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Malawi Wild Dog Conservation

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Malawi Wild Dog Conservation

Work to conserve the African wild dog and other carnivore species in Malawi through applied research and education.

Prices from US$1,445

Malawi, often described as ‘the Warm Heart of Africa’ on account of the friendliness of its people, has a huge variety of landscapes, ranging from the rugged highlands, such as the hiker’s and climber’s paradise of the Mulanje Massif, to lowland plains and unspoilt wildlife reserves home to elephant, hippo, zebra, buffalo and black rhino. Malawi’s biggest draw is undoubtedly Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake, which is lined with hundreds of miles of tropical golden sand beaches and boasts hundreds of species of colourful tropical fish.

On the Malawi wild dog conservation project you will experience conducting research on all carnivores and their prey. Ongoing projects include wild dog behavioural work and research on the urban wild gog. Volunteers are an important part of the various carnivore research projects and contribute to a range of activities, including surveying and monitoring as well as community education and awareness.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Help research and monitor carnivore species including wild dog and hyena.
  • Discover Malawian cuisine
  • Explore Liwonde National Park
  • Encounter Malawi’s awesome wildlife

FAST FACTS

Location Kasungu or Liwonde National Park, Malawi
Activities Wildlife watching
Boat trips on the Shire river
Walking safaris at dawn
Jeep safari in Liwonde National Park
Transport Airport pick-up and drop-off
In-country transfers
Accommodation Canvas safari tents

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice and documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food (three meals per day)
Airport pick-up and drop-off
In-country ground transfers
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?

The Malawi wild dog project allows you to work with expert scientists to research and monitor various carnivores in Malawi. The aims of the project are better to understand wild dogs, hyenas, and other carnivores in Malawi through research, so that they can be protected and helped now and in the future.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

From your base on a riverside research camp, an office in African paradise, you will help research and monitor local carnivores, including hyenas. Your time will be spent helping the scientists with field research and community education and awareness.
Methods include camera trapping, acoustic call surveys for census purposes, spoor tracking, large mammal transect surveys to assess prey abundance, spotlighting surveys, radio tracking, vegetation surveys and numerous lab based activities.

As well as field research, another important aspect of the project is community education and awareness. The work also includes asking questionnaires and carrying out surveys in the local communities living in the villages surrounding the park.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Lilongwe Airport, you will be met by a friendly representative and taken to your project location.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying at a research camp within Liwonde National Park on the banks of the Shire River or at the Kasungu camp, which is located on the banks of the Lifupa Dam.

The camps are comfortable, with canvas safari tents, beds and linen provided and hot showers and flushing toilets. The large tents can sleep up to 6 people.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Three meals a day are provided at the camps.

Malawian cuisine is known to be quite varied and exciting so why not try having a taste of the local cuisine while you’re out and about? Grab the opportunity to treat yourself to some delicious grilled fresh fish from Lake Malawi and have it with nsima, Malawi’s staple food made from ground corn and local vegetables.After the project, you may choose to explore more of Malawi under your own steam or with some of your new friends. Your coordinator will be more than happy to advice you and help you get started whatever your decision may be.

With the project being based in national parks, there are plenty of opportunities on your days off to explore the abundance of local flora and fauna by boat, jeep and foot. The parks are home to some incredible animals including elephants, hippos, buffalo, zebra and black rhinos.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

After the project, you may choose to explore more of Malawi in your own time or with some of your new friends. Our friendly in-country staff will be more than happy to advice you and help you get started on your own adventure! 

With the project based in national parks, there are plenty of opportunities on your days off to explore the abundance of local flora and fauna by boat, jeep and foot. The parks are home to some incredible animals including elephants, hippos, buffalo, zebra and black rhinos.

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,445

3 weeks US$2,095

4 weeks US$2,645

5 weeks US$3,145

6 weeks US$3,795

7 weeks US$4,045

8 weeks US$4,145

9 weeks US$4,245

10 weeks US$4,395

DEPARTURE DATES

Projects run from Saturday to Saturday. You should therefore arrive on a Friday and book your return flight on a Sunday following the conclusion of the programme.

This project is not available between the 23rd December and the 2nd January. 

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & equipment advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas and equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food (three meals a day)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


 

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Lilongwe (LLW)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

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


LEGAL STATEMENT

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