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Welgevonden Game Reserve is a 36000ha Big-5 Wildlife Reserve in the Waterberg, South Africa. Their conservation management practices are arguably some of the best in the world. This is largely due to management’s continued efforts in obtaining robust data on the ecological functioning of the Reserve, ensuring a thorough understanding of ecosystem dynamics within the protected wilderness area. This is where the Biomonitoring Programme responsible for the collection of research data and dedicated monitoring of fauna and flora on the reserve. From monitoring herd dynamics and animal condition, to assessing the state and ongoing changes in the ecosystem, the programme offers participants a truly hands-on experience in the management of a world-class, Big Five reserve. All this data is then analysed and processed by the Research Ecologist and used to inform management decisions.

If you are looking to gain some experience in ecological monitoring or are simply looking for a way to get out into the bush in a useful and meaningful way, becoming a participant in the Welgevonden Biomonitoring Programme is the way to go!


Your Conservation Programme – Biomonitoring Research Team

As part of your project, you will be heavily involved with the day to day field work conducted by the biomonitoring team.
Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Game transects – estimates of numbers,
    body condition and herd structure
  • Telemetry tracking of collared animals
  • White Rhino monitoring and condition
  • Camera Trap Surveys (Black Rhino and
    other cryptic animals)
  • Nocturnal species ID and night game drive
    Wildlife breeding management (buffalo,
    rhino & big cats)
  • Mortality/kill recording
  • Visit temporary holding bomas
  • Animal tracking
    Waterberg Wild Dog Project
  • Collecting faecal samples for research
    Local wildlife auction (Only on certain
  • Alien plant species eradication
  • Vegetation Condition Assessment
  • Waterberg Biodiversity Project – Data Collection with experts in their fields
Where You'll Stay

Welgevonden Accommodation

Participants are accommodated at the Research
Camp, based on the reserve and boasts ten tents
that sleep two to four people per tent in single
beds, each tent also has lighting and electricity
supply. There are communal hot and cold showers
and regular flushing toilets. There are communal
facilities including a lecture room, canteen,
entertainment area and storage fridge. The centre
also has access to Wi-Fi. The camp is fenced off
inside the boundaries of the reserve, check out the
aerial shot of camp! You can wake up and find an
elephant 10 meters from your door!

All meals are enjoyed together mostly in the outside eating area
and sometimes inside on colder evenings.
Three meals are provided daily on a self cook basis.
The evening meal is prepared by the group in small teams.
Students are responsible for the communal cooking and
washing up.
Evening meals and breakfast are served at the facility and
lunch is normally brought into the field and had picnic-style in
the bush.
The biomonitoring team normally work 6 days a week so time
off is often limited to Sundays only.
Most evenings are spent at leisure in camp mostly outdoors at
tables and benches or around a campfire.

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