African Bush and Wildlife Experience

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This project is located in the Great Karoo of South Africa, a landscape of immense plains and dramatic mountains and the home of many of Africa's iconic animals species.

The volunteer program offers you the opportunity to live and work on a 25.000 hectare reserve and to contribute to the ambitious conservation efforts of the reserve. The reserve is especially recognized for their research and conservation efforts for Vervet Monkeys, Cheetah and the illusive Aardvark. You will experience living close to nature, working with our local staff, tracking on foot, tel tracking cheetah and much more.

You will leave this project with a deeper understanding of the African bush, as well as with useful skills and techniques used in current scientific research, conservation and wildlife management. A great project for those to experience working in the bush with our rangers and get a feel about what being a safari ranger is all about.

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Anja
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Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic

I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks in the Great Karoo and the African Bush and Wildlife Experience. The time flew by and if you have the chance to stay longer - do so. I have a full time job so have to volunteer in my holidays so the fact that I was able to stay for only two weeks was great. It was an amazing experience and I got to see both the good and the sad work that conservation has as their oldest cheetah girl died during my time there although we and the vet did everything we could to save her. Sibella had done her work for cheetah conservation by giving birth to 20 cubs and being an icon for the game reserve. I got to see her children, Chilli and Pepper, as well and I´m sure they have learned from their mother. The everyday schedule was well organized but since it is wild animals plans tend to change suddenly. I got to see a lot of different antilopes, buffalo, white rhino, giraffes, zebras and many other animals and birds when we were out in the veld and learned a lot from the volunteer manager, Bethia. She was incredibly knowledgeable and a great person to be around! We were only two volunteers but in spite of the age difference (of over 20 years...) we got on like a house on fire - so much fun! Can´t recommend this enough. It is proper conservation work you get to experience. They also have a Tracker Academy at the game reserve - you get to join them one day and learn. We also spent one day with the children at the orphanage they support and what joy it was to see the children´s smiles and happiness at the park. Still thinking? Just go! :-)

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