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Karongwe Expedition, South Africa, 24 - 28 July


Join us in the untamed African bushveld in Karongwe Game Reserve and discover the genius of nature through the lense of biomimicry 

 

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

This 5-day expedition takes you into the heart of the African bushveld in Karongwe Game Reserve (South West of the Kruger National Park) for an African safari with a difference. Explore the genius of nature in this vast untouched wilderness. Be guided through the expedition by Biomimicry Professional, Claire Janisch, and specialist biomimicry nature guide, Rob Janisch. 

Reserve your place, fill out this form or email us at connect(at)imaginature.co

KARONGWE GAME RESERVE

Karongwe Game Reserve is a 9000 hectare wildlife paradise straddled between four rivers and is located just 45 minutes from the world famous Kruger National Park. Karongwe Game Reserve teems with an abundance of game, birdlife and diverse dense vegetation. The game drive and walk experience in the Karongwe Reserve is a modern-day journey into the past when this expanse of pristine bushveld knew nothing else but a rich profusion of diverse game and virgin vegetation. Karongwe Camp is on the banks of the Karongwe River in Karongwe Game Reserve. Three tributaries of the Olifants River flow through the reserve, carving their way through the bedrock and dividing the reserve. The vegetation falls within the savannah biome of Southern Africa with distinct vegetation zones being represented – mixed Lowveld and Mopane bushveld along with grass savannah, riverine vegetation and rocky outcrops. Karongwe has undulating hills and valleys and broad-leafed woodland, over 60 mammal species and an abundant bird life. This makes for an extraordinary immersive learning experience.

Location of Karongwe Game Park

KARONGWE CAMP

Karongwe Camp is on the banks of the Karongwe River in Karongwe Game Reserve. Three tributaries of the Olifants River flow through the reserve, carving their way through the bedrock and dividing the reserve. The vegetation falls within the savannah biome of Southern Africa with distinct vegetation zones being represented – mixed Lowveld and Mopane bushveld along with grass savannah, riverine vegetation and rocky outcrops. Karongwe has undulating hills and valleys and broad-leafed woodland, over 60 mammal species and an abundant bird life. This makes for an extraordinary immersive learning experience. This is a really special camp as it’s where field guides and game rangers are trained. It’s set up for a true experience of the wilds of Africa.

KARONGWE WILDLIFE

Karongwe has undulating hills and valleys and broad-leafed woodland, over 60 mammal species and an abundant bird life. This makes for an extraordinary immersive learning experience. Game is plentiful including elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, wild dog, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, bushbuck, steenbok, duiker, impala, waterbuck, blackbacked and sidestriped jackal, honey badger, baboon, vervet monkey, mongoose, warthog, bushpig, tortoise; special nocturnal creatures are porcupine, aardvark, civet, genet, caracal, serval and spring hare.  Sightings of the all the cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – as well as elephant and white rhino is an almost daily occurrence. With an unfenced camp, nightly visits from other species, like hyena, is also not out of the ordinary. This is a really special camp as it’s where field guides and game rangers are trained. It’s set up for a true experience of the wilds of Africa.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Explore the genius of the African bushveld through guided experiences and deep observation activities: including bushveld walks, day and night game drives and viewing from the unfenced camp.
  • Guided by our professional biomimic and private field guide who will share their extraordinary knowledge from the practical to the profound
  • Learn from (rather than just about) local organisms and ecosystems
  • Learn and/or expand on the basics of biomimicry (systems) thinking and practice
  • Discover the implications of the deep patterns in nature from the micro to the macro
  • Work together to apply your creative imagination to relevant design challenges, translating your discoveries to the re-imagining of our world
  • Soak up the African bushveld while at the same time, sparking the kind of passion that propels you towards an inspired and creative life

WHERE WILL YOU STAY?

The camp consists of 10 walk-in style Meru tents, with twin beds (participants share tents) and supplied bedding (a duvet and 1 pillow); although you might want to bring an extra blanket for the winter months and an additional pillow should you require. There are also shared ablution facilities and a central communal area. There are mosquito nets in camp (available on request). There are viewing decks in the central area of the camp, and many guests choose to make the viewing decks their “bedroom” for part of or for the duration of the course. The camp itself is unfenced. The communal area is made up of four tall thatch-roofed open-sided decks which forms a square that encloses an open campfire area. One of the deck structures serves as the open air dining area, lecture room and study area. Two decks remain open to welcome the adventurous who want to spend their nights as close to nature as possible.

The camp is ideal for game walks and the game viewing vehicles include open top Land Rovers and Land Cruisers.

Electricity is only available by generator at the camps.  The generator is for camp use however participants may utilise it when it is running for camp purposes to charge camera batteries and cell phones. Paraffin lamps are used for all lighting and the kitchen/ geysers are powered by gas/ solar energy. The kitchen is equipped with gas fridges for storage of all perishable food items, thus unfortunately there’s no space for personal items (drinks, water or other). Fresh, drinkable water is available from the taps.  Bottled water is available for purchase.There is however a full selection of affordable drinks available at each camp.

WHO SHOULD JOIN THE EXPEDITION?

  • Anyone interested in exploring a magnificent wilderness and the genius of nature (guided by experienced biomimics, naturalists and local guides) in the African bushveld
  • Tourists of all ages wanting an understanding and deeper appreciation of nature’s web of life.
  • Individuals, designers, engineers, biologists, ecologists, architects, entrepreneurs, economists, organisations or businesses wanting to explore the genius of nature in depth to inspire innovation, creativity, a deep reconnection to the genius of nature or a deep appreciation of resilient, sustainable systems that nurture life.
  • Existing biomimicry practitioners, specialists, professionals, researchers educators or students who want to expand their practice and their experience of diverse ecosystems  

YOUR EXPEDITION GUIDES & HOST:

Every expedition is an opportunity to deeply explore and crystalize your understanding of how nature works, and apply it to your field of expertise. I can guarantee that if you commit to deeply engaging with the expedition and what it has to offer, you are sure to change the way you work upon returning. Rob and Claire together are a genius team to guide you through this experience.”
— - Shannon Royden-Turner, Informal-South, biomimicry practitioner
All this you can discover on your own but coming with Claire and Rob Janisch adds another dimension. Rob tells you how all the organisms work – why they have developed exactly in this way and Claire tells you how to translate the brilliant strategies - developed over millions of years - into a human design. they both do it in a highly skilled way with a touch of loving humor.
— - Pernille Lethenborg, Biomimicry Specialist, Denmark

EXPEDITION DETAILS:

  • Dates: 24-28 July 2016
  • Location: Karongwe Camp, Karongwe Game Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa
  • Cost: International Guests US$ 1750, Local Guests (South African) R17500.
  • To Book: email connect@imaginature.co
  • Questions about the expedition, nature’s genius and/or biomimicry: email connect(at)imaginature.co or fill out our online form here.

Included in the expedition:

  • Accommodation, all meals and some beverages at Karongwe Camp
  • Nature walks and game drives with local guides and specialist biomimicry guides
  • Practical biomimicry training and activities exploring the genius of place
  • Groupwork mentoring on relevant design challenges

*Does not include: travel to Karongwe, travel & medical insurance, items of a personal nature, additional beverages. 

NOTE that you will need to make your own arrangements to travel to Karongwe. Your options are as follows:

  1. By Road from Johannesburg:
    • EcoTraining Bush Bus - this option may not be available for every course so please enquire with EcoTraining Tel.: +27 13 752 2532 or E-mail: enquiries@ecotraining.co.za
    • Self Drive – We can also put you in contact with other course participant should you not wish to travel on your own
    • Car Hire, Avis www.avis.co.za – Vehicles can be left at Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit. You will then need to get a transfer with Sable Tours (res@sabletours.co.za) to the camp (45 minutes away)
    • There is a car park at the camp where the vehicle can be parked. There is no undercover parking so it is recommended that you bring along a car cover if needed
  2. By Air from Johannesburg:
    • Fly to Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit on SA Express - book on www.flysaa.co.za. 
    • Fight time: 1:15 hours
    • Book a transfer through Sable tours from Eastgate Airport to camp. The camp is 45 minutes away

* The camp is in a malaria area. We will be there during winter months, but please consult your doctor as to what precautions to take.

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