Rhino conservation volunteering in Uganda

“Superb two week experience volunteering on a renowned project to reintroduce white rhino to the wilds of Uganda. Stay on site in shared lodge, with all meals included. Trip includes 3 day safari at Murchison Falls NP.”

Highlights

Reintroduction of white rhino to Uganda | Monitoring rhino | Data collection | Habitat management | Community engagement work | Onsite bush lodge accommodation | 3 day Murchison Falls National Park safari trip | Nile cruise

Description of Rhino conservation volunteering in Uganda

The last wild rhino was seen in Uganda in 1982. Volunteer with this rhino conservation project, established in Uganda in 2005 to reverse that tragic trend and return this species back to their native country. Since its creation, the sanctuary has tripled in size, with about 20 rhinos now living in safety in this protected wilderness. Volunteers help the rhinos on their journey to eventual release back to the wild.

You'll be joining a team of passionate conservationists to protect this ancient species. Volunteer tasks are varied and demand-driven, but often feature monitoring, surveys, data collection, vegetation management, basic maintenance and community engagement work. The work is tiring but satisfying, and you are welcomed to join the team for an ice cold beer at the lodge when the working day is done.

The setting in the African bush is truly magnificent, and your volunteer period will leave you feeling rewarded, knowing that all your energies have gone towards protecting this fascinating mammal.

Safari after volunteering
After your 10-day volunteering period, you will head off on safari to the stunning Murchison Falls National Park for 3 days of wildlife watching, including a cruise up the Nile. This is not to be missed, and a great highlight!

Accommodation and food
You will be living on-site in the lodge, sharing a comfortable en-suite room with one or two other volunteers. The rooms are spacious, with hot water and flushing toilets, and a lovely terrace that you can relax on in the evening. Three delicious meals per day are provided whilst at the sanctuary.

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2019: 14 Oct
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Rhino conservation volunteering in Uganda

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 participant that goes away with us, we plant a tree in Africa with our charity partners Tree Aid
Where food is provided, it is locally produced and sourced, reducing food miles, supporting local industry and minimising single-use plastic
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
We are commited to conserving, saving, protecting and, where possible, rehabilitating the animals brought under care at this sanctuary. The rhinos started with just 3 and have been selectively breeding ever since to maintain a positive gene pool. The ultimate aim is to release the rhinos back to the wild, when a safe location can be found and when there is less of a threat from poaching. When this project started in 2005 rhinos in Uganda were extinct. There are now 20 rhinos living at the sanctuary, a huge achievement over such a short amount of time.

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
Volunteers live and work with members of the local community. They benefit the locals through eating food in the area, renting accomodation, providing work and bringing ideas to the local area. There are campaigns to work more with the local community so that they can come here to see these native animals for free.

Campaigning for change
Poaching for rhino horn and hunting for bush meat both contributed to the rhino population of Uganda going extinct in the 1980s. This project is all about educating people about animals, the importance of their presence on the environment and how protecting them will benefit local people in the longer term. Ultimately these rhinos will be released to the wild, but for this to happen a lot of education is required.

Cultural sensitivity
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in rural Uganda.

All of our participants receive comprehensive pre-departure documentation. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation.

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