This hands-on volunteer programme exposes you, the volunteer, to wildlife like lion, elephant, white rhino, giraffe, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest and others. Volunteer on this exquisite conservation consortium in the Eastern Cape made up of several private game reserves, only 60 kilometres from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in the Greater Addo Elephant Area.
You can experience wildlife - up close and personal - as very few people will by volunteering behind the scenes with professionals on our Game Reserve. This fifth generation, family run Game Reserve and Safari Lodge is proudly Fair Trade Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) accredited thereby meeting strict criteria such as: fair wages and equal employment, democracy, transparency and environmental conservation.They will ensure your hospitable experience while creating a wildlife experience, which will capture your imagination, refresh your soul and conserve our natural heritage!
The Reserve is a successful conservation project which has seen the re-introduction of lion, elephant, white rhino, giraffe, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest and many antelope species. During your experience you will gain a holistic understanding of the ecology of the land and a history of the people.
You will gain first hand experience of how a Game Ranch is managed from a unique behind the scenes viewpoint. YOU are the student and the classroom is the Reserve! Get involved in game and conservation management, learn new life skills and contribute to social projects in the area. One main focus area is monitoring the integration of the lions into the reserve by tracking and recording their behaviour.
You will also interact with the children from the local orphanage during your stay. Interaction varies from wildlife / environmental education to fun activities. The reserve has been involved in local schools, orphanage and some vetinary assistance for a number of years and is a reason for our selection of this Game Reserve above many similar offerings.
The "Project Contribution" included in your overall fee will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the project during your actual volunteer stay on the ground.
All of our Projects require you to be in good health, and be reasonably fit. You must be aged between 18 and 60 to be able to volunteer on this project.
PLEASE NOTE THIS PROJECT RUNS EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER YOUR OASIS OVERLAND TRIP.
Prices - A £300 deposit is required to book this project. All prices are in Pounds Sterling (£GBP) and are per person (pp). Once requested your volunteer project cannot be refunded or exchanged.
April to December 2018:
2 weeks - £995
4 weeks - £1945
5 weeks - £2365
6 weeks - £2795
8 weeks - £3695
12 weeks - £5395
January to December 2019:
2 weeks - £1095
4 weeks - £2055
5 weeks - £2535
6 weeks - £3015
8 weeks - £3975
12 weeks - £5895
Prices are per person in a twin share. Please ask for a price if you only have 1, 3 or more weeks to spare.
Your Volunteering experience is not complete without taking in some key heritage and tourist sites during your off-periods. We can recommend some "must see places" however recommendations may vary and are dependent on the location of your project and number of tourists. Extensions and additional sight-seeing can be arranged at a fee on request.
Duration - 1 to 12 weeks (4 weeks minimum recommended)
You can expect to be involved with any of the following, during your stay. This is not a comprehensive list, and you may not get to be involved with everything, as obviously it depends on your length of stay and what is going on at the Reserve at the time.
The itinerary could include:
Accommodation and Hours
Housed in the renovated Old Railway Station with internet, satellite TV, outside barbeque or "braai" area. Rooms are serviced daily and a laundry service is available.
Hours are normally between 06:30 and 17:00, Monday to Friday, although this can vary, especially on projects of 4 weeks duration or longer.
Transport and Transfers
You will be collected each day and dropped off at the project area.
You will make your own transfer arrangements from the end point of your Overland trip to Port Elizabeth. Ideally your project will start on a Monday - A shared transfer can be arranged from Port Elizabeth airport departing at 14:00 (or other collection points in the city at 13:00) can be arranged. Shared transfers are £36 per person. Please contact our office for the latest information.
It is a compulsory requirement that you have adequate travel insurance before you join any Oasis Trip & at the very least are insured for all necessary medical & repatriation costs incurred overseas with a recommended sum insured of £500,000. It is also wise to leave a copy of your insurance policy with a friend or relative for safe keeping.
Please ensure that your policy covers you for Volunteering work and activities.
We believe that your safety and holiday enjoyment are very important. It is a mistake to think that "it will never happen to me". It is also very important that you are covered for all the activities that you may wish to undertake while on our trip.
For further information on the insurance we offer, the activities covered, costs and how to book - please check out the Insurance section of our website.
Visas and Vaccinations
Most nationalities do not require a Visa for South Africa, but it is advisable to contact the relevant Embassy in plenty of time before the trip departs to check the current visa requirements.
As we are not medically trained - we are unable to give detailed or professional adviceon vaccination requirements, therefore please consult a reputable travel clinic or GP for advice on any medical issues. We suggest allowing 8 weeks to get all your vaccinations. For more information visit: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk or www.nomadtravel.co.uk Oasis travellers receive a 10% discount on vaccinations, medical kits, clothing and camping equipment from the Nomad Travel Clinic - you will receive your discount code on your booking receipt. Medical advice should also be taken regarding Malaria risks.
Clothing and Equipment
Please see our full list of Clothing and Equipment, in the Before You Go section, for the Overland trip that you are undertaking before or after this project. This should more than cover the items you will need for your Project. You will also receive a full Welcome Pack from our Project Provider, after booking, that will list any other items.
Before you go
While Youre Travelling
From experience gained in running trips, we have developed our own practical and a manageable environmental policy. We welcome your input on this, plus any new ideas you may have, to improve our existing procedures. As a guide heres a few tips to bear in mind.
For books dedicated to travelling more responsibly & ethically see: www.tourismconcern.org.uk
Please note that you will be required to fill out an application form prior to being accepted on the Project. You may also be asked for references.
This Project can be combined with any other African Project.