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Wildlife Adventure Project

If the Big 5, Research & Conservation are your passions - then this is the project for you. 

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Set in the most amazing location, with accommodation in treetop chalets, near nature but with some comforts of home - you'll just love this project and how closely you can work with the staff at the project.

This program takes place within the Greater Kruger Region in the Limpopo Province, roughly 500km from Johannesburg. Panzi Bush Lodge specifically is located within the borders of Guernsey Nature Reserve, which is half an hour outside of Hoedspruit and 30 minutes outside of the Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate.

Daniella Molenaar is the resident Ecologist and will be heading up this program with sustainable projects both for the short term and long term benefits of the conservancy. She graduated from WITS University with Ecology, Zoology and received her Honours in Behavioural Ecology. She is also a qualified horse riding instructor and will shortly be conducting certain aspects of this program on horseback to further reduce the negative impact of vehicles on the environment. 

There are free roaming antelope and large herbivorous species such as zebra, giraffe, kudu, buffalo, wildebeest and impala. The animals are fairly habituated to humans enabling the students to observe/manage them from a closer distance while conducting the various tasks and duties within the bush or during the bush walks through the reserve.

Volunteers will also be included in aiding the university researchers with their projects and collection and analysis of the data and further implementation of the results. The results from these research programs will be published and made open to the Conservancy management team to further aid the surrounding environment and develop maintenance treatment plans.

 

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Our Kruger Tour is included complimentary for those on this program in order to further narrate the knowledge learnt at the Bush Lodge in a larger scale environment.

 

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What can volunteers expect to be involved with:

  • Monitoring animal health and creating treatment plans to better aid the animals in stressful times e.g. droughts, disease and vaccination, incestualised habituation etc.
  • Animal counts throughout the conservancy and producing Identity Booklets for the rarer animals sighted on site
  • A trip to the local reptile park where students learn about the creatures on site and get involved with handling, habitat and with an option to extend from 1 to 4 days training [optional additional cost]
  • Bird Identification and feeder building within the conservancy
  • Insect population capture, analysis, identification and control
  • Spoor and tracking classes
  • Treatment of water sources (animal medication)
  • Removal of alien invasive plant species, bush encroachment and helping with fire breaks during time for regrowth
  • Identification and tagging of surrounding vegetation
  • Daily fence checks – we aim to implement doing this type of activity on horseback to further reduce the negative affects on the local environment 
  • Erosion control
  • Planting and maintaining the vegetable garden
  • Helping outside researchers, lodges as well as the conservancy management team to collect and analyse data creating useful information for further implementation around the conservancy
  • Problematic bug control [tick, horse fly and mosquito]
  • Animal feeding station maintenance during high stressor seasons [seasonal]
  • Game Capture [if the opportunity arises]

People on this program will always be given the opportunity to be involved with the various activities around the conservancy and can request reference letters should they require for school practical requirements.

This is an example schedule but please keep in mind it will change depending on what is happening seasonally and in emergency situations. 

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Accommodation, Food and Facilities

All volunteers will be housed in 2 sleeper bush huts with en- suite bathrooms and hot water. These are built for a very natural experience but with the safety and luxury of a regular room. All meals are prepared for volunteers and are either buffet style for communal eating or packs for day trips. Dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notification. WIFI connection is freely available at the main lodge for volunteers. There is a swimming pool, honesty bar, dining area and bonfire pit located alongside the main lodge area where volunteers spend their off time. 

Wooden walkways lead off from here to the individual bush huts and are lighted with lanterns at dusk. The bird hide is wonderfully hidden from sight for a perfect bird watching scenario as well as a sundowner deck for evening cocktails or keen game watchers to relax on.

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What to pack

  • Personal First Aid Kit and any medication for illness 
  • Warm jacket, torch, hiking shoes and swimming clothes - neutral colour clothing
  • Hat, working gloves, sun cream and water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Sleeping bag for colder months
  • Adaptors and chargers

Driving to the Project - and a sneak peak


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