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Wildlife Conservation and Game Reserve Volunteer

Organisation: Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve

Country: South Africa

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation, Manual work & Construction

Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve is the oldest private game reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and borders the eastern side of Addo Elephant National Park. Only a 30 drive from Port Elizabeth, Schotia is a top tourist destination known for spectacular wildlife sightings. The reserve is probably the most densely stocked in Africa with over 40 mammal species, including elephant, lion and white rhino!

Volunteers (18-30 years old) will have the opportunity to help manage a small game reserve and help conserve our wildlife and habitats! Responsibilities include:

1Conservation Management 

  • Ecosystem Preservation

    • Alien plant eradication 
    • Planting and care-taking of indigenous vegetation
    • Fire management (selected years)  
  • Wildlife Management

    • Game counts 
    • Identification of select species 
    • Rhino Anti-Poaching Petrol
    • Wildlife reintroduction (selected years)

2. Game Reserve Management 

  • Boundary fence, building, and road maintenance
  • Care-taking of vegetable farm and animals 
  • Vehicle cleaning 
  • Responsibilities that vary day-to-day

Additionally, volunteers will have time each day to research and work on their own proposals for projects that could be implemented on the reserve. These proposals must be detailed, practical, cost-effective, and beneficial for Schotia. Selected proposals will be implemented.

Costs of Program: Volunteers must first attend 3 safari tours at a price of 6,000 Rand (375 USD). International health insurance covering length of stay is required 

Program (May 1 – September 1) includes the following at no charge:

  • Housing
  • 3 meals a day and beverages
  • Laundry
  • Brief conservation course
  • On-reserve training and activities
  • WiFi 

*Cost of plane travel not included

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  • Wildlife Conservation and Game Reserve Volunteer

    Volunteer at Schotia Safaris, the oldest private game viewing reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa! Work alongside our professional staff to help manage wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live. You will learn essential conservation skills, and be involved in the work needed to run a game reserve in Africa. All while being surrounded by the stunning biodiversity of Southern Africa!

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