Embark on an unforgettable journey with a team of expert field guides and researchers on exhilarating safari drives through South Africa's renowned game reserves, where you'll observe and study the majestic African 'Big 5' - lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalos. These awe-inspiring, yet vulnerable and endangered animals need our help, and the invaluable data you gather during your adventure will significantly aid local wildlife organizations in their ongoing conservation and protection efforts. While residing in a charming lodge nestled within this captivating wildlife sanctuary, you'll not only make a tangible impact on conservation but also broaden your understanding of the challenges confronting Africa's precious animal kingdom.
This exceptional project is located in the picturesque Greater Kruger Area of South Africa, a region celebrated for its mesmerizing landscapes and frequent sightings of the iconic 'Big 5' (lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalos). While these magnificent creatures are now commonly considered the ultimate safari must-see, they were originally deemed the five most dangerous animals to hunt on foot. The Greater Kruger Area has gained global recognition for its unwavering commitment to safeguarding these species and preserving their natural habitats.
As a dedicated research volunteer, you'll play an active role in monitoring the area's wild 'Big 5' populations and contribute to essential conservation initiatives that align with the long-term goals of world-renowned wildlife trusts and foundations. For those seeking a perfect blend of awe-inspiring nature, wildlife encounters, educational opportunities, and thrilling adventures, this project offers an experience of a lifetime!
“ AMAZING EXPERIENCE - I had the most amazing experience volunteering with The Big 5 & Wildlife Research. (...) Everything we did had an impact and made me feel like I was making a difference. I like how the project wasn't just focused on research but on other things that impact conservation such as invasive plant removal, community work, and snare sweeps. I can't wait to share this experience with other people and to come back again! "