Friday, December 3, 2010

SOUTH AFRICA Cheetah and Kruger Park Adventure

This amazing 14-day trip combines the best of Africa!  Experience hands on conservation work in a Cheetah rehabilitation centre, journey through the wilds of the African savannah, assist researchers with wildlife monitoring and work with local African communities. This trip has it all!
In the Race Against Extinction program, you will help in daily care of many of the animals found at this 38 year old wildlife establishment as well as assisting with maintenance and educational activities. Animals you may encounter include cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena, serval, suni antelope, blue and red duiker and rare Egyptian vultures.  Duties will include daily care of the animals at the wildlife sanctuary, assisting in upgrading the enclosures and promoting conservation to local schools and underprivileged communities. 
The second week sees you flying across Southern African landscape to the wilds near Kruger National Park for the Conservation in Action program, where you will be based on 350 hectares of pristine bushveld at a private wildlife ranch.  The ranch is home to giraffe, wildebeest, kudu, impala, zebra, hyena, crocodiles and will soon be joined by cheetah.  The ranch is also surrounded by two large private wildlife reserves and home to the Big 5 – lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino.  Assist in maintenance around the property, gain conservation training in animal track identification and anti-poaching work and help with important wildlife research on neighbouring reserves.  Get up close to animals on game drives throughout Kruger National Park and appreciate the majestic beauty of the South African wilderness.  There will also be the opportunity to assist local villages and communities, giving you a first-hand experience in African culture and lifestyle.
  • Volunteer work at a Cheetah and African Wild dog research and breeding centre
  • Safari drives in open game viewing vehicle in Kruger National Park
  • Work on a wildlife ranch with many different African species
  • Work on a Big 5 Wildlife reserve
  • Local community work
There will also be opportunities to visit other local attractions and national parks (at own expense).  Accommodation is in comfortable shared facilities at the rehabilitation centre and wildlife ranch.

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