required 60 days before arrival.

For all terms and conditions please contact us before booking your safari with us.

To help teachers with their planning and paper work, we have a full risk assessment of this safari and other necessary documentation that can be e-mailed to you.

*All prices are subject to change.