If you want to immerse yourself into the heart of African conservation.. this is the project for you! Join us on thisconservation and research project located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana and help with the data collection and research for the Tuli Wilderness.
Volunteers assist in tracking, observing and monitoring animal species and updating the reserve's database. They will be assisting in the preservation and protection of Botswana’s wildlife, and get very much involved with the work rather than sitting back and observing and provide a valuable resource to the project!
As Tuli Wilderness is a true wilderness and we therefore do not implement any land management policies. Animals ebb and flow with the seasons making it difficult to guarantee specifics. We do have research collars on various predators residing in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve.
Mammals that utilise the project’s core study area include Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena, Brown Hyaena, Wild Dog, Eland, Giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, Impala, Klipspringer, Bushbuck, Common Duiker, Steenbok, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Warthog, Bushpig, Smallspotted and Large Spotted Genet, Civet, Caracal, Porcupine, African Wildcat, Banded and Slender and Selous’ Mongoose, Rock and Yellow-spotted Dassie, Hippo, Crocodile, Aardwolf, Aardvark, Honey Badger, Vervet Monkey, Chacma Baboon, Springhare, Scrub, Hare, Lesser Bushbaby and more!
The project director sits as a trustee of Children in the Wilderness, Limpopo Valley, and through this trust Tuli Wilderness works with and supports children from the local communities, inspiring them to care for and protect their natural heritage. We are actively involved within the schools and sponsor and operate 5-night camps for the local children, developing an interest and passion for conservation in them and nurturing leaders to become custodians of these fragile ecosystems in the future!
Here is how a typical day in the life of a volunteer might take shape:
Volunteers live within an unfenced bush camp situated in the centre of this land and against the banks of the dry Mohave River. Accommodated in thatched huts, complete with beds and all linen supplied, the volunteers wake to eat breakfast in the thatched lapa built around an Apple Leaf tree before the first planned activity of the day. Upon your return to the camp from your morning activity, volunteers transfer the collected data to the project computer, spend the time during the heat of the day browsing the library of literature on the flora and fauna, eating lunch and socialising with their new camp-mates.
Later, the second activity of the day is undertaken – either with the planned purpose or maybe with a new focus dependent upon what was found earlier that day (maybe predator tracks were found or a carcass located). Although this is characteristic of a typical day, some mornings may start at 3am or may continue beyond midnight into the kingdom of nocturnal creatures.
After a substantial evening meal and chat around the campfire, underneath the incredible starry night sky, volunteers retire to sleep in comfort and to a background of animal cries and calls.
Every Sunday is day off. However tasks such as data processing still need to be done on a Sunday.
Volunteers are welcome from anything from 2-12 week placements.
Are you interested in helping out in this fanstatic wilderness project. Click here for prices and more details or contact Kylie our destination manager for this project directly at firstname.lastname@example.org