Most of us have watched wildlife programs and dreamt of being in Africa, understanding the secret language of the wildlife and being a part of the diverse landscapes.
Offering volunteers an experience of a lifetime…to be part of a working wildlife reserve, helping to preserve indigenous wildlife and habitats, getting hands on experience with running a reserve, taking part in game monitoring and management research projects and receiving nature conservation, general zoology and behaviour discussions.
Schotia Safaris is the oldest private game viewing reserve in the Eastern Cape, bordering the eastern side of internationally acclaimed Addo Elephant National Park.
This malaria free reserve is probably the most densely stocked reserve in Africa, and with over 40 mammal species and approximately 2000 animals, can offer consistently good game viewing throughout the year. Schotia was the first reserve in the Cape Province to have free-roaming
lions and we can almost guarantee sightings of these magnificent animals on every game drive.
The reserve is owned, managed and run ‘hands on’ by the owners, the Bean family, who are now in their sixth
generation and have owned the original farm, Orlando, since the early 1800’s. The Bean Family are true
conservationists, passionate about wildlife and have created this reserves with the vision to restore previously farmed land to its natural state and reintroduce a wide variety of African game that are most endemic to the area. After nearly 25 years of experience in the safari business, Peter and his team have created a unique, relaxed and truly South African
experience at Schotia.
Volunteers will be involved in all of the following:
The success of a wildlife reserve is how well it is maintained, and volunteers play a large roll in
keeping this reserve sustainable.
Volunteer Tasks will Include:
- Electrified Game Fencing Presentation by specialist and on-site training in erecting and fault finding
- Fence monitoring and construction
- Assisting with the Anti-Poaching Program
- Boma construction
- Building roads
- Identification of invasive exotic plant species and eradication actions
- Impromptu tasks
Wildlife Education Experience
Instead of just coming as a general tourist, scanning the game from a vehicle and moving on to your next destination, why not truly understand what you are observing and submerge yourself in a wildlife learning experience?
Through the wildlife experience, volunteers will gain in-depth knowledge of the tremendous South African ecology and biodiversity, indulging in all elements of nature and conservation.
Master basic field-guiding skills, learn about vetting techniques, track animals through the bush, get acquainted
with lions, elephant, rhino, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, zebra and the many antelope, and go on adventurous bush walks.
Volunteer skills will include:
- Mammal introduction and herbivore identification
- Large herbivore ecology and behavior
- Nature Conservation
- Veterinarian lectures on diagnosis and treatment of common wildlife diseases
- Basic animal tracks and sign skills
- Setting up a bush camp & sleep-out
- Identify vegetation and learning medicinal purposes
Wildlife Monitoring & Research Experience
Why not take your newly acquired bush skills one step further and learn to be a field researcher and assist in wildlife management research projects? Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about research management projects and how to collect and analyze data.
This valuableinformation is needed to manage a reserve and breeding program properly, and this allows for the volunteer to be part of the action in making a difference on their stay!
Volunteer Tasks/skills will Include:
- Large herbivore ecology and behavior
- Individual predator ecology and behavior
- Wildlife conservation Management
- Learning to collect behavioral data
- Creating ID files of specific species on reserve
- Population monitoring
- Monitoring social interactions
- Assisting in projects to better management