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Canterbury Gold provides approved training, Practice and Qualifying Expeditions along with recognised Residential Projects.

We currently offer two activities that have been successfully operating for many years. The first is a dual activity trip to Southern Africa; this includes an Expedition in Mozambique and a Residential Project at the Behjane Wilderness Training School.  Participants also undertake recreational activities in South Africa. The second is an Expedition to the Cevennes Region of the Massif Central in France. A summary of these activities can be found below, however if you require further details please download the EX01A/B Trip Information Sheets from the documents section of our website.

Southern Africa (Mozambique / South Africa)

Date: 13th August to 1st September 2017 (TBC)
Cost: £2595(estimate)

The information below relates to our 2017 trip.  Please email us with any questions you may have.

The Residential Project is based at the Behjane Wilderness training school.  Lasting 5 days/4 nights you will undertake a specially constructed Environmental Awareness course you will have the opportunity to work alongside students from the school.  They create the course, deliver it and then undertake an evaluation.  You sleep within a 500Ha conservancy with wild zebra, nyala, warthogs, impala etc.  Trips outside the conservancy offer the opportunity to visit several game reserves where you get up-close-and-personal with elephant, cheetahs etc.


The Expedition takes place in Mozambique where you will undertake a 4 day/3 night, 80km expedition on foot in small groups of 4-7 members. You start in Kosi Bay, South Africa just a few kilometres from the South Africa/Mozambique border. In your groups you will walk to the border post and cross into Mozambique. This will be the last time you see a tarmac road or dirt track, once in Mozambique you complete the rest of your 80km walk along sand tracks, grass savannah and beaches.


As Mozambique has no maps that are suitable for walking activities you will have to plan your routes using Google Earth, gathering the longitude and latitude information and then use GPS navigation to undertake the expedition. On route you will have the opportunity to visit the local communities to haggle with the local traders to buy lunch for the entire group with a shopping budget based on the ‘dollar a day’ lifestyle.


As a requirement of the Expedition section of the DofE Award you must have an aim for the venture and undertake some research/project work while en-route, this will form your Expedition Report at the end which must cover your aim(s), experiences and outcomes. The aim of the venture is decided amongst the group (you are not given a topic by us that you must do, however we are very pleased to help with suggestions).


Because we feel that there is little point travelling to the other side of the world, coming back and saying you haven’t seen a lion, an elephant or a rhino we incorporate some recreational activates. The include dolphin/whale watching off the Mozambique coast, whole day safari in iMfolozi/Hluhluwe Big Five Game Park*, elephant interaction, cheetah sanctuary*, supervised snake handling, day tip to St. Lucia which is a beach town where you can enjoy shopping and a estuary cruise to see hippo and crocodile.

All of the above are included in the overall cost

Cevennes, Massif Central (France)

Date: We will be running an expedition to this stunning region of southern France between 21st – 31st August 2016
Cost: £745

This is a foot Expedition and takes place in the Cevennes National Park in the Massif Central, France. This is a mountainous region ideal for hiking. The area was made famous by author Robert Louis Stevenson in 1879 after the publication of his book Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes. Stevenson and his donkey Modestine once walked many of the paths that you will have the opportunity to follow.

You will be based at Base Camp 3000 where you will undergo some acclimatisation prior to your Expedition. The 4day/3night Expedition will start and finish here and you will walk a circular route camping at a different location each night. You must be completely self sufficient during this time, all you clothing, food, cooking, camping and other equipment for the four days must be packed into you rucksack. You will have the opportunity to fill up your water containers from public water taps in the villages or from a spring, this is all 100% drinkable ‘Evian’ type water.

Depending upon time we might organise a trip to Villefort*, the main town in the area, you may have time to look around the market and possibly chill out at the lake.

As a requirement of the Expedition section of the DofE Award you must have an aim for the venture and undertake some research/project work while en-route, this will form your Expedition Report at the end which must cover your aim(s), experiences and outcomes. The aim of the venture is decided amongst the group (you are not given a topic by us that you must do, however we are very pleased to help with suggestions).

BOOKING AND OTHER REQUIRED FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FROM THE DOCUMENTS SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE.

PLEASE NOTE: All training and a Practice Expedition are included in the cost for all our Expeditions. Please read the relevant Trip Information Sheet for details of what is/isn’t included.

If you decide that the activities we offer are not what you want to build your Award with we are able to put you in contact with other providers, these will include Expeditions in Snowdonia, Luxembourg or the Peak District and Residential Projects such as sailing a Tall Ship, working with disadvantaged children and environmental projects.