Africa Wildlife Monitoring and Conservation

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Duration: 16 - 44 days

Trip code: SALR

Do you want to admire wonderful wildlife and get involved with conservation at a National Park in South Africa? Head over to an incredible wildlife conservation project in the Limpopo Region to track and monitor amazing animals such as lions, black and white rhino, leopards and elephants! You might even have the unique opportunity to get up close to majestic lions on some unforgettable monitoring drives. Live on a beautiful section of a National Park, surrounded by the African bush and the stunning Waterberg Mountains. Help with rewarding conservation work on this adventure of a lifetime!

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy a unique wildlife monitoring and conservation experience in the African bush on this unforgettable volunteering adventure!
  • Live and work on a stunning section of a National Park in the Limpopo region of South Africa and assist with valuable wildlife research projects
  • Observe, track and monitor wonderful wildlife in their natural habitat as you get up close to Africa’s amazing animals, such as lions, rhino, elephants and leopards
  • Get hands-on with conservation - join anti-poaching/fence patrols, get involved with alien plant removal and erosion control work, analyse camera traps for ID creation, and take night time drives through the bush!
  • Take part in bushwalks, patrols, and a sleep out under the stars!
Further trip information

Enjoy a fantastic conservation and monitoring adventure in stunning South Africa!

About the Project

Set on a stunning section of a National Park in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, this amazing wildlife conservation project focuses on researching and monitoring animal behaviour. The park is home to incredible animals, including lions, black rhino, white rhino, leopards, spotted hyena, cheetah, elephants, plus birds and other game. Volunteers at the project will observe these awesome creatures in their natural habitat. Live and work in the beautiful African bush and get up close to wonderful wildlife!

Your Volunteer Role

Volunteers will assist the park rangers with monitoring, tracking and recording animal behaviour at the reserve. You’ll learn all about the local wildlife, ecosystems and different research techniques. Contribute to this vital conservation project on an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Your Volunteer Duties

As a valued new member of the park’s conservation team you will learn lots of new monitoring skills. The expert game rangers and field guides you’ll work with will share all their knowledge and experience with you!

Your volunteer duties include:

  • Tracking the big 5 using ground tracking and navigation techniques; track collared animals using radio telemetry
  • Observing and recording the behaviour of the park’s wildlife, including lions, rhinos, elephants and leopards
  • Learning about animal and plant identification
  • Possible animal recollaring and darting participation
  • Contribution to anti-poaching measures
  • Park management: Clearing alien vegetation, road maintenance, rota at camp

Volunteer Hours

Volunteers will receive expert training on arrival and will then head out on monitoring drives twice a day with the rangers . The hours you work will vary depending on when the animals are most active, which is often around sunrise and sunset. You can expect to head out in the early morning (5-6am) and during the evening. 

If you aren’t out and about tracking animals in the heat of the day and have some free time, there is always maintenance work you can muck in with around the park – all volunteer help is welcome!

Volunteers will help out from Monday to Saturday, with Sundays left free to relax in the park. There may be other possible excursions on offer during the week if you wish. On Sunday evenings you will get together to cook on an open fire under the African stars, sharing stories with your new friends and enjoying the amazing night-time sounds of the African bush.

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