Big 5 Monitoring, Conservation, Sustainable Living

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High­lights

Volunteer assisting with the Big 5, hyenas and cheetah monitoring in the stunning Abelana Game Reserve, near Phalaborwa and the Kruger National Park
Learn about and directly contribute with conservation activities - maintaining a healthy environment is vital for the survival of the species
Gain first-hand experience in data recording, wildlife observation and tracking, camera trap processing and much more! Be involved in unique activities such as sleep out and microlight flight!
Learn about the behavior of African predators and herbivores by spending between 10 to 12 hours a day in the field.
Learn about sustainable living and apply it to your daily life to make a difference for the future of our planet! #noplastic #zerowaste #gosolar #makeadifference
Give your contribution towards wildlife monitoring & conservation; learn about animal behaviour, reserve management and anti-poaching while living a lifetime experience! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Groepen
50+

The aim of the LEO Africa research project is to provide park wardens and ecologists with detailed information about wildlife within Abelana Game Reserve. This information is used to evaluate the impact of re-introduced animals and to maintain balanced, stable, and sustainable ecosystems.

Your time at LEO Africa 

At LEO Africa you will live a truly African Experience guided by expert field guides and rangers, all really passionate and active about conservation. Our commitment towards nature and animals is really serious and we are out on the field every day to make a difference. We wait for you, come joining us and give your hands on contribution to real conservation!

Our volunteer wildlife monitoring programme records and monitors the movements, behaviour, numbers, kills, and habituation of lions, white rhinos, leopards, elephant, buffalo, cheetahs and hyena. This research will play a vital role in the management of reserves and conservancies throughout South Africa.

Broadly speaking, volunteers help on the two daily monitoring drives which are sent out to monitor the animal populations in the section, and may also help with management work such as bush clearing, road repair, or game capture. When on drives, volunteers help track and identify animals, and observe and record data about targetted animals. Volunteers can also take part in excursions to local attractions such as the Kruger National Park, the Panorama Route and activities in the park such as sleep out in the bush for anti-poaching purposes!

During the monitoring drives, LEO staff will also provide informative guiding about the local flora and fauna, identifying and explaining the wildlife encountered on drive. Longer-term volunteers will gain a significant insight into both practical conservation as well as the ecology of the Lowveld.

Volunteer with LEO to gain wildlife management experience in your gap year or simply to have an amazing lifetime experience.

Doing volunteer work with LEO Africa in South Africa, you will:

  • Determine and monitor predator numbers in the reserve including lions, leopards, hyenas, and cheetahs
  • Monitor the feeding behaviour, prey selection, kill frequencies, and the ecological impact of lion and other predators in the section
  • Monitor the social dynamics of the section's resident lion, leopard, hyena, rhino, elephant population
  • Monitor the spatial movements and territories of predators and mega herbivores in the section
  • Monitor elephants and develop their identification kits
  • Specifically monitor the condition and movements of white rhinos in the Reserve
  • Monitor and habituate resident leopards to be able to monitor them more efficiently
  • Collect and analyze data with the goal of creating monthly reports for the park managers to maintain the balance and general health of the section's ecosystem

Your volunteer work will have a significant positive impact on the conservation policies and practices in South Africa.

Work Focuses 

Our work focuses on collecting, analysing data and monitoring of the Big 5 and hyenas. We closely collaborate with the reserve managers and veterinary, setting priorities for the benefit of fauna and flora. Our work on the Reserve is really important for different aspects: We monitor the animals and take care of other aspects such as the flora and the land itself, the base of the circle of life.  A balanced ecosystem grants a quality life to the animals. For this reason, you will also help the team with some reserve management activities such as bush clearing, road re-opening and alien plants removal. The reserve has a great biodiversity.  We have a great respect for the wild animals and their behavior; we try to avoid any interference with the animals’ lives when we monitor them and any sort of ‘hands on’ interaction is only done if completely unavoidable and usually only in medical emergencies. 

Field Conditions

As a conservation volunteer working with LEO Africa, your interests will be in wild animals, nature conservation, and research.

You must be reasonably fit and be prepared to spend many hours tracking and observing animals behavior, taking photos to create ID kits and help with conservation work while enjoying breathless landscapes of the Abelana Game Reserve.

Life revolves around the animals' movements and most activity takes place in the early mornings, late afternoons, and frequently well into the night. The middle day is usually spent at the base entering data, equipment maintenance, house duties, cooking and just relaxing, reading a book or chatting with your friend volunteers. (Note: those prone to heat exhaustion are recommended to plan their visit for cooler months, discuss their trip with their doctor, and take proper measures to avoid dehydration.)

As a LEO volunteer you will receive training on all aspects of the conservation and monitoring work that we do. Most days follow a similar pattern: morning and afternoon drives during which you track, spot, observe, and record the behaviour of the monitored animals and will take part into conservation activities.

While out in the bush, you will have the chance of seeing some of the park's resident wildlife population like giraffe, eland, kudu, zebra, nyala, impala, bushbucks, and many more.

The Bush

The bush gives us a lot of satisfactions and surprises, even if, of course, we can’t expect to see the Big 5 every day! There can be very intense and lucky days, others more quiet. Everything depends on a lot of variables which are outside our control (such as climate, animal interactions, water sources, and so on). Wild animals can’t be controlled! They are fascinating because of this unpredictability and it is fantastic to study them and their behaviour in their natural habitat!

Economically

LEO Africa is financially sustained only by the volunteers as we provide a free service to the Reserve. All the money from the volunteers is used to run the entire project, namely to buy and maintain vehicles, petrol, monitoring and research tools, computer, camera traps, batteries, salaries, food and accommodation etc.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Being a volunteer at LEO Africa means contributing towards wildlife monitoring and conservation, meeting new people, having a great time, learning about nature, conservation and having a lifetime experience!

The experience at LEO Africa is unique, special and exclusive, as we are located in the 15000 hectares Abelana Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park, in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. LEO’s role on the reserve is very important as we are responsible of all the work on the field as well as data and ID kits of the key animals that we monitor. We provide a free service to the Reserve and the operation is entirely funded by the volunteers, who have the privilege of being part of a very select group of people who can spend time in the reserve and work towards conservation, making the experience genuine and more valuable. 

The other people who can see Abelana are the guests of the 5 star lodge. Working for such a low impact reserve is a real privilege! The reserve is stunning and contains a high variety of fauna and flora... We work very hard towards conservation, our mission. We love our work and we are proud to be the monitors of the animals of the reserve, providing the management with valuable data and ID kits of the most important species.

Volunteers have an important role in our research, as they help us on different aspects:
On the field
  • collecting data on the species monitored and learn to use the gps; 
  • taking photos of the animals for ID purposes; 
  • bush clearing; 
  • animal tracking, 
  • spotting and recognition; 
  • see how we set up camera traps; game capture and veterinary actions such as animal darting (when requested by the reserve Vet); 
  • observation. 
  • bush walks when necessary to replace camera traps and conduct conservation work
  • sleep out under the stars to be an active presence in the bush at night (organized according to the weather and need). 
At base
  • inserting data, 
  • providing the photos for ID kits
  • assisting with sorting out camera trap photos
  • see the camera trap processing to create ID kits; 
  • Once or twice a week you will spend a half day at base to assist with house duty. This is on a rotation basis with the other volunteers to assist with cooking and house duties.
Financially:
  • We only rely on the income from our volunteers to conduct our important conservation work. Without volunteers, there would not be a dedicated monitoring and conservation team on the reserve.
  • We provide a free service to the reserve: thanks to our volunteers, we can do our vital job!

Typical Day
Volunteering at LEO is an amazing experience, as you have the opportunity to actively contribute towards conservation, learn about animals, nature, reserve management and meet people that come from different part of the world.  A "normal day" at LEO consists of 2 game drives/activities per day (departure time in the morning 5.00/5.30 in the summer and 6.00 in winter, coming back around 11.00/12.00; the afternoon drive leaving at 15.00/15.30 and coming back around 20.00), or you can stay out the entire day, according to the work that needs to be done and the priorities set by the LEO and reserve manager. Our monitoring work focuses especially on tracking and monitoring lions, white rhinos, elephants, leopards, buffalos spotted and brown hyenas, reserve management activities and anti-poaching.

All the data collected is used to write monthly reports for the Reserve Management. We also organise some activities in the central hours of the day such as FGASA lessons (on request by the volunteers), to learn more information about mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and much more, data insert; each volunteer will stay back at base on a rotary basis to help with general maintenance work, cooking, cleaning, and analysis of the photos collected on drive with the staff members, that are used to produce ID kits as well as camera traps photos. The duty day can be also seen as a break to recover from the early wake up on a daily basis. Volunteers will also have some free time that can be used according to your needs; we have a library with some books and some board games to keep you company too!
 
LEO is very active in the anti-poaching and protection of our rhinos. That’s why we have a lot of camera traps placed in the bush that are used both for ID purposes of the key species but also for security reasons, to detect eventual suspicious activities. The LEO Team reports also on suspicious tracks, low flying helicopters and airplanes and we do some observation from strategic points as well as sleep out to support the work done by the anti-poaching teams.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

Activities for the free time: reading, data analysis/Camera Traps (in depth, at the volunteer discretion), see ID kits, educational FGASA Talks on request, excursions, relax, watching movies.

Volunteers also have the opportunity of visiting the surrounding areas taking part in some excursions that we are happy to organise for you accompanied by a LEO guide (all the excursions are not included in the price). The excursions available are to the Kruger National Park, Panorama Route and a dinner at the lodge, according to availability.

Bezienswaardigheden
Klimmen
Safari/
Zoo
Wandelen
Paardrijden

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (gemiddeld niveau)
Vereiste documenten
medical form en terms and condition form that will be sent to you within the application process
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Enjoy Wildlife and nature, be patient (nature is not in a hurry and wild animals move where they want!), be willing to work and contribute towards our conservation efforts; photography and video making, appreciate the bush for what it has to offer! We work really hard for conservation and we are very happy to share our knowledge and experience with you! Volunteers are encouraged to join our pledge to reduce our plastic consumption to the benefit of wildlife and environment. Welcome to our Team!
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag en zaterdag

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door LEO Africa

Volunteers represent the only income of our project as we provide a free service to Abelana Game Reserve. 

The money is used to run the project including 
  • vehicles purchase and maintenance 
  • fuel
  • food and accommodation
  • maintenance of the house
  • research material
  • salaries
  • solar panels
  • bills etc.
  • Camera Traps
  • Batteries
  • SD Cards
  • Hardware
  • Maintenance of the Microlight and drones
  • Insurances
  • Transfers
  • Any other cost necessary to support the project

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op O.R. Tambo International Airport

We provide airport pick-up/drop-off in Johannesburg every second week.  On the "odd weeks", transfer can be organised to get to LEO Africa. Before booking any flight, please get in touch so we can find the best transfer solution for every need.

Transfers are organized directly by LEO Africa for the volunteers with either our minibus or with a third party private transfer company.We suggest volunteers to land in Johannesburg on the Saturday to be ready for pick up on Sunday (depending on the transfer, it is earlier or later in the morning). On the departure day (saturday), flights to return home should be booked AFTER 19.00.

Please write us for more detailed info on transfers, as you could even fly to Hoedspruit airport and we can come to pick you up (in the weeks in which our minibus does not run to Johannesburg OR Tambo for pick up and drop off).


Accomodatie

LEO Base is immersed in nature. The view is great: every morning you can admire a beautiful sunrise, listen to many birds calling and sometimes you will be able to see antelopes just outside our garden while having breakfast! Volunteers sleep in shared rooms (usually male and females are separated); bathrooms are also shared. Each room has 2-3 beds and a shared bathroom.

Available on request is a couples/private room with a private bathroom at a small additional extra cost per week (subject to availability).

Slaapzaal Slaapkamer (Enkel) Slaapkamer (Dubbel)
Eten & Drank

Basic breakfast, lunch and dinner included. On the arrival day volunteers can also buy some extra food/snacks and cold drinks if they would like at a local supermarket. Volunteers can store food in a dedicated fridge and boxes. We cater also for vegetarians however we recommend for people with a strict diet to supplement some extra food as it can be difficult to find.

Please bring your reusable water bottle, preferably in metal (we do not use single use plastic). Water from the tap is perfectly safe to drink.

Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Zuid-Afrika.
Reisverzekering
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Zuid-Afrika biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Zuid-Afrika dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Zuid-Afrika.

Data & Kosten

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Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Our weeks run from Sunday to Saturday, so we kindly ask volunteers to arrive in Johannesburg OR Tambo on Sunday early morning. You can start any Sunday of the year according to availability. For the Saturday departure, volunteers need to book a flight that leaves Johannesburg OR Tambo on Saturday evening after 18.30

We provide airport pick-up/drop-off in in Johannesburg with our minibus every second week. When we do not organise our transfer, volunteers can reach LEO Africa with a plane to Hoedspruit (we will then pick you up in Hoedspruit). For details about transfers, please contact us!  

Transfers on wheels are included in the price!

Should you wish to self drive, this is possible but please consider that the rental car should be kept for the duration of the stay as the closest car rental place is Johannesburg OR Tambo itself.

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
2 - 12 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 weken (min. verblijf)
$1.639
3 weken
$2.090
4 weken
$2.530
5 weken
$3.080
6 weken
$3.619
7 weken
$4.015
8 weken
$4.499
9 weken
$4.840
10 weken
$5.335
11 weken
$5.748
12 weken (max. verblijf)
$6.160
Gemiddelde kosten
$666 /week

De organisatie rekent haar tarieven in EUR. De prijstabel in USD is onderhevig aan valutaschommelingen. LEO Africa zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door LEO Africa gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

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