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Swaziland Game Conservancy

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Swaziland Game Conservancy

Protect precious species such as elephants and rare black and white rhinos in a truly breathtaking setting – take night drives and conduct night surveys in this remote and stunning area.

Prices from US$3,245

Visit Swaziland – a tiny South African country that is a unique haven where an ancient monarchy rules a land of amiable people, bountiful and striking national parks and rich, complex and diverse ecosystems.

Delve into the intriguing culture here,with its witch doctors, tribal dances and fascinating festivals. The wildlife here is breathtaking in its variety and exists in steamy, fertile mountain forests and vast savannah plains that are rich in nutrients, providing the perfect foundation for species to flourish.

Swaziland is known for its special mystique created by the traditional way of life and the extreme friendliness of its people. Enjoy the experience of this unusual country that lies at the heart of southern Africa whilst protecting precious species such as elephants and rare black and white rhinos. Spend time in an area rich in a deeply entrenched heritage that dates back to the Stone Age where bats nest in the gnarled trees of the forests and rare reptiles creep through the dense undergrowth.

This is an incredible chance to visit a relatively unknown country, and experience wildlife conservation in a breathtaking setting!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Help in the conservation of threatened species in this unique environment
  • Explore intriguing & spectacular Swaziland
  • Make lifelong friends

FAST FACTS

Location Swaziland
Activities Night drives to survey & assess nocturnal activity
Visiting known nesting sites to monitor and observe breeding behaviour patterns
Locating & observing active nests, roosts & dens of threatened birds
Weighing, measuring, tagging & ringing young birds & bats
Helping to monitor & care for animals kept in enclosures prior to their release
Radio tracking threatened species
Erecting nets & harp traps for the live capture of birds & bats
Visiting & checking long term monitoring sites
Transport Bus journey to project site
Accommodation Camping or rustic cottage

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation & training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

African savannahs sustain a vast number of species that exist in a particular balance, within ecosystems that we still do not fully understand. Species such as bats play a vastly significant role within these systems and in order to formulate conservation strategies that are effective and efficient it is essential that we build up a proper understanding of their ecology. Other species such as elephants and rhinos are studied with the aim of identifying activity patterns and changes in social structures. Whilst conservation efforts over the last few decades have focused largely on the protection of big game from the threats of poaching and habitat destruction this project seeks to focus on gaining a better understanding of the smaller and little understood species that are increasingly threatened and vitally important to the African savannah ecosystem. Join this amazing project and make a contribution to the conservation of biodiversity in this ecologically rich and vibrant protected area.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will be participating in a wide range of activities which, depending upon time of year and availability, may include;

  • night drives to survey and assess the nocturnal activities of predators such as leopards and lions
  • visiting sites where there are known nests, roosts or dens to monitor and observe the breeding and reproductive rates and behaviour patterns of a variety of different species
  • walking, driving and cycling through the stunning game reserve to locate and observe active nests, roosts and dens of threatened birds such as eagles, vultures and storks, bats and other species such as hyenas, genets and serval cats
  • weighing, measuring, tagging and ringing young birds and bats to facilitate monitoring of their movements and to allow study of their distribution and abundance
  • helping to monitor and care for animals kept in enclosures prior to their reintroduction to the wild
  • radio tracking threatened species fitted with radio transmitters to determine their home ranges and distribution patterns
  • erecting nets and harp traps for the live capture of birds and bats
  • visiting and checking long term monitoring sites to record the behaviour of threatened species

All of the activities above contribute to the overall aim of the project which is to develop produce and implement conservation action plans for the threatened species that exist in this unique environment.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival you will make your way to the project location by bus from which you will be given specific and detailed directions to the site. All other project related travel is included in your project contribution.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will either be camping or staying in a rustic cottage within the national park. Conditions will be basic with no electricity but you are sure to find the simple camp life very enjoyable as you bond with your fellow volunteers. Communal washing and kitchen facilities are available.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Three delicious meals per day are provided for you. Breakfast and dinner will be served at your accommodation. Lunch is prepared either at the dormitories or is taken into the bush as a picnic depending on the distances travelled in the national parks. Vegetarian and other dietary requirements can be catered for so please contact us to advise us of any specific requirements.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you may wish simply to relax and soak up the staggering natural beauty and bewitching culture of this charming destination. However, if you would like to explore further afield and embrace more energetic activities there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Try white water rafting down dramatic tumbling rivers, mountain biking through rugged terrain where you can spot some of the 280 species of exotic birds that thrive here or horse ride along winding forest paths as impala dart ahead of you. Otherwise you may wish to enjoy more conventional sporting activities such as golf, tennis and squash as you soak up the vibrant southern African sunshine. You may also wish to experience one of the tribal festivals that are a key aspect of life here – the "reed dance" festival occurs in August or September and the intriguing Inewala ceremony in late December or early January. Staff can help you negotiate prices for adventure or cultural activities with local providers, giving you an opportunity to support the local economy. It may also be possible to arrange long weekends and expeditions in more far flung destinations such as beautiful Mozambique and the famous Kruger National Park.

COSTS

4 weeks US$3,245

Extra week US$595

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly

DURATION

4 weeks and longer

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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