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Faculty-led: Field course to South Africa
Acornhoek, South Africa; Cape Town, South Africa; Hoedspruit, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Winter Break
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Field Course to South Africa 
Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa

Scheduled to run in Winter Break 2021.
**ALL students MUST have taken a field course in ECOLOGY, VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY, ORNITHOLOGY, or ENTOMOLOGY to participate in this program and course

Field Course to South Africa


Professor Name:  Dr. David Ward
Total Estimated Cost: $5306.42 (vaccinations and credit hours cost not included; see for more information about tuition)

Course: BIOL 40195 Field Course to South Africa
Number of Credit Hours: 5 (1C Fall 2018, 4C Spring 2019)
Eligibility:  Would be suitable for students in Biological Sciences, Geography, Sociology and Anthropology. We will be accepting 15 students for the 2019 course.

Program Dates:  02 Jan 2019-16 Jan 2019
Application Deadline:  September 16, 2018 (extended to October 31st)
We will study three major biomes in South Africa: the savanna, the fynbos (macchia) and Succulent Karoo (= Cape Floral Kingdom.) 

1) We will do individual projects in northeastern South African savannas, following the successful format of the Organization for Tropical Studies, at the Wits Rural Facility (owned by one of South Africa’s premier universities, the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) near the Kruger National Park (KNP) in South Africa. Students will be able to choose from a range of interesting ecological projects (e.g. What effects do elephants have on the vegetation?; Do impalas spend more time vigilant when they are in single-species herds than when they occur in mixed-species herds?) as well as a number of sociological projects in the surrounding areas. We will also travel into Kruger National Park on at least two occasions to discover the Big 5 (lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and Cape buffalo). Students will also travel to meet with local people to find out what their perceptions are of environmental change, health issues and the role of the retail sector in their livelihoods.
2) We will study the world's most diverse biomes in the Cape Floral Kingdom, near Cape Town (South Africa has more flowering plant species (24,000 – Ohio has only about 2,200) than any other place on earth.) We will also do short projects on plant species diversity in the fynbos and the Succulent Karoo. We will visit two National Botanical Gardens, Cape Point Nature Reserve, one of the world’s northernmost populations of penguins, visit Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held) and take a cable car up Table Mountain. Students will also be able to interact with graduate students from the University of Cape Town.

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DAY ONE: Thursday, 27 December 2018. Fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, via Atlanta.

DAY TWO: Friday, 28 December 2018. Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Hotel: Maropeng Hotel (arrive too late to continue to Wits Rural Facility near Kruger National Park).

DAY THREE: Saturday, 29 December 2018. Fly to Hoedspruit. Travel to Wits Rural Facility (near Kruger Park).

DAY FOUR: Sunday, 30 December 2018. Project.

DAY FIVE: Monday, 31 December 2018. Kruger National Park.

DAY SIX: Tuesday, 1 January 2019. Project.

DAY SEVEN: Wednesday, 2 January 2019. Kruger National Park – counting mammals.

DAY EIGHT: Thursday, 3 January 2019. Project (morning) and Moholoholo wildlife rehabilitation center (afternoon).

DAY NINE: Friday, 4 January 2019. Project.

DAY TEN: Saturday, 5 January 2019. Fly to Cape Town. Travel to Cape Town Backpackers.

DAY ELEVEN: Sunday, 6 January 2019. Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens. Talk by Dr. Nicki Allsopp of SAEON (South Africa’s equivalent of the U.S. LTER [long-term ecological research] sites) (morning) and see fynbos at Cape Point Nature Reserve (afternoon).

DAY TWELVE: Monday, 7 January 2019. Visit Karoo Botanical Gardens and see diverse succulent karoo collection with Werner Voigt of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (morning) and learn about ‘heuweltjies’ in the Worcester Grassland Reserve with Prof. Timm Hoffman and Prof. Michael Cramer (University of Cape Town)(afternoon).

DAY THIRTEEN: Tuesday, 8 January 2019. Visit Robben Island in Table Bay (morning) and African penguins (afternoon).

DAY FOURTEEN: Wednesday, 9 January 2019. Take cable car to top of Table Mountain (morning). Fly to Johannesburg (afternoon). Fly to U.S. in evening.

DAY FIFTEEN: Thursday, 10 January 2019. Arrive back in the U.S.

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Requirements: Students must take adequate anti-malarial prophylaxis prior to and during their stay in South Africa. While the areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg are free of malaria, the Kruger National Park is in the low country where malaria occurs.

Pre-requisites: 1 Field Course.
Please visit the CDC travel page for information about any vaccinations you may need or health and safety tips for traveling to your destination:

If vaccinations or medicines are needed according to the CDC, you may be able to make arrangements with the DeWeese Health Center for immunization appointments.  Appointment openings are limited and they may have to order your vaccine, which takes time.  In some cases, DeWeese may not be able to accommodate your needs.  Plan accordingly.


Program Fee: $5,184.67

The Program Fee includes: 
Airfare, accommodations, in-country transportation, activity and entrance fees, and meals.

Additional Fees:

OGE Application Fee - $60
Administrative Fees (includes GeoBlue Health Insurance and OCDE fees) - $61.75

Estimated Total Cost: $5306.42*

*The fees above DO NOT include vaccinations and tuition. The 5 credit hours are required in the Fall semester 2018 (1C) and Spring semester (4C).

Scholarships are available through the Office of Global Education; for additional scholarships and financial aid information, please visit:

Application Deadline:  September 16, 2018
Payment deadline: 15 October 2018 (Payment #1) 15 November 2018 (Payment #2)
Withdrawal deadline: 15 October 2018
Faculty name: Dr. David Ward
Phone: (330) 672-9394
Office location on campus: CHH 229

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