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Shamwari
Group CONSERVATION
project

Shamwari Group CONSERVATION project

The Shamwari Conservation Expedition is a once in a lifetime opportunity for your school, college or university group to get behind the scenes and involved with the conservation efforts of the world renowned Shamwari Game Reserve. The programme is a completely tailor made experience operating over a two week period, we work with you to put together the best possible programme in order to suit the needs and requirements of your group.

Our group expeditions are incredibly hands on and are suited to those groups wanting to gain valuable work experience as well as those just looking for a once in a lifetime experience. Activities are incredibly varied and each group will have the opportunity to work alongside the award winning conservation team at Shamwari assisting with day to day conservation activities, research projects and even veterinary work and game captures!

Whilst on your placement you will become members of the conservation department and therefore work with the wildlife’s best interests in mind at all times. Details of possible conservation, research and veterinary based activities are detailed below, we will use these to build your tailor made experience:

PROJECT DETAILS

Wildlife does not work to an agenda! We will however ensure that we cover all activities chosen by your group. Examples of these include:

Game rangers and volunteers examine prints in the ground
  • Anti Poaching Education and Talks
  • Tracking using telemetry
  • Volunteering at Born Free Foundation Big Cat Centre
  • Predator Tracking (Lion, Leopard)
  • Elephant Monitoring and Observation
  • Game Counts and Ratio Recording
  • Educational Bush Walks
  • Game Drives
Game rangers and volunteers monitor elephants
  • Possible Game Capture
  • Restoring of degraded thicket and landscape
  • Alien Vegetation Control
  • Filed Skills and possible sleep out
  • Work at Wildlife Rehab & Education Centre
  • Tracks, Signs and Spoors
  • Possible Veterinary Interactions
  • Community Projects

Day 1

Arrive Port Elizabeth Airport. Transfer by coach to Shamwari Game Reserve.
Afternoon to settle in and relax.

Day 2

AM - Introduction Presentation and Orientation Drive. PM - Manual Work - Alien Plant Control. Evening at Leisure.

Day 3

AM - Anti Poaching Talk and Snare finding activity. PM - Rhino Monitoring Exercise. Evening Camp Fire

Day 4

AM: Visit to Born Free Foundation Big Cat Centre. PM: Animal Behaviour and Survival Strategies - Game Drive. Film Night.

Day 5

AM - Community Day - Group will be assigned a specific project to undertake. PM - Community Day - Group will be assigned a specific project to undertake. Evening Camp Fire.

Day 6

Weekend at Leisure.
Off reserve excursions available to pre-book, including: Horse Riding, Sand Boarding, Visit to the Beach.

Day 7

Weekend at Leisure.
Off reserve excursions available to pre-book, including: Horse Riding, Sand Boarding, Visit to the Beach.

Day 8

AM - Short presentation on tracking and the use of telemetry. PM - Afternoon predator monitoring: Lion, Leopard, Cheetah. Evening at Leisure.

Day 9

AM - Elephant Debate and information on population management. PM - Elephant Monitoring session. Evening Game Drive / Night Patrol.

Day 10

AM - Manual Work and Reserve Management techniques. PM - General Tracking Session and Game Drive. Evening at Leisure.

Day 11

AM - Game Capture presentation and visit to Bomas. PM - Visit to the Wildlife Rehab & Education Centre.
Evening Camp Fire.

Day 12

AM - Community Day - Group will be assigned a specific project to undertake. PM - Community Day - Group will be assigned a specific project to undertake. Evening Braai Night & Camp Fire.

Day 13

Weekend at Leisure.
Off reserve excursions available to pre-book, including: Horse Riding, Sand Boarding, Visit to the Beach.

Day 14

Weekend at Leisure.
Off reserve excursions available to pre-book, including: Horse Riding, Sand Boarding, Visit to the Beach.

Day 15

AM - Depart Shamwari for Port Elizabeth Airport and journey home.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

Accommodation

Whilst conducting your Group Conservation Project you will accommodated in purpose built lodge located on the game reserve. Rooms are shared and boast en-suite bathrooms. The lodge is located in a stunning area of the game reserve and overlooks a watering hole that often has animals drinking from it.

A separate communal area is available which has a lounge, bar and dining area as well as a small lecture room. The lodge grounds also include an outdoor boma ideal for evening fires along with a swimming pool and large garden area. Internet access is available for a nominal fee.

Laundry services are provided once a week.

Food

Three meals are provided on a daily basis. Meals will either be served at the facility itself or taken as a pre-packed serving, depending on planned or as result of unscheduled activities.

Included

• Pre-departure support and documentation
• Programme fee and contribution
• Return international flights
• All transportation on project
• 24 hour in country support
• Accommodation for duration of stay
• 3 meals per day*

*Except for lunches on days of travel

Not Included

• Personal travel insurance
• Any vaccinations as recommended by your GP
• Lunches on days of travel
• Soft drinks or snacks
• Any essential visas
• Any additional activities outside of project itinerary

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Get in touch with any questions you may have regarding our Shamwari Conservation Experience – leave your contact details below and we’ll be more than happy to help!

If you’re interested to find out more, book an introductory presentation for your school or college group and we can visit to discuss our extraordinary projects in more detail.

Alternatively, if your group is now ready to enrol, click here to submit a booking form on their behalf.

 

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