Big 5 Conservation Experience in South Africa

Sidbury, South Africa

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50 people
14 days
Code: ZAVCN1
Activity and Adventure, Big Cat Conservation, Botany Conservation, Elephant Conservation, Habitat Conservation, Rhino Conservation, Volunteering Abroad
Suitable for 18 to 30 year olds
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Your Big Five Volunteer Conservation Role
Your daily role will vary to reflect the Game Reserves needs and your duties will be directly influenced by your dynamic and diverse surroundings. This placement aims to give you a complete and hands on understanding of a working game reserve and you will therefore have the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of daily activities that are important to protecting the natural landscape.

You will get stuck into important conservation efforts such as the eradication of alien plant species; help to care for orphaned animals such as lion cubs; assist in elephant training; help out in game captures; interacting with guests; accompanying the rangers on game drives and even feeding the predators! You will also have an active and meaningful role into the vital research of the animals and data collected by you will be utilized by the reserve management in many important conservation decisions.

Daily activities may include:
– Removal of alien vegetation in and around the reserve
– Lion tracking and observing
– Tree planting and landscaping
– Game drives
– Predator interaction and caring
– Elephant sanctuary
– Fauna and flora work in nursery
– Wilderness trail walks and patrol
– Fence Patrol
– Game counts
– Game capture

This is an ideal experience for anyone who wants to get a look at the behind the scenes challenges of a Game Reserve and positively contribute to it’s conservation efforts. You’ll gain skills and knowledge to support a conservation career and will certainly get up close to some of Africa’s most stunning and feared wildlife.

All programs start every Monday of the year. You will need to get a flight into Port Elizabeth airport in order to catch the free 16:00 shuttle bus up to the reserve, in Sidbury, which takes approx 1.5hrs. We'll supply you with full details when you book.

You can come for any period from 2 weeks plus. There will be an additional charge for each extra week you want to come, so please get in touch to find out more.

Accommodation and Food
You will be staying in luxury dorm style accommodation in the heart of the reserve with shared rooms and communal areas for socialising and relaxing. This accommodation is newly built and has all the facilities (and more) that you could ever want to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. There is plenty on the reserve to keep you busy in your spare time including a pool table, table tennis table, darts, large screen TV, swimming pool and even a BBQ to relax and socialise after a days volunteering whilst you listen to the evening sounds of the animals around you. If you still have some energy left after the day then there are plenty of sporting facilities for you to take advantage of such as a cricket field and tennis courts.

Wilst you are on the reserve all your meals will be covered along with non-alcoholic beverages. If you decide to leave the reserve at the weekend then you will need to make arrangements for your own meals and the reserve is happy to transport you back into Port Elizabeth if you want to spend your weekend free time there.

Travel and Adventure in South Africa
Port Elizabeth is a hot-spot for travellers worldwide and with its abundance and variety of exciting activities there is no wonder why. You will be able to experience all the delights of the local area, including its renowned scuba schools and friendly nightlife, as well as its 40km of golden beaches which include Nelson Mandela Bay. There is a whole assortment of extreme sports and adventurous activities for you to try out in South Africa if you can muster up the courage! These include: mountain biking, camping, shark diving, bungee jumping, 4x4 safaris, golf, fishing, scuba diving, parachuting, horse riding, dune boarding, boogey boards, deep sea cruises, tennis, squash, kayaking, badminton, water skiing, coastal hiking, power kiting and more! Time will also be available for you to travel around Southern Africa, and beyond. Head west to Cape Town and the legendary Table Mountain, or veer north to Namibia, and the deadly skeleton coast. Our in-country staff will be able to advise on safe ways to travel and will be only too happy to suggest some of the best sights to see in Southern Africa.

Most foreigners will only require a visa to enter South Africa if they intend to stay for more than 90 days. We recommend you check the visa requirements for your own nationality by visiting the South African High Commission website.

In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.

24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), project transport, full support in-country and UK, pre-departure advice and access to a personalised travel centre full of extra information to help you be well prepared for the trip.

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