South Africa: Wildlife Conservation Experience – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience

Live in harmony with nature on an exclusive reserve and become part of the efforts to protect the animals of the Greater Kruger National Park region.

Meet conservationists working to protect endangered species and personally support efforts to protect leopards.  Along the way, you’ll get up close and personal with a variety of wildlife in a way that most travelers never experience.


Our Purpose

South Africa’s largest animal reserve faces threats from rhino poachers, leopard-shooting farmers, and outbreaks of immune system viruses among its lion population. Fortunately, there are also many innovative conservation projects happening in the park, with the goal of protecting endangered species. To achieve our purpose, we’ll meet the inspiring leaders spearheading this work, visit wildlife rehabilitation centers, help feed rhinos (if weather permits), and participate in unforgettable game drives. Go beyond the normal safari experience and live in harmony with nature on an exclusive reserve and become part of the wildlife conservation movement to protect the animals of the Greater Kruger National Park region.

Volunteer Time = 8 hours (4 half-days)

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What You'll Do

Some of the most inspiring and innovative conservation efforts in the world are happening in this same area.  You’ll have a chance to get directly involved and meet leaders who are struggling to preserve these magnificent animals for future generations.

You’ll use camera traps to assist a leopard conservation organization gather data on leopard density, behavior, and population dynamics outside of formally protected areas. This will help improve local policymaking and allow conservationists to work with farmers to manage leopard encroachment.

Along the way, you’ll get up close and personal with a variety of wildlife in a way most travelers never do: you’ll nurse baby rhinos, and feed injured animals. This trip allows you to go far beyond the safari — you’ll become part of the wildlife conservation movement!

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What You'll See

The Greater Kruger National Park region is comprised of more than 7,500 square miles of protected land and has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It’s home to more than 500 species of birds and contains more species of large mammals than any other African reserve.  Within this region, it’s possible to spot all “Big 5” (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros).

You’ll spend a day on the Panorama Route, traversing through the Blyde River Canyon, whose lush subtropical foliage makes it the world’s largest ‘green canyon’. Your senses will be overwhelmed as you walk through mist-covered forests teeming with birdlife.  Drive through majestic landmarks such as God’s Window, Wonder View and The Pinnacle to take in sights that you’ll never forget.

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

Victoria Falls (5 Days/ 4 Nights) AND/OR Cape Town (5 Days/ 4 Nights)

For those who want to extend their journey, we offer two post-trip extensions to Victoria Falls or Cape Town (please contact us after booking if you are interested in both!). On the Victoria Falls extension, you will stay one extra night in Johannesburg before a quick 2-hour flight the next morning. Upon arrival, you’ll eat at an award-winning restaurant with fantastic views of elephant and other wildlife as you enjoy your meal. The next day experience a full morning tour of Victoria Falls, taking in the awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur of the world’s largest sheet of falling water (these falls are twice as high as Niagara Falls!). After a morning at the falls, venture out onto the Zambezi on a sunset dinner cruise before a completely free day the next

 

day to explore. For the adventurous, you may consider a helicopter ride over the top, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls bridge, or whitewater rafting. Learn more about this 5 Day/4 Night extension here. On the Cape Town extension, hit the ground running with a city tour of Robben Island, GreenmarketSquare, Company Gardens, and Table Mountain. Enjoy a bicycle excursion and lunch with the local community before heading to Boulders penguin colony, Cape Point, and Chapman’s Peak. Choose between a whale watching tour or Winelands tour before your journey home the next day. Learn more about this 5 Day/4 Night extension here.

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Where You'll Stay

We work with a portfolio of 4-star lodges in South Africa, all situated amongst the trees where you will feel fully immersed with nature. Start the trip off with a private villa located on the banks of the Blyde River in Greater Kruger National Park – the epicenter of wildlife in South Africa – before moving on to Nelspruit for your last night. All of our lodges make it easy to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush at every turn.

Rooms include crisp white linens, a plush bed, and full private bathroom with hot and cold water, hairdryer, lockbox, and fan. You’ll also be able to enjoy an infinity pool, wi-fi, and an assortment of South African beer and wine for sale.

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Sandra Almeida

Del Mar, CA

Traveler's Journal

The entire trip was a whirlwind of seeing beautiful wildlife, unique plants, and speaking to inspirational local people. My daughters and I bonded over the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being so close to nature and the animals. It’s an experience we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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10 days / 9 nights

Program Cost: $3,495 Adult * / $2695 Child*

2019 Dates

May 26-June 4, 2019

July 1-10, 2019

July 14-23, 2019

August 11-20, 2019

August 25-September 3, 2019

November 24-December 3, 2019

December 22-31, 2019

2020 Dates

January 26-February 4, 2020

February 9-18, 2020

March 29-April 7, 2020

May 24-June 2, 2020

June 14-23, 2020

July 5-14, 2020

August 16-25, 2020

September 13-22, 2020

November 22-December 1, 2020

 

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • *Price does not include $200 domestic flight supplement
  • Single Room Supplement = $795

 

See What's Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • Lodging in renowned nature reserve
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • An active daily itinerary including lectures, day trips and work assignments alongside the local community
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage & transportation
  • All land transportation during the trip with licensed drivers
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What's Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • Lodging in renowned nature reserve
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • An active daily itinerary including lectures, day trips and work assignments alongside the local community
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage & transportation
  • All land transportation during the trip with licensed drivers
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature

What’s Not Included:

  • Tip for the Discover Corps Guide and Driver
  • International Airfare
  • Domestic flight ($200 additional supplement, added at checkout)
  • Optional Post-Trip Extension to Victoria Falls
  • Optional Post-Trip Extension to Cape Town

Alumni & Family Discounts, Monthly Payment Plans, and More

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts. Looking for a payment plan to help manage your trip? Learn more here.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

Add a 5 day/4 night post-trip extension to Cape Town to any South Africa departure. Click here to learn more about our Cape Town Extension.

Add a 5 day/4 night post-trip extension to Victoria Falls. Click here to learn more about our Victoria Falls Extension.

Please contact us if you are interested in adding on both extensions to your trip.

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