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Leopard and Predator Research in South Africa

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa

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Track, monitor and collect data on the leopard, one of Africa’s most elusive and beautiful creatures. Living in the Greater Kruger area of South Africa, you will join our teams on daily game drives to research this species, as well as many other African predators, including hyenas, wild dogs and jackals.

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On this project, volunteers will get to:

  • Contribute to vital databases which help identify individual animals and help research teams monitor their movements, behaviour and patterns which directly contribute to management and conservation decisions
  • Gain practical experience in camera trapping, tracking species, heat mapping and identifying trends in data
  • Learn to identify individual species and group dynamics in prides of lions and packs of wild dog and hyenas
  • On overnight camping trips and daily game drives, identify predator corridors used to cross neighbouring game reserves, which helps management understand their movements and how better to preserve the ecosystems where the species live
  • Watch nocturnal animals in their natural habit on night-drives and camping trips in the bush
  • Get your hands dirty with practical work on the reserve, including building waterholes, removing alien plant species and taking part in snare sneeps
  • Live on your very own private reserve near the world-famous Kruger National Park
  • Spend your weekends exploring the local area, touring incredible scenic routes or even put an extra stamp in your passport by visiting the neighbouring country of Swaziland!
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 4 Weeks
Impacts Wildlife Research & Conservation
Priced From Priced From
£ 1845 |

“There is nothing to replace the mystery and intelligence that a leopard exudes or the power and social bonds of a pride of lions. Discovering the activity patterns of predators, identifying & conserving their existence is the core of our project & is both exciting & rewarding” Lorna Bonnington, Kruger Project Manager

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1845 |

Detailed Project Pricing
2017 - 4 Weeks GBP 1845
2017 - 5 Weeks GBP 2334
2017 - 6 Weeks GBP 2638
2017 - 7 Weeks GBP 2943
2017 - 8 Weeks GBP 3247
2017 - 9 Weeks GBP 3552
2017 - 10 Weeks GBP 3856
2017 - 11 Weeks GBP 4160
2017 - 12 Weeks GBP 4465
2018 - 4 Weeks GBP 1945
2018 - 5 Weeks GBP 2460
2018 - 6 Weeks GBP 2781
2018 - 7 Weeks GBP 3102
2018 - 8 Weeks GBP 3423
2018 - 9 Weeks GBP 3744
2018 - 10 Weeks GBP 4065
2018 - 11 Weeks GBP 4386
2018 - 12 Weeks GBP 4707

Project Start Dates

2017 Start Dates:

10 & 24 September | 8 & 22 October | 5 & 19 November | 3 & 17 December

2018 Start Dates:

14 & 28 January | 11 & 25 February | 11 & 25 March | 8 & 22 April | 6 & 20 May | 3 & 17 June | 1, 15 & 29 July | 12 & 26 August | 9 & 23 September | 7 & 21 October | 4 & 18 November | 2, 16 & 30 December

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Work & Impacts

Research

Research

On daily game drives and overnight trips, you will be able to track and observe leopards and many other predators, including lions, wild dogs and hyenas. Alongside our qualified guides and researchers, you will collect data on their behaviour, movement, feeding patterns and more. This data is then fed into our databases, providing us with a more accurate insight into the population of predators in the area, their densities and their risk factors. Most importantly, this information lends insight into possible human-wildlife conflict and allows mitigation plans to be put in place.

Anaylsis

Anaylsis

Your work doesn’t end when you finish your game drives – you need to record the data! You will process all the data gathered during your field trips and assist with analysing it. Through this, you will learn to recognise distinguishing features on individual animals, begin to understand their behaviours and contribute to a database which is supplied to local NGO’s and conservationists. As a team, we are then able to create reports, identify different species, map home ranges and create profiles on the animals you have observed; all vital for conserving these amazing predators. 

Physical conservation work

Game Reserve Duties

By maintaining key corridors and ranges of different predators, you will assist in their conservation and ensure a healthy ecosystem for their future. During your time with us, you will help remove alien plant species, clear encroaching bush, participate in snare sweeps, as well as get involved in any other projects that are happening at the time, such as building new waterholes.

Conservation education

Conservation Education

Promote environmental and conservation awareness in local schools and with our local partners. By teaching children why predators are important in their local ecosystems, we can encourage children to protect them as they grow up.

Bush camping

Bush Camping

At a local Big 5 game reserve (Klaserie), you will get the opportunity to spend a night in the bush, camping under the stars and surrounded by wildlife. Here, you will monitor and collect data on a variety of animals, including leopards and wild dogs. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will see you enjoy both day and night drives and give you the opportunity to bond with your fellow volunteers in the remote African bush.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Relaxing

Relaxing

During your evenings and weekends, after a long, but exciting day’s work, there are plenty of ways to relax! Take a dip in the pool, enjoy a drink at the bar or hold a movie night or games night with other volunteers. There are also plenty of opportunities for you to learn more about the environment where you are living, in the form of presentations and workshops by staff to improve your understanding of the local ecosystem and animals that you work with. Aside from workshops, we’ve also been known to hold a number of fundraising events, quiz nights and fun events nights! 

Get out and about

Get out and about

You will have lots of free time at the weekends and therefore it’s a great opportunity for you to head further afield and going on some exciting adventures in the local area, taking in the spectacular scenery. You are very close to some iconic locations, such as the Kruger National Park where you can go on endless safari’s and even take a hot air balloon over the bush, or if you want to tick another country off your bucket list, head to Swaziland for the weekend! 

Get educated

Get Educated

Our staff regularly hold presentations that volunteers are more than welcome to attend, discussing cultural issues, our aims and achievements, poaching debates and many, many more. These workshops are held by staff members but welcome volunteers to create one themselves, especially if they’re particularly knowledgeable in an area they’d like to share with others. We love sharing our knowledge with you and these are a great opportunity to learn more.

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About the Destination

Situated in the heart of South Africa’s most famous ‘Big 5’ area, this project is a paradise for those wanting to escape into the African bush and spend their time surrounded by nature and wildlife, as you live in the Greater Kruger Area, home to the world-famous Kruger National Park. This beautiful landscape serves as home to many of Africa’s most magnificent, yet at-risk animals, including lions, elephants, leopards, antelope, the endangered rhino and many, many more, including a huge diversity of birdlife.

During your time volunteering you will be living on a private game reserve, in a lodge that has access to a beautiful swimming pool, entertainment area and lots of space to enjoy the outdoors. The lodge will be your home for the entirety of your time with us and you will then spend each day departing from here to visit nearby game reserves and facilities where you will be volunteering.  

There is no better way to experience wildlife in Africa than participating in conservation volunteering, making a positive impact on both the wildlife and the local communities that they share the area with and after a hard day’s work, there is plenty do in your free time.

Spend evenings around a fire under the stunning African night sky; enjoy relaxing on your room balcony or by the pool bar; sit in the lounge and surf the web; enjoy the delicious food produced by our excellent catering team; or why not take a stroll around the property enjoying your own slice of Africa. If you want to head further afield, take an overnight camping trip in the bush or scenic drive with the most spectacular views of South Africa – whatever you choose, we look forward to welcoming you to the lodge and to the team!

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Feedback from our volunteers

Haavard Rosenlund, Norway

"My two biggest highlights were definitely seeing the North Pride doing a wildebeest kill by the road and following the whole process of the hunt and when we followed two leopards mating for 45 minutes. Other highlights are the weekend trips and all the people I got to know during my experience. It has influenced me a lot, and basically changed my life.

I am more certain now than ever before what direction I want to take in life. And after getting to know people from all over the world, I now feel the world is more open to me, and travelling in the future will be way easier."

Ida & Maurice Wong, Canada

"You are a wonderful team and even though I haven't met/spoken with each and everyone of you personally (except with the wonderful Marnie), we feel confident that our daughter Melissa and the other volunteers will be having an amazing time there.  As parents, we were very worried and concerned, but after talking to Marnie on numerous occasions and meeting up with Alanna Wallace, we were more at peace. 

Thank you for always responding to our queries and I am sure there will be more questions to come. 

Marnie, I don’t have words to tell you how grateful we are for all your help and encouragement and all your emails and Skype conversations."

Jennifer Moravec, USA

"I think that the research being completed at this project is worthwhile and I’m excited to have been part of it. All of my research/wildlife experiences have exceeded my expectations."

Keith Mordey, Britain

"I had always thought that I was fairly knowledgeable about Africa and it’s wildlife including the conservation of endangered species. However, the opportunity to talk with experts in the field has broadened my knowledge considerably. I have had a truly remarkable experience on this program that I would happily recommend to anyone at home.

I have gained a considerable amount of knowledge about wildlife and conservation management and it has been a privilege to work with such a positive group of people."

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Brochures

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Leopard and Predator Research in South Africa

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required

Track, monitor and collect data on the leopard, one of Africa’s most elusive and beautiful creatures. Living in the Greater Kruger area of South Africa, you will join our teams on daily game drives to research this species, as well as many other African predators, including hyenas, wild dogs and jackals.

201309 roni biller 017 2884971260 o

On this project, volunteers will get to:

  • Contribute to vital databases which help identify individual animals and help research teams monitor their movements, behaviour and patterns which directly contribute to management and conservation decisions
  • Gain practical experience in camera trapping, tracking species, heat mapping and identifying trends in data
  • Learn to identify individual species and group dynamics in prides of lions and packs of wild dog and hyenas
  • On overnight camping trips and daily game drives, identify predator corridors used to cross neighbouring game reserves, which helps management understand their movements and how better to preserve the ecosystems where the species live
  • Watch nocturnal animals in their natural habit on night-drives and camping trips in the bush
  • Get your hands dirty with practical work on the reserve, including building waterholes, removing alien plant species and taking part in snare sneeps
  • Live on your very own private reserve near the world-famous Kruger National Park
  • Spend your weekends exploring the local area, touring incredible scenic routes or even put an extra stamp in your passport by visiting the neighbouring country of Swaziland!
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 4 Weeks
Impacts Wildlife Research & Conservation
Priced From Priced From
£ 1845 |

“There is nothing to replace the mystery and intelligence that a leopard exudes or the power and social bonds of a pride of lions. Discovering the activity patterns of predators, identifying & conserving their existence is the core of our project & is both exciting & rewarding” Lorna Bonnington, Kruger Project Manager

Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1845 |

Detailed Project Pricing
2017 - 4 Weeks GBP 1845
2017 - 5 Weeks GBP 2334
2017 - 6 Weeks GBP 2638
2017 - 7 Weeks GBP 2943
2017 - 8 Weeks GBP 3247
2017 - 9 Weeks GBP 3552
2017 - 10 Weeks GBP 3856
2017 - 11 Weeks GBP 4160
2017 - 12 Weeks GBP 4465
2018 - 4 Weeks GBP 1945
2018 - 5 Weeks GBP 2460
2018 - 6 Weeks GBP 2781
2018 - 7 Weeks GBP 3102
2018 - 8 Weeks GBP 3423
2018 - 9 Weeks GBP 3744
2018 - 10 Weeks GBP 4065
2018 - 11 Weeks GBP 4386
2018 - 12 Weeks GBP 4707

Project Start Dates

2017 Start Dates:

10 & 24 September | 8 & 22 October | 5 & 19 November | 3 & 17 December

2018 Start Dates:

14 & 28 January | 11 & 25 February | 11 & 25 March | 8 & 22 April | 6 & 20 May | 3 & 17 June | 1, 15 & 29 July | 12 & 26 August | 9 & 23 September | 7 & 21 October | 4 & 18 November | 2, 16 & 30 December

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Research

Research

On daily game drives and overnight trips, you will be able to track and observe leopards and many other predators, including lions, wild dogs and hyenas. Alongside our qualified guides and researchers, you will collect data on their behaviour, movement, feeding patterns and more. This data is then fed into our databases, providing us with a more accurate insight into the population of predators in the area, their densities and their risk factors. Most importantly, this information lends insight into possible human-wildlife conflict and allows mitigation plans to be put in place.

Anaylsis

Anaylsis

Your work doesn’t end when you finish your game drives – you need to record the data! You will process all the data gathered during your field trips and assist with analysing it. Through this, you will learn to recognise distinguishing features on individual animals, begin to understand their behaviours and contribute to a database which is supplied to local NGO’s and conservationists. As a team, we are then able to create reports, identify different species, map home ranges and create profiles on the animals you have observed; all vital for conserving these amazing predators. 

Physical conservation work

Game Reserve Duties

By maintaining key corridors and ranges of different predators, you will assist in their conservation and ensure a healthy ecosystem for their future. During your time with us, you will help remove alien plant species, clear encroaching bush, participate in snare sweeps, as well as get involved in any other projects that are happening at the time, such as building new waterholes.

Conservation education

Conservation Education

Promote environmental and conservation awareness in local schools and with our local partners. By teaching children why predators are important in their local ecosystems, we can encourage children to protect them as they grow up.

Bush camping

Bush Camping

At a local Big 5 game reserve (Klaserie), you will get the opportunity to spend a night in the bush, camping under the stars and surrounded by wildlife. Here, you will monitor and collect data on a variety of animals, including leopards and wild dogs. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will see you enjoy both day and night drives and give you the opportunity to bond with your fellow volunteers in the remote African bush.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Relaxing

Relaxing

During your evenings and weekends, after a long, but exciting day’s work, there are plenty of ways to relax! Take a dip in the pool, enjoy a drink at the bar or hold a movie night or games night with other volunteers. There are also plenty of opportunities for you to learn more about the environment where you are living, in the form of presentations and workshops by staff to improve your understanding of the local ecosystem and animals that you work with. Aside from workshops, we’ve also been known to hold a number of fundraising events, quiz nights and fun events nights! 

Get out and about

Get out and about

You will have lots of free time at the weekends and therefore it’s a great opportunity for you to head further afield and going on some exciting adventures in the local area, taking in the spectacular scenery. You are very close to some iconic locations, such as the Kruger National Park where you can go on endless safari’s and even take a hot air balloon over the bush, or if you want to tick another country off your bucket list, head to Swaziland for the weekend! 

Get educated

Get Educated

Our staff regularly hold presentations that volunteers are more than welcome to attend, discussing cultural issues, our aims and achievements, poaching debates and many, many more. These workshops are held by staff members but welcome volunteers to create one themselves, especially if they’re particularly knowledgeable in an area they’d like to share with others. We love sharing our knowledge with you and these are a great opportunity to learn more.

Back to Top
20160526 083206 unnamed rd

About the Destination

Situated in the heart of South Africa’s most famous ‘Big 5’ area, this project is a paradise for those wanting to escape into the African bush and spend their time surrounded by nature and wildlife, as you live in the Greater Kruger Area, home to the world-famous Kruger National Park. This beautiful landscape serves as home to many of Africa’s most magnificent, yet at-risk animals, including lions, elephants, leopards, antelope, the endangered rhino and many, many more, including a huge diversity of birdlife.

During your time volunteering you will be living on a private game reserve, in a lodge that has access to a beautiful swimming pool, entertainment area and lots of space to enjoy the outdoors. The lodge will be your home for the entirety of your time with us and you will then spend each day departing from here to visit nearby game reserves and facilities where you will be volunteering.  

There is no better way to experience wildlife in Africa than participating in conservation volunteering, making a positive impact on both the wildlife and the local communities that they share the area with and after a hard day’s work, there is plenty do in your free time.

Spend evenings around a fire under the stunning African night sky; enjoy relaxing on your room balcony or by the pool bar; sit in the lounge and surf the web; enjoy the delicious food produced by our excellent catering team; or why not take a stroll around the property enjoying your own slice of Africa. If you want to head further afield, take an overnight camping trip in the bush or scenic drive with the most spectacular views of South Africa – whatever you choose, we look forward to welcoming you to the lodge and to the team!

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Haavard Rosenlund, Norway

"My two biggest highlights were definitely seeing the North Pride doing a wildebeest kill by the road and following the whole process of the hunt and when we followed two leopards mating for 45 minutes. Other highlights are the weekend trips and all the people I got to know during my experience. It has influenced me a lot, and basically changed my life.

I am more certain now than ever before what direction I want to take in life. And after getting to know people from all over the world, I now feel the world is more open to me, and travelling in the future will be way easier."

Ida & Maurice Wong, Canada

"You are a wonderful team and even though I haven't met/spoken with each and everyone of you personally (except with the wonderful Marnie), we feel confident that our daughter Melissa and the other volunteers will be having an amazing time there.  As parents, we were very worried and concerned, but after talking to Marnie on numerous occasions and meeting up with Alanna Wallace, we were more at peace. 

Thank you for always responding to our queries and I am sure there will be more questions to come. 

Marnie, I don’t have words to tell you how grateful we are for all your help and encouragement and all your emails and Skype conversations."

Jennifer Moravec, USA

"I think that the research being completed at this project is worthwhile and I’m excited to have been part of it. All of my research/wildlife experiences have exceeded my expectations."

Keith Mordey, Britain

"I had always thought that I was fairly knowledgeable about Africa and it’s wildlife including the conservation of endangered species. However, the opportunity to talk with experts in the field has broadened my knowledge considerably. I have had a truly remarkable experience on this program that I would happily recommend to anyone at home.

I have gained a considerable amount of knowledge about wildlife and conservation management and it has been a privilege to work with such a positive group of people."

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