The newest Khaya project is online! After a pilot we can now proudly offer this unique experience for volunteers!
This project is located in the Great Karoo, a landscape of immense plains and dramatic mountains. Prior to European settlement 200 years ago, great migrations of springbuck, black wildebeest and eland passed through this area. Fenced farming relegated these migrations to the story books, and denuded the land. This reserve is now pulling up the fences, rehabilitating the land and reintroducing the game, in an attempt to return this land to its former glory. The volunteer programme offers you the opportunity to contribute to this ambitious and worthy cause and experience the incredible and unique landscape of the Great Karoo. As a volunteer you will be directly involved in our reserve rehabilitation and research, including monitoring our two most charismatic creatures: cheetah and aardvark. Our research is in collaboration with various conservation organizations and universities and we teach volunteers to be competent in all required field techniques, meaning the data collected can be used by management and affiliated organizations. The reserve is also home to a tracking academy run by one of only two Master trackers in South Africa. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to join the tracker students for a day in the field, seeing how they follow animals and interpret their behavior by the signs they leave behind.
You will leave the Wildlife Conservation and Research Project with a deeper understanding of the bush, as well as useful skills and techniques used in current scientific research, conservation and wildlife management. We also hope you will leave energized by the experience of living so closely with nature.