Volunteer with Lions in South Africa
Develop an in-depth understanding of this beautiful, vulnerable species, and make a real contribution to their long-term survival.
Journey into wildest Africa and volunteer to conserve lions in the South African bush and view these incredible predators in their natural habitat.
You will be heading out into a game reserve and assisting in the research of South Africa’s biggest cat, the lion. Not only will you come face to face with lions but you will also have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of this magnificent creature and of Africa’s big cat population, making a real contribution to ensuring their long term survival.
Lion populations in Africa are under increasing pressure as a result of habitat loss, canned hunting and the game farming industry, so the need for research into their behaviour is therefore becoming increasingly vital.
You will be trained in all the vital skills necessary for the project 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.
Experiencing a unique African bush adventure at the heart of a spectacular game reserve; 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; having the chance to sleep out in the bush under the spectacular African stars and wake up to a beautiful sunrise.
“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)
A lot of your time will be spent out in 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 recording the data you have collected, some of which you may use in a presentation you will give to volunteers and staff on a research topic of your interest.
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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