- Experiencing a unique African bush adventure at the heart of a spectacular game reserve.
- Be woken by a dawn chorus and sent to sleep by the roar of lions.
- Master radio telemetry techniques and learning to track animals through the bush.
- Get acquainted with big game and all the main predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino.
- 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 Big 5 Wildlife Conservation Experience:
- There are various core focuses of our conservation research. These include general predator monitoring of hyaena and leopard, elephant monitoring, rhino monitoring and general game counts assessing sustainability, distribution and sex and age ratios.
- Before getting fully involved, you will undergo training that will cover how to carry out extensive radio tracking and monitoring of all the collared predators on the reserve.
- You will learn a variety of new skill including mammal and bird identification, ecology and bush first aid. This 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. All this will do is develop a baseline and holistic understanding of all aspects of the bush.
- We participate in community work where you will be expected to participate in educational days with local communities, highlighting the importance of conservation.
- 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.