“Travel to South Africa to learn practical conservation and bush skills – and set yourself up for a future career in the conservation industry.”
For those looking to pursue a career in the wildlife conservation industry, there can be no better place to train than a ‘Big Five’ reserve in South Africa. As a volunteer on the Wildlife Conservation Program, you’ll learn all about the daily running of various conservation projects on an important game reserve, giving you plenty of hands-on experience out in the field. You’ll receive training on animal tracking, bush survival skills, wildlife ethics, and how to approach dangerous game safely. This project is focused on giving you practical experience of working on a wildlife reserve, whilst also giving you the chance to make a real difference to the futures of key African species.
When we venture into the wild to observe animals, we are visiting their home – not the other way round. Nkonzo Bush Academy understands this fact, and aims to conduct all their activities with the utmost respect for native flora and fauna. The company’s goal is to safely conduct their work in the fields of research, ethical conservation, and ecological management, without altering animals’ natural behaviour or damaging ecosystems. By working to protect endangered species and enhance travellers’ education on wildlife and conservation issues, Nkonzo Bush Academy aims to only create positive impacts.
On this program, participants learn skills that will allow them to pursue a career in the wildlife conservation industry; throughout the course, Nkonzo focuses on ethics and safety, to ensure that the relationship between the student and the natural environment is a positive one. Participants also get the chance to contribute to various game reserve conservation initiatives: in the past, these have included reproduction rates, carrying capacity, human impact, and interspecies interactions. The support of program participants contributes to the reserves’ daily operations, and also helps to improve the welfare of South African wildlife in the long term.
Programme begins: Spend your arrival day at your leisure, exploring Mossel Bay and getting used to your new surroundings.
Orientation: Get acquainted with the team, and receive an orientation/project introduction. This is also when you’ll learn more about your daily tasks and the programme schedule.
Life on the project: Spend your first day out in the field, completing training and working in the reserve. After this, you’ll spend each weekday travelling to the reserve for project activities, with Fridays reserved for lectures and workshops (which take place in town). On the weekends, you’ll be free to explore the coastal town of Mossel Bay at your leisure – be sure to take advantage of the tourist activities and discover the local culture!
Departure: Bid the project a fond farewell as you return home with memories (and skills!) to last a lifetime.
- The rate shown is a 'from' price per person, based on a 1-month stay
- Longer stays (up to 6 months) are available
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- Refunds: 35% refund available until 30 days prior to arrival; within 30 days of arrival there will be no refund
- Shared dorm-style accommodation
- Breakfast 7 days per week
- Lunches (Monday – Friday)
- Conservation fees
- Daily access to the game reserve
- Work-related transport
- 24/7 emergency standby team
- Guided research and management activities
- All training and training materials
- Nkonzo Bush Academy textbook
- Dinners (but a fully equipped self-catering kitchen is available for use)
- Expenses of a personal nature (including curios and other souvenirs)
- Weekend activities
- Any other services or activities not mentioned in inclusions – if in doubt, click ‘Ask a Question’ to speak to the operator!