Get up close and personal with South Africa’s amazing wildlife by helping with game captures, monitoring, and fence patrols.
Your days will vary a lot but to give you an idea, please see the descriptions below:
Wildlife conservation on the reserve
A typical day could consist of partaking in exciting tasks such as game capture (catching and relocating wild animals for their own welfare), game monitoring and counts (we monitor and study the wildlife to find out if they are healthy and have the correct numbers of their species for the area), fence patrols (This is important to check for poaching and breaks in the fence), monitoring the elusive leopards and hyena’s on the property as well as tasks that are hard work but essential to the parks such as bush clearing(this is when we take out alien plant species that would destroy the natural habitat if not removed) and cleaning of enclosures. You could expect to encounter animals such as Buffalo, antelope, elephants and rhino amongst others.
Animal anti-cruelty preparation + Cat rehab Centre
You will spend the morning preparing an animal anti-cruelty presentation that you will present to Primary school children at a school in a rural community. The underprivileged rural communities in the area do not treat animals with much respect and some of their family might even take part in poaching, therefore an anti- cruelty presentation will be a great eye opener for most of the children. In the afternoon we will make our way to a cat rehabilitation centre where you will get to see many of the wild cats we have in South Africa, you will even have the opportunity to stroke a cheetah!
An array of activities are included in each of the programmes. The activities that are included in your programme will depend on how long you come for.
Hippo and Crocodile River Tour
-Spot hippos and crocs as you sail up the St Lucia estuary on a 2 hour boat cruise.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Big 5 Game Drive
- Enjoy a 3 hour game drive amongst the Big 5.
Night Game Drive
- Enjoy a night drive to see what animals come out at night.
Snake and Crocodile Course
- Learn all about the different snakes and crocodiles we get here.
- Get the chance to interact with elephants.
Big Cat rehabilitation Centre
-Enjoy the afternoon viewing and getting up close to wild Cheetahs, Serval Cats, African Wildcats and Caracal (Lynx)
Traditional African Curio and Craft Market
- Buy your loved ones at home some gifts.
Stargazing Under an Extraordinary African Sky
- See the stars like never before, in a pitch black African sky
Hiking trail in False Bay nature reserve
- Embark on a 2 hour hike where you can many different bird and mammal species.
Beach day at Sodwana Bay
- Spend a day on the wild unspoiled beaches in St Lucia.
We are situated on a big 4 game reserve.You will be lodging in a bush camp. Each of our chalets sleeps 2 people. A bathroom is shared by 2 chalets and consists of a shower, wash basin and toilet.
The bush camp has a recreation area for you to relax in and socialise with your co-volunteers. The recreation area has sofas, a kitchen for you to make tea and coffee, dining area. There is a swimming pool situated close to the bush camp for you to use on those hot days.
•Breakfast: Continental Breakfast during week days. Sundays we will offer an English breakfast for those who fancy something more savoury.
•Lunch: consists of a sandwich, crisps, fruit and a fruit juice or something similar.
•Dinner: consists of dishes such as stews, pastas and a taste of some traditional South African meals as well. We will also occasionally have a BBQ under the stars for you to enjoy.