Join this fantastic project in their effort to monitor and do research on the large and endangered wildlife present on a National Park Section nature reserve within the Waterberg Biosphere and preserve their habitat.
You’ll monitor species such as elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, cheetah, hyena and other rare species, which assists the National Park Management Rangers in better strategic planning in protecting Wildlife. Volunteering at this project is an amazing experience, as you have the opportunity to actively contribute towards conservation, learn about animals, nature, reserve management and meet new people that come from different part of the world.
The reserve is open to a National Park, and comprises of 24.000 ha of bushveld with amazing mountain views. The reserve hosts the Big 5 and a great biodiversity of Fauna and Flora including some of the most rare and elusive of the species found in good numbers.
The Park has found a great need for a monitoring team to assist with the tracking and identification of endangered species like Lion, White and Black Rhino, leopard, elephant (just to mention some) as well as minor species who are difficult to count unless a dedicated team is present. The project is also very active with conservation work on the park to preserve the environment and does a lot of education on sustainable living.
Monitoring and research is done during two daily game drives, regular bush walks/tracking sessions, ‘koppie’ (rock) climbing and sleep out in the bush (when needed). Besides this the project carries out the following duties and activities:
No day is the same! There are a lot of variables to take into consideration when carrying out the work, such as climate, animal interactions, water sources etc. 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! As animals typically avoid the heat of the day, game drives are planned between approx 05.30 – 11.30 in the morning, and 15.00 – 20.00 in the evening.
Sunday is leisure day at the project, volunteers can relax at the camp or join for fence patrol when done with the vehicle.
For long term volunteers who would like to spend at least 8 weeks at the project, there is an opportunity to study FGASA Level 1 during their stay. FGASA is the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (the training to become a field guide). It is a self study, but the staff at the project will assist you where needed and will provide regular lectures covering the modules in the FGASA curriculum. This option is not included in the programme costs, but definitely interesting to consider. Please contact us should you wish to receive more information.
The project is based in a malaria FREE area!
Volunteers are accommodated in a very spacious farm house with various smaller bedrooms (males and females have separate rooms). There are two bathrooms with showers. There is also a separate private room for couples or for those who prefers to have a bit more privacy. The room has an ensuite bathroom and toilet and shower for couples who wish to join the project. The camp is spacious with a big garden and is fenced in to prevent wildlife from entering the premises. The camp runs almost entirely on solar panels to solar power to contribute further to their Sustainable Living philosophy. Lights go off at 22.30 in order to save energy because of the solar panels and also for consideration of the fellow volunteers who may want to go to bed early (do bring a torch with you).
Wi-fi: There is no basic Wi-Fi at the camp. You can purchase a SIM card and upload a data bundle, or alternatively use Wi-Fi at a restaurant when going on the weekly town trip if you wish to have unlimited access.
Laundry: is available two times per week at a small charge. The project provides the bed sheets and a pillow. You need to bring your own towel, toiletries and sleeping bag.
One or two 2 volunteers on a rotation basis will always be present at the camp for half day to take care of the house duties (such as cooking and do basic cleaning), the nursery area (veggie garden and plants), camera trap work and other general duties within the camp.
Please contact us for information regarding programme costs.
Age: Minimum age of 18 and no maximum age. The only requirement is that a volunteer is reasonably fit (able to walk for one 1km and get on and off the 4x4 unassisted).
Group size: There will be a maximum of 10 volunteers at any one time.
Dates: Volunteers arrive at and depart from the project on Tuesdays. Pick up and drop off are at 11.00am at OR Tambo.