South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique (Aug 2013)
This 20-day trip covers the Expedition (Mozambique) and Residential Project (Swaziland) sections of the Award. The total cost is £2395, which includes all flights, fees, insurance, travel, accommodation and most food while in Africa as well as a Practice Expedition in Calais.
While in Africa you will also get the opportunity to swim with/watch dolphin, visit several Game Reserves including iMfolozi/Hluhluwe, which is a ‘Big 5’ Reserve. You will walk amongst big game; visit local rural communities, schools and an orphanage.
Whilst I've been to several foreign countries with Scouts and on holiday, this was something totally different and really exciting.
As well as undertaking my expedition, we took part in game drives, horse back trails, bike rides through the bush and interactions with elephants, cheetahs and venomous snakes!
Our expedition took us along sandy roads which go for roads in Mozambique and along the East African coastline with the Indian Ocean beside us. It was pretty cool not to mention seeing humpback whales breeching as we walked along.
We also visited a Zulu village in Swaziland and saw how traditionally they had lived, heard some of their singing and watched some dancing.
The trip was epic, something I will remember forever and would really recommend this as a DofE Gold expedition to all of you. After doing my Bronze and Silver in soggy British weather, it was nice to only be rained on for a little bit once in three weeks! George 2013
More details are available on the Canterbury Gold website.