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28 Days Exciting Conservation Safari in South Africa

  • South Africa

Mind-blowing Safari South Africa

If you want to gain your awareness towards the amazing wilderness, get opportunities for solitude, primitive and unconfined recreation, then this conservation safari might be just right for you. In this safari, you will experience life on a game reserve and will be actively involved in many activities in preserving the nature. You will spend the time at the exclusive pristine areas, do many exciting conservation activities, and learn to protect the nature. Don't miss this amazing life-changing opportunity!

Highlights

  • Conservation projects
  • Training in orientation week
  • Training materials & research equipment
  • 27 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals
  • 27 activity days
  • English
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During the safari, you will stay in a fantastic, homely house within the reserve. The house accommodates a maximum of 10 volunteers and offers two spacious rooms with shared, dormitory-style sleeping arrangements. Each dormitory has its own bathroom with hot and cold water. The house also has a lounge, dining room, office, kitchen and an outside area complete with barbecue facilities. All linen will be supplied although you have to bring your own towels. There is a laundry service provided twice a week. Telephone communication on the reserve is not always guaranteed although you will have the opportunity to phone, e-mail and post letters once a week in the nearest town.

This program is run in conjunction with the private wilderness reserve and the staff and volunteers are seen as an extension of the team responsible for running the reserve. During your time with Africa Experience, you will experience life on a game reserve and will be actively involved in all aspects thereof.

Your first week will be an orientation week during which you will participate in a number of lectures and practicals, which will provide you with the tools you will need to actively contribute to the reserve. During this time, you will learn the principles and goals of the reserve and be provided with a general knowledge of conservation in South Africa as well as its importance. You will also learn important bush skills such as first aid, 4x4 driving, fence maintenance, etc. You will be introduced to research and monitoring programs and learn the correct methods of recording and capturing data. You will be taught how to correctly handle and care for all the equipment that will be used during your time on the reserve.

During the orientation week, you will also be introduced to the main plant and animal species that you will be expected to be able to identify by the end of this week. You will be introduced to wilderness ethics and principles and will be taught the basic principles of field guiding. Orientation week is of great importance as your contribution for the remainder of your time with Africa Experience will have a direct effect on the future well-being of the reserve.

The following three weeks consist of 2 - 3 work sessions a day (approximately 3 hours each) where you will be involved in hands-on activities on the reserve. While we hope that your time at the camp will be educational, inspiring and above all else, enjoyable, it is expected that you are participating in the running of an active Wilderness Reserve.

Type of projects

There are both short term projects and long term (or on-going) projects that take place on the reserve. Below are some examples of the type of projects that you could expect to be involved in:

  • Sex / age ratio analysis
  • Large animal demography
  • Vegetation surveys
  • Elephant - vegetation impact study
  • Ecological base line surveys
  • Predator / prey dynamics
  • Jackal focus
  • Nyala breeding project
  • Nocturnal mammal focus
  • Assisting with game counts when needed

Other required activities

The work on a reserve is diverse, and each day will bring new challenges and developments. Apart from the monitoring and research that you will be involved in, there are also a number of other activities which you will be required to participate in:

  • Sleep outs / monitoring in remote areas
  • Erosion control and habitat rehabilitation
  • Assisting with maintenance of boundary fences and fence patrols
  • Removal of internal fencing / pens / droppers / poles / wire / rubbish from old mines etc.
  • Building of any required bomas or other structures
  • Participating in anti-poaching and snare patrols
  • Game capture and transportation where applicable 
  • Erection and maintenance of roads, dams, boreholes etc. 
  • Mechanical maintenance of equipment and vehicles 
  • Alien vegetation control
  • Water provision and management
  • Bush encroachment and its control

This conservation safari takes place in South Africa.

  • 2 laundry service per week
  • 27 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport pick-up and transfer to base (from airport)
  • All training in orientation week
  • Daily meals
  • Telemetry tracking equipment
  • Training materials and research equipment
  • Transport for social activity
  • Weekly town trip or supply run
  • Costs for any social activities during leisure time
  • Flights
  • Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.