Game Reserve conservation in South Africa

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Volunteer travel - what's it all about

Are you looking for an adventurous trip with a purpose, or on a gap year or career break? If you want to make a difference in some of the world’s most important conservation areas - and in community projects - then volunteer trips are for you! Volunteers tend to have a sense of adventure, and come from a range of different backgrounds and from all over the world.
Edward Abbey said 'sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul'.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Game Reserve conservation in South Africa

As with all conservation projects, your work will depend on what is required at the time your project takes place.

The primary objectives of the park and your long term project assistance are:
- Protect the lives and property of the local people from damage and injury by free roaming elephant.
- Preserve the last naturally occurring population of African elephant in KwaZulu-Natal.
- Conserve and protect the unique Sand Forest.
- Protect one of the largest populations of suni antelope in southern Africa.

Tembe is surrounded by communities, and a primary concern is to ensure that the lions do not leave Tembe. In addition, there are a number of potential ecological consequences to this proposed introduction. Lions are a part of the savanna ecosystems, and will have an impact on the ecosystem in Tembe. The habitat and prey composition is different to that found in other reserves with lions. The amount of prey available needs to be assessed and monitored. More importantly, we are continually assessing the impact that the lion have on key potential prey species such as suni. Conservation of the threatened suni antelope is one of the primary objectives of the Tembe Management Plan.

Throughout their stay, the volunteers are continuously learning about the animals they track and see and the environment in which they live, and how everything interacts to maintain an ecological balance. They leave armed with an immense knowledge of African ecology, an appreciation and respect for conservation. Volunteers are given cultural advice before and on your arrival, affording you an understanding of South African culture which will guide your interactions with local people and improve cultural awareness.

You taking part in this project enables us to continue to donate financial assistance as well as necessary goods, where it is needed around the world.

Examples of donations include:

- Monthly donations to a variety of schools, orphanage and animal sanctuaries around the world to help with costs.

- Donations to a school in Zambia to sponsor the education of five children per year.

- Donation made to a school in Ghana to build new signs to advertise the school, buy a photocopier, buy reading books and pain some classrooms in need of repair.

- Donation of funds to build a toilet at one of the schools we work with in Cambodia – until now the children have had to go into neighbouring houses or in the bushes!

- Computer and Camera for a Street Kids project in South Africa.

- Ongoing monthly donations made to orphanage in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and every year additional money given at Christmas to buy presents for children.

- Approximately £1,500 towards the building of a desperately needed classroom in a Zulu school in eMakhosini, South Africa.

- Water tanks for various projects in Ghana and Kenya to allow the children safe drinking water.

- Toys and play equipment for children at a project that was severely lacking funds for this in South Africa.

- A donation of books for the Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town.

- A donation of $400 to the elephant project in Thailand.

We also donate significantly to conservation research efforts and the purchasing of necessary conservation equipment. In the past, these donations have been made in all continents and in projects where we work, and some where we do not work.

We are committed to upholding strict ethical standards that ensure a positive and lasting impact upon the environments, communities, institutions, volunteers, animals, children and people that we work with.

For example:

We encourage our volunteers to make the most of local opportunities available to them, such as shopping at local markets, eating in local restaurants and using local services and transport.

We encourage volunteers to pay fairly for goods and services. We believe that over payment for goods and services or payment to beggars can have negative consequences and result in the over-reliance on tourism within the local community.

We strongly advise against purchasing wildlife souvenirs or anything which may perpetuate the death or cruel treatment of animals for the purpose of profit.

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