Communities and Conservation in South Africa


Not A typical study abroad experience

This summer CSU faculty-led program takes you into the wildest areas of the savannah in South Africa to work with and learn from rural community members. The 6 credit Ecosystem Science and Sustainability course will offer insights into the innovative forms of community-based natural resource management emerging in South Africa.

Located in northern South Africa, the program takes place in relatively remote rural areas in and bordering Kruger National Park, the largest national park in South Africa.  Districts and villages to be visited include the Wits Rural Facility in Acornhoek, Shingwedzi Research Camp in Kruger National Park, Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve, and HaMakuya. 

HaMakuya ("the place of Makuya") is notable both because of the strength of its community organization and for the substantial contradictions it experiences relating to poverty, refugees from neighboring Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and the proximity of the vast Kruger National Park.

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Check out this Story Map from the 2018 trip!

Meet the Program Leaders


Dr. Melissa McHale

Dr. David Bunn