Come and join as a conservation volunteer. Make a real difference, grow your skills in conservation and have the experience of a lifetime! This is an extraordinary and exciting conservation project, includes numerous species reintroductions and conservation drives.
If you want more than just a safari … come and get your hands dirty and learn more about conservation management on a private game reserve. The Conservation Volunteer Programme is the ultimate game farm experience, where volunteers from across the world, get the opportunity to get hands-on involved in conservation management on the reserve.
During your stay with us, you may see yourselves as “Assistant Conservation Managers”, as all the work done and data collected by you will be utilized by the reserve for conservation on the reserve. A dedicated coordinator will endeavor to ensure that you have a wonderful learning experience, leave with a stronger understanding of conservation issues and the knowledge that you made an important contribution.
Our volunteers also get the opportunity to explore South Africa’s amazing coastline as the project is a mere 26 km from the sea... the beautiful town of Jeffreys Bay is literally on your doorstep! This coastline has particularly rich marine fauna and flora as well as endless summers and beautiful beaches.
To top it all off, we have a brilliant community outreach programme. Our volunteers assist at a local rural farm school by teaching children about conservation and basic subjects like English. Come and make a real difference and have fun doing so!
Below find all your Project Details, like accommodation, meals, transport and dailly duties.
Daily feeding of the animals, cleaning enclosures, bottle feeding orphans, hand raising orphans, enclosure building and maintenance, enrichment programs, general upkeep and maintenance of the farm.
Visit local farms to collect fresh vegetables as feed for the wild animals.
Hand rearing new born animals born on the farm and any that are brought in by the public. This involves regular feeding, usually bottle feeding with milk formula to begin with, assisting them urinate and defecate, cleaning and grooming them, constantly checking that they are comfortable, warm and happy. New born animals also require feeding through the night for the first few weeks.
Visit local school on a rotation basis for community upliftment.
Game Introduction - There is an ongoing program for the introduction of additional different African mammal species.
Fire Management - An important driving force in savanna ecosystems (depending on the time of year and fire regimes).
Township Outreach - Going to local townships to dip and deworm domestic animals.
Game Count - Regular game counts are conducted to establish the carrying capacity of the reserve. Game counts assist in the decision making of carrying capasity and the movement of animals on or off the reserve.
Restoration and Rehabilitation of Reserve Landscapes - The need to return the once pristine landscape to its original splendor includes the likes of collecting and removal of old fence lines and rehabilitating degraded and overgrazed land.
Alien Plant Control - Alien plants were introduced to the land by the farmers for different reasons and uses. Today these invasive plant life need to be removed to increase the natural biodiversity and decrease fire risk.
Survival Experience - A night out camping in the bush.
Observing and studying the animals and their behavior, this includes sleeping out in the game areas in camps.
Doing survival training practically on the reserve.
Conducting Walking Safaris and Canoe Trails on the reserve.
Building new habitats for animals on the game reserve area.
Two days a week volunteers assist at a local rural farm school by teaching children basic subjects like English and Conservation Practises
Located in the beautiful Malaria Free Eastern Cape of South Africa. About 1 hours drive from Port Elizabeth heading towards the Baviaans Kloof and Garden Route. Jeffreys Bay world famous beaches only 25 min drive away.
Volunteers must arrange their flights to and from Port Elizabeth airport.
Volunteers are accommodated in a renovated, fully furnished house on the reserve - comfortable but not luxurious. You will be sharing bedrooms (bedding provided for you) and there are communal bathrooms.
There is a lounge with a T.V (South African channels), dining room and a fully equip kitchen with a fridge, stove, microwave, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. There is a safe for cash and small valuables on site. There is also a braai(BBQ) area outside in the garden.
You will be collected from arrivals at Port Elizabeth airport or your overnight lodge. The company J Bay Cabs will have a sign with your name on it. If they are a little bit late, please just stay put at arrivals.
Should your connecting flight from Johannesburg or Cape Town be delayed, please call us so that the driver can be informed about your delay.
Where at all possible, we will organize for volunteers to be arriving/departing on the same day (Every First and Third Monday of Month)
No previous experience is required however you need to be fit and healthy and at least 18 yrs of age, and not older than 60. You must not be scared of getting down and dirty (no make up here!) and must obviously be extremely passionate about wild animals.
Hard work and play is a guarantee, but the rewarding experience you will have with us is also guaranteed! You may also be required to clean enclosures including fecal matter.
Working hours on the reserve are generally speaking five days a week (Two days off/week) 7.30am to 5.00pm with and hour or two for lunch (please note working hours are dependent on weather and nature of activity).
Volunteers have two days off per week, two at a time, Trips away from the reserve are done on your own accord and we cannot be held liable for anything that might happen to a volunteer on a weekend outing. The area however is very safe and crime is minimal, so please tell everyone at home not to worry! There is plenty to do and plenty to see in the area and most of our volunteers make full use of all of this and have a fantastic time
The project houses max of six volunteers at a time
Transfers to and from Port Elizabeth Airport. Accommodation for the duration of your placement, all work activities on the reserve and three meals per day. Weekend in Jeffreys Bay includes transfers and dorm accommodation, volunteers can upgrade accommodation. Complete 24-hour support and assistance from our volunteer co-ordinator.
Not included are All Flights, Insurance, entertainment expenses over off days and socializing costs (drinks and meals volunteers choose to have while out in town) Activities and Excursions not mentioned as included, Visas, Your personal, medical and travel insurance which must cover you for the entire duration of the program, and should include cover for repatriation and any additional activities you may wish to undertake, including working with wild animals. Medical Expences
You will be given 2 t-shirts or golf shirts to be worn during working hours. You will need to bring at least 2 pairs of kaki shorts and/or long pants (depending on season) with you to wear during working hours. It is recommended that you also bring some clothing that you don't mind getting torn and stained! Also bring plenty of sun-block, a camera, a water bottle, and your swimsuit for the splash-pool. A full checklist to help you will be sent to you to assist you with your pre-arrival information
The project can be joined at the First and Third Monday of each Month
Project typically run over a two or four week period.(extending is an option)
Please contact us via mail volunteergamefarm(at)gmail.com for latest rates and packages
To apply for this project please complete and return the application form