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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. The closest town is Phalaborwa, just 30 minutes from the camp. Here you’ll find a few shops and a handful of local restaurants.
This project aims to both study and conserve some of Africa’s unique and beautiful wild animals and the land they roam on. It is a joint effort which collaborates with local and distant communities, universities, and other reserves to learn as much as possible about these animals and their behaviors to better provide them with a suitable environment in which to thrive.
This reserve is home to a wide range of wildlife, and therefore has many initiatives with each species. The principal work is being done on elephants, and lions.
Volunteers will carry out research on endangered wildlife within the reserve. This provides critical information for dedicated organizations to improve and create wildlife conservation strategies.
Some of your tasks may include:
Volunteers’ time at the reserve will be split between the focuses of the program in approximately the following way:
Internet: Wi-Fi is available
Laundry: Laundry services are available for a small fee
Accommodations: During your placement, you will stay in a private lodge on the banks of the Olifants River, overlooking Kruger National Park. The accommodation is comfortable and includes 7 large dorms rooms with AC and bathrooms. Facilities include a seasonal swimming pool, outdoor fire pit, common lounges and a small shop. Private rooms are available for an extra fee upon request, subject to availability.
Food: Three meals a day are provided. Breakfast is self-serve and includes cereals, toast, coffee, and tea. Lunch and dinner are prepared by the on-site cooks. They can cater for most dietary preferences, including vegetarians, vegans, and, where possible, lactose or wheat free.
Travel Extras (Not Included):
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:
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