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 Big Five Conservation Volunteers <strong>Province</strong>: Eastern Cape <br />

Big Five Conservation Volunteers

Tracking Leopard

Town: Kenton On Sea
Province: Eastern Cape

.: Interested in doing conservation work on a Big 5 Game Reserve?

Come and join as a conservation volunteer. Make a real difference, grow your skills in conservation and have the experience of a lifetime!

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Program: The Project is an extraordinary and exciting conservation project, at the forefront of numerous species reintroductions and conservation drives.

If you want more than just a safari come and get your hands dirty and learn more about conservation management on a Big 5 game reserve

The Wildlife Management Volunteer Program is the ultimate Big 5 experience, where volunteers from across the world, get the opportunity to get hands-on involved in conservation management on the reserve. During your stay with us, you may see yourselves as Assistant Conservation Managers as all the work done and data collected by you will be utilized for conservation on the reserve
A dedicated coordinator will endeavor to ensure that you have a wonderful learning experience and leave with a stronger understanding of conservation issues feeling like you made an important contribution.
Project Newsletters, Testimonials and Extra Information:
Program may include: Our volunteers assist at a local rural farm school by teaching children basic subjects like English. Come and make a real difference and have fun doing it.
Animals: This Game Reserve is a Big 5 reserve that is abundantly stocked with numerious species of African mammals. We guarantee excellent game viewing!
Location: The reserve is one of the oldest and most established game reserve in the beautiful Eastern Cape of South Africa. About 2 hours drive from Port Elizabeth.
Getting to Project: You will be collected from arrivals at Port Elizabeth airport. The taxi company should have a sign with your name on it. If they are a little bit late, please just stay put at arrivals.

Should your connecting flight from Johannesburg or Cape Town be delayed, please call us so that the taxi company can be informed about your delay.

You will need to pay the driver of your taxi directly for your transfer from the airport to the reserve.

The price is around R500 per person for a one way transfer (R250 per person sharing a vehicle). Please make sure you have South African Rands with you to pay the driver. The same applies for your return transfer.

Where at all possible, we will organize for volunteers arriving/departing on the same day to share a taxi and therefore reduce the per person transfer fee.

Accommodation: Volunteers are accommodated in a renovated, fully furnished house on the reserve - comfortable but not luxurious. You will be sharing bedrooms (bedding provided for you) and there are communal bathrooms (2 bathrooms in the house).

There is an entertainment / lecture room, a lounge with a T.V (South African channels), dining room and a fully equip kitchen with a fridge, stove, microwave, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. There is a safe for cash and small valuables on site.

Please bear in mind that the house is in the middle of a "Big 5" game reserve, so therefore one cannot walk outside the boundaries of the garden fence. A plunge pool is situated in the garden for volunteers to cool off in after a hard day's work. There is also a braai(BBQ) area outside in the garden.
Upgrade Dbl/Twin: If volunteers book well in advance, couples can request to share a double room.
Applicants: Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 50. No previous conservation experience is required.

We take on enthusiastic volunteers who are eager to learn and prepared to work hard and play hard!
Includes: Accommodation for the duration of your placement, all work activities on the reserve and three meals per day.
Excludes: Airport transfers to and from Port Elizabeth airport are not included. This is payable directly to the taxi driver .

Also not included are entertainment expenses over weekends and socializing costs (drinks and meals volunteers choose to have while out in town.
Hours: Working hours on the reserve are generally speaking Monday to Friday 7.30am to 5.00pm with and hour or two for lunch (please note working hours are dependent on weather and nature of activity).
Freetime: Saturdays are generally reserved for town trips to allow volunteers to stock up on everyday essentials and to make use of internet and phone facilities. Sundays are off time for both the volunteers and the volunteer coordinator and volunteers are to entertain themselves.

Additional activities that can be organized for you on a Saturday are at own cost and on condition that a few others in the group also want to partake in the activity. Below is a list of activities and , which have proved popular with past volunteers. This will help you with your budgeting.

Horse riding on the beach or on a game reserve
Sky-diving (tandem)this means you are strapped to an instructor!
Deep sea fishing
Quad bike rides R250
Field trip to Addo Elephant National Park
Two day canoe trip
Volunteers are also welcome to go away for the weekend to explore the area and perhaps book into a B & B, hotel or a backpackers.

Due to strict access control on the Game Reserve, we cannot allow anyone to come and go as they please. Volunteers who would like to go away for the weekend, will need to organize themselves a taxi to collect them from reception on a Saturday morning and to drop them off again on a Monday morning (we do not collect anybody from reception on a Sunday as there is no one on duty).

Weekend trips away from the reserve are done on your own accord and we cannot be held liable for anything that might happen to a volunteer on a weekend outing. The area however is very safe and crime is minimal, so please tell everyone at home not to worry! There is plenty to do and plenty to see in the area and most of our volunteers make full use of all of this and have a fantastic time
Volunteers Feedback: Just a short testimonial from our message book in the volunteer house: (copied word for word)

"I had a great stay here on the Game Reserve. My absolute highlight was the capture of rhinos on the reserve. It is amazing how involved the volunteers could get and how close to the tranquilized animals we could get.

I also had the privilege to meet and get to know a lot of great, interesting people whilst staying here. They definitely made my stay worth remembering forever.

My recommendation to future volunteers is to put as much energy as you can into every activity. You will get so much satisfaction out of it. And remember: T.I.A - This is Africa! Thank you for this great experience!"

Damien (22), Zurich, Switzerland,
(5 weeks).

My name is Adam Howson and I joined The Game Reserve volunteer program for a month. I left the UK and headed to South Africa not knowing what the road ahead had in store. However, I can honestly say that it was the experience of a lifetime.

My reason for joining this volunteer program was to collect data and information for my third year university project. On my arrival, the team provided me with a wealth of information, time and support in helping me complete my tasks. The team here are so talented and working in the field with such people was awe inspiring!

Rate in ZAR: 6000

Rate For: per week

Duration: The minimum time period for a booking is a 2 weeks placement and maximum time period is 12 weeks. Please note that our activities are based on a minimum stay of 4 weeks. Although many of the activities listed below may take place in 2-3 week placements, not all are guaranteed. So the longer your stay, the more in depth your experience.

Dates: There are no set arrival/departure dates for this project, but please note no arrivals or departures over weekends (Saturdays and Sundays).

Arrivals and departures are preferred to be scheduled for a Monday.

Volunteers are required to sign an indemnity form acknowledging and accepting the consequences of working in close contact with wild animals.


Apply here today for your Volunteer Experience

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Field Trips
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Rates Valid till Oct this year, All Rates subject to change

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Created on 2010/13/10 Updated on 2017/01/02

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