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A South African Family Experience – Sold Out

by Shayne Traviss

A South African Family Experience

In a world of non-stop social media, tablets, xbox and online activities we are in search of something deeper. We crave the beauty of nature, the power of connection and the deeper understanding that a world outside of our everyday online experience provides.

Connect with a world untouched by technology, breath in the warm air, volunteer at an animal rehabilitation centre, learn about the wonders of nature, and root your heart in a deep cultural experience working with children while experiencing deeper self-awareness and empathy for others.

Experience a whole new world of connection and personal growth and be inspired to invoke that in everything you do.

Imagine two weeks with your family and a good vibe tribe of like-minded people looking to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others while seeing the most beautiful parts of South Africa.

The journey of a lifetime.

Return with a belly full of laughter; a heart full of inspiration and, unforgettable stories to be told for years to come.


Whether you’ve longed to roam with the elephants, volunteer with the recuperation of wounded animals, connect and make a difference in the lives of others, or watch the sun set below the African Sahara you’ll find a little bit of everything on this life changing journey

Toerboer’s, Vividlife A South African Family Experience brings you a unique “off tourist” experience.

Begin each morning with meditation and intention setting, and end the day with “satsang” a reflective group gathering with Shayne Traviss.

Throughout the day you’ll take in the best of what South Africa has to offer with excursions to exotic locations like Selwane Nature Reserve for an overnight camping experience, Kruger National Park, the Cradle of Humankind, the Sterkfontein Caves where archaeological finds of worldwide importance have been made, and an authentic cultural experience at Shangana Cultural Village where you’ll get to witness first-hand sacred ceremonies full of dancing, laughter and music experiencing life as a true part of this magnificent village and culture.

You’ll also experience opportunities to work with children at an authentic South African Bush School and Wild Life Orphanage whose mission is to enable local children to have a better quality of life by educating and inspiring them to value their environment and stimulate community projects, while connecting with and nurturing wounded animals at an Animal Rehabilitation Centre established in 1991 by wildlife educator and activist Brian Jones, whose effort is to raise awareness regarding our dying environment, not only in South Africa but worldwide.

This trip is about creating a legacy of kindness and compassion you and your family can be proud to be a part of.

You won’t just be leaving footprints on this journey; you’ll be a part of something bigger, an imprint on the lives of the people and the animals you interact with over the course of this 14-day travel experience.

With careful attention to detail, Toerboer has curated a collection of experiences to make this once in a lifetime journey something you’ll never forget. There isn’t a single event that hasn’t been highly considered to bring you the biggest value for your precious travel dollars and time.

In the spirit of keeping the connection with fellow travelers authentic and tight-knit the journey is limited to twenty participants including parents, guardians and children age 8 plus.

You and your family deserve to tick that box off on your bucket list, to experience South Africa with a group of supportive and inspiring travelers, see exotic locations and, leave behind a legacy you can be proud of.

This isn’t just any journey, it’s a vivid life experience, connected, compassionate, and full of opportunities for personal growth.

Are you ready?

Connection: Travelling with a group of soul-inspiring travelers you can call life-long friends.

Compassion: Volunteering your time and love to children and animals.

Personal Growth: expanding your mind and filing your spirit through unique experiences, meditations and reflective sessions.

If you’ve been looking for a trip that brings you closer to the earth, others and yourself Toerboer’s, VividLife A South African Family Experience is for you.

It’s time to stop saying ‘Maybe Next Year’ and start saying yes to life.

Book the trip you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Toerboer’s, VividLife A South African Family Experience

March 14- 27 2018

Contact Willem Potgieter of Toerboer at willem@toerboer.co.za or 082 329 2983 to book now.

Cost of journey is $2850 USD. Payment plans available.

Registration Deadline September 30.

Travelers are carefully screened for approval before taking payment.

Get a feel for the type of people you’ll be travelling with by joining our exclusive travelers group (for paid travelers only).

Here are a few reflections on Toerboer’s previous VividLife Journey to South Africa:

“the trip was everything promised and more” Leslie Hilderley

“Touring South Africa felt like a magnifying glass to the soul. I remembered who I really am; a story collector, full of adventure and eager to learn about the world around me. Connecting with new friends forged relationships to endure a lifetime, connecting with the land revealed the magic of nature in a new way. I am forever shifted and have endless gratitude for the opportunity.” Carla Sinclair

“The trip for me was deeply personal, I was in South Africa during the 40th anniversary of when my Mom passed away and we spent that day in the village schools planting trees. I dedicated one of the trees we planted in her honour. It was a hugely healing journey for me. I felt so much love and support from the group as I worked to release the hurt from the loss that happened so early in my life. My intention for the journey was “to heal” and that was exactly what happened. I also wanted to share my thoughts around the theme of the trip, “Connection, Compassion, Courage”. Connection: connecting with other like-minded travelers, connection with the land, animals, the incredible people of South Africa, connection with the earth. Compassion: For each other as we traveled through this journey, for the animals we were helping, for the earth and schools by planting trees, and for the children at Daktari whose lives we touched, allowing our lives to be touched in return. Courage: To take a leap of faith and go on a journey far from home, following our intuition to take the journey, being your authentic self through this incredible journey, to push outside comfort zones and sleep out in the wilds of Kruger park.” Brenda Bryson

“Our travel to South Africa encompassed the true essence of courage, connection, and compassion.   I am at a loss for words and very overwhelmed by an array of deep emotions.  However, this journey to South Africa has undeniably confirmed for me the true understanding that at the core of our variability lay our common humanity. As quoted by Arch Bishop Tutu; “Bringing people together is what I call ‘UBUNTU’, which means ‘I am because we are’.  Far too often people think of themselves as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world.  When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”  Desmond Tutu. This experience in South Africa has transformed my life and I will forever be connected to the people, the animals and the country of South Africa.  South Africa  has a permanent in-print in my heart. Thank you for the amazing opportunity. Much love, Eloise” Eloise Morrison

“The biggest shift I had after traveling to South Africa was my attitude towards social media and smartphone culture. It looks much sillier to see North Americans staring down at their phone while walking instead of noticing the beautiful connected world we live in.”, “I loved the mentality of ‘when in Africa!’ while I was on the trip. I ate bugs and grubs, spit giraffe poo from my mouth and danced around a fire with tribal drum music and African singing. Honest traveling involves taking risks and embracing cultural differences and using them to broaden yourself. By doing these African things, I had many reminders, and now memories, that I was far, far away from home where I said “yes” to some great opportunities.” Colin Burwell

“The itinerary was designed mindfully, so that we experienced all aspects of South Africa, not just the touristy parts. Each day brought new and amazing moments, yet my favorite part of the trip was the 2 days spent in Kruger National Park in the 4×4 vehicles, exploring the Malompheni Eco Trail. Seeing the incredible animals (elephants, giraffes, lions, impala, etc. oh my!) and breathtaking Lebata River was a lifetime dream!” Anne Katzeff

“This trip meant more to me than just a passport stamp and to come back with great stories to tell friends and family. During this trip, I wanted to fully immerse myself in South African culture and get to know the South African people. I truly believe I achieved that during this journey.”, “The day that we spent driving through and camping in The Kruger was the highlight of the journey for me. Everything about that day was something that will be etched in my brain for years to come. From off-roading through The Kruger’s raw, untouched landscape and seeing my first elephant in the wild, to sitting around the campfire under the starry sky and sharing stories while having drinks as the scent of braii filled the air. That day was extremely special to me, because at that moment in time, I knew how fortunate I was to be a part of something so very special and to have the privilege that few people in their lives may never get to experience.” Tosh Bene


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