Eco Nature and Coastal Conservation

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High­lights

No standard safari holiday: Get an authentic, impactful and hands-on experience together with like-minded people from all over the world!
Be more than a tourist: play an active role in the protection of our Wildlife and Nature by contributing to our research and conservation efforts!
Addo Elephant National Park - Addo houses the densest population of African elephants per square kilometer and holds a mammoth section of conservation history for our area.
Quality over quantity: in order to guarantee an educational and impactful experience for each volunteer, we will work in small groups with a maximum number of 10 participants!
Alexandria Dune Fields - Our rocky shores content also includes the world-renowned Alexandria Dune Trail, which is home to the highest wind-driven sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere.
Eco Volunteering in Wildlife & Marine Conservation. Uncover the whole big picture of our Eco-System for a better understanding of Nature & learn how to make a difference! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Groups
ABOUT US

The Sibuya Wilderness Experience offers volunteers, as part of a gap year, sabbatical or eco traveling, the unique and exciting opportunity to get behind the scenes and involved with the Conservation efforts of Sibuya Game Reserve.  

Volunteers will take part in short and long-term projects which are intended to create sustainability for generations to come. Tasks may vary from physical work to interesting and interactive lecture-based content. Our volunteer program will run from 1 to 4 weeks. In order to guarantee an educational and impactful experience for each volunteer, we will work in small groups with a maximum number of 10 participants

Together with the team, the volunteers will be accommodated and hosted by Retha and Geraldine at the beautiful Intaka Bird Lodge (situated close to the Reserve). Happy family vibes, expansive grounds to explore and a large swimming pool with BBQ area make it the perfect spot to relax and unwind from the adventures of the day. Participants will share comfortable twin-bedded rooms with en-suite bathrooms, including full board (3 meals a day). 

This is the perfect eco volunteer program for you, if you are looking for a meaningful travel opportunity abroad that put – together with like-minded people from all over the world - your passion for nature, environment and wildlife to good use, trying to make a difference. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Much of our Conservation work will take place at the nearby Sibuya Game Reserve itself as well as at the nearby rivers and beaches. The Reserve is located in Kenton-on-Sea, along the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape in South Africa, about 120 km from Port Elizabeth. This renowned Reserve is home to a wide range of different species of Flora and Fauna, with the stunning Kariega River Estuary meandering through it. 
  • Wildlife Tracking & Monitoring: Spend your time immersed in Nature, on the trails of Africa's Big Five. Regular monitoring and observation enable us to identify individuals, compile information about the family/ herd structure and determine feeding habits. Activity includes: Game Drives, Game Counts, Game Captures, setting up camera traps and track stations, learning Bush Skills.
  • Addo Elephant National Park: Volunteers will spend a day visiting the Eastern Capes flagship game reserve – Addo Elephant National Park. Addo houses the densest population of African elephants per square kilometer and holds a mammoth section of conservation history for our area.
  • Kayak Expedition: Nothing brings you more solitude then being out on a kayak along the Kariega River which meanders through some of the most beautiful wildlife areas of the Eastern Cape.
  • Rhino-Watch/ Anti-Poaching Support: Play an active role in the protection of our Rhino by performing Anti-Poaching night-patrols and learn more about their importance and protocol through night drives and sleep-outs on the Reserve that assist in Sibuya’s Anti-Poaching Unit efforts.
  • ORI Fish Tagging: Volunteers will go on a boat cruise and partake in the oceanographic research institute's cooperative fish tagging project. Each participant will be briefed on how to safely catch, tag, record information, and release estuarine fish species. Fishing rods will be supplied for each individual to practice the above procedures. Our findings will be loaded onto the ORI international data base.
  • Alien Plant Control & Botanical Surveys: Alien plants were introduced to the land by the farmers of old for different reasons and uses. Today these invasive plants need to be removed to increase the natural biodiversity and to decrease fire risk. Volunteers take part in Vegetation transects and data collection for monitoring and calculation of Game carrying capacity.
  • Marine Explorations, Research & Surveys: The nearby Rivers are being monitored on a regular basis to provide research with much needed information about species population densities, occurrence of critically endangered species, salinity levels and water temperatures. Regular trips to the beach for exploration and learning about the coastal Eco-system and how it works will open eyes to the diversity of life that is so close, yet often unnoticed.
  • Community Engagement: Conservation does not stop at conserving Nature alone, but also includes a responsibility to uplift local and impoverished Communities. This responsibility includes environmental education of the Community as to the role and benefit of conserving biodiversity and further stresses the importance of conserving our natural resources. Regular trips are made into the local Community to raise awareness and assist in various Community Projects.

Please note: We say NO to any kind of interaction with wild animals and we strongly dissociate ourselves from so-called sanctuaries, parks or rehabilitation centers that promote Cub petting, Lion walking or interacting with Elephants. These organizations mislead visitors to believe that they're promoting conservation while the truth is that they keep wild animals in captivity and use them for commercial exploitation. 


THE TEAM - INTRODUCTION
We are a team of passionate and experienced conservationists working tirelessly to save our endangered and threatened wild- and marine life from extinction - eager to inspire future generations!

Luke Beckmann
From a very young age I have always had a love for nature and an interest in being able to show Africa off to the world. Sibuya Wilderness Experience provides a unique platform to showcase our beautiful Eastern Cape area and what it has to offer in the form of the abundance of biodiversity. The combination of bush, estuary and ocean is the perfect African setting.
 


We look forward to taking you on this unique, impactful and adventurous journey full of unforgettable experience. 

Typical day

Conservation work runs from Monday to Friday – Weekends are off for relaxation.

Please find in the following not binding examples for typical days:

Example - Day 1:
07.30-08.00 Breakfast
08.00-08.30 Introduction / Orientation
08.30-12.00 Game Drive - Sibuya Game Reserve
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-15.30 Game Drive - Sibuya Game Reserve
15:30-16:00 Return to Intaka Lodge
18.30-20.00 Dinner

Example - Day 2:
07.30-08.00 Breakfast
08.00-08.30 Depart to Sibuya Game Reserve
08.30-12.00 Elephant Monitoring
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13:00-15:30 Elephant Conservation Presentation
15:30-16:00 Return to Intaka Lodge
18.30-20.00 Dinner

Example - Day 3:
07.30-08.00 Breakfast
08.00-08.30 Depart to Sibuya Game Reserve
08.30-12.00 Rhino Conservation Presentation
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-15.30 Rhino Monitoring
15:30-16:00 Return to Intaka Lodge
18.30-20.00 Dinner


...

Free-time activities

There are several adventure and leisure-based activities in and around the area that can be arranged on weekends – at an additional cost – including horse-back beach rides, whale watching in Algoa Bay, deep-sea-fishing at Port Alfred or surf and river fishing, skydiving and paragliding in Grahamstown, bungee jumping at the world-famous Bloukrans Bridge, arranged game drives or boat cruises on Sibuya Game Reserve and many more. 

Climbing
Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking
Riding
Safari/
Zoo
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or German (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers need to be in good health and have a moderate level of fitness.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Sibuya Wilderness Experience

Rates listed are sharing rates for the period Nov 22 – April 23

Single bookings are charged a single supplement rate, rates will be adjusted accordingly when booking and sent to you for confirmation


Single supplement rates Nov 2022 - April 2023

Week 1: $943

Week 2: $1819

Week 3: $2695

Week 4: $3570


WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • All program-based activities 
  • Addo Elephant National Park Entrance Fee
  • Alexandria Dune Field Entrance Fee
  • Kayak Expedition
  • Orientation & 24h support on-site by program coordinators 
  • Shared accommodation (private room at an additional cost) 
  • Full board (3 meals a day) & Laundry Self-Service 
  • Free Wifi 
  • Free transfers to and from Port Elizabeth Airport on Sundays  
  • Rhino Conservation Levy (for Sibuya Game Reserve)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Air flights – International/ Local 
  • Visa 
  • Gifts 
  • Weekend entertainment activities 
  • Drinks (unless otherwise specified) 
  • Saturday Night Dinner
  • Stipend 
  • Medical expenses 
  • Travel insurance 
 
Airport Pickup at Port Elizabeth International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ), South Africa.
(Usually, you will need to book a flight to Cape Town (CPT) or Johannesburg (JNB) + a connecting domestic flight from CPT/JNB to PLZ). 

We will pick you up at the airport in Port Elizabeth, meeting you at the entrance (arrival) area. Our shuttle to Intaka Lodge will depart from Port Elizabeth Airport no later than 3pm, please book your flights accordingly. 

For departures our shuttle will leave Intaka Lodge no later than 9am (1½ h drive to Port Elizabeth Airport), please arrange your flights for earliest 11-11:30am.  
 
Accommodation
INTAKA BIRD LODGE - OUR HOME
Together with the team and as a part of the Sibuya & Intaka Family, volunteers will be comfortably accommodated and hosted at scenic Intaka Bird Lodge in Kenton-on-Sea – run by the kindest and most accommodating people: Retha and Paul. This beautiful 58ha property overlooks a panoramic view of deep valleys and rolling hills with the ocean and bush as a magnificent backdrop. Accommodation at the Lodge with its bird-hide and expansive grounds, sparkling swimming pool and outdoor BBQ area, create a great space in which to relax during free time. 

Accommodation includes the following: 
  • Shared double bedrooms (twin beds) en-suite (Private rooms en-suite are available on demand at an additional cost) 
  • Full board (3 meals a day & water, tea and coffee included) Ex Saturday Dinners
  • Free Wifi 
  • Swimming pool, BBQ area & entertainment area (communal TV, pool table) 
  • Squash court and table tennis 
  • Laundry Self-Service: washing machines and dryers are available
Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
  • Full board is included (3 meals a day - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) 
  • Saturday Dinners Excluded
  • Free Water & Coffee/Tee
  • Vegetarian food available

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

IN GENERAL

  • We are offering a 1 to 4 weeks program (with the opportunity to extend your stay after 4 weeks) 
  • Program starts any Sunday every month 
  • All year long except creative break from 16.12.22 -16.01.23
  • We will work in small groups of max. 10 participants  
  • Arrival Sunday: Pick-up, Check-in at Intaka Bird Lodge & Welcome 
  • Monday-Friday: Conservation Work
  • Weekend: Free Time

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURES (on Sundays)

Please book your flight to arrive at Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ), South Africa.
(Usually you will need to book a flight to Cape Town (CPT) or Johannesburg (JNB) + a connecting domestic flight from CPT/JNB to PLZ). 

We will pick you up at the airport in Port Elizabeth, meeting you at the entrance (arrival) area. Our shuttle to Intaka Lodge will depart from Port Elizabeth Airport no later than 3pm, please book your flights accordingly. 

For departures our shuttle will leave Intaka Lodge no later than 9am (1½ h drive to Port Elizabeth Airport), please arrange your flights for earliest 11-11:30am.  
 
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$850
2 weeks
$1,639
3 weeks
$2,426
4 weeks (max. stay)
$3,151
Average fees
$819 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Sibuya Wilderness Experience will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Sibuya Wilderness Experience during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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