“My husband and I volunteered for two weeks as part of our honeymoon, and wow, what a great two weeks.” Kristi & Philip, New Zealand (Zululand Wildlife Conservation Volunteer)
“This was a beautiful private reserve with a great variety of scenery including hills, plains, watering holes, trees, and bushland, and we got to know it pretty well while canvassing for animals in the back of the truck.
The days volunteering were long, some eleven hours, and it was purely magical every day to locate the animals, learn about their day-to-day activities, spend all day outside in a beautiful area, and to be with such great staff. My husband and I highly, highly recommend volunteering here and to be part of their efforts to protect such amazing animals.”
Volunteers at the Zululand Wildlife Conservation Project have the opportunity to work with a professional team (who are supported by the World Wildlife Fund, WWF) on genuine conservation initiatives throughout Zululand in South Africa. The main focus is on critical endangered wildlife species and volunteers will monitor animals like Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Rhino, Lion, Elephant and Leopard.
This vital conservation work is important across Zululand, and the unique bonus in joining this project is that the work is conducted on a number of amazing game reserves in the area, each with its distinct eco-system, wildlife and landscape, and with no more than 5 conservation volunteers allowed per reserve at any given time.
Talk to the animals – The volunteers’ accommodation is actually based on the Reserve, and as there is no fencing around the camp, volunteers will have a real bush experience with possible visitors to the camp such as giraffe, antelope, monkeys and baboons during the day, and hyaena, elephant and bushbabies at night.
“I highly recommend booking this trip if you love nature and animals and like making a difference.” Kayla, USA, aged 23 (Zululand Wildlife Conservation Volunteer)
– Volunteers set up cheetah camera traps
The volunteers walked a particular area to find possible scent-marking trees where camera traps can be placed so that identification of the cheetah would be possible. During the walk they found cheetah tracks near a large suitable tree – a great spot for a camera!
– Lion conservation
In one particular park, conservation volunteers are focusing on lion conservation at the moment. During a lion monitoring session, conservation volunteer Johannes, spotted three little lion cubs. The wildlife monitor was then able to sex the new cubs for research purposes for the park.
– Removal of poachers snare from white rhino calf
Conservation volunteers observed and assisted with the removal of a poacher’s snare from an 8-month old White Rhino calf.
The calf had inadvertently walked into the snare, which resulted in the wire being caught around its neck. Our Zululand conservation team will help to monitor the progress of the calf, but all looks good for a speedy recovery thanks to a successful intervention!
Two things are certain volunteering in Africa – it is often unpredictable but it is always fun!