Learn on the Go in Eswatini and South Africa

Experience the rich and wonderful sites, animals, and people of Africa. Join SUU trip directors Dr. Jon Smith and Professor Anne Smith as they immerse travelers into a true African adventure at the end of May to the beginning of June 2024. 

Travel Information

Eswatini and South Africa

Africa Adventure in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and South Africa

Join Learn on the Go as we travel to Eswatini and South Africa. Led by Dr. Jon Smith and Professor Anne Smith our group will experience the rich and wonderful sights Africa has to offer as they are immersed into a true African adventure.

Travelers will encounter the people, activities, culture, and wildlife of southern Africa in a safe, entertaining, and informative way. Activities and excursions will be led by Jon and Anne Smith who lived in Eswatini, which gives travelers a more personalized experience. They will be accompanied by local experts who will provide additional expertise of the culture and peoples of the area. Together, they will share their knowledge and love of the landscape and help you to feel at home with the people who have become their friends and colleagues.

Dates: May 27 - June 5, 2024 

(10 days, 9 nights)

Cost: $2,999

Cost- includes all lodging-cabins, lodges, hotels, beehive huts, transportation in large vans, open safari vehicles with drivers and guides, most entrance fees, events, most activities (see itinerary), half meals.

  • After February 1st the cost increases to: $3,199.
    • A $525 deposit included in total-price--based on double occupancy.
  • Trip price is based on double occupancy. Single occupancy is available for an additional $350

Given the nature of this program, spots are limited to a select group of travelers. To secure your place as part of this Learn on the Go program, your deposit is due by February 1st, 2024.

Register for the Eswatini Trip and Pay Your Deposit

Additional Costs: Roundtrip airfare to Johannesburg, South Africa, passport, immunizations, malaria medication, some meals, tips. 

Optional Costs: souvenirs, photography equipment, field appropriate clothing (insect repellent treated). 

Add-on Optional Trips (inquire): South Africa/Cape Town, Durban, Botswana/Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Mozambique (whale watch/research, other), Johannesburg LDS Temple. 

The Smiths are available and very willing to help travelers with their purchasing of plane tickets.


Deposit: $525 (due by February 1, 2024)

Early Bird Registration: $2999 before February 1, 2024

After February 1: $3199

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2024

Final Payment Due: March 1, 2024

Full Refund: Before February 1, 2024

50% Refund: February 1-March 1, 2024

Highlights of the Trip:

    • Wildlife immersion with more than six game drives, bushwalks and photo safaris
    • Colorful local markets
    • Community based projects
    • Kick dancers in traditional clothing
    • The importance of ecotourism to the landscape and local economies
    • Lion Safari
    • A wide variety of accommodations from high end hotels to safari tents in the bush
    • Eat local - try traditional foods
    • Optional canopy tour (zipline) through a canyon

Bring a sense of adventure and return with a lifetime of memories!

Travel Guides

For additional information or questions please feel free to contact one of our travel guides. 

Eswatini at a Glance

Terms and Conditions

Learn on the Go is pleased to facilitate trips for travelers. Learn on the Go trips are designed to offer cultural and immersive experiences led by SUU experts. Please familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions included on this page. 

A $500 deposit is required upon registration to secure your spot. Remaining payment is due 90 days prior to departure date. If registration for a program occurs at or within 90 days prior to the program start, the entire program cost is due. Program price is based on rates in effect at the time the brochure is printed and is subject to change without notice to reflect fluctuations in exchange rates, tariffs or fuel charges.

Payments are refundable up to 90 days prior to the departure date (minus a $100 per person administrative fee). Payments are 50% refundable up to 30 days prior to the departure date. Payments are 20% refundable up to 14 days prior to the departure date. Cancellations 13 days or less before the departure date are non-refundable. Cancellations are calculated from the day written notice is received by Southern Utah University or its travel provider.

SUU Learn on the Go from time to time, may take photographs, videotape, film, or make audio recordings in the excursion setting and use such materials to promote SUU programs and for other non-commercial purposes. SUU will never sell or rent this material.

The University and Learn on the Go recommend that you consider the purchase of optional travel accident and cancellation insurance. Terms of travel insurance can vary widely and policies should be reviewed with an insurance professional.  Most travel insurance policies will not afford coverage due to government shutdowns caused by infectious disease or pandemic. 

On international trips, Learn on the Go provides all registered travelers who are U.S. or Canadian citizens with minimal medical, accident and evacuation coverage under our group-travel insurance policy, CISI.

Learn on the Go highly recommends you be vaccinated against COVID-19. It is your responsibility to know and adhere to the public health guidelines where you are traveling, and to factor these requirements into travel arrangements and budget. You must provide required health documentation for travel and agree to comply with all health protocols as directed. You must voluntarily assume all risks and related expenses in the event that you or any member of your traveling party require testing or quarantine, become infected with COVID-19 or experience travel interruptions or delays.  

Learn on the Go adheres to Southern Utah University rules, Department of State recommendations, as well as CDC recommendations for each and every trip destination.

You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition, diet, or treatment requiring special attention or that could create a hazard to you or other travelers must be reported in writing by emailing onthego@suu.edu when the reservation is made. Learn on the Go reserves the right to decline to accept anyone on a trip, and to remove from the trip, at his or her sole expense, anyone whose condition is such that he or she could create a hazard to himself or others. You are responsible for becoming familiar with the activities of travel and consulting with medical personnel to be sure you are fit for travel.

It is your responsibility to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U.S. State Department’s travel website at www.travel.state.gov or by phone at 1-888-407-4747. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location/s of the trip, should The Traveler still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, The Traveler assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events like those advised or warned against.

Itinerary Changes: The itineraries and staff presented in this catalog are subject to modification and change by Community on the Go. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.

We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the travelers. You are encouraged to purchase refundable airline tickets in case of trip cancellation. Airfare and any other costs incurred by participants beyond money paid to Southern Utah University will not be refundable under any circumstance.

Other Terms and Conditions may apply to some expeditions and will be provided with pre-tour mailings. By registering for a Learn on the Go program, the participant agrees to the Terms and Conditions herein.