WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You will be working within the game reserve five days a week from Monday – Friday. The game reserve is home to all of Africa's Big Five (the lion, the African elephant, the cape buffalo, the leopard and the rhinoceros) as well as many others. Your main duties will revolve around the maintenance of the reserve and you may even get to help out with the reserve's animal rehabilitation work. The reserve's successful breeding and animal rearing programme even produces new born cubs from time to time!
Other work may include checking up on the lions or feeding and cleaning the elephants in the on-site elephant sanctuary. The reserve also runs luxury safaris and in the past some of the more experienced volunteers have been asked to help the professional game rangers run these. Who knows – you could be the next lucky one! Volunteers joining in the month of February may be involved in assisting in the annual game capture.
Your work will be hugely varied and may include such tasks as vegetation rehabilitation and the eradication of invasive plant species, which is important for sustaining the endemic local flora and fauna. Fence patrolling is essential and needs to be carried out to check for wear and tear and ensure the safety of the native wildlife. Please note that all activites will be dependent upon the time of year and the current needs of the reserve.
Within the reserve you can visit an historic English frontier town, noted for its contribution to the development of agriculture in South Africa, where you will find a post office and a modern convenience store.
Excursions to Port Elizabeth, South Africa's second oldest city, are arranged every other weekend. Here you can enjoy sunbathing, surfing and swimming at the beautiful blue flag beaches such as George's and Humewood beach. In the evenings you can explore the exciting bars, clubs and restaurants of this vibrant city.