Experience amazing Big 5 encounters (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard). Receive bush craft training, learn key skills and contribute to important wildlife conservation research whilst living in the famous Kruger National Park.
Volunteers assist in research tasks and help to maintain the reserve in three areas; predator monitoring, conservation research and reserve management. Whilst at the project you will be involved in a variety of tasks which may include:
Volunteers all complete Bush Craft training on arrival which will give you a foundation of knowledge on animal identification, tracking, and behaviour.
You are working on a diverse reserve and your daily commute to research sites will often include lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard sightings.
Volunteers normally work for 6 days a week for 4 - 6 hours a day however depending on the season these times may vary.
There are normally 8 - 10 volunteers at the project at any one time, with a maximum of 18.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Kruger Conservation volunteer reviews.
Whilst the Kruger Conservation project employs a team of local staff, they are often over-stretched, particularly due to the fact that many of the research activities involve extensive data collection over many hectares of land. This is very labour intensive therefore volunteers provide additional manpower.
As well as focusing on Leopard and predator monitoring, the additional support provided by volunteers means that the team is able to collect data on many species which migrate through and live on the reserve. Volunteers also put together rhino identikits, analyse territories, record buffalo and elephant movement patterns, snare locations and poaching activities and protect reserve boundaries.
“We really love working with Pod, THANK YOU!! Volunteer research results have been used by the Dept of Environmental Affairs to ban more than 150 leopard hunting permits this year!"Johan, Director
Limpopo is home to over one third of South Africa’s suitable leopard habitat, however there is still very little know about its population. Despite this lack of information on population and a high level of illegal poaching in the area, the government continues to issue increasing numbers of leopard hunting permits. Without vital conservation research in this area, the population could be seriously threatened in the future.
The primary role of the project is to avert this, by providing important data on leopard and other predator population and behaviour. This information is used to improve conservation both in the Limpopo province and throughout South Africa.
You will be staying within Greater Kruger National Park, in the Balule Reserve. The accommodation consists of dormitory style rooms. The bathroom facilities are in a separate building, have western side toilets and have hot and cold running water.
It is in a beautiful and peaceful location overlooking the river with a safari feel and abundant game and birdlife all around. There is an outside dining and barbeque area where volunteers enjoy their meals and socialize in the evenings.
During your free time, volunteers stay on the reserve and relax by the river, play sports, read a book or have a barbeque together.
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required). Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.
|2 weeks||£995||GB Pounds|
|Each additional 2 weeks||£395||GB Pounds|
Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
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“Everything was even better than I could have hoped for. We had really nice groups of volunteers and I really liked the different work tasks every day. I had the most amazing time – I will be back!”Read more volunteer reviews
“I loved learning about animals, nature and living in the bush. You experience a whole different world. The team is awesome! They make you feel safe, at home and confident from the beginning. I want to do it again!”Read more volunteer reviews
“I’ve never been as happy as I was in Balule. I would easily leave everything back home and move there. The people were great! The camp was great! The work was great! The animals were everywhere and it was just awesome!”Read more volunteer reviews