Volunteer Abroad South Africa: Limpopo Wildlife Conservation
By helping to preserve endangered wildlife and habitats as a volunteer in this fascinating project, you get the chance to gather profound experience in nature and species conservation, providing you with a stepping stone into your career.
Walking transects, research about the local leopard population, monitoring of different animal species and supporting surveys and studies of the impressive fauna and flora – all these tasks enable you to gain an insight into the spectrum of species conservation. If you are an undergraduate or post graduate student of a related field, you have the chance to work on your own research thesis while supporting the project.
The project aims at securing the protection of the region and local wildlife with the support of volunteers as well as spreading the word about the importance of species conservation and offering participants the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in the field of conservation.
- Be an active part of a dedicated conservation project in South Africa’s Limpopo region
- Work together with volunteers from all over the world
- Support the protection of nature and of endangered species in South Africa
- Learn essential “bush skills”
- Be involved in research activities, always instructed by experienced conservationists
- Experience the impressive biodiversity of the Limpopo
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Included in the programme fee
- Placement in the programme
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Assistance with selecting travel insurance
- Assistance with booking flights
- Pre-departure information pack
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Volunteering in South African Limpopo
As a volunteer in South Africa you have the chance to make an active contribution to the protection and preservation of the unique flora and fauna of the Limpopo region and at the same time gather valuable practical knowledge about nature and species conservation.
Arrival and orientation in Limpopo
After arriving at Polokwane Airport a staff member of the project will pick you up and take you to the volunteer accommodation in the northern part of the Limpopo region. During the evening hours of your arrival day you can make yourself comfortable in the accommodation, get to know the entire team and learn more about the project and your future tasks. The following day starts with a game drive, familiarizing you with the African bush as well as some essential bush skills. In the afternoon the actual project work starts. Once your volunteer time is over a staff member will drive you back to Polokwane Airport.
Volunteer activities during the conservation project
As a volunteer you are involved in different projects and tasks which were developed to contribute to the conservation of the flora and fauna of the Limpopo region in South Africa.
Ongoing projects and research areas which you will be an active part of include: Setting up and evaluating camera traps to collect data about the local leopard population, monitoring cheetahs, generating ecological and bird surveys (for analysis of biodiversity) as well as applying transects to control numbers of different species. Last but not least, you will sometimes be involved in extra ‘ad hoc’ tasks such as reserve maintenance work or assisting with the relocation of animals.
A typical day in the project starts at around 5 AM with a delicious breakfast. Afterwards you and the rest of the team will head to the reserve at 6 AM. Under the instruction of experienced conservationists, you will be involved in intense research work during the day. During a short siesta at noon your team has lunch and gets some rest. Before heading back to the camp in the early evening, the data that you have collected during the day is noted down in a database.
Accommodation during your stay abroad
You and other volunteers live together in a volunteer house in the northern part of the Limpopo region in South Africa in the middle of a 7200 ha large private game reserve. There are dorm rooms with single beds and two shared bathrooms. You will be provided with food for your daily meals which you can prepare in the house’s fully equipped kitchen. Water, tea and coffee are always available. You also have access to Wifi – when used by many volunteers it may slow down, though.
Leisure time as a volunteer in Southern Africa
Wednesdays as well as lunch and evening hours are off. During this time, you can read, play games or chat with the others.
Arrival in South Africa
Your stay in the conservation project: A typical volunteer day
Last day in the volunteer project and departure
“During these excursions our practical skills got tested: Guiding, driving, tracking, trees, animal behaviour – we literally dealt with anything that crossed our path.”
“Among all these animals you get to see, the landscapes and sunrises in the park are simply stunning.”
Mario took part in our EcoQuest course in South Africa where he took lots of wonderful wildlife pictures. Take a look at some of his fantastic impressions:
“Living in and with nature 24/7– it’s an experience which I will never forget and thinking back to it always lets me pause for a moment in the daily hustle and bustle.”
Limpopo is a South African province in the north of the country. It borders Zimbabwe to the north, Botswana to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. The capital of the nearly 125,800 km² large province is Polokwane. The northern part of the world-famous Kruger National Park rises into Limpopo. In addition to this part of Kruger National Park, also known as Greater Limpopo Park, the province is home to a number of other parks and nature reserves where an abundance of fascinating wildlife can be found.
The species conservation project of our partner is unfolding its work in the northernmost part of South Africa's Limpopo region, close to the border with Zimbabwe and Botswana – an area whose wealth of flora and fauna is astounding.
Purpose of the volunteer project in Limpopo
South Africa is home to numerous animal and plant species – in many places you can even find true biodiversity hotspots. The private game reserve in which the project unfolds its work also offers an impressive variety of different species.
But the human-wildlife-conflict, climate change, poaching and other factors are the reason why many species are listed as endangered. Our partner’s species conservation project works against this development and aims at protecting the rich flora and fauna by applying ethical research methods.
With the help of international volunteers, the project receives the support which is needed to fulfill this goal. Furthermore, by imparting crucial conservation knowledge, it ensures an increased awareness of the world’s need to be sustainably protected and offers the opportunity to collect valuable experiences in the field.
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