Day and Boarding; Grades 6-12



Service and Environmental Science/Wildlife Conservation

March 12–23

Africa! This trip is an amazing opportunity for a small group of students to visit the African continent and experience the natural beauty it offers while they help to preserve it. From stunning vistas to up-close encounters with rhinos, elephants, zebras, giraffes, and more, students will enjoy a journey they will never forget. 

Through a partnership with IVHQ, a highly-respected volunteer organization with outposts all over the world, students will spend over ten days in Africa, and a full week working at the Nakavango Conservation Program in Zimbabwe, Africa. Located just 10 kilometers from Victoria Falls, an incredible UNESCO World Heritage site, the Nakavango reserve offers students hands-on experience in conservation management, research, and community development projects. Students will experience close encounters with black rhinos and other African wildlife, spend time at a local school, and even camp out in the bush under canvas for a night. This trip will include excursions to see the famous waterfall as well as a safari in neighboring Botswana, renowned for its concentration of African elephants.

Lori Lipsky, the trip leader, is Pennington's director of communications and marketing, and has traveled to all of the locations on this itinerary, as well as to many other destinations in Africa. Students on this trip will be chaperoned at all times (2 chaperones), and the group will be accompanied by well-trained guides and rangers. Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions!

A detailed itinerary for this trip can be found here.

A comprehensive packing list can be found here. You can also view a video created by a senior who spent three weeks at Nakavango last year for his Horizon senior internship project.

To apply, please complete three copies of this application and submitted it to Ms. Lipsky by the end of the school day on Friday, November 1.

Estimated cost: $3,400; Deposits ($1,400) due November 15.

Contact: Lori Lipsky at