The first morning will start with an induction talk in which the team will explain everything about the project, the reserve and safety rules. The experienced reserve managers and conservationists have years of field experience which they are only too happy to share with their eager, passionate team of volunteers.
Your hours will vary depending on the activity, but as wild animals are most active in the early morning you’ll usually be up before dawn too ! This is the most beautiful time of day in the African bush so, after a quick coffee, heading off in the 4x4 game vehicle is an absolute pleasure. Your vehicle is equipped with all the gear you need for expert tracking: GPS, data recording equipment, spotlight and very importantly, coffee, tea and snacks. The expert researchers and rangers you’ll be working with will gladly share their vast store of knowledge about the fauna and flora of the bush, and as well as the vast array of mammals you’ll be amazed by the incredible bird life out in the bush.
Like the animals, you’ll probably find yourself taking cover during the heat of the day before, typically you join a second research drive in the evening. Some or all of the Big 5 will be monitored every day and you may get involved with additional research, day or night, as necessary. You may also head out by quad bike with one of the guides for a day, as part of the black rhino monitoring program – a really exciting opportunity !
The volunteer team also help out with basic maintenance of the accommodation facilities, and on a roster you’ll cook a yummy meal for the group. You’ll make lifelong friendships, contribute to conservation and have an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience in the African bush.
Sunday is the day off (no activities organised). If you’d like to arrange an excursion to tour the area and further afield, the project staff will be happy to assist you with this. Excursions will be organised according to the weekly planning by the project manager.