Wildlife Conservation Internship for Teenagers

Wildlife Conservation Internship for Teenagers

An experience that is worth waiting for this small group adventure will take youngsters right to the heart of the African bush where they will learn about animal tracking and wildlife conservation from the very best. They will engage in projects with the local experts and volunteer some of their time working with African children. Living in camps in the jungle they will witness a sky lit by stars. They will walk with the lions; mingle with the locals, track animals & birds. Most of all for 9 whole days they will live a life that will change them forever.


Day 1 : Tuesday, Arrival into Johannesburg

We meet up at Johannesburg Airport at 7 pm. Your Tour Manager will introduce you to the rest of the group and you will be transferred to a hotel in Johannesburg.
Meals: Dinner


Day 2 : Wednesday, Arrival & Project Briefing

After breakfast we leave for Kruger. A 5 to 6 hour drive to Kruger will get you to your lodge which will be your home for the next few days as you work on your conservation project. Later today you’ll get acquainted with rules pertaining to your safety, accommodation, pool etc. and of course meet your fellow participants. We end the day with a lovely local dinner. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 : Thursday, Theory on Data Collection and Research Drive (Elephants & Rhinos) Save the Rhino Study

Today, breakfast will be followed by an introduction to your conservation project in the heart of Kruger, South Africa. We will go over the overall aim of the project and the achievements to date of the local people who run the research and development project. Then you will go over a briefing on safety while on Research vehicles and an introduction to conservation data collection and the animals you are going to observe. The members of the group are assigned different roles for the week ahead. After lunch you’ll get introduced to data sheet handling and you are all set to get on your very first Research Drive through Buffaloland. A guide and a Research Manager will teach you how to identify Elephants and Rhinos on the move. Return to the Lodge at dusk in time for dinner and a presentation on Rhino poaching.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 4 : Friday, Insect, Bird & Big 5 Survey, Camping & Night Observation

We have a very exciting day lined up for everyone! We start the day with an insect and bird survey early in the morning. The second half of the morning is spent entering the data captured that morning and an introduction to camera traps, finding relevant images and understanding data from the camera traps. 
After lunch, we leave for a research drive through the Klaserie Game Reserve where you can expect to learn about the behavior of Elephants, Lions, Leopards and Rhinos. We will spend the night camping here with dinner in the open over the braai (South African for barbecue). There is an entire new world of nocturnal creatures waiting to be explored and tonight you will unravel some of the mysteries of such species on a night drive through the Klaserie Game Reserve with your research guide. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 5 : Saturday, Klaserie - Culture Vulture Nyani Village - Roots of the Rhythm

After an exciting night sleeping out under the stars, we wake up early for a research drive through the Klaserie Natural Reserve. We return to the make-shift camp in time to pack up and leave for the lodge. 
Our weekend starts with a a visit to the Nyani Cultural Village for the Roots of Rhythm show. Expect a day of traditional dancing, singing, music, and vibrant colours. This cultural show gives you an insight into the local culture whilst experiencing one of the many tribes in South Africa that make up the ‘Rainbow Nation’. The entire experience is exciting, interactive and very informative and followed by a delicious traditional lunch. We return to the Lodge and have the rest of the day off to relax! 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 6 : Sunday, Panorama Route, Greater Kruger

We spend the day visiting the third largest canyon in the world, and renowned Panorama Route. As we follow the breath-taking route along Mpumalanga Escarpment with Blyde River Canyon being central to it, we’ll meander our way along the mountain tops to Gods Window. And also see the Three Rondawels. We explore the African curios mini-markets, and admire the circular sculptures of Bourke’s Luck canyon. Lunch is along the way. We return to our Lodge late afternoon where you’ll get some free time to play a game or chat with the locals running the lodge. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 7 : Monday, Theory on Data Collection & Research Drive

We start with a research drive in the morning before retiring to the lodge to go over all our observations from the drives. It’s time to start connecting the dots and to see the data in action. We’ll learn how putting all the data we’ve collected into the mapping software recreates the movements of the animals! Knowing the movements of the animals is core to understanding their behaviour and conservation revolves around this in a big way. We also create ID kits for the Big 5. With this done, you’ll have some time to yourselves before dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 8 : Tuesday, Conservation Community Class at a local school

We return to conversation work with the experts this morning. This could be creating a waterhole, doing a snare sweep or helping on the butterfly project, all as a team. With this done, you will spend the rest of the morning preparing for a Conservation lesson to be given at the local school. Your guides and Research Manager will help you with material and ways to make this as interactive and fun as possible. After lunch at the Lodge we head to the local school and take them through the importance of wildlife conservation and how they can be sensitive to this. This will give you a chance to understand the local education system, the lives of the children who live in this area and the challenges they face. We return to the Lodge in the evening and after dinner you will participate in a quiz on animal behaviour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 9 : Wednesday, Reptile Centre, Game Drives & Star Gazing

Start your last day of work with conservation work at the local Reptile Centre. You’ll learn about handling snakes and also learn about the importance of reptiles within the Eco System. Later in the afternoon we head out for a game drive to take our last chance to spot animals we might not have had the chance to see yet. We gather at the lodge grounds for the last time on this trip to enjoy a lecture on Sunset and Stars. We go over all that we have learnt and spend a wonderful evening with new people we have met on this trip, who have now become our friends.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 10 : Thursday, Departure

With the experience of a lifetime at an end, we get dropped off at the airport in Kruger for the flight back to Johannesburg to connect to our onward flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast



  • Arrival transfers from Johannesburg and departure from Hoedspruit airport at designated times. Please contact us before booking your flights to ensure your ward is arriving at the right time

  • Accommodation with attached facilities at the Greater Kruger Conservation Lodge

  • One night of outdoor camping in the game reserve

  • Arrival night stay at Johannesburg

  • All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Lunch is picnic style & dinners are hot meals. Fruits are available throughout the day. There is a refrigerator for stocking things one can't live without. There is a tuck shop where snacks can be bought

  • Services of an accompanying group manager

  • Introduction to Wildlife Conservation and hands on experience working on different species every day

  • Research Game Drives with qualified and expert guides in search of the Big 5

  • Conservation work under the supervision of experts

  • Weekend visit to a local Troball village for a cultural introduction to the colours of South Africa.

  • A visit to the Panorama Route and the  Blyde River Canyon

  • Volunteer work in local community projects

  • Certificate for Conservation and Community Development Volunteer Work to boot University Applications and your CVs

Exclusions:

Return airfare, airport taxes, visa charges, insurance, tips, all items of personal nature and anything not mentioned in the 'Inclusions'. GST 5%.

Disclaimer:

Cost per person on twin sharing basis. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms and conditions apply.