SOUTH AFRICA - Big 5 Wildlife Conservation

Travel to the home of the Big Five in the South African bush, assisting our team’s important conservation research. This project gives you a real and unfiltered look into Africa’s incredible iconic wildlife. But unlike a tourist safari, you play an active and meaningful role in the research and long term conservation of South Africa’s natural resources in this stunning region of the world.

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 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.

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.
  • First Aid & CPR training.
  • Location orientation.
  • Long term experienced staff.
  • Meals while on project.
  • Research training.
  • Reserve fees and permits.
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared).
  • Telemetry training as relevant.
  • Welcome meeting.
  • Wildlife identification techniques.

 

Experience Fee Excludes:

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

Dates

  • 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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