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Travel to the colourful country of South Africa and discover the famous Big 5 (the lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard) and more when you join this adventurous conservation awareness project.
This project gives you a real and unfiltered look into Africa’s incredible iconic wildlife. Get ready to get a first-hand experience of what it’s like to get a glimpse of nature’s untouched beauty; seeing nature scenes that others dream about – how a lion hunts down its prey, how elephants bathe in mud, or even something as simple as a herd of giraffes gracefully grazing in the veld.
Unlike a simple tourist safari, you will receive the wildlife experience with added top field training. This experience will open your eyes to real conservation issues and potential solutions, as well as allowing you to explore South Africa’s natural resources in this stunning region of the world.
You will learn interesting facts about the local ecosystems and learn exciting techniques how to identify animals and their behaviour. This African wildlife adventure will be refined with various topics from the local history, the fascinating plant life of the area, and astronomy facts.
Once you’ve arrived at your base camp you’ll get a chance to meet fellow volunteers and GVI staff from around the globe before learning about African wildlife conservation and heading out into the bush.
Over the next few days, you will learn about animal identification and behavior, as well as how to track animals and navigate your way in the bush. Most importantly, you will learn about how the African ecosystems work and receive real life insight into subjects like geology, local history, soils, plant life and the climate.
If learning new bush skills, making new life-long friends and making yourself better equipped to tackle your education is not enough, this trip will give you the amazing opportunity of experiencing a stunning bush sleepover, where you will be able to truly appreciate the stars in the southern skies while the sounds of the night carry you away to dreamland. The weekend will be packed with trips, including a visit to the world famous Kruger National Park, where you may spot the sought after big 5 (rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant).
|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|
|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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