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Wildlife Conservation Programme in South Africa

Travel to a private Big Five game reserve in South Africa and volunteer alongside an international team assisting in vital conservation work. Learn to track animals through the bushveld, study their behavior and get acquainted with charismatic game species such as lion, leopard, elephant and rhino.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Supplier Tour ID: GVIWCV/250682
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Hoedspruit, South Africa
  • Finishes: Hoedspruit, South Africa
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Hoedspruit

Itinerary

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Day 1-15

PROJECT LIFE
So what does Life on the Project actually involve? See below for an idea of what to expect on a day to day basis…
Before getting fully involved in the inner workings of our research, you will undergo training that will cover how to carry out extensive radio tracking and monitoring of all the collared predators on the reserve, all while learning a variety of new skills, including mammal and bird identification, ecology and bush first aid. This training will allow you to effectively contribute to the overall program, as you get to know animals on the reserve individually and following their progress and monitor behaviour.
A typical day involves spending time out in the reserve tracking the wildlife and conducting research from the game vehicles. This usually happens during the cooler weather at dawn and dusk when the wildlife is more active. Most of the research is on predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyena but we also monitor other wildlife, including elephants. There is a daily schedule and if not assisting on game drives then you may be working on data entry or helping with camp and cooking duties.
We can spend up to 12 hours a day collecting data, so you should expect some long days. All this will do is develop a baseline and holistic understanding of all aspects of the bush.
Another aspect is our community work, where you will be expected to participate in educational days with local communities, highlighting the importance of conservation.
Free Time
You will have opportunities to enjoy the surrounding areas and activities, including visits to local reptile parks and animal sanctuaries, as well as mountain trails.
You can volunteer up to 12 weeks at this project and we recommend to stay as long as possible to get most out of this experience!
Please be advised that you need to present an up to date Background / Police Check before arrival in order to participate in this volunteering project!

Inclusions:
    • 24-hour emergency phone
    • 24-hour in-country support
    • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
    • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
    • All necessary project equipment and materials
    • All necessary project training by experienced staff
    • First Aid & CPR training
    • Location orientation
    • Long term experienced staff
    • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
    • Research training
    • Reserve fees and permits
    • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
    • Telemetry training as relevant
    • Welcome meeting
    • Wildlife identification techniques
    Accommodation

      Volunteer’s accommodation is simple but clean! Please travel with an open mind as facilities may be different to Western standards.
      Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) rooms with shared bathroom facilities at both bases. There is cold running water available for showers. Flush toilet facilities are available, and participants share base duties, including cleaning and other chores. If you are joining our long term internship, accommodation during work placements will vary depending on location. Accommodation will not be provided on breaks between program phases, you will be responsible for making your own arrangements

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Tour Highlights:
    • Go on a wildlife safari adventure in a private South African nature reserve while contributing directly to conservation efforts.
    • Listen to the quiet hush of the wild open spaces, waking each morning to a chorus of savannah birds and drifting off to the nighttime hum of endemic frogs and crickets.
    • Learn to identify predators, like lions, cheetahs, and leopards, as well as megaherbivores like elephants and rhinos.
    • Master radio telemetry techniques and learning how to track and record animal movements.
    • In your free time, visit the famous Kruger National Park, only an hour away from where the GVI base is located or visit the nearby Drakensberg Mountains where awe-inspiring vistas are afforded over the Blyde River Canyon.
    • Live and work alongside Field Guide Association of South Africa, FGASA, qualified guides, growing personally and professionally by learning from their experiences.
    • Sleep under the star-filled Southern night sky, its beauty enhanced by the lack of light pollution, and wake to a golden African dawn.