Weekends are free for volunteers to either relax at their house or to go sightseeing.
Exciting and interesting things frequently happen on the game reserve and these dynamics will as far as possible be included in the programme.
Volunteers are allocated a qualified game ranger as facilitator and Land Rover game viewer for their sole use for the duration of the programme.
The programme is therefore flexible but an average day might include the following:
Breakfast at 07h00
Leave Volunteer house for duties on the reserve 07h30
Tracking of Lions with telemetry and monitor activities
Move through to the game reserve identifying antelope and to area allocated for vegetation survey
Lunch on the reserve around 13H00 til 14h00
Canoe on the river until 15h00 to survey bird behaviour
16h00 Fence patrol on way back to volunteer house
For those volunteers seeking an experience to explore a corner of Africa and all its inhabitants, the reserve will not disappoint.
All aspects of conservation are addressed in your experience, no matter how short your time with us.
The Game Reserve is continuously monitoring and managing game throughout the year. As a volunteer, you will assist behind the scenes of the reserve on various ongoing conservation and community projects.
The main focus for community work is the Isipho Centre for vulnerable children and those affected by HIV AIDS.
There is an extremely high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in South Africa thus is the volunteers personal responsibility to take the utmost care in regards sexual relationships and health and safety at all times.
Game drives (animal identification and tracking)
Lectures on conservation, reserve management and maintenance
General reserve maintenance
Birding orientation and classification
Sustainable Food production
Social Development (at Aids Orphanage and our conservation centre)
Assisting Veterinary work
Game management (culling, re-introducing, counts, bomas)
Land management (burning, grazing patterns, roads, water, and fencing)
Veterinary work with our resident vet (darting and post-mortems)
Medicinal use of plants
Bush camping and Night Drives
Five Star lodge experience
Craft Centre Development
Born Free Foundation visits
Giraffe identification and habitat monitoring
Fishing in the Bushmans' River
Geology and paleontology
Stargazing and basic astronomy
Alien vegetation management
Community Safe house
3 meals a day
Airport transfers on a Monday arrival/ departure
Items provided at the house:
Bath towel – not to be taken from the house
Clothes washing service
Bush camping kitchen equipment
Travel adapters to South African 3-pron round pin
Torch (additional batteries can be purchased in Paterson)
Sleeping bag + mat
Small pocket knife
Travel pillow/Camping pillow
Personal toiletries – including soap, insect repellent and suntan lotion (although a certain amount of basic toiletries can be bought in Paterson)
Transport to and from the project and on the project in 4x4 game vehicle
Most of the rooms are doubles, with shared bathrooms. Each bathroom has a hot water shower.
A communal dining and sitting room with digital satellite TV is central to the house, with well equipped kitchen and office space adjoining. A sun room provides additional seating room where the internet and telephone is available. Wi-Fi connection is available.
The house also has an outside seating area with braai (BBQ) and fire pit for chilly nights and social gatherings as well as a swimming pool.
The electrical sockets in the house are 2 and 3 round- prong and will require international adapters which should be purchase before arrival.
The house offers comfortable living with DSTV, Internet and outdoor braai area.
Laundry service is offered at the house, with rooms serviced daily.
A sociable pub is located next door, providing a popular place for local game rangers and volunteers.
All meat, fruit and vegetables are provided for the volunteers at the house. Volunteers are responsible for cooking evening meals in the communal surrounding.
Breakfast and lunch are to be prepared individually due to the nature of the week varying. Always take enough food and drinks out with you in the vehicle to last the day.
Sweet treats and snack food can be purchased at your own expense in Paterson on the way into the Reserve.
Vegetarian and other dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notification when booking your stay.