Travel to South Africa’s iconic bushveld and discover the Big 5 and more when you join this conservation awareness project in protected areas/ reserves of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
You will learn about the local ecosystems, how to identify animals and their behaviour as well as touch upon various topics from the local history and fascinating plant life of the area to astronomy for a well-rounded base of conservation knowledge.
Learn to track animals, survive in the wild and navigate by the stars when you embrace your adventurous side. Learn about the challenges facing these delicate ecosystems and get a chance to get up close and personal with some of Africa’s famous wildlife.
Expect costs around $1400/wk, for a 2 week minimum and include the following:
Pre-departure support and discounted services ; 24-hour emergency support ; Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated) ; Arrival orientation ; Long term experienced staff ; Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared) ; All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals) ; Welcome meeting & Location orientation ; All necessary project training by experienced staff ; All necessary project equipment and materials
What to Expect?
You will work in the region collecting data on large predators such as lions, leopards and cheetah. The information gathered is used to give an accurate picture of the predators’ impact on prey populations, determine social structure, genetics, and spatial movement. This vital information helps maintain a healthy balance of these natural resources and ultimately conserve some of Africa’s important ecosystems.
From a personal perspective, being based in this region will increase your knowledge and understanding of the South African environment, and terrestrial conservation in general. Being able to experience this setting and having access to local examples of the principles and techniques will provide you with practical experience in the basics of wildlife conservation as well as confidence and a clear understanding of important concepts such as best practice principles. You’ll develop effective teamwork and leadership skills and be prepared for working in remote and challenging locations.
Once you’ve arrived at your base camp which is set in the beautiful bushveld and settled in, you’ll spend some time learning about the background of the site before getting into some formal lectures on African Wildlife Conservation and heading out into the bush to bring the classroom to life.
Over the next few days you will learn about animal identification and behaviour, as well as how to track animals and navigate your way in the bush. In addition to this, you will also learn key survival techniques and some astronomy under the amazing African night sky. Most importantly, you will learn about how the ecosystems here work and touch on subjects like geology, local history, soils, plant life and the climate.
Explore the African wilderness and have a chance to refine the skills you’ve learned while you camp in the park! You may have an opportunity to see some of the following: lions; leopards; cheetahs; hyena; elephants; rhino; water buffalo; kudu; impala; springbok; wildebeest; giraffe; zebra; warthog or hippo, not to mention a huge range of weird and wonderful but lesser known species.
- Program ID: # 2519
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks
- location: KZNSouth Africa26° 54' 20.3796" S, 32° 32' 9.3084" EZA
- Fitness level: Moderately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Polokwane (PTG)
- Costs From: Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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