Featured Program – GVI – Wildlife Expedition, South Africa

Featured Program

 

Global Vision International
Wildlife Conservation Expedition in South Africa

This expedition offers you the unique opportunity to assist GVI with important conservation research and get up close and personal to South Africa‚Äôs incredible wildlife, such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and elephant. One warning though – once you’ve gotten to spend this much time with the animals you’ll be spoiled on traditional safari’s forever! Read more about our own South African GVI experience here.

Working as a hands on expedition member you will work alongside an international team to collect vital behavioral data on reintroduced predators and large herbivores on a private game reserve. In order to assist with this vital conservation work you will be trained to use research equipment to help locate predators in the reserve and you will receive invaluable training in large animal identification, tracking and behavioral study skills.

Highlights Include:

Experiencing a unique African bush adventure at the heart of a spectacular game reserve; mastering radio telemetry techniques and learning to track animals through the bush; getting acquainted with big game and all the main predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino; exploring nearby regions to experience such breathtaking views as from the Blyde River Canyon in the Drakensberg Mountains; living and working alongside FGASA qualified South African Guides getting constant learning and inspiration; having the chance to sleep out in the bush under the spectacular African stars and wake up to a beautiful sunrise.

COSTS: At the time of this publication in US dollars, 2 weeks $1947 ($139/day) to 12 weeks $5857 ($70/day).

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Arrival orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Reserve fees and permits
  • Research training
  • Wildlife identification techniques
  • Telemetry training as relevant
  • First Aid & CPR training

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport and reserve transfers

We had an amazing time on this South African Wildlife Expedition and would be happy to answer any questions on what to bring and what to expect. It was truly a life-changing experience!
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