on one, two, three or all four of the Game Reserves,
depending on how long your placement is for. You'll
gain a wealth of conservation knowledge and
experience working under qualified conservation
experts and on location out in the bush on a daily
basis. You'll experience Africa in a way that no
mere tourist can!
join the expedition for a minimum of 2 weeks: For
every 2 weeks spent on this expedition, you will
experience a different game reserve.
weeks = you’ll experience 1 reserve.
weeks = experience 2 reserves.
weeks = 3 reserves. 8 weeks = all 4 reserves.
you come for 4 or 6 weeks you can choose which
reserves to join.
you'll gain on this project is varied and
fascinating. You'll be the Wildlife Monitor's right
hand, assisting with all aspects of their
conservation activities. As one of only 4 team
members, you form an agile and efficient team,
working out in the bush every day:
Daily tracking and
locating of Priority Species wildlife from an
open 4x4 vehicle, via radio telemetry.
Mapping the sightings
using GPS equipment. You will be taught how to
use the equipment.
Observing animal behaviour
(e.g. Wild Dog pack dynamics) for research
Photographing and creating
identity kits for any reintroduced/relocated
Periodically setting up
camera traps at watering holes and game trails.
Assisting with ongoing
EXAMPLE OF A TYPICAL DAY:
with sun and head out (seated on the back of the
open 4x4 tracking vehicle) to locate the Endangered
Species animals that the wildlife monitor has
earmarked for the morning, using radio telemetry
equipment that receives radio signal from the
collars which are fitted onto the Priority Species
will usually be back by late morning to prepare some
lunch and have a little time to relax, read, have a
nap or watch the abundant bird and animal life which
occurs around the camp.
head out again on the vehicle between 2-3pm to
follow up on those animals which were not located in
the morning, such as Elephant and Rhino.
should be back in camp shortly after sunset, to
start preparing supper and sit around the fire
listening to the sounds of the bush and discussing
the day’s events. Usually you will be in bed early,
but on some nights volunteers may go out to track
species like the Hyaena, which are active at night.
least once a week you will have an afternoon or day
set aside for administrative work: (data capture and
analysis). Appropriate supervision and instruction
will be provided for all elements of your practical
Activities that you
could participate in, that occur when the need
Radio collaring of
marking) of animals such as Rhino.
excursions – for example Hyaenas
re-introduction of Endangered Species.
Assisting with feeding and
data recording of animals being held in
temporary bomas prior to release
Vulture counts and nest
Bird ringing & alien plant
Activities such as collaring, relocation/
reintroduction, identity marking, snare removal,
tranquilisation for treatment, etc., happens
throughout the year, strictly as the need arises.
While the project does plan and follow basic
schedules, the nature of the work being done here
dictates that the animals and their environment are
our first priority, and therefore our schedules do
occasionally have to be altered due to unforeseen
circumstances or incidents, as we have little
control over the dynamics of wild animals and their
There is always a lot
going on here and you will have the opportunity to
be a part of a professional conservation team, make
a real difference and contribute towards important
conservation work and research in Africa!
PROJECT START DATES
You can join this project in multiples of 2 weeks
(2,4,6 all the way to 12 weeks). If you stay for 2
weeks you will work on one reserve. If you get to
stay for 4 weeks you will get to spend time on 2
reserves, 6 weeks, 3 reserves and if you stay for
longer you will get the opportunity to join the team
on all 4 reserves.
See table below for
start dates throught the year (generally every
START DATES FOR 2017 ARE:
02, 16 or 30 January
13 or 27 February
13 or 27 March
10 or 24 April
08 or 22 May
05 or 19 June
03, 17 or 31 July
14 or 28 August
11 or 25 September
09 or 23 October
06 or 20 November
START DATES FOR 2018 ARE:
01, 15 or 29 January
12 or 26 February
12 or 26 March
09 or 23 April
07 or 21 May
04 or 18 June
02, 16 or 30 July
13 or 27 August
10 or 24 September
08 or 22 October
05 or 19 November
Please Note: The project holds 2 staff meetings per year on the following (approximate)
dates: Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th July, and Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November.
While the monitors are attending the staff meetings, volunteers will be required
to spend these 2 nights away from the monitoring project, together with the other
volunteers from all the other monitoring projects. Further information provided
"My overall experience was amazing! A great hands
on experience and also a great confidence booster. I
was allowed to see a side of conservation that one
cannot get from being a tourist in South Africa or a
volunteer on other projects. The knowledge given by
the management/field team was very valuable and
again a great insight into conservation. I can
honestly say everything was a highlight, but seeing
the Rhino capture was very special."