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Endangered Species Project

The Siyafunda Endangered Species Project will allow you to participate with on the ground, hands on monitoring of some of Africa’s endangered species:  Rhino,  African Wild-dogs, Cheetah and Southern Ground Hornbill. 

It is ideal if you want to truly experience the “wild” side of Africa.  Our camp is based in a Limpopo game reserve which is home to the 'Big 5'.  This means you will get to encounter, and live with, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo while working with us.

During your stay, your days will be spent mostly on foot walking through the reserve, learning how to track the animals.  You will be approaching endangered species on foot and recording their behaviour, location and condition.  You will, quite literally, be walking in their footsteps!

The information collected is then used by the reserve management and anti-poaching teams, as well as national conservation efforts to help save these species.  You will also take part in vehicle based monitoring to see the amazing Big 5, as well as habitat work to help with the monitoring process. 

This is a unique experience for people who want to get more out of visiting a game reserve in South Africa.  Everyone who joins us on this exciting program will get to experience the African bush in its extremes, from elephants strolling through camp to the tropical heat or the surprisingly cold winter nights. 

If you have a love of nature and want to participate in helping to save Africa's endangered species, this is the project for you.  Come enjoy the simple life and let the bush seep into your soul!

Endangered Species

The Siyafunda tented Endangered Species Camp consists of four double, comfortable and spacious walk-in tents with twin beds. They are all built on wooden decks in the heart of the bush where you enjoy a beautiful view. Each tent has its own ablution facility with flushing toilet and a bush shower. To heat your shower you will find large kettles to heat over the fire, making even a shower an adventure on its own.

The communal area next to the fireplace is made up of wooden decks, one which has the kitchen.  The other has a tented roof where you can sit to enjoy your meal in a open air dining area, playing cards or just reading your book while you are listen to the African wild life. 

 

 

There is no electricity at the camp, but plenty of paraffin lamps are used for all lighting in and around the camp and it gives a true African romantic feeling in the bush. Sometimes the paraffin lanterns can be challenging while you are reading your bedtime story, so a headlamp and torch is recommended for this purpose.

 

The kitchen offers cooking facilities for volunteers to prepare their breakfast, lunch and dinner. The gas fridge is always filled up with fresh veggies and fruit, cheese and a variety of meat. Volunteers help themselves with tea, coffee, cereal and toast in the morning. For a late brunch you can do sandwiches or salads or have a tasty fry up.  In the evening, after game drive, the volunteers cook a delicious meal together or just braai (South African BBQ) over the fire.