Cheetah Conservation and Research Project in South Africa

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Cheetah Conservation and Research Project in South Africa

from £1,195
Duration: from 2 weeks
Countries: South Africa
Join our cheetah volunteer project and contribute to conservation in the South African bushveld

Cheetah Conservation and Research Project in South Africa


Journey to wildest Africa and volunteer to conserve cheetah in the South African bush whilst experiencing these incredible predators in their natural habitat.

You will head out on daily research drives on a game reserve in the Limpopo province to assist in the tracking and data collection of this vulnerable predator. Once successfully tracked you will be given the opportunity to get up close and personal, by viewing these fascinating animals on foot. Time spent with these individuals will allow you to deepen your understanding of the ecology of cheetah as well as gaining hands on insight into current research techniques used to conserve this species.

Cheetah populations are racing towards extinction. Shockingly, since the early 1970’s their numbers in Africa have declined by half facing threats of habitat loss, hunting and the demand for individuals in captive facilities. Intervention and the need for intense monitoring to save this species is crucial.

Our ongoing partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust enables us to contribute the data collected on our cheetah program to their established databases. Their current successes using a meta-population approach to achieve sustainable and ultimately, increasing cheetah populations is well renowned.

On project you will be trained to gain all the vital skills necessary for data collection such as animal identification, tracking and using research equipment. No previous experience is required, but you should bring with you a willingness to learn and become immersed in the project.

Highlights Include

Experiencing a unique African bush adventure at the heart of a spectacular game reserve; being part of cheetah conservation efforts;  mastering radio telemetry techniques and learning to track animals through the bush; getting up close and personal with big cats; exploring nearby regions to experience such breathtaking views as from the Blyde River Canyon in the Drakensberg Mountains; living and working alongside FGASA qualified South African Guides receiving constant learning and inspiration.


“My highlights? Taking part in wildlife conservation and the feeling that your work had a part to play in the aim of the expedition. The close experiences with the amazing wildlife was incredible. The program was everything I imagined it to be and more, meeting new people from all over the world is another incredibly influential factor in choosing another GVI expedition, just an amazing, life changing, all round experience.”
- Craig Daly (Ireland)

Project Life

Majority of your time will be spent out on the reserve, where you will be busy tracking big cats and collecting data from the research vehicles. You may also have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of cheetahs by foot if it is safe to do so. When you are not on a game drive you will be back at camp entering the data you have collected, some of which will be utilised by the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

Your home for the duration of the project will be our GVI camp, in the heart of the reserve. You will be sleeping in a dormitory-style room, and will share facilities such as bathroom, kitchen and living areas with your fellow volunteers. Camp duties are allocated on a rotational basis, so you should come prepared and complete with a teamwork spirit.

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Price details:

from £1,195


Call 0333 333 9952 to enquire or book


24-hour emergency phone
24-hour in-country support
Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
All necessary project equipment and materials
All necessary project training by experienced staff
Location orientation
Long term experienced staff
Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
Welcome meeting

Not Included

Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
Medical and travel insurance
Personal kit
Police or background check (where necessary)
Visa costs

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