Join our wildlife research teams on game reserves within the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa for unforgettable close up experiences with Africa’s most iconic predators while contributing to important wildlife conservation work. You will collect data and track, survey, and monitor the elusive at-risk predators of South Africa.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU WILL GET TO:
- Follow the clues and identify individual leopards – helping to build a vital database of individual kits
- Learn the practical methods used in animal research such as camera traps, track measurement, identification databases and heat mapping
- Identify individual Wild Dogs and Hyenas to understand group dynamics and behaviour
- Join Unique night and day stake-outs to discover and monitor leopard corridors across properties to better highlight their movements and home ranges
- Become a night-owl and see nocturnal animals in their environment on night drives
- Camp out in the bush – learning the stars and eating around a bush fire
- Assist with on-going conservation initiatives such as building waterholes, removing alien plants and conducting snare sweeps
- Live in an African lodge on your very own private reserve in the world famous Greater Kruger Area
- Explore Blyde River Canyon, take in the sight of the Panorama route, go for a hike or put another stamp in your passport by visiting the intriguing land-locked country of Swaziland over your weekends
About the Destination
During your volunteer placement, you will stay at our program base in the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa, a wildlife hotspot situated just 45-minutes from the world-famous Kruger National Park.
Surrounded by game reserves, the spacious thatched lodge boasts a large swimming pool and is situated on 18 hectares of land. This beautiful landscape serves as home to impala, warthog, bush pig, nyala and a great diversity of birdlife. Here can you dine, relax and socialise with fellow interns, volunteers and staff.
Whether you’re looking for gap-year travel, work experience or simply a career-break, this is an experience that will give you new perspectives, new friends, new skills and give you a glimpse into the beautiful world of the African wild. At weekends our team can help you organise day and over night trips to nearby attractions, including the world-famous Blyde River Canyon.
Fun & Travel
Go on Weekend Trips
Back at the lodge after a day’s excitement and hard work, you can relax at the pool, have a drink at the bar, watch a movie or enjoy a games night with other volunteers. Often we have presentations by guides and other staff members giving you an extra opportunity to learn more about the African environment and its inhabitants, both animal and human. Dinner is served in the boma weekly with a nice big fire, often followed by marshmallows! You can also have fun by getting involved in some fundraising events such as games and quiz nights.
Cultural presentations, achievement presentations, poaching debates, star-gazing and a presentation about our partners and The African Impact Foundation could be available for you to attend.
Dates & Rates
Our project fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your stay
- 3 meals a day cooked by a local chef (weekdays only)
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Transport to and from project
- 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
- Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
- Project equipment and resources
Our project fee excludes:
- Flights (we can assist you with this)
- Medical or travel insurance (we can assist you with this)
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
“My two biggest highlights were definitely seeing the North Pride kill a wildebeest by the road and following the whole process of the hunt. Another highlight was when we followed two leopards mating for 45 minutes. The weekend trips were fantastic and all the people I got to know during my experience. It has influenced me a lot, and basically changed my life. I am more certain now than ever before what direction I want to take in life. And after getting to know people from all over the world, I now feel the world is more open to me, and travelling in the future will be way easier.”
Haarvard Rosenlund, Norway
“I had always thought that I was fairly knowledgeable about Africa and it’s wildlife including the conservation of endangered species. However, the opportunity to talk with experts in the field has broadened my knowledge considerably. I have had a truly remarkable experience on this program that I would happily recommend to anyone at home. I have gained a considerable amount of knowledge about wildlife and conservation management and it has been a privilege to work with such a positive group of people.”
Keith Mordey, UK