Collect data and conduct vital research on large predators, including lion and leopard, to provide information for the Thanda Foundation. This will involve being in the bush to observe hunting, social, breeding and territorial behaviour at various different times of the day. Based at Thanda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Combine this project with a volunteer trip to beautiful St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal to help on community projects and SAVE, plus we'll give you a free Elephant Interaction experience! Click here for more details!
Large Predators Research & Conservation Project, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Thanda Private Game Reserve in Kwazulu-Natal near South Africa’s East coast.
Large Predator Monitoring 40-50%
Conservation work within the Park 30-40%
Data Recording 10-20%
Your role as a volunteer will include:
- Monday through to Friday, participate in 2 activities per day, which usually include research drives and conservation activities
- Collate and record research data on the lions and leopards. This will involve being in the bush to observe hunting, social, breeding and territorial behaviour at various different times of the day
- Be involved in night drives to monitor the movements of the predators
- Capturing data as required by the reserve management team on their on-going endangered species work
- Carry out physical work to help regenerate natural bush from reclaimed farmland including the prevention of further soil erosion and the removal of old fences to avoid injuries for animals
- Contribute to the long term strategy of removal of Alien Plants from the park
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Thanda Private Game Reserve in Kwazulu-Natal near South Africa’s East coast.
What will I be doing?
Based at the award winning Thanda Game Reserve you will help the research team by gathering information in the field and spending time in the bush on conservation initiatives.
- Live in the heart of a Big 5 game reserve
- Collect data and conduct vital research on large predators, including lion and leopard to provide information for the Thanda Foundation
- Partake in research drives and conservation activities
- Monitor the night time movements of the Predators in the park
- Assist on conservation initiatives within the Park such as alien plant control, soil erosion and assisting the reserve management where needed
- Assist with weekly game counts
- Make friends for life with other international volunteers!
- The project fee entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with via the Thanda Foundation
- Transport between Durban airport and Thanda on set Sundays only. We will arrive at the airport for 10.30 and aim to leave at 13.30
- Orientation program, including a security briefing on living within a Big 5 game reserve
- All research drives/transfers that are project related, during your stay
- Full board and lodging, which includes 3 meals a day at our volunteer house
- Assistance at your projects by African Impact staff and volunteer coordinators
- Personal Travel Insurance for the duration of your placement
- All transport to Durban airport
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
- E-mail / Internet and telephone calls
- Soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits
- All visas for border crossings
- Any excursions over-and-above your planned itinerary (see guideline of weekend travel highlights)
- A very small cost for laundry service (Roughly R60 for 15 items)
- Wifi which costs R40 for 30 minutes and R70 for 60 minutes
What does the cost exclude?
For this project, enthusiasm for African wildlife is essential, research, knowledge and experience is helpful, but not necessary. On arrival you will have a comprehensive orientation facilitated by your volunteer coordinator including:
- Overview of the aims of the project and your role as a volunteer
- An introduction to where you are staying and description of the game reserve
Volunteers need to be 18 years and older to participate on this project.
Please note that in Africa (and particularly in this region) we experience a lot of water shortages and there may be times during your stay when this may affect you. Please keep an open mind and be conscious about how much water you use on a daily basis.