Requirements

  • Minimum duration of program is 2 weeks
  • Minimum age is 18 years

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What our volunteers had to say

It was my first experience as a volunteer and it was utterly amazing. I would recommend this experience to everyone who loves nature and wishes to live an unforgettable adventure. It is suitable to all people independently from their age, where they come from, their culture and their ways of daily life.

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Wildlife Monitoring & Research

Conservation

The overall aim of the research is conservation and wildlife monitoring on the reserve, with the particular focus on lions and black and white rhinos, providing the data to the reserve and game managers so that accurate and informed decisions can be made to manage the animals, their prey and their habitat. The aim of the project is to determine the impact of reintroduced large mammals on game reserves and to help with their management and conservation. Research of this kind plays an important role in the management of the actual and future conservation areas in South Africa.

Who you will be volunteering with

The Game Reserve is a collection of 13 neighboring game ranches that united to preserve and sustain the biodiversity of this wildlife-rich region. The volunteer program provides valuable and accurate research services for this beautiful non-commercial game reserve. The information gained from the research and monitoring is used to maintain a healthy ecosystem and restore this land to its original state. The information is obtained through an intensive predator and wildlife monitoring program, which offers the volunteer an incredible opportunity to learn about and contribute to conservation in one of the most diverse wildlife sanctuaries in South Africa.

The monitoring activity is possible thanks to the collars worn by some of the large predators and herbivores. Collars are very useful to track the animals in an efficient way, spending less time on traveling and more time on research in the field.

Your Involvement

Volunteers participate actively in the research, monitoring and reserve management operations, developing new skills and learning how to use scientific instruments such as GPS and the radio telemetry to locate the animals; as a  volunteer you will be taught how to collect record and analyse the data and learn about the African wildlife, animal identification and animal behaviour.
In addition, you may have the special opportunity to participate in the collaring operations of the animals and to be present at other veterinary activities.

Volunteers will also help actively with research in the field, by each taking an important role including map reading, GPS operation, farm management activities, data input and radio telemetry both on drive and back at base.

Learn while you have An Adventure with a Purpose On African Soil.

What you will gain from your experience

During your stay you will be the real protagonists in helping to collect and insert data, which forms the major part of the research, taking part in activities including:

  • Determine and monitor predator numbers in the Game Reserve including lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and cheetahs
  • Monitor the feeding behaviour, prey selection, kill frequencies, and the ecological impact of lion and other predators in the reserve
  • Monitor the social dynamics of the Game Reserve's resident lion population
  • Monitor the spatial movements and territories of predators and mega herbivores in the reserve
  • Habituate elephants and develop their identification kits
  • Monitor the conditions, the health and the position of white and black rhino in the reserve. The project is very active in the protection and conservation of our rhinos
  • Collar and habituate resident leopards
  • Learn to identify and record the animals
  • Utilization of scientific instruments such as GPS and radio telemetry to locate and record the animals
  • Reserve and farm management activities such as alien plant removal, road clearing and maintenance
  • In addition, once or twice per week, FGASA lectures on different topics (decided with input from the volunteers) where you can learn about the different aspects of bush life from Arthropods to Animal Behaviour.

Other experiences to be had with this project:

Kruger National Park / The Panorama Route / Blyde River Canyon -  Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Pothole, Lisbon Waterfall, God’s Window, Berlin Waterfall and Mac Mac Falls / Blydespoort Dam / Koppie(rocky outcrop) climbing / Sleep out under the amazing stars / Bush walks with the ranger / Night drives