Game Reserve Assistant

Volunteer at a Game Reserve that hosts the BIG 5.

About the Program

The Wildlife Project is situated approximately 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth. The reserve is on 6000 hectares of land which is filled with a variety of game, bird life and wild animals, including the BIG 5! In addition to the mixture of grasslands, sub-tropical vegetation, fynbos and bushveld, it also has naturally formed pockets of water, amazing rock formations and splendid flora. 

Structure and Facilities 

  • Volunteers are placed in staff housing (fully furnished) 
  • Separate housing for male and female volunteers 
  • Recreational activities are limited on the game reserve 
  • Weekend getaways to the city can be arranged every alternative weekend.

The reserve’s farm area has expanded into a “plains sanctuary” which is a sanctuary for orphaned and injured non dangerous animals such as zebra, springbuck, etc.  It also boasts a lion rehabilitation camp which has been established and running quite successfully. This area (approximately 300 hectares) is where the lions from the predator educational and rehabilitation center go to before being released into the wild. This eases them into the process. Their white lions have also had their first baby! Unfortunately the first time mother has been having trouble looking after the cub and they have had to intervene and hand rear the cub. The cub is now doing well and will be moving into its own enclosure in the near future.  

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Families
Groups

Typical day

Usual working days go from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM and include the following activities.

  • Game capturing
  • Visitor management 
  • Accompanying guides on game drives
  • Clearing paths
  • Tracking animals
  • Removing alien vegetation
  • Mending fences
  • Animal counting
  • Animal feeding

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Other Skills
A love and passion for animals and the outdoors, willingness to get one’s hands dirty, ability to work in sometimes unpleasant weather conditions.

Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Free-time activities

On weekends you will be send out for excursions between Saturday and Sunday. The excursions will either be to Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, or any other nearby destination. On these excursions please note that the reserve will only provide you with accommodation and transport to and from your destination. Accommodation will be in dorms and if you would like to upgrade yourself, you are welcome to do so but at your own cost. For those participating in their Garden Route tours, they recommend that you stay behind on the weekend to fully enjoy the wildlife component and go into PE on Monday. You are free to participate in the weekend excursions, but the meals for the Monday will then be for your own account. They also offer Addo excursions through a travel agent and the reserve can assist you with these arrangements. Since these excursions are done by an agent, volunteers need to pay for their accommodation, activities and meals which will form part of their excursion package. You are also free to organize your own excursion, but this will be at your own cost.
You are also free to stay behind during the weekends to relax and unwind at the reserve.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Winter Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Services

What's included?
• Schedules return transfers from airport in Port Elizabeth - Guided wildlife tour - 1 Reserve T-shirt & Cap - Orientation on arrival - Meals whilst on Reserve - Shared Accommodation - Optional Weekend transport between Saturday and Sunday to either Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, or any nearby destination which includes transport and accommodation only.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

The reserve runs scheduled transfers to and from the airport since they are about 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth.
Sunday: Reserve to Port Elizabeth (departs 6:00 PM)
Monday: Port Elizabeth to Reserve (departs 4:00 PM)
Saturday: Reserve to Port Elizabeth (departs 9:00 AM)

If you are not comfortable with leaving on the scheduled transfer, a transfer can be organized for you at an extra cost and depending on availability.

Accommodation

You will be housed in dorms. The dorms are single sex dorms, no boys are allowed in the girl’s dorms and no girls in boy’s dorms. In cases where volunteers want to stay as a couple, this can be arranged at an extra cost and also depends on the availability of rooms unless arrangements were made prior to arrival.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Meals: Breakfast: 09:30 Am - 10:00 AM // Lunch: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM // Supper: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Your basic breakfast consists of cereals, bread, butter, jam, tea, coffee and cheese, but sometimes eggs, sausages or baked beans, and sometimes a combination of the above. As for lunch and dinner you will have a wide variety ranging from burgers, chicken and chips, vegetarian dishes, potato casserole and so on. Please note meals will be served either at the restaurant or at the volunteer’s quarters.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1100
3 weeks
$1518
4 weeks
$1936
5 weeks
$2354
6 weeks
$2772
7 weeks
$3190
12 weeks (max. stay)
$5280

You can volunteer at the project site in Port Elizabeth/South Africa between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South African Students Travel Service (SASTS) will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$495/week
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
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Kwantu Private Game Reserve, 6130 Port Elizabeth, South Africa