Location: Karongwe Private Game Reserve South Africa
Duration: 1-12 weeks commitment
Start Dates: Weekly project starts on a Saturday.
Price: from £2,145 for 1 week. Check the Prices tab for further information.
- Includes: All food, accommodation, airport pickup, pre-departure orientation and training, and all project related activities.
- Does not include: Flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations.
- Master the art of camera trapping by assisting our Science Officer with Karongwe ongoing large-scale project.
- Go on a wildlife safari adventure in a private South African nature reserve while contributing directly to conservation efforts.
- Listen to the quiet hush of the wild open spaces, waking each morning to a chorus of savannah birds and drifting off to the nighttime hum of endemic frogs and crickets.
- 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.
- In your free time, visit the famous Kruger National Park, only an hour away from where the GVI base is located or visit the nearby Drakensberg Mountains where awe-inspiring vistas are afforded over the Blyde River Canyon.
- Live and work alongside Field Guide Association of South Africa, FGASA, qualified guides, growing personally and professionally by learning from their experiences.
- Sleep under the star-filled Southern night sky, its beauty enhanced by the lack of light pollution, and wake to a golden African dawn.
Travel to Karongwe Private Nature and Wildlife Reserve, a protected natural area located an hour from Kruger National Park, to assist our Science Officer with the reserve’s ongoing large-scale camera trapping project. You will master the art of camera trapping whilst gaining a deeper understanding of its increasing use in conservation, not only for surveying elusive animal populations but also for anti-poaching purposes. Assist with checking traps contributing crucial data to our records. Collate highly accurate identification kits, allowing researchers to understand individual movements as well as inter-and intra-specific species competition, ultimately facilitating conservation management in the privately owned conservation area.
You will also contribute to other conservation activities such as monitoring predators, assisting with habitat rehabilitation, 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. Our staff on base will guide you through our training program during your first week on base to ensure you are prepared for all conservation work you will be carrying out.
Contribute to our ongoing wide-scale camera trapping project on Karongwe Private Game Reserve, to aid us in identifying elusive species, in the process, contributing to UN SDG #15 Life on Land.
- You will master the art of camera trapping whilst gaining a deeper understanding of its increasing use in conservation, not only for surveying elusive animal populations but also for anti-poaching purposes.
- You will assist with checking traps weekly, downloading this data onto our large database, sorting the data, and added it to our records.
- From here, you will assist with collating highly accurate identification kits, allowing researchers to understand individual movements as well as inter-and intra-specific species competition, ultimately facilitating conservation management in the privately owned conservation area.
- In addition, you will contribute to other conservation activities, like the monitoring of predators, assisting with habitat rehabilitation in the local area, and conservation awareness at local schools.
Activities will include:
- 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 & Accommodation
Accommodation & Food:
You will be living with the other volunteers in shared accommodation. You will have a shared (same gender) room with an en-suite bathroom.
All meals are provided on project. Participants take it in turns to prepare meals for the group as a whole, and all dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Health & Hygiene:
The work we contribute to across the globe remains important and new measures allow our participants to continue to join our programs and continue impacting positively on their world and the communities we work with. Changes to our existing protocols have been made by our health and hygiene team to strengthen our health and hygiene protocols and ensure that international standard safeguards are in place to protect our participants, staff and host communities. Please inquire for more information on the protocols.
Local field staff are a great source of information for sightseeing activities. Weekends are free for you to explore the beautiful sight, the possibilities are endless!
- 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.
- 1 week – £2,145
- 2 weeks – £2,445
- 4 weeks – £3,145
- 6 weeks – £3,795
- 8 weeks – £4,445
- 10 weeks – £5,095
- 12 weeks – £5,745
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*** Placements are confirmed with a 20% deposit.
Project Fee includes;
- 24-hour emergency phone
- 24-hour 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
- Location orientation
- Long term experienced staff
- Meals while on project
- Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
- Welcome meeting
- Online program training before program start date:
- Pre-Departure Orientation (1 Hour)
- Program Specific Training (1-5 Hours)
- OPTIONAL: Wildlife Conservation Online Course (10-15 Hours)
What’s not included:
- Additional drinks and gratuities
- Extra local excursions
- International and domestic airport taxes
- Medical and travel insurance
- Personal items and toiletries
- Police or background check
- Visa costs (where necessary)
Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
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