Once In a Lifetime

Experience the 7-Day Phinda Impact Journey – Departing May 2021

About This Experience

Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime small group conservation experience in South Africa! This journey of discovery is a privately guided, 7-day trip highlighting animal conservation, community development, thrilling safari game drives and so much more. The experience takes place in Phinda Private Game Reserve, a diverse and wildlife-rich park located on the Eastern coast of South Africa.


  • Rhino Conservation Activity
  • Specialist Walking Safari
  • Sleepout Under the Stars
  • Guide & Tracker Training Program
  • Bird Ringing (Tag & Release Exercises)
  • Zulu Community Immersion at Nkomo Primary School

See The Impact: Rhino Conservation & Dehorning

The dehorning procedure is performed with the intent to protect this highly endangered species from poachers. This process is similar to cutting one’s fingernails, both are made up of keratin, and the rhino does not experience any pain. Since its undertaking in 2016, the dehorning procedure has been directly responsible for a significant reduction in poaching in the Phinda Private Game Reserve.

See Additional Details

Guests will take part in the location and sedation of a wild rhino for research purposes. Alongside the conservation and veterinary teams, the group will carry out either an ear notching exercise (for monitoring purposes) or participate in a rhino dehorning exercise, which will help protect the animal from poachers.

The program incorporates elements of safari ranger training curriculum, selected conservation activities, traditional safari game drives, and allows guests to experience a day in the life of a school pupil in a local Zulu village.

Throughout this journey, your home base will be the breathtaking &Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge, which will be exclusively used by the group and includes a private vehicle and guide, butler and chef. Specialized photographic guides and additional resources are on staff to elevate your experience even further.

Perfect for those who wish to travel with purpose, this small group journey offers a fantastic opportunity for growth and learning, in an exciting and stimulating environment. Whether it’s your first time visiting Africa or if you’re looking to experience something unique, this is one adventure you won’t want to miss!

Trip Details

Meet Les, Your Guide

Leading the Phinda Impact Journey is Les Carlisle, andBeyond’s Group Conservation Manager, who played an instrumental role in reintroducing and transporting all of the wildlife, including predators, onto Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa.

Les is the primary architect behind transforming Phinda into the world-renowned reserve that it is today. His extensive knowledge, developed through years of hands-on experience, translates into a once in a lifetime opportunity for guests to learn about wildlife conservation from one of the most expert professionals in the field.

Pricing & Availability

This intimate 7-day experience is designed for a small group of 6 and is ideal for families, friends, or individuals looking to travel with purpose, all while experiencing something few others ever will.

Fully inclusive 5 Star accommodations at andBeyond Zuka Lodge all inter-Africa flights and transfers, airport meet and greet services, safari activities, and some surprises along the way!

  • Dates: May 26th – June 2nd, 2021
  • Price: $8,700 per person sharing*
  • Incredible access to participate in the safe capture of a rhino for research and conservation purposes
  • Touch and take photos with the anesthetized animal during the procedure

*Single supplement pricing available upon request

Join us for the Phinda Impact Rhino Experience

Interested in this conservation experience of a lifetime? This Impact Journey for 6 guests will take place in May 2021. Get in touch below or call us at 949.877.0385 and we’ll reach out with itinerary information and more details. Looking forward to having you with us during this bucket list adventure!


  • "Ubuntu Travel made our safari a bucket list trip of a lifetime. Every detail was perfect and made it effortless on our part. This was not your average Safari... 5 star accommodations, a night of sleeping under the stars, up-close encounters with every form of African wildlife possible and so much more. I can honestly say that the detail and planning that Ubuntu put into accommodating our specific needs went above and beyond our expectations! I would highly recommend using Ubuntu to anyone considering an African adventure of any kind!"

    Kirk and Julie Norton
  • "As a veteran of African experiences, I will tell you that the adjective “amazing” is a word that is far too often thrown around in this day and age, and frankly understates the experience put together for us by Ubuntu Travel. Everything from the accommodations to the individualized experience was a delight to the senses. Tailored to our interests and abilities, the tours and adventures showed a deep, rich, tapestry of local knowledge that all added up to truly a once-in-a-lifetime holiday."

    Larry Meadows