WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Botswana is incredibly special as it provides some of Africa's best game viewing, allowing access to sightings which are of a quality that is unique to the country. This project aims to give a real insight into the behaviour of some of the world's most beautiful animals and offers volunteers an opportunity to live and work in a true wilderness environment.
You will spend time learning how to survive in Botswana’s bush environment gaining important skills that will help you in the second part of your project and awaken your inner explorer. You will participate in hands on conservation work, helping to accumulate knowledge of the African bush and wildlife and the research you gather will help to develop the databases for the reserve.
The project focuses on elephant behaviour such as herd make-up, movements, parent/offspring behaviour, individual characteristics, feeding traits and so forrth, as well as predator activity, including species identification, territory utilisation, feeding and social behaviour.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
The first two weeks of your project will see you learning all sorts of survival techniques used in order to live in the potentially unforgiving African wilderness. These may include bush navigation, medicinal uses of plants, important bush skills such as identifying animals and birds and their behaviour, tree and plant identification and the interrelation between all of these. The skills you learn will be dependent on the seasons and conditions during the time of your visit.
You will spend your final two weeks helping on a conservation programme, working with large wildlife. Your daily itinerary will vary according to the focus of the programme at the time of your visit but may include activities such as tracking the animals, in particular elephants and Botswana’s main predators, collecting data on general game, birds, vegetation and tree population and growth and mapping trends. More specific research may also be carried out by volunteers, depending on requests from academics, such as mapping a specific tree species or collecting information on the feeding habits of a particular animal species.