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This project is based in the Greater Kruger Area close to the famous Kruger National Park – one of the largest game reserves in Africa and home to Africa’s ‘Big 5’ species. The park stretches across the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces in northeastern South Africa. With over 500 bird species, 100 reptiles, 150 mammal species, multiple archaeological sites, and an equally diverse array of trees and flowers, Kruger truly exemplifies the majesty of Africa.
As recently as 1975, over 200,000 lions may have roamed the African continent. In 2002, estimates put the population between 23,000 and 39,000, representing an 80 – 90% decline in less than 30 years. This program specifically focuses on the conservation of lions and leopards, both of which have experienced decreased populations due to hunting and poaching.
The research, monitoring, tracking and data collection carried out throughout this project is aimed at understanding the reproductive, territorial, hunting, and social behaviors of the lion and leopard populations, and plays a vital role in the ongoing conservation and protection of Africa’s big cats. You will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with researchers to assist them in data collection and observations of the animals.
Some of your tasks may include:
Your time will be divided approximately as follows:
Internet: WiFi is available for a small fee.
Laundry: Laundry services are available for a small fee.
Accommodations: During your placement, you will stay in comfortable shared accommodation in the volunteer lodge located within the Greater Kruger Area. Standard rooms are spacious with up to four people per room and en-suite bathrooms.
Food: Three meals a day are provided. Breakfast is self-serve and includes cereals, toast, coffee, and tea. Lunch and dinner are full meals and are prepared by the on-site cooks.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Travel Extras (Not Included):
Add on our eight-day Garden Route Road Trip to enhance your South Africa experience!
There is an abundance of places to go and sights to see during your free time in South Africa. The following activities are available for an additional fee: