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SOUTH AFRICA - Rhino Conservation

Travel to a private Big Five game reserve in South Africa and volunteer alongside an international team assisting in vital anti-rhino poaching conservation. Learn to track animals through the bushveld, study their behavior and get acquainted with charismatic game species such as lion, leopard, elephant and rhino. Unlike a tourist safari, this experience allows you to play an active and meaningful role in the research and long term conservation of this species.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) – Longer options available

Dates: See Dates tab below

Location: Limpopo, South Africa

$1,860

Description

Experience Highlights:

  • Experiencing a unique African bush adventure at the heart of a spectacular game reserve.
  • Be part of rhino conservation efforts and play an active role in the longevity of this species.
  • Get acquainted with big game and all the main predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard and elephant.
  • Explore nearby regions to experience such breathtaking views as from the Blyde River Canyon in the Drakensberg Mountains.
  • Live and work alongside FGASA qualified South African Guides getting constant learning and inspiration.
  • Have the chance to sleep out in the bush under the spectacular African stars and wake up to a beautiful sunrise.

 

A typical Rhino Conservation Experience:

  • A typical day involves spending time out in the reserve tracking rhino and collecting data from the research vehicles. This usually happens during the cooler weather at dawn and dusk when the wildlife is more active.
  • You may have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of rhino by foot if it is safe to do so.
  • When you are not on a game drive you will be back at camp entering the data you have collected, some of which will be utilised by the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
  • Your home for the duration of the project will be our GVI camp, in the heart of the reserve. You will be sleeping in a dormitory-style room, and will share facilities such as bathroom, kitchen and living areas with your fellow volunteers.
  • Camp duties are allocated on a rotational basis, so you should come prepared and complete with a teamwork spirit.
  • In your free time you will have opportunities to enjoy the surrounding areas and activities, including visits to local reptile parks, animal sanctuaries and mountain trails.

Included

Experience Fee Includes:

  • 24-hour emergency phone and 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.
  • Location orientation.
  • Long term experienced staff.
  • Meals while on project.
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared).
  • Welcome meeting.

 

Experience Fee Excludes:

  • Additional drinks and gratuities.
  • Extra local excursions.
  • Flights.
  • International and domestic airport taxes.
  • Medical and travel insurance.
  • Personal kit.
  • Police or background check (where necessary).
  • Visa costs.

Dates

  • 10 November – 23 November 2018
  • 24 November – 07 December 2018
  • 12 January – 25 January 2019
  • 26 January – 08 February 2019
  • 09 February – 22 February 2019
  • 23 February – 08 March 2019
  • 09 March – 22 March 2019
  • 23 March – 05 April 2019
  • 06 April – 19 April 2019
  • 20 April – 03 May 2019
  • 04 May – 17 May 2019
  • 18 May – 31 May 2019
  • 01 June – 14 June 2019
  • 15 June – 28 June 2019
  • 29 June – 12 July 2019
  • 13 July – 26 July 2019
  • 27 July – 09 August 2019
  • 10 August – 23 August 2019
  • 24 August – 06 September 2019
  • 07 September – 20 September 2019
  • 21 September – 04 October 2019
  • 05 October – 18 October 2019
  • 19 October – 01 November 2019
  • 02 November – 15 November 2019
  • 16 November – 29 November 2019
  • 30 November – 13 December 2019
  • 11 January – 24 January 2020
  • 25 January – 07 February 2020
  • 08 February – 21 February 2020
  • 22 February – 06 March 2020
  • 07 March – 20 March 2020
  • 21 March – 03 April 2020
  • 04 April – 17 April 2020
  • 18 April – 01 May 2020
  • 02 May – 15 May 2020
  • 16 May – 29 May 2020
  • 30 May – 12 June 2020
  • 13 June – 26 June 2020
  • 27 June – 10 July 2020
  • 11 July – 24 July 2020
  • 25 July – 07 August 2020
  • 08 August – 21 August 2020
  • 22 August – 04 September 2020
  • 05 September – 18 September 2020
  • 19 September – 02 October 2020
  • 03 October – 16 October 2020
  • 17 October – 30 October 2020
  • 31 October – 13 November 2020
  • 14 November – 27 December 2020
  • 28 November – 11 December 2020

Documents Required

  • Personal Details – Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Nationality.
  • Medical Form – to be signed by doctor if volunteer has illnesses to declare.
  • Clear criminal background check.

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