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South Africa Wildlife Conservation Volunteer

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Visit South Africa – a "Rainbow Nation" that combines modern culture with an ancient landscape that is simply breathtaking. South Africa has evolved over thousands of years to become the biologically and culturally diverse nation that it is today, and attracts thousands of visitors a year to its wide, sandy beaches and cosmopolitan cities, and of course the dramatic natural monument that is Table Mountain.

    

  

Rolling hills, flat grasslands, magnificent African bush and historical frontier architecture await you at this exclusive game reserve and wildlife sanctuary. The pristine bushveld and crystal clear blue skies combine to provide a magnificent setting to explore the magnificent Big Five wildlife and the intriguing history of this African paradise.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Help to conserve South Africa's rare & beautiful wildlife
  • Discover the Rainbow Nation
  • Make lifelong friends and return with incredible memories
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FAST FACTS
Location South Africa
Activities Rehabilitation work
Fence and anti-poaching patrols
Game capture (in season)
Eradication of invasive plant species
Assist with tourist safaris
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Shared volunteer house

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 (5 days/week)
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
In-country transfers
Local orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

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 animals (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 often 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 the upmarket tourist safaris. 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 – invaluable 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 to 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. Here 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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will fly into Port Elizabeth airport which is a short  (one hour)  flight from Cape Town international airport and can cost as little as £40-£50 if booked locally. Please aim to arrive before 4pm. Upon arrival you will be given a warm welcome by one of the project staff and, depending on the time of arrival you will be taken to a lovely local lodge where you will wait for the other volunteers to arrive before the scheduled transfer to the project site at 5pm. You can use the time at the lodge to freshen up and recover from your flight, acclimatise and get ideas about what you might like to see during your project weekend excursions or after your project. You will arrive at the project location, 85 km from Port Elizabeth, in time for dinner and to relax after your journey. If the arrival time or volunteer numbers are preventative to the introductory tour, you will travel directly to the project site.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

The project location is within an exclusive game reserve of 6,000 hectares. You will be living in one of two comfortable and newly built single sex dormitories. The game reserve offers a fantastic range of leisure and recreational facilities including a TV, tennis court, barbecue, kitchen area, internet access and pool tables, so masses to do during your time off. There is mobile phone coverage in the area and you will be able to purchase a pay-as-you-go SIM for a small price in the shops, which you can then top up and use as much as you like. The reserve is also malaria free.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will enjoy three meals a day during the week, which will be a delicious combination of African and Asian food cooked by the skilled local catering staff. You may also enjoy authentic South African braais in the evening whilst discussing the day's fun events with friends whilst listening to the night sounds made by the countless birds and animals nearby. At the weekend you are taken to Port Elizabeth where you will have to source your own food.

 
I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!  | 7 Jan 2015
Overall I would definitely recommend this. It was my first big trip away but I absolutely loved e...

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I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS PROJECT  | 19 Dec 2014
Overall I would definitely recommend this. It was my first big trip away but I absolutely loved e...

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This project is by far the most incredible experience of my life!  | 1 Oct 2014
Wow. This project is by far the most incredible experience of my life. You go out here to work an...

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I HAD THE BEST EXPERIENCE EVER IN SOUTH AFRICA  | 17 Sep 2014
No Regrets. I have just got back from the Frontier South Africa Wildlife Project. Hand on heart; ...

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AMAZING MEMORIES  | 17 Apr 2013
I have always been very interested in animals and it is my dream to work with them. I have gained...

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A worthwhile, fantastic experience.  | 6 Aug 2012
The project was a great opportunity to take part in all aspects of conservation. The work wa...

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Many thanks for making my boyhood dream come true  | 2 May 2012
Have just returned from South Africa, and what a trip it was! The experiences I’ve...

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Loving the lions  | 4 Oct 2011
The South Africa Widlife Conservation project is definately for those that love and care for anim...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In addition to the work and excursions outlined above, there’s a load more to do on your free weekends or after your trip. About an hour's drive southwest of Port Elizabeth is the surf village of J-Bay, one of the hottest surf spots on the planet and definitely not to be missed. If culture is more your thing, then perhaps you might like to visit Grahamstown, Africa's festival capital, where the national Arts Festival takes place with over 50,000 visitors flocking to the city for a feast of arts, crafts and sheer entertainment with more than 500 shows from opera, cabaret, drama and jazz to stand-up comics and folk music. There are numerous hiking trails which you could join along the Garden Route or perhaps you might like to visit Table Mountain, Cape Town or experience a thrilling safari to the famous Kruger National Park.

COSTS

2 weeks £ 799

Extra week £ 350

DEPARTURE DATES

Starts every Monday, please aim to arrive before 4pm on the Monday.  You will be returned back to the airport on the subsequent Sunday, please do not book your return flight for any earlier than 1pm.

DURATION 

2 weeks +

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

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 (5 days/week)
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • In-country transfers
  • Local orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Port Elizabeth (PLZ)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.