Travel to the African savannah to participate in rhino poaching awareness efforts and wildlife research studies.
Work on rhino anti-poaching awareness efforts and other conservation efforts alongside a passionate international conservation team in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve in Limpopo. Gain a thorough understanding of the African ecosystem and conservation issues and contribute through environmental education, and by conducting research. Get an unfiltered look into some of the most remarkable wildlife as well as fauna and flora of the African continent.
Project work is Monday though to Friday
January - November
The program focuses on creating an increased awareness around anti-rhino poaching but mostly you will get involved with a wide range of routine wildlife conservation activities.
Our staff in South Africa will provide all participants with the necessary training and knowledge. You can look forward to:
When you are not on a research game drive, attending a lecture or working on your awareness initiatives, you will be entering the data you have collected, some of which will be utilised by the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
You will also be involved in various other wildlife conservation project focuses.
Rise each morning to the sounds of an authentically African birdsong at dawn, and head out in open-topped safari vehicles to conduct research vital for the conservation of key predators species, like cheetahs and lions. Head back to camp, when the sun is at its height, input data, study, assist with cooking or tidying, or relax with other participants in our shared outdoor social space. When the African sun starts to set over the Drakensberg mountains at dusk, head out again to conduct further research.
During the expedition you will have 1 day off a week. In this time you could visit the stunning local mountains (Karongwe), go curio shopping, or just spend some time wandering around the local town. At the end of each 4 week cycle volunteers have the opportunity to take 4 days off, during which they are free to arrange their own trips if they wish. Before and after your program you could visit Kruger National Park, the Blyde River Canyon, go bungi jumping or canyoning at Sabiethe possibilities are endless!
Mixed dorm with a shared bathroom
Shared, mixed gender dorm rooms with shared bathrooms
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.
WiFi is available on on a ‘prepaid’ service on base, we advise participants bring extra cash to purchase WiFi credit.
Participants typically use mobile phones to keep in touch, with limited access to internet. MTN South Africa and Vodacom are the service providers that covers both bases. Check with your home service provider that they have roaming agreements with MTN or Vodacom. SIM cards and starter packs/ airtime are easily available on the weekly town trips for less than R5.00, but will require a passport for registration purposes.
Pick up included on the day or program start from Hoedspruit Airport (HDS)
Medical form & Criminal Background check
In the event that you have an illness to declare, your doctor will need to sign you off for the project
Kit list will be provided upon confirmation
Once you have confirmed your spot on this program, you will be allocated to a dedicated program expert who will assist you as you prepare for your program.
Project staff on base who facilitate the project, run training’s & assist with any additional health & safety needs if required. 24 Hour emergency phone. Please ask your program expert for more information.
You will be given the option to pay in instalments for an Instalment Fee of £125 per booking. If you select this Instalment Fee option, a non-refundable deposit payment of £350 is due within 48 hours of notice of acceptance onto the program, 50% of the balance will fall due 16 weeks before departure and the remaining 50% of the balance will fall due 12 weeks before departure. If you the Participant cancel this agreement, the Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of any monies paid.
If you do not select the Instalment Fee option, the full cost of your booking is due within 48 hours of notice of acceptance onto the program. If you the Participant cancel this agreement more than 16 weeks prior to departure, the Participant shall be entitled to a refund of the full amount paid minus £350.
If you the Participant cancel this agreement between 16 and 12 weeks prior to departure, the Participant shall be entitled to a refund of 60% of the full amount paid. If you the Participant cancel this agreement less than 12 weeks prior to departure, the Participant shall be entitled to a refund of £100.
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