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Wildlife Conservation Assistant

Komatipoort, South Africa show on map

Assist with various tasks that directly benefit the wildlife within Marloth Park, a nature conservation area on the Southern border of the Kruger National Park.

Marloth Wildlife Fund

Where is it?

On the bank of the Crocodile River, Marloth Park is a wildlife sanctuary which shares a border with the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Founded in the 1970s, Marloth Park was born out of the vision that local brothers had. Their dream was  to establish a place where animals and humans could live in harmony, with no fences.

Marloth boasts four of the so-called Big Five, with the exception of elephant.


Buffalo, rhino and lion are confined to Marloth's game reserve, Lionspruit. The rest of the game such as kudu, zebra, giraffe, blue wildebeest, nyala, impala, warthog, ostrich, monkeys and others aren't restricted by fences and roam freely between the houses. Hear the lions roar at night, and watch the bushbabies feed while you relax after a hard day of exploring and work.

There are a number of restaurants and little shops in Marloth Park. The local pub has pool tables and a bigger pool for you to splash around in. The Kruger National Park fence is a walk that often sees rhino, elephant and lion as well as lion hunts by the river when its drier.

On the bank of the Crocodile River, Marloth Park is a wildlife sanctuary which shares a border with the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Founded in the 1970s, Marloth Park was born out of the vision that local brothers had. Their dream was  to establish a place where animals and humans could live in harmony, with no fences.

Marloth boasts four of the so-called Big Five, with the exception of elephant.

Buffalo, rhino and lion are confined to Marloth's game reserve, Lionspruit. The rest of the game such as kudu, zebra, giraffe, blue wildebeest, nyala, impala, warthog, ostrich, monkeys and others aren't restricted by fences and roam freely between the houses. Hear the lions roar at night, and watch the bushbabies feed while you relax after a hard day of exploring and work.

There are a number of restaurants and little shops in Marloth Park. The local pub has pool tables and a bigger pool for you to splash around in. The Kruger National Park fence is a walk that often sees rhino, elephant and lion as well as lion hunts by the river when its drier.

Who will you be working with?

The Marloth Wildlife Fund is a registered Non-profit Organisation (Reg No: 071-250-NPO) set up for the direct benefit of the wildlife within Marloth Park, a nature conservation area on the Southern border of the Kruger National Park.  Without the dedication from WTF and MWF, with the help of volunteers, Marloth Park would not be the beautiful sanctuary that it is.

What will be expected of you as the volunteer?

Because of the nature of the work in Marloth Park you never know what might be around the corner, from a late night call out for help with an injured animal, having to help in the rehabilitation centre or doing a snare sweep to help with our anti poaching initiative.

Volunteering at Marloth has no set itinerary to follow as your help will be needed for different projects depending on the time of the year, the season and circumstances when you arrive.

You will be expected to work four days a week, both in the park as well as in Lionspruit Reserve.

The other three days will be yours to do with what you please. There will be days when you will be expected to work on one of days that are reserved for free time, but an extra day can then be taken.

You will work directly with a member of the WTF at all times. There will be guidance and supervision at all times.

What should you bring?

There is a lot of time spent in the bush. Therefore, to keep your feet protected and healthy, it is very important to make sure you have a pair of strong, worn-in, comfortable hiking shoes.

Typical day

A strict curfew is in order in Marloth park and you are not allowed to walk around, away from base, between the times of 18h00 and 06h00.  We share the park with wild animals and there are predators in Marloth Park.  On the days that you are expected to work during curfew you will be accompanied at all times.

A strict curfew is in place in Marloth Park and you are not allowed to walk around, away from base, between the times of 18h00 and 06h00. We share the Park with wild animals and there are predators in Marloth Park. On the days that you are expected to work during curfew you will be accompanied at all times.

You will be expected to work at least four days of every week and we'll send you off into the African bush, having enjoyed a tasty Continental breakfast! During the summer the usual hours are 07h00 - 14h00. Winter hours are 08h30 - 15h00. There are breaks and then working on projects in and around the Reserve and Park.

The projects that you will be working on include, but are not limited to:
* The bush rehabilitation project
* Seed bombing - creating seed bombs
* Litter management
* Recycling Centre
* Animal feeding stations
* Anti-poaching snare sweeps
* Game counts in Marloth and Lionspruit

You will have the joy of truly being in the African bush. While you go about your day you share your space with curious giraffe, fat warthogs and other fascinating African animals.

Details on Arrival

You will be met at the airport by your coordinator and transferred to your accommodation in Marloth Park. You will be staying at the WFT (Wildlife Task Force) headquarters so you will always be in the thick of things.

You will be given your introduction / orientation pack and uniform the following day. The orientation tour will take you through both Marloth Park and Komatipoort and tell you more about the area you will be living in.

Available Time Slots

Pick up from the airport and drop off 1st and 15th of every month through the year

Free-time activities

Being centrally located between the Kruger National Park, Mozambique and Swaziland, your free time can be taken up with day trips around the area, to places like Chimp Eden, Sudwala Caves, The national Botanical Gardens, the world-famous Panorama Route and Swaziland, amongst others.

There are also walking tours and microlight tours. Also, horse riding safaris and safaris in open safari vehicles - and almost everything else in between. There is of course a very nice, comfortable lounge area at base for those days you just want to enjoy a cup of coffee, and read.

There are also weekend trips available for overnight tours. Overnight tours and SCUBA diving weekends can be arranged on request. Prices on request.

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Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Riding

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good work ethic
Able to get along with people from different cultures
Reasonably fit and willing to do physical labor
Friendly and open to learning
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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Included:

  • Airport Transfer
  • Additional Transfers while on project (trips to town, grocery shopping Wednesdays etc)
  • All accommodation
  • Selected daily continental breakfast
  • Donation to NGOs
  • 24/7 support / coordinator
  • Orientation Pack
  • T-shirt and cap

Airport Pickup at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

Airport pick up from KMI International or alternatively transport can be arranged to O R Tambo Airport JHB

Accommodation

Based in Marloth Park which borders on the Kruger National Park you will be living in an area with free roaming wild animals.  These animals are used to being around humans and the houses but are by NO means domesticated and are still to be considered wild.  There is a curfew in Marloth, no walking around between the hours of 18h00 and 06h00 due to predators.  Hear the road of the lions and the feed the bushbabies while surrounded by the African night sounds.

Accommodation in comfortable, shared dorm style backpacker accommodation.
Fully serviced, clean bedding, hot showers, WIFI and lounge area.
Fully equipped kitchen with outdoor BBQ area and splash pool. 

With large outdoor deck and comfortable relaxing areas it is the perfect base.  Walking distance to local convenience store, post office, pub, restaurant and Kruger National Park fence/Crocodile River border

Upgrade to twin or double room available at an additional cost

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Continental breakfast will be provided in the morning before you head out on your projects.

A continental breakfast is supplied every morning before work.  There is a fully equipped kitchen where the breakfast things as well as any food you buy for other meals are kept.  There are two convenience stores in Marloth Park, both within walking distance of the base.  Once a week you will be taken into the nearby town of Komatipoort for weekly shopping.

Tea and coffee facilities always available.

Additional meals, beverages and personal preferences for breakfast are to your own account. 

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 Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) in Nelspruit. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
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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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,150.00
3 weeks
$1,600.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$5,650.00
Average fees
$523.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Komatipoort/South Africa between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Voluntouring Africa will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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