Volunteers have the opportunity to experience the “Big 5” in their free environment (no cages and no fences) on foot and on game drives. Many other interesting species may also be encountered. As they are all free roaming animals, no guarantees can be given that they will actually be encountered with certainty.
The mission is to allow people of all ages to experience the magic of nature and all its intricate facets, first hand. The central focus is the preservation and conservation of nature for the benefit of current, as well as future generations. To conserve the “Big 5” and their habitat means to conserve many more facets and aspects of the African Ecosystem…
The focus of this project is on all aspects of nature conservation in order to maintain the ecosystem and biodiversity. This project therefore offers a great opportunity to physically participate in conservation projects and to gain first hand experience in the implementation thereof within a South African nature reserve.
During weeks one and two, volunteers can expect to do the following during the first two weeks (some activities are subject to availability) - one or two lectures per day while in the bush, workbook time, bush activities, morning game drives, afternoon game drives, bush walks, social braai (BBQ) evenings, debates, town trips, special sun-downers, camp activities, shooting assessment and bush camp sleep out.
Lectures that will be done during the first two weeks include ecology, introduction to mammals, encountering animals in the bush, trees, reptiles, birds, insects, scorpions, spiders, animals that play an important role in ecology, tracks and signs, rifle handling, conservation management and bigger issues.
For volunteers spending more than two weeks at this project, in weeks 1 and 2, volunteers will cover all lectures mentioned. During weeks 3 and 4 volunteers will not have any lectures. Whilst the other volunteers are busy with weeks 1 and 2, volunteers doing weeks 3 and 4 will do more intensive research on a category given to them by the coordinator or will do other research.
Volunteers can expect to do the following after their first two weeks (please note that some activities are subject to availability) - camera trap collection, waterhole utilization graphs, game drive log sheet graphs, bush activities, morning game drives, afternoon game drives, night drives, bush walks, social braai (BBQ) evenings, debates, town trips, special sun-downers, camp activities, shooting assessment, bush camp sleep-out and advanced research in some of the lectures covered in weeks 1 and 2.