||All year round - you
choose your start and finish dates.
You should arrive on any Friday.
2 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
No qualifications needed, just a big
heart and a love of animals and their conservation. Minimum age 17.
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at Polokwane airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Return transfer to Polokwane airport
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required).
Who can do
This project is open to all nationalities and all ages
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
conservation, caring for animals and working with
wildlife overseas. This is a good placement if you want
to learn about conservation strategies and wildlife
habitat and behaviour while doing voluntary work,
projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in South Africa or
a short break activity.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many
diverse cultures in South Africa
The unique and very rare opportunity to gain practical, hands-on
veterinary medicine experience with wild animals in a Game Reserve
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
This project is based on a Game Reserve in the Limpopo
province, in Northern South Africa. The reserve has 18,000 acres,
so you'll have plenty of opportunity to see some or all of the great
variety of species living on the Reserve:
Giraffe, Lion, Cheetah, Eland, Buffalo,
Leopard, Roan, Kudu, Hyena,
Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Gemsbok, Sable, Impala, Duiker,
Steenbok, Wild Dog, Aardwolf, Serval, Caracal,
Black-backed Jackal, and Bat-eared Fox!
Cheetah: This project was started to
specifically find a solution to Cheetah/Farmer conflict, to demonstrate
that Cheetahs could be sustainable through tourism rather than by
hunting and killing them. This idea has now
expanded to include a very successful Predator Conservation project
conserves and sustains all the large predators on the Reserve.
You'll learn a great deal. You'll be given training in how to
practically assist and will work closely with the field staff to really
make a difference. The main aspects include tracking and
monitoring predators, researching and collecting data, and assisting on the Roan and Sable breeding
You may also research and monitor Buffalo habituation. You'll experience night
safaris (an unbelievable experience!) and will work in the bush almost
every day of the project.
Typical Weekly Schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:
and monitoring, rhino tracking and monitoring, buffalo
habituation, sable and roan breeding project management, reserve
Wednesday: Spend the day at the local township school
assisting with conservation lessons on awareness of wildlife to
Saturdays are dedicated maintenance days
which could include vehicle maintenance, checking game fences,
tidying of the camp and project work areas.
Day off spent at cheetah conservation reserve
This is a superb project. You'll not only
witness some extraordinary sights, but learn a great deal about African
Wildlife and make a
difference in the process! Volunteers help on the working Reserve, so
you'll get the chance to experience 'real' Africa through important
wildlife conservation. This project is leading the way in finding new
approaches to solving the farmer / predator conflict. You can expect to help in
some or all of the following areas:
Predator tracking and monitoring (the majority of the cheetah and
hyena tracking is done on foot)
Game capture (seasonal)
Assisting on the Roan and Sable breeding project
As a working reserve, plans and schedules can change when the unexpected
happens, but generally a typical day would be something like this:
Wildlife tracking/monitoring (cheetah, rhino, serval,
Head back to camp
You'll also have the opportunity to be involved in up to 3
drives per week. You'll work Monday - Saturday, with Saturday being an
off-day. The work you do and the data you collect will contribute to
best practice of running a sustainable Game Reserve and will also be
used to inform others of sustainable conservation practices for the
various different species. You'll be guided and the work you do will be challenging, but
determined by your abilities.
You'll live on the Reserve, in the beautiful tented camp. It
was designed specifically to ensure that volunteers are as close to
Africa as possible, without compromising safety or comfort. Each tent has a
wooden deck with an en-suite, open-air bathroom. There is no electricity at
the camp, but it is lit by firelight and paraffin lamps in the evening, which amplifies the night
atmosphere of being in the African bush.
Evening entertainment is based around board games, playing
cards and socialising around the camp fire. The camp has a rustic charm
which encourages an atmosphere of laid back relaxation....the way Africa was
meant to be experienced!
Food: All food is prepared for you and is a mix of
African and international dishes. Sometimes breakfast is prepared at
different locations in the bush after an afternoon tracking the cheetah!
All food is prepared for
you and is a mix of African and international dishes. Sometimes breakfast is
prepared at different locations in the bush
This project is based in a rural location, 25km from Alldays, the nearest
town. The project staff make at least one trip a week into town, which you're
welcome to join. If you wish to arrange extra trips, your Co-ordinator will be
happy to help.
easiest way is for you to book your international flight through any airline of
your choice, arriving in Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport), and
then book a connecting domestic flight from Johannesburg to Polokwane (our
You should arrive in Polokwane on a Friday,
before 15.00 hrs, and your flight should also depart on a Friday, after 10.00
Volunteers who find it difficult to get flights that fit this arrival
schedule often arrive in Polokwane the night before (Thursday) instead. We can
recommend a Bed & Breakfast accommodation that will collect you from the airport
when you arrive, and then we arrange for our transport service to collect you
from the accommodation on the Friday morning.
Got any questions? Please email us:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of
the Project stafff who
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone.
During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture.
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The best advice you'll get from us
is to try to see some of the country while you're in South
Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting
and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably
the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up
there :-) KwaZulu-Natal comes a very
close second, albeit very different. Knysna is
where South Africans go on vacation, which gives you some idea of
how lovely the region is.
Northern South Africa has some of
the most famous Game Reserves, including Kruger National Park,
and vibrant cities like Johannesburg. With its gold mines and
history, it's very different to the rest of the country.
ACTIVITIES IN CAPE TOWN
Enjoy exciting and “real” adventures with an adrenaline twist!
(insanely jumping off very high cliffs into pools of water!)
(just up the coast)
…..and a LOT,
Tours - A visit to one of the many townships surrounding the city is an
experience that will open your eyes to the way in which the biggest portion
of Cape Town's population are living. Take a township tour of Langa, the oldest township in
South Africa or Khayelitsha, the second largest township in South Africa.
Township tours will usually be co-led by a resident in the area, showcase
local industry and community projects and include a visit to a township bar
Winelands - Wine lover or not, a visit to the Cape Winelands is an absolute
must as the region is one of breathtaking beauty and majestic mountain
backdrops. Rolling vineyards
and quaint Cape Dutch homesteads ... as well as some of the country's best wines.
Cape Town has lots of
cafes and restaurants
seating areas overlooking the street or on the pavements, with colourful sun
umbrellas - a perfect place to sit with the sun on
your face, watching passers-by ambling along, sipping a steamy cappucino or
staving off the heat with a cold drink.
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you
arrive in your new country, please
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