South African Wildlife experience
An incredible opportunity to gain real world practical skills and experience relating to your academic studies and to enhance your career employability, acting as a steppingstone into the conservation industry. Live and learn with the experts, work with various professional backgrounds all while helping protect wildlife and local communities.
Plus with scholarships and grants available for anyone studying, working or volunteering already with conservation broadly, we’re committed to investing in you!
About the programme:
Join us for 2 or 4 weeks, living on a 40,000 hectare “Big Five” (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) wildlife reserve in South Africa, as you volunteer and take part in over 12 different conservation projects!
Live and work in the heart of the African bush. Your camp can be found on the banks of Oliphants River, an animal highway and a great spot to watch wildlife. This will be your home base where you’ll spend most of your time taking part in conservation projects.
Full time Monday to Friday, with a chance to do the many optional activities on offer in the area on the weekends.
Most days begin with an early start, (as animals are most active morning and evening to beat the heat) and finish with the beautiful African sun set.
Each day your guides will brief you on the details of each conservation project and how you will be contributing. Then, as a team and under the supervision of your guides, you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience working directly with wildlife and local communities.
Projects you’ll work on:
– Rhino behavioural research
– Anti-poaching patrols
– Bird ringing and surveying
– Invasive species management
– Small mammal trap and release
– Sustainable agriculture projects
– Camera trap surveying
– Community outreach
– Tree surveying
– Insect and moth surveying
– Reserve management
– Assisting rural vets
– Wildlife rehabilitation
– Handling and presenting animals to rural communities
– Track and sign