Step into the heart of Botswana's Kalahari Desert at Modisa Wildlife Project, founded in 2010 by Valentin Gruener from Germany and Mikkel Legarth from Denmark.
Here, the spirit of adventure meets the passion for wildlife conservation. In this vast expanse of natural wonder, experience firsthand and engage in the efforts to protect and understand the rich biodiversity of the region, all while being immersed in the breathtaking landscapes of the Kalahari.
Among the most notable residents you’ll encounter is Sirga the lioness, known from the award-winning series "Saving Sirga" aired on Netflix, Animal Planet, and Amazon Prime, and is a testament to Modisa’s commitment to wildlife care and conservation.
At Modisa, you're not just visiting; you're becoming part of a meaningful journey in conservation. Engage in hands-on activities, connect deeply with nature, and contribute to the preservation of the Kalahari’s unique ecosystem. Get in touch with us to begin your journey into the heart of Botswana's wilderness.
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Discover Modisa Wildlife Project: Conservation in the Kalahari
Situated in the expansive and serene Kalahari Desert, the Modisa Wildlife Project beckons volunteers to an extraordinary 11,000-hectare conservation area. This project is a testament to the commitment to preserving Botswana's unique wildlife, offering volunteers a chance to become intimately involved in safeguarding this pristine desert ecosystem.
Safeguarding Wildlife in a Unique Desert Ecosystem
Modisa Wildlife Project was founded in 2010 by Valentin Gruener from Germany and Mikkel Legarth from Denmark. Since its inception in, the Modisa Wildlife Project has dedicated itself to the protection and study of the Kalahari's rich and diverse wildlife. Facing challenges such as habitat encroachment and the global issue of climate change, Modisa's proactive conservation strategies are crucial in maintaining the delicate balance of this unique ecosystem. The project provides a vital lifeline to species like the iconic Kalahari lion, elusive leopards, and other native fauna.
Engaging Volunteers in Meaningful Conservation Work
Volunteers at Modisa are more than observers; they are active participants in a wide range of conservation activities. From tracking and monitoring the movement of lions and leopards to engaging in special projects like the observation of Sirga the lioness, volunteers contribute significantly to ongoing research and conservation efforts. These experiences offer a deeper understanding of the challenges and rewards of wildlife conservation in the Kalahari.
Contributing to the Kalahari's Conservation Legacy
A stay at Modisa is an opportunity to make a tangible impact on wildlife conservation. Volunteers play a key role in the ongoing efforts to preserve the unique biodiversity of the Kalahari Desert. By joining the Modisa Wildlife Project, volunteers embark on a journey that not only connects them with nature but also contributes to the vital work of preserving one of Africa's most extraordinary natural habitats.
Participate in detailed monitoring activities that are essential for the conservation of the Kalahari's wildlife. Observe, document, and contribute to the protection of various species, including lions, leopards, and other native animals. This direct involvement provides valuable data for conservation research and offers an in-depth understanding of the animals' behavior, habits, and needs in this unique ecosystem.
Participate in comprehensive educational sessions that offer insights into the challenges and strategies of wildlife conservation in the Kalahari. These interactive sessions cover a range of topics, including the impact of climate on wildlife, sustainable conservation practices, and effective wildlife management. They are designed to provide a broad understanding of the ecosystem and the complexities of conserving wildlife in a desert environment.
Engage in a variety of hands-on conservation tasks and projects at Modisa. Your involvement may range from assisting with practical fieldwork to participating in research initiatives that contribute to the overall health and sustainability of the Kalahari ecosystem. This active participation in conservation work is crucial for maintaining the delicate balance of this unique environment.
Modisa offers unique opportunities to observe and interact with the wildlife of the Kalahari, including special encounters with animals like Sirga the lioness. Observe these animals in their natural habitat, gain insights into their behaviors, and learn about the conservation efforts that support their survival. These experiences provide a deeper connection with the wildlife and a better understanding of their place in the ecosystem.
Experience the tranquil beauty of the Kalahari at night through stargazing and other desert activities. These experiences allow you to immerse yourself in the desert's serene environment, exploring its diverse landscapes and observing the wildlife that thrives in this unique habitat. The clear night skies and vast open spaces offer a sense of peace and connection with nature.
Observing Sirga the lioness at Modisa offers a distinctive and educational experience that sheds light on lion behavior in a unique context. From the safety of your vehicle, you will see the interaction between Valentin Gruener and Sirga, born from a special rescue situation. This encounter highlights the complexities and sensitivities of wildlife rehabilitation, illustrating the careful balance required in such efforts.
Experience the thrill of conservation in action within the vast, untamed landscapes of Botswana's Kalahari Desert, where every day brings you closer to nature's most captivating wildlife.
Be part of a life-changing journey with the Modisa Wildlife Project, where engaging with diverse wildlife monitoring and special encounters like meeting Sirga the lioness, redefine your connection with the natural world.
Discover the serene beauty of the Kalahari through guided bush walks, game drives, and under starlit skies, offering unparalleled opportunities to explore and understand this unique ecosystem.
Immerse yourself in conservation education sessions that enlighten and inspire, deepening your understanding of wildlife management and the critical efforts to preserve the Kalahari's rich biodiversity.
Volunteers at Modisa stay in comfortable 3x3 meter dome tents, offering an authentic bush experience with added comfort. Each tent is shared by two people of the same gender, unless requested otherwise and is equipped with bedding and additional blankets for colder months.
The camp includes regular bathroom facilities with flush toilets and hot showers, ensuring a comfortable stay. A solar-powered system provides energy for lighting and basic charging needs. A small pool is available for relaxation and cooling off in the warmer months.
Embrace the outdoor lifestyle by hand-washing your clothes. Modisa provide everything you need, from washing buckets to soap.
Power & Charging
The camp is powered entirely by solar energy, ensuring your gadgets stay charged during daylight hours. Please note that high-power devices like hair dryers or straighteners are incompatible with the setup.
Limited daily WiFi access is provided, usually during lunch breaks, to encourage a deeper connection with nature. Continuous internet access can be arranged upon request. Emergency contact details are provided to ensure that messages can reach volunteers when needed. Full-day internet access is available on Sundays.
Given the remote location of the camp, access to shopping facilities is limited. However, volunteers may have the opportunity to join scheduled drives to the local town for additional supplies. During these trips, volunteers can collaborate to create a shopping list, ensuring that everyone's needs are met and allowing those who stay behind to benefit from the trip as well.
The programme starts and ends every second Monday on even numbered weeks, and you can book from 2 to 12 weeks. Arrivals are scheduled for even-numbered weeks, departures on odd-numbered weeks (3 and above) can be facilitated upon request.
Number of Volunteers
Up to 16
Prices (2024) Per Person Sharing
2 weeks – 1,500 EUR
4 weeks – 2,750 EUR
6 weeks – 4,000 EUR
8 weeks – 5,050 EUR
10 weeks – 6,100 EUR
12weeks – 7,150 EUR
The Price Includes:
Accommodation at Modisa
3 meals a day
Activities at Modisa
Tea and coffee & drinking water
Roadtransfer between Modisa and Town Lodge in Gaborone
The Price Does Not Include:
Soft and alcoholic beverages, snacks etc
Kalahari Desert: The Heart of Modisa Wildlife Project
Nestled in the southwestern part of Botswana, adjacent to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the Modisa Wildlife Project offers a unique immersion in the vast and serene Kalahari Desert. Located about 110 km from Tsabong, the nearest town, Modisa provides a genuine desert adventure, surrounded by an extraordinary landscape.
Climate & Seasons
The climate of the Kalahari Desert showcases dramatic seasonal variations, each bringing its own unique experience:
Summer (December to February): The hottest and wettest time of the year, temperatures soar to 35-40°C (95-104°F) or more. Heavy showers during this period rejuvenate the desert landscape and invigorate its diverse wildlife, offering a lush and vibrant setting.
Shoulder Season (April & May): A milder climate prevails, with daytime temperatures ranging from 25-30°C (77-86°F) and dropping to cooler 10-15°C (50-59°F) at night. This season is perfect for comfortable wildlife observation and experiencing the desert's tranquility.
Winter (June to August): Characterized by freezing nights, often dropping to 0°C (32°F) or lower, and comfortably mild daytime temperatures of 20-25°C (68-77°F). The winter months offer clear skies and a unique perspective of the Kalahari's stark beauty.
Spring (September to November): A gradual warming occurs, with daytime temperatures reaching 30-35°C (86-95°F) and nights at 10-15°C(50-59°F). The landscape remains dry and parched, especially in October, the hottest and driest month, as it awaits the summer rains.
Travelers to Modisa should prepare for the dramatic temperature shifts characteristic of the Kalahari. Packing appropriately for both cool nights and hot days is essential to comfortably enjoy the desert's distinct beauty. This preparation ensures a fulfilling and immersive experience in the heart of one of Africa's most extraordinary natural environments.
As you prepare for your journey to the Modisa Wildlife Project, it's important to familiarize yourself with key travel logistics. This guide is designed to equip you with all the necessary information, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience. It covers essential aspects such as flight itineraries, airport transfers, vaccinations, visa requirements, and travel insurance – all tailored to make your trip to and from Modisa as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
Plan your arrival and departure at Gaborone Airport (GBE), Botswana. Since the Modisa program starts and ends on a Monday, and due to the distance between Gaborone and the camp, you should arrive in Gaborone a day early (on Sunday) and depart a day after your placement (Tuesday). For the two nights in Gaborone, we recommend staying at Town Lodge.
Town Lodge And Airport Transfers
Town Lodge, situated a brief 10-minute drive from Gaborone Airport (GBE), is the designated pick-up and drop-off point for transfers to Modisa Wildlife Project. This hotel provides guests with comfortable accommodations, featuring a range of amenities to ensure a pleasant stay. Conveniently adjacent to a shopping mall, Town Lodge offers easy access to a variety of shops and dining options, catering to any last-minute needs or preferences.
Booking your stay directly with Town Lodge is generally the most cost-effective option. Additionally, they offer the convenience of arranging airport transfers for guests. To book your stay, visit their website at Town Lodge Gaborone or contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you encounter any difficulties or have specific requirements, our team is available to assist you in making these arrangements.
Transfer To/From Modisa
Journey Details: The drive from Town Lodge in Gaborone to Modisa Wildlife Project spans approximately 650 km, with an estimated travel time of around 9 hours. To ensure your comfort during the trip, Modisa will provide water.
Morning Departure: On Monday mornings, the transfer vehicle will pick you up from the hotel at 5 am. To accommodate an early start, Town Lodge offers the option of a pre-arranged breakfast box. Please inform the hotel reception about your Modisa trip in advance and request that your breakfast box be prepared for an early checkout on Monday.
Expected Arrival: You are expected to arrive at Modisa by approximately 14:00 on the same day.
Return Journey: On your departure day from Modisa, the transfer will leave the camp around 10 am, targeting a return to the Town Lodge by about 7 pm.
As you get ready for your adventure at the Modisa Wildlife Project, it's crucial to prioritize your health. We recommend arranging a consultation with your healthcare provider to discuss the necessary vaccinations. While you'll be visiting the malaria-free Kgalagadi district where Modisa is located, if your itinerary includes other areas of Botswana like the Okavango Delta, it's wise to talk about malaria prophylaxis options with your doctor or a travel clinic. Commonly recommended vaccinations for Botswana include:
Hepatitis A: Suggested for all travelers, providing broad protection irrespective of the trip's duration or activities.
Typhoid: Advised to safeguard against this waterborne illness, relevant for all visitors.
Yellow fever: Essential for travelers arriving from regions with a risk of yellow fever; vaccination proof may be required.
Rabies: Recommended for those expecting to spend considerable time outdoors or in close contact with animals.
Tetanus: A standard vaccination recommended for all international travelers.
To ensure a smooth arrival in Botswana for your visit to the Modisa Wildlife Project, it's helpful to know about the visa process. Many visitors, especially those from countries like the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and most EU nations, can expect to receive a tourist visa upon arrival, typically valid for up to 90 days. Remember to check that your passport has at least two blank pages and is valid for at least six months past your planned arrival date. For the most accurate and up-to-date visa information, please refer to Botswana's official immigration website or consult with the nearest embassy as per your nationality or consult your nearest embassy to confirm visa requirements based on your nationality.
For a worry-free experience at the Modisa Wildlife Project, securing robust travel insurance is key. This insurance should encompass emergency situations, medical expenses, and any unforeseen travel changes. We encourage you to carefully select a policy tailored to your specific needs for traveling in Botswana. Should you need a starting point in your search for the right insurance, we suggest exploring options like World Nomads known for their comprehensive coverage suitable for diverse travel plans.
Credit Card & Cash
To navigate your expenses smoothly in Botswana and during your stay at the Modisa Wildlife Project, understanding the local currency practices is key. While credit cards are a common payment method in Botswana's urban areas, having Botswana Pula in cash is recommended for smaller transactions and in less urbanized regions. Notably, at Modisa, your bar bill needs to be settled in cash, so it’s wise to bring enough cash to cover your entire stay. If you find yourself needing more cash, ATMs are available in Tsabong. For those carrying Euros or US Dollars, currency exchange services are conveniently offered at Gaborone airport. Additionally, there are ATMs situated near Town Lodge for any further financial needs.
"One of the best experiences in my life so far has been volunteering at the brand new Modisa Camp 2.0, situated in one of the most remote areas of the world. As one of the first volunteers in the new camp, I gained real-life experience of the rough and wild climate of the Kalahari.
The journey to the camp itself was an adventure! When I first heard the special warning call of a Jackal, or learned to differentiate between the booming call of a male Ostrich and the roaring of a lion, I realized I was truly in the midst of a wild area. Being part of one of the last intact ecosystems in the world and helping to protect it was an honor! During our stay, we learned a lot about the unique climate, the wildlife, the plants, and the challenges of balancing wildlife conservation with hunting issues. This was through various activities like lectures, bush walks with the great Modisa guide Thato, checking the camera traps, and sleeping in the brand-new hideout.
We were even lucky enough to see almost all of the rare predators of the Kalahari during our sleepouts at the waterhole. Totally amazing! We also helped Val and his friendly team with their daily work, which was really interesting. After work, there was always time for a fun volleyball match between Germany and Botswana or a delicious braai over the fire. In summary, I totally recommend the Modisa Wildlife Project and hope to come back in some years.
Dankie to Val and his great team for this amazing stay!"
-Marina Nieberle, germany
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