Location: Limpopo, South Africa
Duration: 2-12 weeks commitment
Start Dates: Project starts on a Saturday with set start dates throughout the year. Check with us when applying.
Cost: from £1,745 for 2 weeks. Check the Costs tab for further information.
Includes: All food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities
Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
- Learn what is being done in Southern Africa to prevent rhino poaching and contribute in a safe way to conservation efforts.
- Learn to identify predators, like lions, cheetahs, and leopards, as well as megaherbivores like elephants and rhinos.
- Master radio telemetry techniques and learning how to track and record animal movements.
- Live and work alongside Field Guide Association of South Africa, FGASA, qualified guides, growing personally and professionally by learning from their experiences.
South Africa is home to several species under threat, like the critically endangered black rhinoceros and near threatened white rhinoceros. Our international conservation team in Karongwe private nature reserve, only an hour from Kruger National Park, works toward conserving the species found in the protected area by partnering with local and international organisations like the South African National, SAN Parks authority and the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
This program gives volunteers the opportunity to learn about the global issue of poaching and how international and South African organisations are working on prevention. The focus specifically concerns the poaching of rhinoceros. Volunteers will attend lectures on the topic of poaching, the impact of losing important animals on the ecosystem, how anti-poaching efforts are set up and run which will be presented by a SAN Parks representative, and how fundraising initiatives are set up and run, as well as delivering environmental education workshops in the local community.
You will work closely with our Internship co-ordinator and attend anti-poaching awareness lectures. You will also assist with fundraising projects for rhino conservation.
It is important to note that you won’t take part in anti-poaching patrols due to the dangerous nature of the activity. You should expect to get involved in other conservation activities, like the monitoring of predators, assisting with habitat rehabilitation in the local area, and conservation awareness at local schools.
Most weekdays will be spent going on a safari conservation drive through the protected are. Each volunteer is assigned to specific duty on each drive. This might include using the telemetry equipment to track lions, cheetahs, and other predators, capturing the data noted on the drive, navigating through the reserve, or checking and tidying the vehicle.
You will head out on 1-2 drives a day, master radio telemetry techniques and learn to track animals through the bush; get acquainted with big game and all the main predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino.
Travel & Accom.
Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) rooms with shared bathroom facilities. There is cold running water available for showers. Flush toilet facilities are available, and participants share base duties, including cleaning and other chores.
Participants take it in turns to prepare meals for the group. Food is very basic with about two thirds of the meals vegetarian. Breakfast could be cereal, fresh fruit, rusks etc., lunch is typically sandwiches, salads and a typical evening meal may include rice, fresh veg, etc.
- Minimum age 18
- Be keen and enthusiastic to get involved in the project
- Ability to work within a team environment
- Minimum 2 weeks commitment
- CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
- Signed medical form
- Good English skills
- Necessary vaccinations
- Necessary flight & visas
- Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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*** Placements are confirmed with a 20% deposit.
Project Fee includes;
- Airport pickup
- In-country support
- All project activities.
What’s not included:
- Visas (if applicable)
Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
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