Academic Field Trip (School Travel)

Academic Field Trips

African Insight strives to be the leading South African provider of educational, inspirational and empowering wildlife conservation programs for the next generation. Using hand-picked destinations and mentors which facilitate a holistic, authentic and educational journey, capitalizing on the diversity of wildlife and ecosystems found in South Africa.

African Insight has been providing academic field trips to South Africa since 1999, and many of our partner academic institutions report that these field trips have played a significant role in preparing students for the work environment, increasing recruitment onto courses as well as substantially improving student retention on courses.

South Africa is a world leader in wildlife conservation and despite its third world status it boasts modern and well-maintained communication and travel infrastructure as well as first world medical facilities. Together these combine to provide unique opportunities for wildlife, conservation and environmental and socio-political and rural community development field trips.

Academic field trips are designed at any level to include experiences that meet specific learning outcomes of each group thereby reinforcing (or preparing for) lessons learned in the formal lecture situation. Depending on the aims and objectives of the institution field trips can form part of a formal academic module or a supplementary experiential learning nature.

African Insight provides a complete service with every step of planning your academic field trip. Our experienced academic programme coordinators work closely with trip organizers to ensure that the desired outcomes are planned for and achieved.




African Insight in conjunction with BSET Academy presents a South Africa fieldtrip showcasing applied professional equine management in South Africa. The aim is to introduce students to some of the leading professionals in the South African equestrian environment. The programme is structured into various modules which can be selected to create a fieldtrip programme that compliments / enriches the formal academic curriculum of the sending academic institution.

The Midlands region of KwaZulu Natal province is not only endowed with great beauty and natural diversity but can also arguably claim to dominate the largest market share of the equine industry in South Africa through the concentration of breeders, trainers, athletes and auxiliary specialist industry services such as veterinary and other equine health specialists.

The programme includes:

• Lectures and instruction from professionals in their field

• Hands-on practical sessions

• Site visits to internationally recognised industry champions

• Attending local equestrian events / venues

• Outrides and horse trails

• Optional activities




African Insight has been operating since 1996 as a registered tour operator in South Africa and has specialised in developing and hosting educational fieldtrips for international academic institutions for 21 years. We carry a British Standards Institute BS8848 health and safety accreditation for adventurous activities outside of the UK.


BSET Academy was founded in 2008 by Beth Shaw and offers Equine Studies Courses, from Fundamental Equine Practices to Advance Level Equine Transeva Technique ETT™. Over more than 15 years as a ETT™ practitioner servicing the top breeders in South Africa Beth opens doors to the cream of the equine industry. BSET is a registered training provider and registered with the Council of Equine and Equestrian Professionals of South Africa (CEEPSA).



Tailor-make your South African Equine Management field trip content and duration by selecting from the following menu of modules.  African Insight’s minimum requirement in terms of duration of a field trip is 12 nights on the ground in South Africa.

The first day on the ground in South Africa will be spent transferring from the airport to the accommodation base in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands.  Ideally groups should fly directly into Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, which will then be a 2-hour transfer to our accommodation base.  However, it is possible to meet groups on arrival at Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport, which requires a 6-hour transfer.

Module 1: Racehorse Breeding and Pretraining (3 days)

In this module we will cover what the South African horseracing industry is looking for in terms of confirmation and temperament in a champion.  We will visit internationally recognized stud farms and engage with stud farm owners and management who will facilitate practical exposure to a range of operational issues that are happening at the particular time of the year.  We will engage with pre-training specialists, a local equine food manufacturer and a race horse training facility.

The practical content of the programme will be dependent on the season covering: stud selection, fertility, covering, foaling, pretraining, training, sale preparation, nutrition and stable management.

Module 2: Warmblood Studs, Showjumping and other sport riding disciplines (3 days)

In this module we explore the world of show jumping, equitation and eventing disciplines in South Africa. We will visit local stud farms to learn what South African breeders/competitors are looking for in terms of confirmation and temperament. We will visit local stable yards and riding schools and visit a local food manufacturer.

The practical content of the programme will be dependent on the season covering: stud selection, fertility, covering and artificial insemination, foaling, schooling, riding schools, sale preparation, nutrition and stable management.

Module 3: Natural Horsemanship (3 days)

A combination of theory and practical lessons with BSET academy’s Mandy Hunt as well as site visits to and demonstrations by other natural horsemanship practitioners. Mandy Hunt teaches psychology-based training for both horse and rider. Solving behavioural problems in horses and helping the owner be better equipped to deal with issues especially when safety is a concern. Understanding how and why the horse behaves in undesirable ways and how to overcome these issues. Teaching the human how to channel energy to be calm and savvy around their horses and portray leadership in the best way for the horse to find comfort and respect. Create a safer happier partnership at all levels of horsemanship and understand the horse fully.

Module 4: Practical Dentistry and Bitting (2 day)

In a full morning session, we will cover different dentistry techniques with an internationally licenced equine dentist. We will visit a local (internationally recognised) bit craftsman who has been developing quality equine products for over 30 years. Specialising in providing innovative solutions to riders' challenging problems. This innovation with handmade quality, attention to detail and testing by world renowned riders, has resulted in world-class horse products ... and not just bits. The results are truly astounding and are applied to a variety of disciplines including Dressage, Endurance, Polo, Polocrosse, Racing, Saddlebred and Show jumping.

One afternoon will be spent at Scottsville Racecourse where we will have a guided tour of the facility and enjoy some racing. One afternoon session will be free for local site seeing, shopping or optional out rides.

Module 5: Equine Transeva Technique ETT™ (½ Day)

The Equine Transeva Technique ETT™ is a complete technique for the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries in the equine. Precise application of the Winks Greene (WG) Transeva creates rhythmic muscular contractions that facilitate the identification of muscle dysfunction. Rhythmic muscular contractions closely resemble how a muscle will operate during a voluntary contraction, as a result any area of inefficient movement is revealed. The ETT practitioner is able to pinpoint debilitating muscle movement with a hand held mobile electrode, then utilise the wide-ranging pulse of the WG Transeva and its host of physiological benefits to improve muscular movement and in doing so relieve discomfort and improve muscular efficiency.

With delicacy of control, contractions can be applied with gentleness in the case of a recent injury, with strength to free structures restricted by old adhesions or with great skill and precision to fine tune performance. As a result, each case is able to reach their optimum potential. Many techniques can promote healing and relieve tension, but ETT can actively work to correct muscle function and improve movement. Thus, making it applicable to all areas of performance from treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries to perfecting a piaffe.

Module 6: Jockeys, Trainers and Racehorses (1 day)

A comprehensive insight into the life of jockeys, race horse trainers and their race horses. Nowhere does the horse racing industry come together in one location as it does at Summerveld, home to the country’s largest training facility bosting 1600 stables, 5 different training tracks, 2 trotting rings, 2 specialist equine hospitals, the South African Jockey Academy and the Shongweni equestrian centre. This is a full day outing where we will experience the daily rigours of this equine industry.

Module 7: Coastal Horse Care Unit (2 days)

This non-profit organisation is dedicated to achieving a world where horses are used but not abused, to protecting horses from abuse and alleviate their suffering by rehabilitating, campaigning and educating.

We will accompany as volunteers into the surrounding rural areas and educating owners on the care of their horses and donkeys. Communities rely heavily on their horses for their transport and livelihood. The program not only teaches them the basics of horse care but provides them with the tools to gain better productivity from the animals in a conducive environment which is both horse and owner friendly.

Module 8: Lesotho Horse Trail (4 or 5 days)

The Southern Drakensberg Mountains are the border between South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho. It is an adventurer’s paradise and World Heritage Site for both nature and culture due to the quality and quality of San (Bushman) rock art that is contained in its caves and rock shelters. Come with a sense of adventure and team spirit. If the idea of no hot water, no electricity and the concept of wearing your t-shirt a couple of days in a row really freaks you out, this trip isn’t for you. Experiences are best shared, and although the guiding team will go out of their way to do things for you don’t expect a waiter to click your fingers at and a three-course meal. The guides on this expedition are cooking, guiding, riding and living with you.

2019 RATES:

Administration / Joining Fee:                                                        R1,730.00

Module 1: Racehorse Breeding and Pretraining (3 days)    R4,680.00

Module 2: Warmblood Studs, Show jumping (3 days)         R4,825.00

Module 3: Natural Horsemanship (3 days)                              R7,080.00

Module 4: Practical Dentistry and Bitting (2 days)               R3,040.00

Module 5: Equine Transeva Technique ETT™ (½ day)       R1,510.00

Module 6: Jockeys, Trainers and Racehorses (1 day)         R1,835.00

Module 7: Coastal Horse Care Unit (2 days)                           R3,020.00

Module 8a: Lesotho Horse Trail (4 days)                                R9,195.00

Module 8b: Lesotho Horse Trail (5 days)                               R10,855.00