Eco Safari in South Africa
Explore the life of a game ranger, peek behind the scenes of a Big Five game reserve and help to conserve Africa’s wildlife.
The intimate tented safari camp is situated in a private game reserve on the renowned Garden Route. It is the only fynbos reserve in the world in which the Big Five roam freely.
Nature and animal conservation are the priority at this 11 000 hectare private game reserve, and as a hands-on game ranger you will contribute to the preservation of the unique floral and animal kingdoms of South Africa.
Wildlife & Veld Management
You will set off by foot or in a safari vehicle in search of lions, elephant families, cheetah or gazelles. Together with your ranger team you will observe the wild animals, collect data about their feeding and mating habits, and in so doing contribute to the decision-making of the management team in promoting a healthy ecosystem in the game reserve.
You will help to keep the reserve free from invader plants, and you will assist in guarding the highly endangered rhinos. It is reported that around 790 rhinos were killed this year alone for their much sought-after horns. As a volunteer team member on the rhino patrol you will get up close to these endangered animals and help protect them from poachers.
Bush Skills and Interpretation
Bush skills are an ancient art. Participants will learn much of this art and use it in their day to day activities. Such as: track/spoor identification, antelope and bird identification, tree identification, map utilization (road, contour, aerial Google maps & GPS navigation) and approaching wildlife by vehicle and on foot.
Our game rangers, who you will be assisting with your nature conservationist duties, are experienced guides; making it possible for you to experience life and work in the African bush is their passion.
As a guest at the tented Eco camp at the Gondwana Game Reserve, you will get to know the natural surroundings and the animal kingdom of Southern Africa, and experience the conservation work that is vital to the preservation of its rich diversity. Here you will learn how to live in and experience the bush using all your senses.
Tented Bush Camp and homemade food
The programme is set in a classic eco-friendly tented camp in a protected valley blanketed in Fynbos in the heart of the game reserve.
The camp facilities include 5 large, comfortable twin share tents set on raised platforms, each with a bathroom and covered deck area. All meals are provided in the recreational communal tent which includes kitchen, lounge, working computer station (only for conservation research), and indoor and outdoor dining. Relaxation areas with hammocks and a small pool are also provided.
Food is always an important part of a holiday, especially when guests will be expending so much energy. The meals are wholesome and homemade, using fresh local ingredients. Guests can expect dishes like game pies, oxtail stew and vegetable lasagne. They will also participate in making braais (barbeques) and potjies (a three-legged cast iron pot used to make stew on an open fire), and learn how to prepare a variety of breads to enjoy with dinner.
Lunch will be enjoyed out in the reserve, between activities and projects, but there will always be time to stop and cook hamburgers and sausages on a bush fire or dish up some wonderful homemade soup, depending on the weather forecast.
The Conservation program starts every THURSDAY and runs all year around. The program is designed for 6 days/5 nights and the full time is recommended to get the full benefits out of the experience. However a shorter period of 4 days/3 nights is available as well as a longer stay of 12 nights/13 days.
This tour begins being collected at your guesthouse or hotel in Cape Town.
Rates are per person and including all meals and activities at the Eco Camp
6 days (5 nights)
ZAR 11,550 per adult sharing tented accommodation
ZAR 19,060 per single adult in private tented accommodation
4 days (3 nights)
ZAR 9,240 per adult sharing tented accommodation
ZAR 15,260 per single adult in private tented accommodation
13 days (12 nights)
ZAR 25,000 per adult sharing tented accommodation
ZAR 40,000 per single adult in private tented accommodation
“We had such an incredible time that we extended our stay! A truly unique and unbelievable experience with a fantastic bunch of passionate, fun and enthusiastic conservationists. Learned soooo much but also haven’t had such great fun in a long time. It certainly deserves a lot of attention and we would love to spread the word for this new venture in any way we can!” – Sam, November 2015