Travel grants: Geology in South Africa

Kieran Gilmore (2013, Natural Sciences)

Last summer, as part of my final year coursework, I went to South Africa to carry out my geological mapping project.

We spent twenty-eight days studying the geology of the South African bush, surrounded by stunning scenery, and encountered some amazing wildlife while we were working, including giraffes, zebras and ostriches.

After we finished our project, we rented a car and drove all the way along the South African coast, from Durban to Cape Town. Some of the highlights from our road trip included surfing in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, doing the highest bridge bungee in the world, as well as a particularly hairy moment when the only road out of a game park was blocked by two fighting bull elephants. 

A college travel grant even gave me £500 towards these fantastic two months in South Africa!