Kruger National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the ‘Big 5’ - lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo. Originally established in 1898 Kruger became South Africa’s first official national park in 1926, and at nearly 2 million hectares it is one of Africa’s largest game reserves.
As a Wildlife Conservation volunteer you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of conservation work while being immersed in life on the reserve. You’ll be making a difference towards wildlife conservation and enjoying the spectacular wildlife environment that Kruger National Park offers.
On this project volunteers will first complete an introductory period where you will learn more about the work taking place on the reserve, reserve management practices, basic bush ecology training and about how your volunteer contribution is making a difference to the ongoing work on the reserve. Once work on the reserve begins, the following tasks can take place:
- Orientation and bush craft training - covering animal identification and behaviour, dealing with potentially dangerous game, orientation and navigation as well as basic bush skills
- Game drives
- Vegetation sampling
- Camera trapping
- Habitat assessments
- Monitoring of rare and endangered species
- Location and mapping of injured animals by vehicle patrols
- Assisting with bush and alien plant clearing
- Vulture nest monitoring
- Assisting with long term biodiversity surveys
- Road maintenance
- Erosion control measures
- Fence line patrols
- Disaster Management – drought, flooding, storms and wildfires
- Any other tasks that may arise including manual labour and more mundane tasks
Conservation work is very diverse and dependent on many uncontrollable influences such as climate changes, environmental factors, animal behaviour and external human intervention. Many activities listed above are seasonal and therefore all activities cannot be guaranteed during your stay.
This project is perfect for anyone who is passionate about animals and wildlife conservation. It is also great for those looking for an experience away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You do not have to have any previous training or experience as volunteers work closely with the Field Facilitators, Reserve Manager and Scientific Coordinator on the project. However, all volunteers must have an adequate level of fitness given the physical nature of the work.Apply now