White Lion Conservation Project
The White Lion Conservation Project is based in the Timbavati region of South Africa where the white lions originate from, and its main focus is to restore a natural balance by reintroducing prides of white and tawny lions within their endemic range. In 2003 the Global White Lion Protection Trust introduced a pride of white lions back into the Timbavati region and they have since thrived, showing that white lions can be successful in the wild despite their perceived lack of camouflage.
This unique project is currently home to a combination of 6 white and 4 tawny lions, and the aim is to integrate the different lions together to form strong and genetically diverse prides of white lions on the reserves. As the white lion gene is recessive, introducing tawny lions into the gene pool is a good way of ensuring that any future generations of white lions born at the project will be genetically diverse enough to thrive.
The staff at the project site cannot complete their work without help, and as a volunteer on this project you will be working with the Global White Lion Protection Trust on a range of activities from lion tracking and monitoring, to habitat management and prey studies to ensure the lion population has the best chance at a sustained future in the region. Your hard work at the project site will help to ensure the future of these incredible big cats.
Please note that this is only a rough guideline, and the itinerary may be subject to change depending on the needs of the project.
Day 1 - Arrival:
You will arrive into Hoedspruit Airport by either plane or coach from Johannesburg and be met by the project facilitator. You will then transfer to project site by car, which takes approximately 30 minutes, stopping on the way at a supermarket so you can buy any snacks or drinks you would like for the week ahead. Upon arrival you will settle into your accommodation and meet the project team and your fellow volunteers before a health and safety briefing and orientation is given.
Day 2 – 13 – Project Days:
Each day starts (depending on the season) at 5:30 where both you and the volunteer facilitator will go to check on the lions and to see the other animals. Breakfast is usually from around 7.30 – 9.00 again depending on the season. When breakfast is finished you will start the morning’s activities followed by lunch between 12 – 2pm and then it is time for the afternoon activities. Before dinner, around 4.30pm you will go on another game drive and check on the lions. Dinner is normally around 7pm and then you have the evenings to yourself. Sunday is your day off and there are activities you can do in the area ranging from day trips to Kruger National Park, Horseback safari’s, Blyde River Canyon waterfalls and many more.
Day 14 – Final Day:
After breakfast and some fond farewells, you will transfer back to Hoedspruit Airport for your return flight or to continue your independent travel plans.
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