Humane Journeys: South Africa

Join us to see HSI’s world-renowned immunocontraception program!

August 27-September 4, 2023

The Greater Makalai Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Journey with us on our inaugural trip to South Africa, where you will have firsthand immersion in Humane Society International’s world-renowned immunocontraception program which is changing the landscape for elephant conservation. You will also have the opportunity to join our biologists as they fit a GPS satellite research collar on an elephant in the field.

During this first-class journey, you will not only be surrounded by South Africa’s legendary wildlife, but you will enjoy the stunning and newly-offered Garonga MCH Camp. The accommodations alone are a wildlife lover’s paradise where it’s not uncommon to have the animals stroll through camp at their leisure. This eight-night stay is truly the epitome of a once-in-a-lifetime experience limited to four double occupancy luxury tents.

A multi-colored bar showing the difficulty of the trip

A giraffe stands in a brush clearing and looks at the camera.
Michelle Riley
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The HSUS

History

Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States have funded cutting-edge research on the use of this non-steroidal, non-hormonal and humane method of African elephant population control since 1996. HSI/Africa uses the immunocontraception vaccine as a humane population growth control method and effective alternative to the traditional method of culling. Immunocontraception uses the female elephant’s own immune response to block egg fertilization. Female elephants over the age of 10 years are treated remotely from a helicopter with a dropout dart that contains the immunocontraception vaccine and a marking substance. The marking substance marks the dart site, making darted animals easily identifiable from the air. The animals do not need to be immobilized to be treated and vaccinations are completed within minutes.

Since the start of the program, HSI has administered the immunocontraceptive vaccine to 1,625 elephant cows in 46 reserves across South Africa. This is approximately 70% of breeding females outside of the Greater Kruger National Park system. As each female is capable of producing 8-10 calves in her lifetime, the exponential effect that the immunocontraception program has on saving elephant’s lives is remarkable. HSI/Africa works to protect elephants from habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and other threats through advocacy, education, policy and regulatory reforms, ivory-demand reduction programs and on-the-ground conflict resolution efforts. It is the only non-governmental organization that specifically works on humane methods of fertility control in and around zones where elephants could come into conflict with surrounding communities.

This trip includes:
The side of a building with bath facilities overlooks the sun setting over brush in the savanna.

Five-night stay at the beautiful Gargona MCH Private Tented Camp.

A viewer looks on at elephants grazing in the savanna.

Close encounter with an elephant during the fitting of a GPS satellite research collar.

An elephant moves through a brush clearing with vegetation in its mouth.

Participation in our world-renowned immunocontraception program.

Interacting with animals on Humane Journeys

Humane Journeys maintains a responsible and respectful animal-watching program. We ensure that our presence does not disturb the animals and we'll help you do the same. We will lead guests into areas of the reserve where they will have the best chances to view wildlife. Humane Journeys staff can also assist in photographing guests in the African bush, providing a truly unique souvenir of the trip.

Travel and ground transport

Once in Johannesburg, HSI will take care of all your transportation requirements including airport pick-ups and drop-offs, the flight to and from Hoedspruit and any other needs.

Registration information

To reserve your spot or get more information, contact us.

Space is limited to eight people and will fill up quickly. Participation is $30,000 per double occupancy tent. Proceeds will benefit Humane Society International’s programs in South Africa. Your contribution less $6,250 per person is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The HSI tax ID number is 52-1769464. Airfare to Johannesburg is not included. Ground transportation, flight to and from Hoedspruit, all plant-based meals and sleeping accommodations are included.