Family conservation project in South Africa

Description of Family conservation project in South Africa

Enjoy a safari with a difference - and make a difference too - at this Big 5 game reserve in South Africa. You and your family will become immersed in bush life on a volunteer experience which is designed specifically for children aged 10+.

There is never a dull day on the reserve, and you and your family will be launched into many exciting projects to help with conservation efforts. Planting trees, monitoring animals and patrolling the boundaries are fun tasks which are made all the more appealing with your new wildlife neighbours. There is also plenty of interaction with some of the animals the animals, helping with the feeding and care at the rehabilitation area. The reserve is not only home to the Big 5, but also giraffes, zebra, hippos, cheetahs, monkeys, birds and more. This is a great way to enjoy safari by actually living it day by day!

Free time
You will have your evenings free - although you might be whisked off on an evening game drive! The reserve is a wonderful location for a family holiday, with a games room, several outdoor swimming pools and a tennis court. There are lovely outdoor areas in which to relax, and comfy indoor areas too.

Accommodation and food
The accommodation is newly built and has a distinctly African feel about it. We arrange family accommodation - either a family room or adjoining rooms depending on the make up of your family. All rooms are en-suite and have a television.

Three delicious meals are provided each day at the reserve, so you don’t even need to worry about cooking. The food is varied, with an African/ Asian feel to it. Most dietary requirements can be catered for.

Day-by-day experiences

Monday:Arrive to Port Elizabeth before 17:00 for transfer to the reserve.
Tuesday:Orientation on the reserve including a tour of the facilities and a game drive
Wednesday:Volunteer activities (usually 09:30 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00)
Thursday:Volunteer activities (usually 09:30 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00)
Friday:Volunteer activities (usually 09:30 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00)
Saturday:Early morning game drive before leaving the reserve at 11am. You can be dropped off at the airport or in the city centre from 12:00.

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2020: 17 Feb, 13 Apr, 27 Jul, 10 Aug, 19 Oct
Accessible overview:
There are challenges associated with volunteer travel, and these can make accessible travel difficult. However, we are very keen to chat with travellers with specific needs to see if we can make a trip possible.
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Family conservation project in South Africa

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

• For each traveller that goes away with us, we voluntarily plant a tree with our charity partners Tree Aid. Trees are planted in rural African communities and local people are taught how to sustainably use the trees to improve their economic situation - whilst also benefiting the planet.
• As a traveller you will learn about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, both pre-departure and through your volunteer project
• Accommodation is on-site, reducing the reliance on transport. When volunteers wish to go off site, this is encouraged to be in groups using local drivers
• Where possible, and without jeopardising safety or quality, transfers are done on a shared basis to reduce carbon emissions

Environment

Wildlife
The reserve places conservation at the top of its agenda. Through the help of the volunteers, the reserve is made a good place to be for the wildlife within it. Volunteers are taught to care for the animals, to treat them with respect and to make sure that they act appropriately around them at all times.

The project
Throughout their time on the Big 5 project, participants will be helping to conserve the beautiful environment in which they are in. This ranges from removing alien vegetation (which can be poisonous for the wildlife and destroy habitats) to planting seedlings and digging water holes for the animals. The reserve aims to plant 10,000 native tree species each year.

The reserve
We are aiming to become single-use plastic free on this project. Steps have already been made to replace plastic drinks bottle with glass bottles, providing drinking water from reuseable water drums and initiate a recycling programme for any unavoidable single use plastic.

The reserve is becoming very advanced on water harvesting and recycling, using more solar energy (the aim is to become fully reliant on solar energy) and composting kitchen waste.

Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travellers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.

We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.

Community

Meeting local needs
The reserve also plays an important role in protecting the local economy. The ‘big five’ wild animals are a key source of tourist income for South Africa and protection of these species is vital for some rural areas, who rely on responsible tourism to sustain them. Through volunteering at the reserve, you will be helping to meet an important local need. You will also contribute directly to the area’s economy, creating jobs for domestic staff at the reserve and by eating locally-sourced food provided by local cooks.You will not be taking jobs away from local people.

Helping local communities
Within the grounds of the reserve is a small community, with a school and several other facilities. Participants can buy souvenirs from their hand crafted goods. These local workers receive fair prices for their goods and are helped financially by the reserve.

Travelling with respect
Before joining the project you are briefed fully on the reserve, the customs there and how you can respect the locals here. Volunteers are encouraged to find out more about the history of the location so that they can travel aware.

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