Your African Veterinary experience that will change you and your skill set forever. We offer Conservation Medicine, Chemical Immobilization and Internship Courses for the adventurous Vet and Vet Student!

Once you have completed and submitted the application form, you will receive an email accepting you into the program.  Banking details will be provided and your seat will only be confirmed once the deposit reflects in our account.




- Bring clothing for at least 7 days. On the 1st Friday/Saturday of your stay we will take your laundry into town. This will be charged to your bar tab @ R120 per 5kg bundle. Your clothing will be washed, dried and ironed for this minimal fee.

- Bring clothing of neutral colours for fieldwork and dress in layers for cool mornings/evenings and hot days.

- Make sure you have a warm jacket for mornings/evenings.

- Also bring a good sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle and raincoat.

- Bring appropriate footwear (closed shoes) for fieldwork. Fieldwork might be in foot-and-mouth disease areas and boots will be disinfected afterwards.

- Make sure to pack personal items such as toiletries, personal medication, insect repellent, a daypack for fieldwork and outings, camera, binoculars, note book and pen and flash light.

- There is insect repellent for sale at our bar.

- It is advisable to bring personal necessities as well as a few days changes of clothing in your carry-on luggage, as luggage does go missing at airports and you may wait a day or two to get it delivered. If your luggage goes missing, make sure you report it to the relevant airline, get a contact person and telephone number so that Michelle can help you trace your luggage. Also, give that person Michelle’s cellphone number so they can contact her once your luggage has been found.

- Please lock or plastic wrap your luggage if possible before it arrives at Johannesburg Airport. Label it clearly with your name.

- You MUST bring your own converters for electrical supplies (SA 220 V).

- Source Tree Lodge has never had any reported malaria cases. Bring malaria prophylaxis in the event of sleeping away in malaria areas.

- Make sure your bring a broad spectrum antibiotic and probiotics as prescribed by your personal physician, just in case.

- Participants may bring their own laptops, Tablets and phones, but please note that each participant is responsible for his/her own belongings and the safety of said belongings.

- As stated previously, you can purchase internet connectivity from us on arrival at the fee of R250 per ticket. This ticket should last you for the duration of your stay, provided you do not downloads tons of data. Please tell your folks/friends/guardians/husbands or wives that you may only be able to contact them a few days into your stay, as we cannot guarantee connectivity at all times as we are remotely situated. Your can ask Michelle to send an email back home, to let relevant persons know you have arrived safely. In the event of any emergencies they can contact you by phoning


- Michelle’s cellphone number: +27 79 497 9297.




Your final destination is Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, 300 km east of Johannesburg. Flying to Nelspruit is the most convenient option, but the City Bug bus (+27 13 741 4117) offers a reliable 4 hour shuttle from Johannesburg International Airport to Nelspruit. You will be collected at either Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), (International code MQP), on the Sunday, at the start of the course, or from the City Bug bus stop.

In case of problems en route:


Michelle Raath: +27 79 497 9297

Géran Raath: +27 82 736 8756

Email:  [email protected]


It is advisable to have your phone with you and that you activate international roaming. Remember to switch your phone off and on, on arrival in South Africa, to activate the roaming feature. Roaming has to be arranged with your service provider back home. If you have a cellular phone, you can also purchase a pre-paid sim card with airtime on it. The suggested service provider locally is Vodacom found at the OR Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg.



Change money at the airport. Master and Visa cards are accepted in South Africa. Bring a little cash for buying bits and pieces during your stay with us. $200 exchanged into Rand should suffice.


Personal safety:

Travelling in Africa requires a tourist to constantly be alert. Do not accept assistance from locals “trying to help” and be assertive. Keep all valuables out of sight and on your person when traveling. Do not make use of taxis or ANY public transport other than what is suggested in “Travel”.



Please consult your travel agent. Make sure you have medical cover, as well as travel insurance for obvious reasons.



Please note that the deposit to secure your seat is not refundable. Refunds of final payments are considered only in the event of natural disasters or immediate family death. The transfer costs for refunds are carried by the participant, and will be deducted from the amount being refunded.


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