Few travellers are prepared for South Africa’s immense diversity. South Africa offers variety not many countries in the world can: dramatic rugged mountain ranges, rolling grasslands, and fabulous coastlines with beautiful beaches. This school trip to South Africa also offers a great opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat.

Lesotho is a beautiful mountainous landlocked kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa. Combining these two destinations provides some fantastic project and exploration opportunities including horse riding in Lesotho or trekking through the stunning Drakensberg Mountains.


Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your South Africa & Lesotho expedition:


Wild Coast trek

This trek follows the coast from Port St Johns south, passing through villages and native bushland as teams cross rivers, hills, and forests. Accompanied by local guides, you gain an insight into the traditional way of life, and witness one of South Africa’s beautiful coastal areas.

Community Projects

Making a difference

World Challenge has been working with local schools in rural communities in South Africa. Tasks have included renovating classrooms, building playgrounds and installing water tanks that harvest annual rainwater used to maintain vegetable gardens during the dry months.

In Eastern Lesotho, teams have been working in local schools helping to deliver long-term projects that have been agreed between World Challenge and the local host communities.


The Drakensburg Mountains offer rugged trekking as well as the opportunity to encounter rock art, cave dwellings, and a range of different environments as you walk past waterfalls, over rivers, and through forests. Depending on your itinerary, you get to complete a number of sections of the famous Giant’s Cup Trail.

Alternatively your team may choose to go horse trekking through the stunning mountains of Lesotho.

Rest & Relaxation

Based in the east of South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve – also known as the St Lucia Wetlands Park – offers teams the chance to engage in game drives and boat safaris to see some of Africa’s big game in their natural habitat. The reserve is home to lions, hippos, giraffe, hyenas and a quarter of the world’s white rhino population.


South Africa & Lesotho Expedition Factfile

  • South Africa & Lesotho, Southern Africa.
  • Population: South Africa – 51 million; Lesotho – 2 million.
  • Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans, Sesotho.
  • Time zone: GMT +1
  • Terrain: Mountain and altitude.
  • Climate:The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is sub-tropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C).
  • Expedition Physical Rating: High.
  • Expedition Duration: 21 to 28 days.
  • Culture Shock: Medium.
  • Typical accommodation: Hostels, mountain huts, village stays and tents.
  • Ideal for: A varied expedition with trekking on a variety of terrains and fantastic project options.

Things to Know

  • The oldest remains of modern humans were found in Klasies River Cave in the Eastern Cape. They are well over 100,000 years old.
  • South Africans are real sport fanatics and sharing their enthusiasm is a great way to get to know people!
  • An important part of Durban’s rich cultural history is its substantial Asian community, including many Hindus and Muslims. The Juma Musjid Mosque on Durban’s Gray Street is the largest in the southern hemisphere.
  • Lesotho is made up of highland plateaus, hills and mountains. More than 80% of the country is over 1,800 m (5,900 ft) above sea level.

In-Country Agent

Steve Black

Steve Black embodies the adventurous character of both countries. Based in the foothills of the Drakensburg, Steve is just as at home on horseback in the mountains as he is hosting travellers at his backpacker accommodation. A true wild spirit, Steve ensures teams get the most out of their time in-country.


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Rest & Relaxation


Every World Challenge starts long before your students step on a plane. With our support, develop life skills and take ownership of:

  • Destination and itinerary planning
  • Fundraising ideas and events
  • Budgeting and money management
  • Preparation, fitness and nutrition
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