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 Game Reserve <strong>Province</strong>: Eastern Cape <br />

Game Reserve

Town: Port Elizabeth
Province: Eastern Cape

.: A programme suitable for persons of all ages looking for that something different as part of a gap year or following a life change. This is your chance to contribute to conservation, to make a difference and to return to nature.

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Program: Exciting and interesting things frequently happen on a game reserve and these dynamics will as far as possible be included in the program.
Students are allocated a qualified game ranger as facilitator and Land Rover game viewer for their sole use for the duration of the program. The program is therefore flexible but an average day might include the following:

Breakfast at 7.30 am.

Briefing on the day's activities at 8.00 am.

Pick up packed lunch at the Safari Lodge between 8.00 and 9.00 am.

Move through to the game reserve to an allocated area to do vegetation management, on the way also tracking predators with telemetry.

Lunch from around 1.00 to 2.00 pm next to the Bushman's River.

Canoeing on the river until 3.00 pm.

Animal monitoring in the afternoon.
Program may include: Game drives (animal identification and tracking), game capture, birding orientation and classification, canoeing, boating, Xhosa culture, gardening, community service (at underprivileged schools or our Conservation Centre), history from Stone Age to more recent Frontier history, game management (culling, re-introducing, counts, bomas), land management (burning, grazing patterns, roads, water, fencing), veterinary work with our resident vet (darting and post-mortems), guided walks, medicinal use of plants, vegetation biomes: overnight camping and survival techniques, four star lodge experience, basic first aid, food preparation and wine tasting, emergency vehicle repairs, target shooting, anti-poaching control, crocodile centre, dairy farm, art workshop, pollution clean ups, Born Free Foundation, construction of bird hides and walking, trails, geology and paleontology, stargazing and basic astronomy, entomology collection, alien vegetation management.
Animals: Big Five and Much More
Location: The Project is located between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown South Africa.
Volunteers must arrange their flights to and from Port Elizabeth airport.
Getting to Project: Transport can be arranged for R 800 one way from Port Elizabeth airport.
Accommodation: Accommodation is in the newly renovated Old Railway Station. It is very comfortable with DSTV, internet facility and an out door "braai" area. Laundry service is offered and the rooms are serviced daily. The festive pub next door is a popular gathering place for locals and students. Meals are prepared by the Lodge staff.
Applicants: Suitable for persons of all ages.

Includes: Accommodation, all meals.
Excludes: All flights, all beverages, excursions, insurance, transfers.
Hours: Students are busy from Monday to Friday, the average working day being 8 hours. Weekends are free for students to either relax at their house or to go sightseeing.
Freetime: Weekend activities can be carried out at Volunteers own expense and can be arranged prior to arrival directly with us, or through the Volunteer Facilitator upon arrival at the volunteer house. Please provide at least 4 days notice to the Volunteer Facilitator before the day of the activity.

Port Elizabeth � whether looking for gifts or perusing the flea market along the quay side on a Sunday morning, or a nice meal out sampling some of the delicious fish caught off-shore, there is plenty to do within P.E at weekends
Volunteers Feedback: This is my second installment as a volunteer as I have been here for almost two months now and the time has just flown by. There is always something new going on and people are always coming and going. Some people are here for a couple of weeks, some three weeks and some four weeks or longer. All have very different reasons for being here and everyone helps everybody else out.

The game counts on a Wednesday are still one of my favourite weekly activities as you really get up close to the game on the reserve. I have wanted to see the black rhino up close and I got my wish last Wednesday when one came close to the vehicle! Still this is what it is all about. We had seen the rhino from afar but were soon busy counting Blesbok. I looked round to check on the rhino�s location and there it was about 10m away before deciding wander off, uninterested in our activities. It was a fantastic sighting though.

Rate in ZAR: 7000

Rate For: per week

Duration: Please note that you can extend for any length of time (min 1 Month).

Dates: This project can be joined at any time of the year and any day of the week.


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

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Created on 2009/21/05 Updated on 2017/27/03

Game Reserve Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape

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