Opportunity: Working Wildlife African Road Trip
Organization: Voluntouring Africa
Location: Marloth Park, Johannesburg, Durban, South Africa
Working on three wildlife NGOs, while traveling through three South African provinces and two African countries – and at the same time, having an African adventure!
Volunteering with Voluntouring Africa will take you on a road trip through three of South Africa's most beautiful provinces and two African countries. This, while you offer your time and donations to three separate wildlife NGOs. You can choose to do just one, or two or all three projects combined. The projects we support are all registered NGOs that have been set up to have a direct positive impact on the wildlife of South Africa.
Your all-inclusive ‘voluntour’ starts in the exciting city of Johannesburg on the 1st day of every month. We’ll be there at the airport to pick you up when you arrive.
We'll spend a week around the Gauteng area, working at the International Primate Rescue NPO. We’ll also explore the area, visiting the Cradle Of Mankind and doing a walking tour through the biggest township in South Africa, SOWETO.
At IPR (International Primate Rescue) the mission is to relieve the suffering of unwanted primates and to provide the best possible standard of care at their sanctuary. Their target is to develop a near-wild experience for their primates and eventually make the facilities available to help any apes in need in the future. Highlights of helping at IPR are:
Marloth Park in the province of Mpumalanga is situated on the banks of the Crocodile River and borders the Kruger National Park. Here we work with the Marloth Wildlife Fund and the Wildlife Task Force while living in an area that is full of free-roaming wild animals. Hear the lions roar at night and hand feed the kudu and zebra right from your accommodation.
We go searching for the Big Five in the Kruger National Park, visit a working, traditional Shangaan Village and hike up the land touched by the hands of the Gods.
The Marloth Wildlife Fund in Marloth Park is a registered non-profit Organisation (Reg No: 071-250-NPO) set up for the direct benefit of the wildlife within Marloth Park - the nature conservation area on the southern border of the Kruger National Park. Marloth Park boasts fours of the Big Five animals, with the exception of elephant.
Buffalo, rhino and lion are confined to Marloth Game Reserve ‘Lionspruit’. The rest of the game (such as kudu, zebra, giraffe, blue wildebeest, nyala, impala, warthog, ostrich, baboon, blue velvet, banded mongoose and others) aren't restricted by fences and roam freely between the units. There is a strict curfew in place in Marloth Park - so no walking around between the hours of 18h00 and 06h00 is allowed for safety reasons.
From Mpumalanga, we make our way down to the coast through Swaziland. Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa, as well as the smallest Monarchy in the world. Your passport is needed (an extra African stamp!) and most European countries are visa-exempt. We will give you more visa information with your enquiry.
We take a days break down the coast in the little town of St Lucia, situated in the so-called wetlands park; it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you will enjoy a full day of activities including a hippo and crocodile boat cruise.
Ending up in Durban, we will work with CROW.
Founded 35 years ago, CROW (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) was one of South Africa’s first dedicated wildlife rehabilitation centres. Today, CROW is still KwaZulu-Natal’s only registered wildlife rehabilitation centre dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of all indigenous wildlife found in KwaZulu-Natal.
CROW provides an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime volunteering experience where volunteers not only learn about local wildlife rehabilitation and conservation with all its challenges and complexities, but also work alongside their team on a daily basis. So volunteers assist with wildlife rescues and releases and take care of the 300-400 patients that are housed at their centre at any given time.
We stay in the vibey area of Durban North, where your nights as well as your days can be taken up with exciting things to do! Taking the Discover Durban walking tour, you will visit the hidden gems and markets of Durban.
Volunteers also explore the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, at the confluence of the Mzimkuli and Mximkulwana Rivers. The area, which was proclaimed a protected state forest in 1950, offers almost 30 kilometers of breath-taking kloofs, crags and dense forests, home to a number of wildlife. The base of the cliffs are formed from sandstone deposited around 365 million years ago. Here is the home to the highest gorge swing in the world!
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GoodWork ID: 42938 Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Nov 1 2017
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