GVI: Internships in South Africa

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We are proud to launch our new GVI Business Internships Abroad!

Business Internships Abroad are a great way to apply your business management and leadership skills, explore the world, experience new cultures, contribute to a sustainable cause and kickstart your career!

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Travel to sunny South Africa and make a difference to critical conservation and community development programs. From working with underprivileged children to getting up close with the charismatic wildlife, there's an internship project for everyone in South Africa! GVI offers a variety of internships in South Africa including:

  • Wildlife Conservation Internship in South Africa: This 22 week Internship starts with a 10 week wildlife research expedition. You will establish your field guide skills while obtaining in-depth knowledge of African game, their habitats and conservation techniques, receiving a BTEC in Supervision of Biological Surveys.
  • South Africa Wildlife Conservation Short-Term Internship: Gain invaluable work experience and contribute directly to the conservation of Africa when you intern on a private Big Five game reserve. Learn about habitat restoration, contribute to community outreach programs, track wild animals and study their behavior.
  • Teaching and Community Development Internship in South Africa: Some communities in this cultural country are extremely impoverished and need support. Our internship does just that - we give you the opportunity to develop your teaching skills at educare centers and schools in a township close to Cape Town. Enrich your career by helping children in need!
  • Community Development Short-Term Internship in Cape Town: Provide the children with much needed educational enhancement through educational games, arts and crafts, and help create a fun, safe and creative learning environment. Experience life in the Mother City as you gain valuable work experience!
  • Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa: Join our accredited Field Guide course and forward your conservation career when you spend 23 weeks training in the iconic South African bush. This region is one of the best wildlife locations in the country. Gain skills and qualifications and join the optional placement to gain experience and secure the best possible start to your career.
  • Business and Micro-Enterprise Internships in Cape Town: Use your theoretical training skills to work with developing entrepreneurs in the local community, assisting them with developing their small microenterprise businesses. Challenge yourself and gain practical experience while steering your own career in the right direction.

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Heather
10/10

Best Wildlife Internship

I took part in the Wildlife Conservation Short Term Internship in Limpopo during the summer of 2018 after searching online for a volunteering abroad. I spent 2 months with GVI and the days consist of two game drives which are always full of surprise as you never know what your going to see. As well as game drives you get involved in reserve management which is great fun as you get involved in many different projects. They teach you a lot in the first week, so that everyone has the same knowledge no matter of previous experience and makes sure you get the most out of the experience. The staff are really knowledgeable and great fun, always there to answer any questions. Life on base is basic but a welcome change to normal life and the food is incredible. After coming back from GVI it has helped me realise where my strengths lie and given me many options for career development where I was lost before. You truly see once in a lifetime sightings and make friends for life. I had the most incredible time and never wanted to leave which is a feeling I have never had when volunteering abroad before.

Yes, I recommend this program
Angelo
Angelo
10/10

My First African Experience

An internship GVI in South Africa is simply the perfect balance between learning a lot, having a lot of fun and amazing sightings every day ! I could not have hope better for my first experience in Africa. The staff members and the volunteers were super nice and very welcoming. I was nervous in the flight on my way to South Africa, but after a day being at the base, I already felt part of the big GVI family.

The difference between GVI Limpopo and a safari experience from a lodge is that with GVI,we contribute to the welfare of the wildlife by collecting important data and more, or through reserve work management. Volunteers can leave here feeling like they have made a difference, and truly contributed to the wildlife conservation. Having awesome daily sightings is the result of the hard work that we all put in and this is a marvellous feeling.
Being this close of the three male cheetah everyday was something that I could never forget. After finding the cheetah, we were either going to look for other animals of the reserve, always learning as much as possible with a very passionate and enthusiastic staff member. It is so much more pleasant to learn about elephant or eagle when they are standing right in front of you.
In the vehicle, we get the chance to observe the animals very closely, without intruding on their space and natural behaviour. I have had so many amazing sightings and every day has felt better than the previous day.

Sharing the same house with more or less 20 people in the middle of a reserve is an incredible feeling. Here, I've reconnected myself with nature, with the world and with humanity. You can not have a bad day during your time here, as everyone's happiness and optimism will always cheer you up, even during your difficult moments.

With GVI, you'll meet different type of volunteers. Some are like me, they want to come here to gain experience on the CV as a Wildlife conservationist or Field Guide. I also met volunteers studying or having jobs not related at all to animals conservation, such as math, fashion or chemistry. However, everyone here shared a common passion which is the wildlife, and everyone was always keen to teach or learn about it.

One of the main believe of GVI is to make difference on the field, which means that we were not only learning and working on the reserve but also outside the reserve, being involve in the community around Karongwe. During my time, I visited the local schools where I've spent time with the kids, playing football and teaching them about the environment. The kids were lovely, they wanted to learn as much as we wanted to teach them, and they gave me motivation and conviction in the path I've chosen.
I believe so much in the Global Vision Internation project, which is to impact volunteers careers by helping local people in places where they need us the most.

GVI has given me the chance to project myself on the long term, and I feel like this internship has answered so many questions to my professional life. GVI has given me conviction in the fact that, when united, we can truly make a difference in the world, with a lot of work but also by having a lot of fun.

I will never be grateful enough for this incredible experience that I've had the pleasure to share with the volunteers and the staff members, and I will definitely return next year for another internship.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Greg
10/10

Once in a lifetime opportunity

I did the South Africa Wildlife Conservation Short Term internship for six weeks in Karongwe private game reserve and it was the best decision I have ever made. The staff are amazing and it was a pleasure to work and learn from them professionally and to get to know them personally. They are all very friendly and are always open to any questions about the environment. The reserve is incredible and you will be able to see and experience things at GVI that you could have never imagined possible from magnificent close ups with the Big Five to spectacular views of birds which cannot be found anywhere else. I would recommend to anyone, whether you want to pursue a career in environmental conservation or not, to come to GVI as you will gain the experience of a lifetime and memories that will stick with you forever. My only regret is that I did not book to stay for longer as GVI creates an environment that you never want to leave and helps to create friendships that will last a lifetime.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Patrick
9/10

Wildlife Conservation in South Africa- an experience of a lifetime!

I had an incredible experience as a wildlife conservation intern in South Africa. We were based in Karongwe Private Game Reserve, which was about 45 min outside of Kruger Park. Each day we spent around 8-10 hours in the field, tracking the local wildlife (mainly the large predators and herbivores) and taking valuable data. The scenery was incredible, and we were often treated to amazing sunrises and sunsets on our drives! It was also wonderful to live in community with other volunteers. GVI does a great job of building community and encouraging the volunteers to get to know each other. I really enjoyed that aspect, and there were certainly many fun memories from our time on the base camp! Overall, this experience made a profound impact on my life moving forward. I had always thought of wildlife conservation as just a secondary interest, but after going on this trip I've realized that I want to integrate wildlife conservation into my career moving forward, and I'm very excited about it.

How can this program be improved?
I think the internship program lacked organization and structure, which was frustrating at times. I would definitely say that being more consistent in executing the goals of the internship programs should be a priority moving forward. I also noticed while I was there that maintenance issues didn't get resolved quickly, which was disappointing. During the entire 6 weeks of my stay, there was no working spotlight, which prevented us from discovering and learning more about the nocturnal animals that inhabit the reserve.
Yes, I recommend this program
Rebecca
10/10

2 week Volunteering - South Africa Limpopo

In October 2017 I was lucky enough to live out one of my life long dreams. For years I have wanted to visit South Africa and get up close to the stunning wildlife. My trip only lasted 2 weeks but it was life changing, I was completely blown away! From the minute I set the date the GVI team where there to provide all the support, advice and encouragement I needed. I met so many lovely people before and during my trip. We were able to share stories and advice definitely made friends for life! South Africa is a stunning place, living within the bush was so grounding. Being so close to the wildlife was just incredible. You are made to feel such a part of the team, helping with the conservation work, taking data on the animals and helping out on base you become part of the family in a matter of days! Working alongside such knowledgeable individuals I was in awe each and everyday! Learning about the different animal groups/families, their behaviour and the impact our conservation has on their success filled me with so much passion and pride I didn't want to leave. My short trip fuelled my love for conservation and left me craving for the next adventure! I would highly recommend GVI to anyone with a sense of adventure and anyone who has a passion for wildlife and conservation. You are given the opportunity to work closely with professionals in the field and get up close to the wild animals in their natural habitat which is just mind blowing. My trip filled me with such a confidence boost I came back to the UK a new women and I am already booked onto my return trip for next year!

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I would like to change is how the community trip was run, I feel that there could be small changes made to make this much more details and rewarding. This was openly discussed during our time in the community with one of the bass leaders so changes were already being address. It was an amazing and grounding experience although I felt I could have given so much more to the individuals involved in the right setting/environment. Excited to continue with community work on my return trip!
Yes, I recommend this program
Victoria
10/10

The Heart of Karongwe

South Africa was my first ever GVI project, but certainly not the last. The reason I chose this particular project is because I was desperate to see the big 5 in their natural habitat and Karongwe certainly delivered that!
After landing in Johannesburg, we had a 5 hour drive to base which allowed us to get to know each other and start learning about with whom we would be sharing the coming weeks with. My first game drive was phenomenal with sightings of Elephants, lions, hippos and the rhino! One of the most memorable experiences of my life was being less than 4 metres away from a female cheetah as she was feeding... it was simply breath taking!! Not only the things I saw, but the people I met and friends I made will stay with me forever.
This particular project is very scientific and the research they carry out is very informative. I learnt the basics of telemetry, species identification and tracking of animal footprints. The living conditions are basic, but not in comparison to other projects. You still have hot running showers, variety of food including fruit and veg and comfy beds in a mixed dormitory.
Overall, I would rate this project a 10/10, it is one that cannot be missed nor forgotten!

How can this program be improved?
No room for improvement.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jack
10/10

GVI internship Karongwe 2017

When reviewing my time with GVI in Karongwe it is incredible to look back on all I have seen, done and accomplished in my ten weeks here. I have achieved everything I came out to do and have enjoyed every moment of being here and would not hesitate to come back & recommend this to anyone thinking of doing a programme here or with GVI.

Starting from the very beginning..

My motivation to come out here was to experience Africa & get up close to the incredible wildlife and learn some more about the world.

The booking process was very smooth from start to finish, the staff at the office are very knowledgeable and eager to help. Marne was my first point of contact and she answered every question positively and made the whole process simple and stress free. My next contact was Jade who took over from Marne and again was very helpful and has since booked my next GVI trip to the Seychelles and had to deal with myself changing dates a few times, thanks so much Jade for putting up with me! the field manual was very detailed and useful and the kit list was spot on. My only point here was that the advised four hundred rand a week does fall short as side trips & food and gifts do eat this up very quickly, I would advise closer to 600-700.

On arrival staff were at the airport to greet us newbies, Sophie & Gregg who handled everything for us smoothly and without fuss, something that is really important after a long flight!

The set up at Karongwe is basic, if going do not expect 5 star luxury as it is research intensive but I had no complaints and we all more or less got on with it.

Sleeping - their are three dorms, one big and two small. I cant really comment on the big dorm as I was only ever in a small dorm however if you are a lightsleeper I would advise trying to get in a small dorm (4 person) as opposed to the large dorm which can take ten. Most nights are very hot and humid I found sleeping under the sleeping bag easier than sleeping inside it.

Food- volunteers&interns take it in turns to cook food on a base day with two people on base whilst the others are on drive, most weeks you will do base duty, I only missed one whilst at Karongwe. Their are set instructions on how to cook the food which is decided beforehand and all ingredients are provided. Other duties on base include cleaning the main house plus data entry.

Base itself - The main building where you stay has a long veranda which overlooks the front of the house and has stunning views all the way to the Drakensburg mountains (the view never gets boring trust me!!) their are no fences so wildlife does come in and out all the time. Whilst at Karongwe I personally witnessed elephants, lions, buffallo, giraffe and plenty of antelope come past and in the case of the antelope come right up to the veranda. The lions came to within twenty metres of the house one morning whilst preparing to drive and sat watching us for a good ten minutes which was one of the highlights of my time there. On the odd occasion you can also here leopards come close to the house during the night - the doors are all locked!!

Daily routine - If on drive you get a number of responsibilities such as data entry or vehicle check, if going out on drive at the normal time of 05:00 and 15:00 (two drives normally a day) it does mean getting up roughly 30 minutes before hand depending on the job. Vehicle check can take around ten minutes (longer if a problem occurs) otherwise if you have no job then people do get up ten minutes or less before drive and jump on. Once back from drive the time is more or less your own until the next drive unless their is a lecture or other acitivities but you do get plenty of notice for these. After afternoon drive dinner is usually straight away (19.30) then people tend to got to bed no later than 23:00 as it is a long day but their is no curfew. On base their is a volleyball pitch, table tennis, pool table plus plenty of books and the veranda has a number of beds laid out on benches to relax upon.

Drive - Drives can last anything from two hours to over five. Going out with the aim of finding the focus animals - Khwezi the female cheetah and her cubs, the Cheetah male boys and Sub-zero the male lion. Khwezi is the focus animal and the aim was to find her at least once a day. Every drive is different, some start of slow and got incredible within minutes, one of my most memorable drives started off with forgetting the data folders and coffee and then ended up finding a male Rhino communicating which is incredibly rare and was fascinating to watch! If you do go, don't expect to see everything at once, it does take time and personally it took me eight weeks to find Sub-Zero, the thrill really is not knowing what to expect. Finding animals randomly is amazing, I was lucky enough to have nine leopard sightings of 6 individuals and each one was incredible. My most memorable sighting was of a Caracal, the first one spotted on Karongwe by anyone in 18 months and it does provoke some insane reactions trust me!

Staff - All the staff are so passionate about their role and it really is amazing, the guys all have vast experience and knowledge and are on hand to answer any question, you really can tell they love their jobs!!

If you want to experience Africa, are not fussed about where you sleep or the facilities and dont mind roughing it for hours on elderly 4x4's then this is the project for you, you do get very close to the animals, I have personally been on the ground around 40 meters from one of the large bull elephants and withing 400 meters of a leopard. Value for money really is what you get, if you go to a high end lodge you will pay thousands for a few nights and see exactly the same animals but probably only once or twice (highly doubtful you will see a leopard!) if you go with GVI you see exactly the same animals but a lot more!!

In conclusion, my ten weeks here has been incredible, I have hundreds of amazing photos and memories that will last a lifetime. I leave in two days and I seriously do not want to go and would happily come back to Africa in a heartbeat. The exposure to wildlife is constant and does not let up, if you come seriously enjoy every moment but it truly is an experience.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps better investment in facilities but I understand this is not the focus.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jack
10/10

6 Month Wildlife Conservation Internship at GVI Karongwe

My time at GVI Karongwe was some of the best of my life so far! After finishing my degree and not really knowing what direction I wanted to go in career wise, GVI provided me with an immersive and practical learning experience that has taught me new skills and developed a passion for the African bushveld over the course of the 6 month internship.
The project itself means you get to go out on research drives twice a day, seeing amazing animals and their behaviour in a natural setting. Whilst recording important data from your sightings for the research projects to improve wildlife conservation. Alongside this you are taught my an incredibly knowledgeable staff team all about the animals themselves, their ecology, conservation issues and the rigorous process and challenges of conducting scientific research in the field.
As an intern I was impressed by the well-constructed program to teach me even more in depth knowledge and leadership skills, as well as one on one guidance from staff members as part the 3 month training/volunteer period. I spent the latter half of the internship on placement, I was lucky enough to stay at the base becoming Staff Intern. There I gained further skills and took responsibility over volunteers, their education and safety within the reserve. Whilst also having a more involved role in the scientific work the staff undertake and being able to learn and assist all the behind the scenes work that goes into running a research base and volunteer program.
It doesn’t matter what your background is or your career goals; you will have an amazing experience, learn a tremendous amount and have a lot of fun with both the other volunteers there and the staff. I would recommend any of GVI’s projects because I feel the immersive learning system on the projects is the best experience of education I have been through and it does this all within a friendly supportive environment provided by the staff teams.

How can this program be improved?
N/a
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kathleen
9/10

Take a walk on the wild side

I wanted to volunteer, but worried that I did not fit the stereotype. But, the truth is, there is no set ‘type’ of person. All you need is a passion to make a difference and to not be afraid of getting your hands dirty.
So, despite some people saying I was crazy, I chucked in my life in London and hot-footed it to South Africa for a six month wildlife internship with GVI.
I can categorically say it was the best decision I have ever made.
Three months was spent at the GVI base in Karongwe, and then three months on a work placement with The Wild Volunteers in KwaZulu-Natal.
In Karongwe, days are spent collecting data on the animals, either on game drives or by the camera traps we have placed. There are also bird surveys, game counts and general reserve work.
Twice a day we tracked and reported data on the resident cheetahs. They are habituated to humans so, although wild, they will tolerate us walking in.
It is not all wild animals. For conservation to succeed, education is vital. As part of the community outreach programme we produce a presentation on rhino poaching to teach the local school children. We also teach them about respect and women empowerment.
I have experienced things which would never have been possible at home. I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I have laughed and cried at animal sightings. I have met some incredible people - from all corners of the world – and been humbled and awed at the measures they will go to create a better future.

How can this program be improved?
We were very lucky in that we got to go on several trip to Kruger and received talks about rhino poaching and elephant management. These were incredibly informative - more of these types of talks would be amazing.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Katie
8/10

GVI Short Term Intership

As part of my post graduate studies, I carried out an 8-week wildlife research conservation internship with GVI South Africa, Limpopo. This opportunity allowed me to broaden my horizons within the conservation sector and enable me to develop direct research experience within the field.
Working closely with a team of dedicated conservationists within the South African bushveld, I partook in conducting valuable research on the wildlife dynamics of a relatively small game reserve. This involved developing tracking skills, where dominant predators were tracked using radio telemetry, to develop a better understanding of the movement patterns of the animals and in turn aiding with the management of the area. Vital behavioural data was collected daily with emphasis on predator and herbivore species presence and interactions, so that a better understanding of the animals could be achieved. Additionally, there was focus on reserve management to ensure that the reserve is maintained to the best standard.
The current internship programme at GVI has improved greatly, thanks to a new member of staff running the internship programme. I took part in the short term internship, however I was able to partake in the training that the long term interns received, supporting and encouraging all interns. This involved lectures in various topics covering a wide range of topics, and developing new skills.
This internship utilised established training methods, where predominant telemetry skills were initially developed, and a subsequent focus on tracking and signing within the bushveld was explored. These significant skills were established so that a holistic approach to conservation can be achieved, with a sustainable and long term emphasis. Scats and tracks were identified, where we were tested on various parameters, including individual and group species movements, when they were last seen in the area, and any prominent indications of directions. Furthermore, key bird identification skills were practised on a regular basis.
There was also a strong focus on community engagement projects, with the aim of encouraging and teaching local school children about the significance of conservation within the community and local area. By doing this, we aimed to encourage local people to have a better understanding of the value and importance of biodiversity within their country.
The staff knowledge was excellent, where staff with different backgrounds and experience in the bushveld benefited the interns. Each intern was given a mentor who they can work closely with and seek advice from. If you are ambitious and determined, then the programme can offer you support and guidance from dedicated staff at the reserve.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as an intern with GVI Limpopo. I think the programme will continue to improve with the new project coordinator, who is passionate about the conservation work. There is great potential for researchers, academics and students to be involved with the current research as well as developing future projects.
This experience has enabled me to develop key skills that are applicable to my academic studies, encouraging me to further explore the research skills and aid with professional development, emphasising on scientific output. Working as an intern, I have been exposed to broader global research working with industry professionals and an insight to the vital ongoing conservation work within this region.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Freo
8/10

Learn it yourself

I did the GVI internship on April last year.
First thing you should know: game reserves are, above everything else, a business. It's not a truly wild place, it must be managed. It's like a zoo without cages and a lot of wrong decisions can be made, caring more for the satisfaction of guests than the well being of the wildlife.
In GVI the volunteers rotate in different tasks everyday. These include telemetry, vehicle check, spotlight, writing down data. So everyday we go out, twice a day, to locate the lions and the semi-imprinted cheetah (which sometimes you will get out of the vehicle and go into the block to locate her on foot). We take basic data as behaviour, location and wheater conditions and type it at the computer back at base. Only the volunteer responsible for data on that specific drive will do it, though. Other activities during drive include operating the telemetry equipment, doing vehicle check before drive, operating the spotlight on the way back to base when it's already dark. We leave usually at 5 in the morning and get back before 10. Then leave again at 3.30pm and get back around 7.30pm.
We collect data on other animals we might come across, like rhinos, elephants, buffalos, hyenas, etc. But these we do not track, so it's not the priority to locate first, coming across them only by chance or if we have time left after finding the "key" animals.
Sometimes volunteers will do other tasks such as reserve work by cleaning the roads, educational bush walks, base work (which is a rotation of volunteers to look after the base - cooking, cleaning - during the day).
As an intern, you will have some extra activities that the common volunteers don't. That would be basically for your education about the bush and conservation through game reserves. You will have a few lectures and will have to do some assignments and team leading projects. Most of them are not conservation related and feels pretty useless. You will have a mentor to talk about your goals. And you will learn about tracks, birds and trees. But most of your knowledge, will come from your own effort. There as several books available at base and staff members willing to answer your questions. But if you don't commit yourself with your self education, you won't learn as much as you could.
There's three bathrooms, two of them with shower (not the best of showers, but at least there's hot water). Currently there are three dorms for volunteers. Most of the matress are very old and used and you will sleep on bunk beds. It's something you can get used to quickly, sleep in a room full of people and later on you can even miss it. Most of volunteers go to bed early, before 9, as we need to get up before the sun rise. The meals are prepared by the volunteers in charge, a pre made menu that can be adjusted to any diet requirements.
My second part of the program was spent in CROW (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) based on Durban. Even if I had all the help from GVI to get there, with tips of flights, places to stay and transport, I had to deal with the costs.
Booking directly with CROW can be 4 to 5 times cheaper than with GVI or a travel agency.
The cost for internship or volunteering with GVI is very high. There are plenty of game reserves that take volunteers for much less. Of course I can only talk about my experience with GVI, and in general I'm really thankful that it started a 2 year journey through South Africa. In the end was definetely worth it. I will always remember my time at the reserve and cherish deeply as one of the greatest moments of my life.
I recommend this program for whoever wants to do a safari in South Africa and take good pictures while making friends and getting closer to the environment. Is a much better way to know the wildlife and also to keep yourself busy during a trip. You will have an amazing experience. It just wouldn't be my first option for an educational internship.

Response from Global Vision International (GVI)

Hi Freo,

Thank you for your kind words about your time in South Africa with GVI, we always love hearing stories from our Alumni!

Do you know that we run an Ambassador program which allows you to stay connected with GVI from home, and earn points towards a future program? If you'd like to find out more, you can email me on [email protected] and I'll be able to give you more details!

All the best,

Jon, Alumni Engagement Manager

No, I don't recommend this program
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Jessica
9/10

GVI Wildlife Reserach 6 month Internship

Amazing, life changing, 6 months of my life that I will never forget. I was part of the Wildlife Research Expedition as an Intern for 6 months in the Limpopo Province. GVI was based at two camps Venetia Game Reserve and Karongwe Game Reserve. The first 5 week were spent in “basic” training mode learning how to identify and track animals, radio telemetry techniques and how to cook for over 25 people. I will never forget my first sighting of a wild elephant his name was Botswana and he was dust bathing at 6am in the morning in the creek bed in front of our tent. Then I moved to Karongwe. Seeing Zero their male pride lion for the first time was heart stopping, the smell of a month old giraffe kill I will never get out of my nose, the joy of seeing my first Porcupine, walking in on the cheetah boys, the thrill of my first leopard, and the unforgettable sound of Hyenas laughing as we spent the night camped in the river bed. I was taken on as Mountain intern and got to explore the magical Mariepskop Mountains, hiking to waterfalls, watching the sunset over Swadini Dam, catching frogs, learning how to measure a shrews foot. The staff are all fantastic some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated people you will ever meet they are passionate about what they do. My last night is etched into my mind driving along the road outside the reserve only to find the whole pride of lions sitting on the fence line getting ready for night time lion activities, the cubs being playful and Zero roaring in the distance.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarahsss
10/10

Life changing

Taking part in the Wildlife Conservation program in South Africa was a huge step for me, It was a life long dream and also the first time travelling overseas by myself. My whole experience in South Africa at the Karongwe game reserve was life changing and I think everyone needs to experience it in their life. On the average day we would wake up at 4.30am to start the game drives at 5am, the drives were surreal we would see lions, cheetahs, elephants and giraffes even before breakfast. One day we had set out on the truck to try and identify the elephants for their profiles the staff were creating, getting ahead of the herd we parked in a cross roads, as we sat on the truck the herd walked strait past us, we were meters away!!! One of the newborn babies was walking with its mum and older sister, playing and teasing the older elephants, When the Monarch of the herd walked past she stopped and stared strait at me!! I began to cry, it was amazing being so close to such a huge and beautiful animal. Moments like these happened on many of the days at the game reserve, it was definately One of the best experiences of my life and I plan to go back. The staff and the other volunteers were amazing, I only wish I had stayed longer as four weeks was definately not long enough :)

Yes, I recommend this program

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