Cheetah Conservation and Research Project

Cheetah Conservation and Research Project

Price From: 2,745 USD


Operator: GVI - Global Vision International

Price From:  2,745 USD

Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51

Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit

Program duration: 2 weeks

Venture to South Africa and take part in an important volunteer program with the vulnerable species: the cheetah. 

Regarded as the world’s fastest land mammal, the cheetah can reach speeds of up to 120 km/h when running in short bursts. Join GVI at this exciting opportunity to learn about and research cheetah kill behaviour alongside researchers and other volunteers. You will directly assist with recording feeding habits, various prey, and more. 

In addition to assisting at the program, your experience will include once-in-a-lifetime private game drives, learning to identify other iconic African wildlife, mastering telemetry equipment, visits to exciting locations in South Africa, and so much more. 

Included in your program fee are: 

  • 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 project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long-term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long-term internships)
  • Safe & basic accommodations
  • Welcome meeting



Project Life

Live in the heart of the South African savannah sharing a renovated farmhouse with Field Guides Association of Southern Africa qualified guides, other GVI staff, and participants hailing from all four corners of the globe.


Rise each morning to the sounds of an authentically African birdsong at dawn, and head out in open-topped safari vehicles to conduct research vital for the conservation of key predators species, like cheetahs and lions.


Head back to camp, when the sun is at its height, input data, study, assist with cooking or tidying, or relax with other participants in our shared outdoor social space. When the African sun starts to set over the Drakensberg mountains at dusk, head out again to conduct further research. Return when the stars in the Southern night sky are at their brightest and share a meal and the day’s stories with fellow participants. In your free time, explore Kruger National Park, a 45-minute drive from your accommodation, or the Panorama Route, including the magnificent Blyde River Canyon.

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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