BOTSWANA: Wildlife Conservation Volunteering

Botswana Wildlife Conservation volunteering
Botswana Wildlife Conservation volunteering

Botswana wildlife conservation volunteering is the perfect project for anyone looking to volunteer in Botswana at a wild and bush project.  Our Botswana Wildlife Conservation Project aims at promoting the sustainability of threatened and endangered carnivore species and their habitats in Botswana through education, applied conservation research and effective management.

Botswana wildlife conservation volunteering project is a great opportunity for wildlife volunteers and interns to get involved in conserving and researching the endangered African wild, monitoring Leopards, lions, Elephants and other important species within Tuli game reserve or Moremi Game Reserve.

If you are looking at doing something meaningful on your gap year, university break, or after graduation and you love wildlife and eager to experience a completely different way of life, Then the Botswana wildlife conservation volunteering project is the perfect option for you.

PROJECTS LOCATION:

Moremi Game Reserve: It is home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other species of wildlife including Cape buffalo, Angolan giraffe, black rhinoceros, lion, elephant, hippopotamus, zebra, cheetah, hyena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe. Cape wild dogs inhabit this reserve and have been the subject of a project run in the area since 1989, thus this species is often seen wearing collars emplaced by researchers. The Moremi area contains one of the most significant extant habitat areas for L. pictus.

Northern Tuli Game Reserve: The Tuli Block is a narrow fringe of land at Botswana’s eastern border wedged between Zimbabwe in the north and east and South Africa in the south. Much of the area is unfenced allowing the animals to roam freely between the Motloutse and Limpopo rivers. Wildebeest, kudu, eland, impala and waterbuck migrate through the area. Lions (some of them black maned), leopard and cheetah follow the game and mingle with the large herds of elephants. Nile crocodile abound in large pools in the Limpopo River, with the occasional hippopotamus. Bird life proliferates in the diverse environment. Tuli is one of the best places in southern Africa for ornithologists. Over 350 species of birds have been identified in the area, including rock thrushes, boulder chats, shrikes and cormorants.

ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION:

Our Coordinator will arrange a pickup for you from the airport at agreed time and they will drive you to main volunteer house. Orientation and Placement will be done the next day.

On the second day, our Coordinator will give an orientation about the project you will be working on. You will be using your talents and skills to promote the sustainability of threatened and endangered species and their habitats in Botswana through education, applied conservation research and effective management while learning about the culture and customs of the local Batswana people. You will surely be assisting with on-going programs in need of a helping hand.

AIRPORTS FOR ARRIVAL:

Northern Tuli Game Reserve:

Northern Tuli GR sits in a remote, eastern corner of Botswana. The easiest way to book your flight to Polokwane Airport (PTG) in South Africa, and from there it’s a two-hour transfer. Our team will be there waiting for you.

Overland from South Africa, you’ll cross the border at Pont’s Drift. Leave your car at the border and the team will pick you up. The border has strict opening times, from 8 AM to 4 PM.

From Gaborone we can arrange a rental vehicle to the project site through the western boundary of the reserve, which takes about eight hours.

Moremi Game Reserve Project:

Entry into Botswana is usually through Maun Airport (MUB) or Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone. After confirming your project placement, book your flight to arrive at Maun International Airport.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Work with lions, elephants, leopards, rhino and  buffaloes and more
  • Save, rehabilitate and help wild animals back into the wild.
  • Learn more about wildlife and conservation
  • Live right in the middle of the game reserves, surrounded by wildlife
  • Enjoy night game drives and endless Botswana safaris

No special skills or qualifications are required to join Botswana wildlife conservation volunteer work, as all training will be provided by our fully qualified field teams. All we ask is an enthusiasm to learn and become fully involved and immersed in this unique opportunity. However, if you’re studying botany, zoology, or environmental studies, this is the perfect launchpad for your career. You’ll gain practical skills that will boost your CV.

PROJECT DETAILS:

Go Volunteer Africa welcomes you to Botswana the jewel of southern Africa. Botswana is blessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth. In Botswana, you don’t even have to seek out wildlife – it’s quite literally on your doorstep. The country may have some of the greatest and most varied animals, but the people are worth more than a mention too- very friendly and hospitable.

Botswana is sparsely populated with a population of just around 2 million. Botswana is relatively wealthy but many of its people continue to have to deal with utter poverty. The evident of poverty is clear in rural communities and it has been affected by HIV/AIDS epidemic which has left many orphaned children.

Go Volunteer Africa offers a number of sustainable community development and wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Botswana. Volunteering in Botswana will not only mean that you can do good, you will also be delighted by the lush natural beauty and abundant wildlife that you can expect to find there.

Even though Botswana is not on many people’s radar, this is the perfect place for wildlife viewing. If you have always wanted to encounter rhinos in their natural habitat, you might just get the chance to do so in Botswana. From the Okavango Delta to the Kalahari Desert, Botswana is strikingly varied, and its diverse ecosystems support an astonishing array of animal and bird life.

After your Botswana wildlife conservation volunteering, add time to take a tour or do a fly-in safari of the Chobe National park, which is globally renowned for having the highest concentration of elephants on the planet! The Okavango Delta is an area of permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains, fed by the Okavango river that supports an astounding range of wildlife. Perhaps the best way to experience this UNESCO World Heritage site is by the dugout canoe.

Volunteering in Botswana with Go Volunteer Africa provides real work, life changing experience that will last with you forever. Meet other volunteers, and work with local citizens and professionals also striving to make beneficial improvements to their communities. Volunteer in Botswana and make a positive change to the lives of people who are desperately in need while seeing some of the most impressive plains in the world.

GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:

Get some friends together or organise a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Botswana wildlife conservation volunteering project.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering opportunities the wildlife conservation program in Botswana. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.

RESEARCH WORK AND SURVEYS:

Contribute to a greater understanding of this wilderness area by conducting mammal and bird surveys, learning about the migration of different species at different times of the year, and building knowledge about resident individuals and herds. Monitor camera traps and document nocturnal activities. All of this data feeds into the broader management planning of the area and contributes to the ultimate goal of a larger conservation area.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

For volunteers working with our wildlife conservation project in Bostwana, accommodation will be provided in safari tents or volunteer dorms/hostel which are both basic but comfortable. At some point volunteers might be on the move throughout the entire game reserve and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures.

Bathrooms are usually shared and you have access to a kitchen to prepare your meals. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies. At the volunteer camp site, you will live in the middle of nature and wildlife, a very memorable experience. At night, lions can be heard roaring accompanied by the patter of herds of animals roaming outside your tent.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves nature, wildlife and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:

Weekends are free for the volunteer to enjoy their time in Botswana. In your free time you will have ample opportunity to relax in the camp and surroundings, watch the animals, read or sit around the campfire socialising with the others and reflecting on the day’s activities.

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 2 weeks commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
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Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends: Wildlife Travel / Sightseeing  part of program fee
Accommodation: Wildlife Hostels / Game Reserve Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Tuli Block or Okavango Delta
Language: English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

2 Weeks
$1,420
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a day
Airport Pickup
In-country Emergency Support
Conservation Permit
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
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Any Extra Week
$510
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Emergency Support
Conservation Permit
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now

APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:

Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us