Volunteer Trip Report from our Reserve Management and Endangered Species Research Volunteer Project South Africa with Blue Lizard Adventures:
|Rhino at sunset – South Africa|
I visited the volunteer project as part of a module for my final year of university study. The reserve is situated approximately 3 hours outside Johannesburg. Upon arrival I was very impressed with the reserve, as soon as we arrived I had already seen Kudu, Warthog and White Rhino! A short drive further and we had arrived at the camp. An amazing view greeted us as we looked over to the dam bursting with waterfowl of all different species getting close views of Fish Eagle and Malachite Kingfisher.
|Malachite Kingfisher – South Africa – Volunteer project|
The management teams are fantastic very professional and extremely kind. Dougal (chief warden) is a very experienced and the knowledge you can gain from him is very valuable. Lynne (operations Manager) worked very closely with us and was there with everything we needed and would bend over backwards in helping us get the most out our visit.
|Volunteer walk through reserve|
Gary and Dirk, our rangers were brilliant, both were very knowable and spent all their time with us taking us on game drives day and night showing us the fantastic scenery and wildlife. There was a saying amongst our group that goes “in Africa you never know what you will see everyday is different”. This became very true one day during our lunch break. We got a call to say a brown hyena was caught in a poacher’s snare when we arrived the hyena was darted taken from the snare and placed in a crate to recover before releasing it on the reserve later in the evening. This memory will stay with me forever,
I have been to South Africa 5 times before but this has to be my best trip yet. By day we were working on the reserve undertaking surveys, tracking controlled management burning and learning about the flora and fauna. By night we are having some delicious home cooked food, sitting round the fire listening to music and taking in the amazing place we were in. Only a short trip from the reserve is Pilanesberg national park where you will be able to see all the big 5 providing an experience everyone can enjoy. I cant wait to go back and I will recommend this reserve to anyone, I promise this trip will not leave you disappointed and I hope you have as many fond memories as I do.
|Giraffe and Zebra on the reserve – South Africa|