African Wildlife Research

Western Cape, South Africa

$1995.00

 

The Experience

This wildlife research program is one like no other, it is an enriching and unforgettable experience for people that truly desire an up-close and personal experience in the world of conservation. Conservation is more than just a tourist safari. It is getting one’s hands dirty protecting the diverse flora and fauna of the region, absorbing all the senses of what this region has to offer with its sights, sounds and smells; its being enriched by the history of the past and knowing that one can make a tremendous difference for the future by learning and protecting the vast and irreplaceable ecosystem.

Putting all the hard work aside, on your leisure time you can visit the nearby beaches which are breath taking or try shark cage diving! Visit the Addo National Park to do some wildlife watching or try some adrenaline Sports. This project will give you an adventure of a lifetime!

Becoming a volunteer, you will have adventures in all aspects of conservation including researching leopard population, cheetah and elephant monitoring, bird and ecological surveys, analyzing game transects, possibly translocations and releases, hands-on work projects of restoring flora, recording and evaluating data and sustaining the habitat and so much more!

 

This Is Why

  • Work on the front line of wild life conservation by helping prevent the extinction of endangered species and their habitat.
  • Enjoy an unforgettable experience in the wilds of Africa and gain valuable field experience for your future career.
  • Enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to view animals like cheetahs and elephants while assisting with important research in to their populations!
  • Work along side an amazing team of staff. Immerse yourself in a new tradition, culture and way of living!

 
 
Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year round however the project close in mid-December to mid-January. (Arrivals are every second Saturday)
  • Package Price

    02 Weeks: $1995.00 US$
    04 Weeks: $2995.00 US$
    06 Weeks: $3895.00 US$
  • Volunteer duration
    02 - 6 weeks (The project accepts long term volunteers and longer durations available on request)
  • Average Work hours
    You will work from 6:30 to 15:30 with a short lunch break. All volunteers work for half day on Fridays and enjoy a cultural activity in the afternoons.
  • Number of Volunteers
    6
  • Volunteer accommodation
    Available
  • Housing Type
    Basic but comfortable volunteer house with amazing views.
    Internet Access
  • Available at the volunteer house.
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Individuals who have a passion for teaching and a great interest in children, education and willing to give back to the community. Being hardworking, motivated, mature and initiative are some qualities you must possess and living in a remote area must be something you can handle. You must have a good knowledge of English and good communicating skills. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules of the project and the community is essential.

Fast Facts: 

Where? Knysa, South Africa

Country Size: 1,109 km2 
428 sq mile

Population density? 62/km2
160/sq mile

Country Famous for? Wildlife watching, Addo National Park, Elephants, Dolphins, beaches, lagoons, friendly people, great restaurants, shopping, bungee jumping, adrenaline sports

When to visit: All year round 

    • What's Included
      • Placement
        African Wildlife Research
      • Accommodation
        You will be staying in a comfortable farm style house based on a 7,200-hectare reserve.  The house is fully equipped with shared bedrooms, a communal lounge and kitchen; as well as an outdoor braai area where you can enjoy relaxing under the trees. Wi-Fi included as well!
      • Meals
        Meals are not provided however; groceries and ingredients will be and volunteers are responsible for preparing their own meals.
      • Airport Pick + Drop off

        You will need to fly into Johannesburg and catch a connecting flight to POLOKWANE (PTG), which is our nearest airport. We will collect you from Polokwane airport and transfer you to the Reserve (this is included in the cost of your program) - just look out for a sign with your name! On departure, we will transport you to the airport and/ or assist with any further travel arrangements.
      • Ongoing service

        If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
      • Tours

        Through our organization you have the possibility to book tours in South Africa after you have finished your volunteer project.
      • 24/7 Emergency contact
        If there are any problems during your stay in South Africa you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

      What's not included: International flights, Insurance

      Package Price: 
      02 Weeks: $1995.00 US$
      04 Weeks: $2995.00 US$
      06 Weeks: $3895.00 US$

    • RESPONSIBILITIES

      Some of your responsibilities will include:

      • Monitoring of important species, Mammals surveying & Bird Surveying and Reserve management.
      • Ecological surveying.
      • Camera trap set ups and checking of photos.
      • Game Transects.
      • Any other duties given to you by the coordinator.
  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 2 weeks.
    • Must have an interest in wildlife and research.
    • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humor, mature, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
    • Must be motivated and be initiative.
    • Age: 18+
    • Must have a good knowledge of English and confident in speaking it.
    • Good communication skills
    • Must have a good knowledge of English and confident in speaking it.
    • Must be able to work as part of a team or individually.
    • Good communication skills.
    • Must be polite and courteous at all times.
    • ARequired to have a police clearance or certificate of good conduct.
    • Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics of the project.
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Limpopo Province, South Africa
    • Area Famous For
      Wildlife watching, Addo National Park, Elephants, Dolphins, beaches, lagoons, friendly people, great restaurants, shopping, bungee jumping, adrenaline sports
    • When to visit
      All year round (Except mid-December to mid-January) 
  • Itinerary & Details
    Day 1 - Arrive in South Africa;
    You will need to fly into Johannesburg and catch a connecting flight to POLOKWANE (PTG), which is our nearest airport. We will collect you from Polokwane airport and transfer you to the Reserve (this is included in the cost of your program) - just look out for a sign with your name! 
    For 2 - 6 Weeks – Volunteer at our African Wildlife Research project.
    For a minimum of two weeks you will be volunteering in South Africa contributing your time and efforts towards important conservation and research projects while gaining knowledge through informative lectures and various scientific research methods! 
    Your last day
    - You will fly back home or take the opportunity to travel through South Africa. Our staff will gladly help you to book any tours to see more of this great country. 
  • Accommodation

    You will be staying in a comfortable farm style house based on a 7,200-hectare reserve.  The house is fully equipped with shared bedrooms, a communal lounge and kitchen; as well as an outdoor braai area where you can enjoy relaxing under the trees. Wi-Fi included as well!

    Things to bring from home

    • Hiking Shoes
    • Rain gear
    • Anti Mosquito repellent + after bite
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat/cap to protect yourself from the sun
    • Suncream

    Meals

    Meals are not provided however; groceries and ingredients will be, and volunteers are responsible for preparing their own meals.

    Location

    This project is in the Limpopo Province of South Africa where you will have access to all amenities including wifi and electricity. Surrounded by rich wildlife, spectacular scenery and a wealth of historical and cultural treasures. Enjoy visiting the neighboring National Park and World Heritage site!

Testimonials Coming Soon!

 

 

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