Big 5 Wildlife Course in Cape Town

Big 5 Wildlife Course in Cape Town

Big 5 Wildlife Course in Cape Town

Trip Details:

Operator:   SAVE Volunteering
Price From: 1,725 USD
Ideal Age Range:  19 to 30, 31 to 50
Fitness Needs:  Moderately Fit
Program duration: 2 weeks

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About this program

Here’s an opportunity for animal lovers, conservationists, and nature enthusiasts to join a Big Five Wildlife project that can change your life! This program, while demanding, pushes volunteers physically and mentally, to achieve exciting goals of the project. 

After a 2-day orientation in Cape Town, volunteers will be transported to the project by shuttle. Volunteers should look forward to developing new skills, learning about conservation, and experiencing the unique African environment. They will be an integral part of the efforts of returning the environment to its original state. 

Take part in research projects, studying the different species that live in the park. Collect data and help compile the daily and monthly reports. You’ll receive all the proper training in all areas you participate in. Don’t be afraid of getting your hands dirty by participating in erosion control, alien plant clearing, and a whole lot more in an effort to create a self-sustaining ecosystem.

Don’t forget your camera! While you’ll create a lifetime of memories at the program, you’ll want to have some photos to show your family and friends when you get home!


Average Working Day

While the working days may vary, here's what you can expect:

7:00 AM - Start your working day with breakfast. You'll move on to Rhino Patrol. Later, track cheetahs using a telemetry device which is used to monitor their position. 

9:30 AM - Enjoy a short break for tea prior to working on a project. Some projects may include: road maintenance, predator feeding, erosion control, alien plant removal and more. 

1:00 PM - Lunch

2:00 PM - The afternoons often include research and monitoring. Some of the research conducted will be game counts, dung sampling, behavior studies, snake handling, water testing, small mammal surveys, and more.

5:00 PM - Finish your day with a nice cool beverage overlooking an incredible view.

Country Fast Facts

South Africa

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Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) 11 - Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital: No official capital. Three branches of government split between Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein
Population 54,956,900 (2015)
Climate(s) Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean (Warm/Temperate), Humid Subtropical, Oceanic (Subtropical/Warm/Temperate)
Major Airport(s): Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Durban (DUR)
Economic Driver(s): Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism

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