Nature Conservation in South Africa – Big 5 – For Groups

Nature Conservation in South Africa - Big 5

Group Program

We invite you to take part in the management of a private game reserve (founded in 1992) and its efforts toward wildlife conservation. Thus, volunteers are called to discover which measures and action are taken in favor of the animal conservation and biodiversity. Be ready for surprise encounters with animals, never knowing which species you will meet early in the morning!

Your schedule is supervised by professional guides who are passionate about nature. The purpose of each activity is explained to you from the point of view of local conservation.

This game reserve offers a wide variety of African animal species including the famous Big 5: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalos. You can therefore, through your daily activities, observe these species as closely as possible in a breathtaking natural setting.

Group program specificity: you can custom your experience and choose to focus on a specific animal species or to educate and work and interact with local community children. It’s up to you!

One program free, with 10 persons booked.

Program

  • From R16.140 (approx. 980 €)
  • 2 to 12 weeks
  • Minimum age 16
  • Every monday
  • Lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalo, antelopes, cheetahs, giraffes, and more
  • From 8 people
  • Customization
  • Public : closed groups, college, associations etc.

Day 1 / Monday: A shuttle picks you up at the Port Elizabeth Airport at 1:00pm. Once in the game reserve, you will be given a quick introduction and will have time to get settled in your rooms (double en-suite rooms) and socialise with the other volunteers. At 5:00pm, dinner is served and you will meet your coordinators and other volunteers.

Day 2 to day 14 (2 week stay example):

8:00am: start the day and depart for the activities. They are organized based on need in the morning and in the afternoon by the coordinators.

12h – 13h: lunch in the bush

17h: end of the day, you go back to the lodge for dinner

Evening: free time

Every Friday: you will leave at 9:00am to support the local community in the different villages surrounding the game reserve. The activities are different each Friday.

Weekend / days off: Weekends are free and it is possible to organize excursions outside of the game reserve. Activities available are: whale watching, visiting the Addo Elephant National Park game drive, bungee jumping, skydiving, horse riding, quad biking, Jeffreys Bay tour with possibility of surfing, and swimming with the sea lions, etc.

The cost of activities is at your own expense.

Day 15 / Monday: transfer at 10:00am to Port Elizabeth. Arrival at the airport around 12:00pm.

Various activities are organized throughout your stay. By doing this, you will be able to understand the life in reserve and the need to sustain the conservation of local biodiversity.

You have generally two activities per day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

General activities and tasks (non-exhaustive list):

  • Game Monitoring: Rhino, Elephants, Predators. With regular monitoring, it is possible to identify individuals, compile information about the family structure and
    determine feeding and spatial ecology. Data collected is used to assist in the managing decisions for the reserve.
  • Game Count: game counts assist in the decision making of predator to prey ratios and the movement of animals on or off the reserve.
  • Camera Trapping and Telemetry Tracking: the setting and use of camera traps to monitor wildlife activity is a vital tool in gaining visual footage required to
    manage the reserve. Monitoring of some of the more high-profile wildlife, like cheetah and leopard, are required using
    telemetry tracking equipment.
  • Restoration & Rehabilitation of Reserve Landscapes: the need to return the once pristine landscape to its original splendour includes the collecting and removal of old fence lines and rehabilitating degraded and overgrazed land.
  • Research Projects: undertakings of research projects with a focus on a value add outcome for the reserve or conservation as a whole, are viewed as an incumbency. These projects are often undertaken in conjunction with both local and foreign research and academic testing to capturing data on lesser known species such as the Brown Hyena.
  • Alien Plant Control: exotic and alien plants needs to be removed to be able to increase the natural biodiversity and decrease the likes of fire risk and better preserve our fast diminishing natural water sources.
  • Assisting in night and anti-poaching patrols
  • Born Free Foundation: our visits to the centers are conducted with the overall focus on education and exposure to best
    practice animal care. No breeding of cats is undertaken at the center which is sanctuary for Lions and Leopards who are unable to be reintroduced back into the wild. 
  • Animal Rehabilitation Centre: a place set up to aid in rehabilitating injured animals found on the reserve and surrounding community. No animals are kept for purposes of breeding in captivity but are hosted with the aim of giving them a second chance to take on life back in the wild.
  • Lectures
  • Community Projects (Friday): the role of conservation includes a responsibility
    to uplift local and impoverished communities. Community and sporting interactions with our local community which range from creating and maintaining vegetable gardens, recycling projects, painting classrooms and building jungle gyms and more.

Physical condition: being in average physical condition is requested

Rooms can be set out to comfortably host between two to five single beds per room, on a shared basis, with on suite facilities including, shower and or bath, with toilet and basin per room. Cupboard and hanging storage space (shared).

Communal Facilities
• Safe keeping facilities
• Lounge and entertainment areas
• Large dining room
• Access to select local TV cable channels
• Two swimming pools
• Communal computer, with internet access (Wi-Fi vouchers can
be bought on site)
• Lecture-study room
• Indoor and outdoor fire places
• Beautiful gardens, with an outdoor boma (enclosure) and fireplace

Laundry once a week and three meals are provided on a daily basis.

The length of stay is from a two weeks minimum to 12 weeks. 1 week stay is also available depending on availability. One program free, with 10 persons booked. 

The price is per person.

Duration   Prix 2018 (en Rands – ZAR)Prix 2019
2 weeksR 16.140 (approx. 920€)R 17.754
3 weeksR 24.210 (approx. 1380€)R 26.631
4 weeksR 32.280 (approx. 1840€)R 35.508
5 weeksR 40.350 (approx. 2300€)R 44.385
6 weeksR 48.420 (approx. 2760€)R 53.262
8 weeksR 64.560 (approx. 680€)R 71.016
10 weeksR 80.700 (approx. 4600€)R 88.770
12 weeksR 96.840 (approx. 5520€)R 106.524

To know: do not hesitate to use the converter XE Converter, the South African currency fluctuates regularly.

Included:

  • Accommodation;
  • Supervision and daily activities;
  • Three meals a day;
  • laundry once a week; and
  • Registration fees

Not included:

  • Flight tickets;
  • Transfer from the airport to the reserve (R1200 A / R – 70 € approx.);
  • Internet (paid voucher available in the lodge);
  • Excursions during weekends;
  • Vaccines; and
  • Travel insurance.

One program free, with 10 persons booked.

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GAME RESERVE SPECIFICITIES

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Big 5

The reserve has the 5 most popular safari species called the Big5, which include: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalos. These species are represented on the national banknotes.

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passionate professionnals

Your coordinator is a field guide who is experienced and passionate about his job. Do not hesitate to ask him any questions.

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Freedom

Since its creation, this reserve has been focused on high quality tourism by offering safaris for only the guests it hosts. You will be lucky to explore 250 kms without seeing other vehicles.

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Customization

Groups can custom their experience in accordance with their studies, or with what they want to do and discover.

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Community

The reserve’s owners wish to develop and increase interactions with local populations. Many actions are planned to help them.

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Quality

The reserve’s owners wish to develop and increase interactions with local populations. Many actions are planned to help them.

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