Volunteer - African Wildlife Conservation and Photography Project

On this unique program you’ll contribute to the vital conservation of South Africa’s wildlife and embark on the adventure of a lifetime as you learn from a professional photographer and improve your wildlife photography skills.

This project is based in the world-renowned Greater Kruger Area – famous for the Big 5 and amazing scenery. The region is also home to local people celebrated for their rich and vibrant culture. In this impressive setting, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your photographic skills while raising conservation awareness. If you have always wanted to take amazing wildlife pictures, there is no better place in the world!

Volunteers will assist in a number of conservation initiatives during your time and will be involved in conservation education and activities. Conservation in the community will involve visiting and helping educate communities on the importance of conservation as well as assist a local charity in various community projects where relevant. You will also be involved in hands-on field work such as clearing alien invasive plants, bush encroachment, litter picking etc.

Working in conjunction with the research team, photographers will assist in collecting animal identification information and other interesting and essential data. A photographic database compliled for educational purposes will also play a vital part of your volunteering.

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, be reasonably fit, and a minimum of 18 years of age.

PLEASE NOTE THIS PROJECT RUNS EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER YOUR OASIS OVERLAND TRIP.

Prices - A £300 deposit is required to book this project. Please note the average weekly price reduces for every extra week booked. All prices are in Pounds Sterling (£GBP) and are per person (pp). Once requested your volunteer project cannot be refunded or exchanged.


No. of Weeks

Cost

4 Weeks

£1895

5 Weeks

£2398

6 Weeks

£2710

7 Weeks

£3023

8 Weeks

£3335

9 Weeks

£3648

Advertised price is based on 4 week project

Dates: Please contact Oasis Overland in regards to Start dates for this project

Included:

NOT Included:

Volunteers will need to bring their own photographic equipment (minimum required listed below)

Project Orientation

Accommodation and Hours
During your placement you will stay in comfortable shared accommodation within the Greater Kruger Area. Volunteers and project staff meet and carry out inductions and research updates in the main lodge – a spacious thatched area boasting a large swimming pool and situated on 18 hectares of land. This beautiful landscape serves as home to impala, warthog, bush pig, nyala and a great diversity of birdlife. Here, you’ll dine, relax and socialise. The lodge is staffed with cooks and cleaners and all bed linen and towels are provided.

Spend evenings around a fire under the stunning African night sky; enjoy relaxing on your room balcony or by the pool bar; sit in the lounge and surf the web; enjoy the delicious food produced by our excellent catering team.

Hours are normally between 05:30 until and 18:30 followed by dinner, although this can vary depending on season.

Transfers
You will need to arrive on the Saturday of your project start date. You will be transported by shuttle service to accommodation in Johannesburg where you will meet the rest of the volunteers and your team. You will spend the Saturday night, and be transported on the Sunday to the project. If, for any reason, you do arrive on the Sunday, please ensure that you land no later than 09.00am as the transfer will leave at 12.00pm. You will be transferred back to the airport on your set departure date (4-12 weeks after arrival, depending on length of project) and will arrive at O.R. Tambo International around 17.00pm on Saturday. Please keep this in mind when booking your return flights.

Insurance
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.

Responsible Travel
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.