Nexus African Learning Journey 2016

A World-Class Leadership Development Programme and Experience of a Lifetime!

30 October – 5 November, 2016

26.2041° S, 28.0473° E & 24.7971° S, 31.4990° E

We piloted the idea of a ‘learning journey’ in 2015, taking a group of amazing and diverse people from seven countries to the Arctic to learn about climate change in Svalbard, the worlds’ Northernmost permanent human population. We learned a lot, created community, shared ideas and listened to each other’s challenges, and came away with a renewed sense of commitment and urgency for saving our beautiful, fragile planet.

The Nexus African Learning Journey took this further and aimed to offer unparalleled access to the places and people of a country recovering from social, political and racial injustices, while struggling to preserve and protect its beautiful environment and biodiversity. We curated an engaging programme featuring world-class speakers, industry experts and a high-end experience rooted in authentic and meaningful conversations.

This journey was for anyone who was interested in learning more about social change and environmental conservation, providing a safe space and a unique community to support individual and collaborative efforts to address the challenges our generation faces in the world today.

Places on the Nexus African Learning Journey were very limited and were assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. What follows is some basic information, including an overview of the itinerary (minus some surprises we had in store!). Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Participants were responsible for their own travel and visas to/from Johannesburg at their own cost. All in-country transportation was by private taxi, minibus and private plane and was covered in the participation fee.

Food & Accommodation
While in Johannesburg we stayed at the 5-star Melrose Arch Hotel, a trendy hotel in the fashionable and upscale Melrose Arch precinct that offered luxury with a dynamic, design-led African vibe. We then spent time “in the bush” at Londolozi, the best private reserve in the country, known for providing an unrivalled safari experience and being highly engaged in community development and conservation efforts. All food and most drinks in-country were provided, including some of the best restaurants in town.

Itinerary Outline

Sunday 30 October 2016

  • Participants arrived at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport where they were greeted by a member of the Nexus team and driven to the Melrose Arch Hotel
  • Checked into Melrose Arch Hotel
  • Welcome & Introduction
  • ‘Origins of Mankind’ – Professor Lee Bergerfollowed by opening Dinner

    Monday 31 October 2016

  • Soweto experience –‘From Apartheid to Hope: Movements for Social Change in South Africa’
  • Nelson Mandela centre of Memory experience
      → ‘Mandela and The Life of a Leader’
      → ‘Leadership for Social Change in South Africa’ –Reflecting on the visits and conversations of the day, this interactive session explored how change is created in South Africa, by leadership and innovation from across sectors.

  • Dinner at Marble, a brand new restaurant by world renowned chef David Higgs

    Tuesday 1 November 2016

  • Departed for Londolozi Private Game reserve
  • Flight fromLanseria Private Airport by private plane to Londolozi Airstrip
  • Welcome and lodge briefing and free time until game drive
  • Game drive with ranger and a tracker
  • Fireside chat ‘The Power of Relationships’ –Alex Van Der Heever and Renias Mhlongo

    Wednesday 2 November 2016

  • Game drive and tracking workshop – Alex Van Der Heever and Renias Mhlongo
  • Photography workshop with Ian Michler
  • Afternoon spent by the pool, rest time
  • Game drive and tracking workshop – Alex Van Der Heever and Renias Mhlongo
  • Dinner and South African food and wine pairing

    Thursday 3 November 2016

  • Early morning game drive
  • ‘Sustainable Development and Conservation in Africa’ –Ian Michler
  • Visit to local community to learn about how sustainable tourism at Londolozi and its community programmes are providing employment and opportunities for community members. Followed immediately by game drive.
  • After Dinner, weather permitting, a guided tour of the stars

    Friday 4 November 2016

  • Early morning game drive
  • ‘Major Challenges and Influencers in Conservation in Africa’ –Ian Michler
  • Afternoon spent by the pool or snoozing
  • Evening

    Saturday 5 November 2016

  • Early morning game drive
  • Lunch and workshop, ‘The Journey Continued –Participant Action Planning’
  • Departed for airstrip and flight to Johannesburg
  • Arrived in Johannesburg, returned to Melrose Arch Hotel
  • Free time, opportunity for shopping
  • Closing Dinner

    Sunday 6 November 2016

  • Check out and farewells