This fully escorted hands-on conservation volunteer programme covers 2 unique conservation areas located in the Zululand and Maputaland regions of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, and the seaside village of Ponto Do Oura in Mozambique. This region falls within one of the top 21 hot spots for biodiversity on earth and this programme is designed so that participants can make a meaningful contribution to Somkhanda Game Reserve's wildlife conservation whilst enjoying a varied and thrilling adventure.
At Somkhanda participants actively contribute to the conservation of endangered and threatened wildlife species by doing practical fieldwork that will make a difference. This programme is aimed at adventurous travelers who are looking for a “Science on Safari” experience where they will be involved in essential wildlife conservation work such as rhino monitoring, camera trap surveying and game population monitoring. Participants will be working alongside conservationists collecting field data needed to make crucial wildlife management decisions on the game reserve. Additionally to these activities there are daily bushwalks and game drives with sundowners in this stunningly beautiful and game-rich reserve providing insight into tracking, bird, mammal and insect identification.
The 7 night conservation wildlife volunteer experience is rounded off with a 2 night Big 5 safari experience at Royal Thonga Safari Lodge and a relaxing 4 night beach & marine experience at Gala Gala Eco Lodge in Ponta Do Oura. Fully escorted and expert-led his programme is available on a set-departure basis with a minimum of 4 persons and maximum of 12 persons sharing basis and is ideally suited for singles, couples and can also be booked for exclusive groups.
Somkhanda also offers a 3 night and an 8 night rhino conservation experience. Join the team of dedicated wildlife professionals on a rhino darting operation as they undertake horn reductions, or fitting of a radio tracking device, as part of the ongoing conservation interventions and strategies to protect critical populations black and white rhino. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a wildlife conservation success story. To add to the experience you will also join field rangers and wildlife monitors in their daily task of monitoring the reserve’s wild dog, elephant and black rhino.