Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)

with Hamba Africa

newspaper Summer Camp Communitites Land Conservation Internship Teaching Adventure
location Africa
start date Year round 2 weeks to 4 weeks
salary Volunteer or Gap year experience
accommodation includedAccommodation included
food and meals3 meals a day
training providedTraining provided

The diversity of conservation projects we run and you'll be getting involved with is unbeatable.

With over 12 projects, each with their own goal, there’s so much incredible work to get involved with and something for everyone to get particularly passionate about!

Working on everything new research into rhino behaviour, or catching and releasing the smallest mice and birds, plus rehabilitation work with orphaned animals and helping local communities this means the positive effect we have on the environment is felt at every level.

This also gives our volunteers a chance to learn as much about nature and real world ecological skills as possible, gaining new knowledge and helping you with your own personal ambitions in conservation.

As well as providing an incredible adventure and travel experience!

Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)

gap year project highlights Highlights

Get to the frontline of conservation - make a difference! theres over 12 exciting projects you'll volunteer with and if you've got your own ideas we'll help you plan and implement your own projects.

Get adventurous - as you travel you'll stay in new places, get to know South Africa and take part in activities such as mountain hikes, microlight flights, quad biking, river rafting, underground cave exploration and much more.

Get up close and personal – this will be a life changing experience; you will see Africa’s magnificent wildlife via safari viewers and on foot, at your base reserve and as you explore the iconic splendor of the Kruger National Park.

Get active - Under supervision and with trained field guides, help protect the reserve’s wildlife by searching the bush on foot, looking for signs of illegal poaching activity and removing illegal snares and traps.

Get out there - prepare to be amazed by the beauty of the South African sunset, by its magical night sky, by its breathtaking natural landscapes, the sights and sounds of this unique, wild, exotic continent.

Get helping the experts - medical checks, emergency call outs, nursing, feeding and handling wildlife; interact and help rehabilitate orphaned and injured animals.

Get knowledge – learn about animals from antelope to zebra, big and small; study the flora and fauna, learn about the science, behaviour, biology and the intriguing relationships in the animal kingdom. Learn to track animals in the wild and take home a new understanding about their complex ecosystems through personal exploration and discovery.

Get involved – volunteer with rural communities; work closely with local groups to help improve their livelihoods while protecting local wildlife habitats and creating a more sustainable future.

typical day What's it like

A typical day on this gap year project

Typical day during conservation focused weeks:

Morning: 7am wake up and breakfast.

Start the day bright and early as this is when most of the wildlife are active.

At your base camp in the heart of a big 5 game reserve, over breakfast you'll get an explanation of the days planned projects and activities by your guides and get all your equipment and personal items ready for a action packed day.

Morning activity: 7:30 - 12pm

Starting early also means you can miss the heat of the mid-day sun.

You'll get in your safari truck and as a group drive to the location where you'll be conducting your morning activity, along the way you'll be sure to bump into the various wildlife like elephants, buffalo or antelope that share the reserve with you.

Typically in the morning activities: like retrieving humane small mammal traps, anti-poaching patrols, camera trap distribution, tracking wildlife, catching and tagging birds, invasive species removal, reserve management.

Lunch: 12pm - 2pm

After the morning activities and by mid-day its probably to hot for most strenuous activities.

Back at camp you'll have a hearty lunch, usually involving salads, burgers, pasta dishes or for a lighter bite maybe just a sandwich to recharge and prepare you for the next project.

This is also when some of the guides and ecologists go over any data retrieved during the projects such as camera traps or from tallying up the small mammal traps, although not mandatory any who are interested are more than welcome to help and get involved and learn!

You'll also get a chance to relax a bit pool side, socialize, read a book, go over photos or maybe have a siesta.

Evening activity: 2pm - 6:30pm

After lunch and your break you'll hop back into the safari trucks and head over to your next location. Some evenings you'll also leave the reserve entirely and head over to neighbouring organisations, projects or communities that we and you will be working with.

Again by passing stunning natural sights and incredible wildlife.

Typically evening activities: Camera trap distribution, reserve management work, rural community volunteering, sustainable agriculture projects, rehabilitation centre work, animal handling and presentation work, tree surveying, safari drives and bush walks.

After activities: 6:30pm onwards

From when it gets dark around 6:30pm you'll be back at the bush camp where you can relax and take it easy, swapping stories of the day and socializing with your now friends.

Dinner will usually be between 7:30 and 8:30pm and is usually hearty foods like casseroles, BBQs (Braais as they are locally know), stews or other good home cooking with plenty of veg and salad.

Night time activities:

Some evenings you will take part in night time activities, from night drives around the reserve for a chance to see more nocturnal animals like Hyenas, leopards, owls, badgers and much more.

You may also take part in astronomy as well as certain conservation projects like moth surveying.

Conservation projects and activites you'll work on:

• Rhino behavioural research

• Anti-Poaching patrols

• Bird ringing and surveying

• Invasive species management

• Small mammal trap and release

• Your own projects

• Camera trap surveying

• Community outreach

• Tree surveying

• Insect and moth surveying

• Conservation and reserve management

• Assisting rural vets

• Wildlife rehabilitation

• Handling and presenting animals to rural communities

• Tracking

• Sustainable agriculture projects

Typical day during travel week:

After a morning breakfast you'll hit the road, usually around 8am.

Head out to the destination or activity of the day, traveling across a stuning landscape and visiting points of interests along the way.

Activities you'll take part in dudeing travel week:

Travel week activities

- Micro-light flights

- White water tubing

- Cave exploration

- Mountain hikes

- Panorama drives

- Elephant interactions

- Horse safaris

- Temperate rain forest hikes

After your day of excitment you'll get taken to new accomdation at various backpackers or lodges around the area for a chance to see and stay in a different part of South Africa.

ideal candidate Project Requirements

Who would be a suitable participant?

In order to join us on one of our packages you'll need:

To be above 18
Have valid travel insurance
Booked return flights (Or other transport to the meeting point)
The relevant travel and Immigration documents
The relevant medical checks and vaccinations

These are your personal responsibility and proof that all requirements are met must be sent ahead of your arrival to take part.

our offer Project Benefits

What we can offer you

Please note: the cost for your placement actively supports and develops the conservation projects we run, allowing us to invest in more equipment and diversify the projects we run.
Placement includes:
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation
- Transportation in South Africa
- Guides/tour leaders
- Food and drink – (excludes any personal extras)
- Entry to sites
- All itinerary/activity equipment is provided
- Wi-fi
- Travel week accomodation and activities
- Over 12 projects and other activities
- Meet and greet event in the UK
- Fellow volunteer contact list sent prior to departure
- 24-hour emergency onsite support
- TTA member so 100% financial security


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