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Veterinary Study Tour to South Africa

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Tour leader
Agustina Fitte
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Dates
6 May
17 May
2025

Animal life is something that South Africa has in abundance. With a plethora of animal species large and small, wild and domestic, South Africa is a must-visit destination for anyone who has a passion for animals and their welfare. It is not only the animals of safari country that thrive here, but also domestic animals and horses, which South Africans are passionate about.

This is the fourth time that we’ve run this successful tour. It reveals the many faces of this beautiful and diverse land while giving you fascinating insight into South Africa’s approach to veterinary practice in both an urban and rural context, while meeting local vets.

Travel from Johannesburg to Pretoria and continue into the safari country of Kruger National Park and the Mpumalanga region. Experience the world famous Panorama Route and the winelands of Stellenbosch, ending your tour in the cosmopolitan harbour city of Cape Town.

There is the also the opportunity to take the pre-tour extension to spectacular Victoria Falls.

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RSA0525-1 Vets
At a glance
What you need to know
Type of tour
Professional
Profession
Veterinary Studies 
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Nights
11
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Tour grade
Moderate
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Itinerary at a glance

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Pretoria
Tuesday
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6
May
Arrive Johannesburg and drive to the hotel through Pretoria, taking in South Africa’s capital city. Stop at the Paul Kruger House Museum, the Voortrekker Monument and Union Buildings. Welcome dinner at the hotel.
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Pretoria
Wednesday
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7
May
Visit the Pretoria Veterinary School and meet with staff. Meet with Dr David Pretorius and visit the learn of the work of Motsumi Darts factory for a tour and learn of their remote drug delivery systems for wildlife.
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Pretoria
Thursday
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8
May
Visit the Dinokeng Game Reserve Game Park and see the 'Big Five' on a game drive and (subject to conditions) see how wild animal capture works. Visit Northrand Equine Centre near Pretoria OR at leisure.
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Pretoria / Timbavati Safari Lodge
Friday
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9
May
Depart Pretoria and head for safari country. Arrive at Timbavati Safari Lodge. Early evening sunset drive through the Lodge’s private reserve before dinner at the Lodge.
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Timbavati Safari Lodge
Saturday
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10
May
Visit Moholoholo Rehab Centre to meet with staff and learn about the work they do. Return to Timbavati in the afternoon and at leisure.
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Timbavati Safari Lodge
Sunday
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11
May
Set out before sunrise in an open top safari vehicle with qualified game rangers to view the ‘Big Five’ on a game drive (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) along with zebras, giraffes and a host of other wildlife. Continue with the game drive in the afternoon. Enjoy a traditional Boma dinner under the stars in the evening.
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Timbavati Safari Lodge/ Hazyview
Monday
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12
May
Depart Timbavati and spend the day exploring the Panorama Route, including God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels and the historic gold rush town of Pilgrims Rest. Drive to Hazyview and check in to Hippo Hollow Hotel. In the evening listen to a talk by Kruger veterinarian, Peter Buss: ‘A vet in Kruger National Park.'
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Hazyview
Tuesday
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13
May
Set out before sunrise in an open top safari vehicle with qualified game rangers to view the ‘Big fFve’ on a game drive (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) along with zebras, giraffes and other wildlife. Afternoon at leisure to relax by the hotel pool.
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Hazyview / Cape Town
Wednesday
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14
May
Transfer to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and fly to Cape Town. Transfer to the hotel and at leisure.
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Cape Town
Thursday
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15
May
Visit SANCCOB, a penguin and sea life rehabilitation centre, followed by the Vetscape Animal Hospital, which caters for both small animals and horses. Continue to the beautiful winelands of Stellenbosch, stopping at a vineyard for lunch. Return to Cape Town and at leisure.
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Cape Town
Friday
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16
May
A full day’s tour of Cape Peninsula, starting with a trip up Table Mountain for spectacular views. Drive past the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay en route to Hout Bay. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Return to Cape Town. Farewell dinner at GOLD restaurant.
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Cape Town
Saturday
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17
May
Depart hotel after breakfast.
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Plot your journey

Travel from Johannesburg to Pretoria and continue into the safari country of Kruger National Park and the Mpumalanga region. Experience the world famous Panorama Route and the winelands of Stellenbosch, ending your tour in the cosmopolitan harbour city of Cape Town.

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What to expect

Tour highlights

Spot the 'Big Five' on safari
South Africa

Take part in safaris by jeep and boat in South Africa

Specialist visits
Near Cape Town

Visit SANCOB, a penguin and sea life rehabilitation centre.

Examining a cheetah in a veterinary clinic
South Africa

Get up close with veterinary practice throughout South Africa.

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Beautiful landscapes

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Extend your holiday

Pre-tour

Victoria Falls
4 - 6 May 2025

Extend your stay in southern Africa with a relaxing extension in Victoria Falls. The extension includes two nights at the beautiful A’Zambezi River Lodge, a guided tour of Victoria Falls and a sunset cruise on the Zambezi. See brochure for full details.

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Moderate
Level 3

Some walking between destinations, more time spent standing, and increased travel distances. Requires a reasonable level of fitness.

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