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African Wildlife Conservation Experience


Your trip is just around the corner! Here’s what you need to know before you go…


Please consult your doctor or travel clinic, as well as the CDC (USA) and NHS (UK), for current travel and vaccine recommendations at least 6-8 weeks before your session. The US Embassy in South Africa details the most up-to-date COVID-19 requirements & recommendations.


Citizens of the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and many other countries receive an automatic 90-day Visitor’s Visa for free upon arrival in South Africa*.

Please visit the South Africa Department of Home Affairs to check if you need to apply for a visa prior to entry, and check the U.S. State Department for more information on visa requirements and current travel advisories. If you are not from a visa-exempt country, please email at least 2 weeks before submitting your visa application to request a letter of invitation.

*This is for informational purposes only- travelers are responsible for obtaining an appropriate visa.


Booking your own flights gives you the flexibility to choose your layovers, airline(s) and other travel arrangements. You may book your flights through any travel website or travel agency. Please plan to arrive by 1pm on your arrival date (Sunday) to ensure you can get through Customs and collect any checked bags before your pickup time of 3pm. Departure flights should be scheduled after 12pm on your departure date (also Sunday). Once you have booked your flights, please upload your flight itinerary below so that we can arrange your airport transfers.

Destination Airport: Port Elizabeth International Airport

Airport Code: PLZ

Flight Itinerary: 

Airport transfers are included in the program fee and arranged by GVE on your scheduled arrival and departure dates. If you require alternative arrival or departure dates, please contact to request a special airport transfer (fees may apply).


*If your itinerary involves a long overnight layover at Johannesburg, there are several hotels in the area.  We recommend:

City Lodge Hotel @ OR Tambo International Airport (JNB)   This hotel is conveniently attached to the airport with signage for direction.

Shoestrings Airport Lodge (backpackers hostel) – This lodge is about 1 mile from the airport with free shuttles for pick up and drop off.  +27 (11) 975-0474

Emergency Contact, Medical & Dietary

The balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your arrival date.