Are you a student, a biologist, or an ecologist seeking true exploration and adventure? Are you looking for field work experience in a leading conservation and research project? Are you drawn by Africa and its wildlife? Then join TransFrontier Africa as a volunteer and help us in our endeavours!
Transfrontier Africa manages this project in conjunction with Ezulwini Lodges and the Olifants West Region of the Balule Nature Reserve. Transfrontier Africa in its capacity as Ecological Manager for the Olifants West Nature Reserve has initiated the S.A.V.A.N.N.A. Project (South African Volunteers for Animals Native to Natural Areas) within the reserve to assist with the activities and responsibilities of the reserve, and to undertake the ecological management of the area. Their sole source of income is from volunteers wishing to engage in the wildlife monitoring and data-capture activities which occur on an on-going basis.
The volunteers will become involved in the monitoring of African game and vegetation species in a typical Big Five environment, as well as engage in daily management tasks that include soil erosion management and alien vegetation control.
This internship is not a safari holiday but a unique opportunity to live and breath the African life, to learn about the flora and fauna of this habitat, and learn some basic skills of tracking wildlife. Of course, game viewing will be the main aspect of this expedition, but participants must not expect a 5-star game lodge with full service as this is a research station with very basic facilities, and participants will have to re-learn new living habits and forget some of the habits we are used to in our modern society.
The Greater Kruger National Park is now an impressive protected areas network that includes a core area of approximately 2’000’000 hectares of state-owned land and a further 125’000 hectares of privately owned nature reserves, collectively referred to as the Association of Private Nature Reserves (APNR). This Project has been designed to provide consistent ecological management services to the Management Authority of the Olifants West Region of the Balule Nature Reserve which forms the western extremity of the APNR within the Greater Kruger National Park, in the Mpumalunga Province of South Africa. The Olifants West Nature Reserve currently measures a total of 8’800 hectares and forms part of the Balule Nature Reserve which in measures a total of 40’000 hectares.
The Balule section is privately owned and managed jointly by the various owners, Transfrontier Africa and the South African National Parks Board. The project accommodation is located on a small hill, approximately two kilometers from the banks of the Olifants River.
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