Big 5 Wildlife Course in Cape Town

Big 5 Wildlife Course in Cape Town

Price From: 1,725 USD


Operator: SAVE Volunteering

Price From:  1,725 USD

Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50

Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit

Program duration: 2 weeks

Join an opportunity to make a difference to wildlife in South Africa. Prospective Conservationists, animal lovers, and nature enthusiasts have a chance to be an integral part of the conservation of Africa’s iconic Big Five! The program is demanding and pushes volunteers both physically and mentally, in order to achieve the goals of the program. 

Upon the completion of a 2-day orientation in Cape Town, volunteers will be brought to the project by shuttle. Volunteers can look forward to learning new skills, getting to know the environment and learning about conservation. Participants will be a major part of the efforts of returning the environment to its original state. 

Participate in research projects, observe the wildlife that live in the part, collect data and help compile the daily and monthly reports. In addition, you’ll receive training in all areas you participate in. Get ready to get physical and help with erosion control, alien plant clearing and so much more. All of these efforts will help to create a self-sustaining, functioning eco-system. 

Bring your camera! Of course, you’ll create a lifetime of memories while at the program, but you’ll definitely want to have some photos to show your family and friends when you get home!




Average Working Day

While the working days may vary, here's what you can expect:

7:00 AM - Start your working day with breakfast. You'll move on to Rhino Patrol. Later, track cheetahs using a telemetry device which is used to monitor their position. 

9:30 AM - Enjoy a short break for tea prior to working on a project. Some projects may include: road maintenance, predator feeding, erosion control, alien plant removal and more. 

1:00 PM - Lunch

2:00 PM - The afternoons often include research and monitoring. Some of the research conducted will be game counts, dung sampling, behavior studies, snake handling, water testing, small mammal surveys, and more.

5:00 PM - Finish your day with a nice cool beverage overlooking an incredible view.

Country Fast Facts

Country Fast Facts

South Africa

Flag Flag_of_South_Africa.svg
Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) 11 - Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital: No official capital. Three branches of government split between Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein
Population 54,956,900 (2015)
Climate(s) Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean (Warm/Temperate), Humid Subtropical, Oceanic (Subtropical/Warm/Temperate)
Major Airport(s): Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Durban (DUR)
Economic Driver(s): Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism



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