MAKE A MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION TO CONSERVATION
A Zululand conservation experience
Somkhanda & African Insight’s wildlife conservation travel experiences help towards conserving the reserve’s wildlife - their fully escorted and expert-led 13 night Zululand Conservation Experience includes:
• Seven nights Wildlife Conservation Volunteer experience at Somkhanda Game Reserve, Pongola (also available on a FIT basis as a stand-alone experi-ence - subject to availability)
• Two nights Big 5 safari experience at Royal Thonga Safari Lodge, Tembe Elephant Park
• Four nights Beach & Marine-life experience at Gala-Gala Eco Lodge, Ponta Do Oura, Mozambique
This hands-on conservation volunteer programme covers two unique conservation areas located in the Zululand and Maputaland regions of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and the seaside village of Ponto Do Oura in Mozambique.
This region falls within one of the top 21 hot spots for biodiversity on earth and this programme is designed so that participants can make a meaningful contribution to Somkhanda Game Reserve’s wildlife conservation whilst enjoy-ing a varied and thrilling adventure.
Somkhanda, a wildlife-rich game reserve of over 12,000 ha of diverse habitat and breathtaking scenery, is community-owned and operated in partnership with the Gumbi Community, African Insight and Wildlands (a conservation NGO). It is home to valuable populations of both white and black rhino as well as leopard, elephant, buffalo, lion, wild dog and all the common game species. Additional to wildlife conservation experiences Somkhanda also offers a variety of safari and adventure packages (game drives, game walks, trail camps and community cultural experiences) with guests being accommodated either at their Kudu Lodge, Scotia Camp or in one of their mobile trail camps.
At Somkhanda participants active-ly contribute to the conservation of endangered and threatened wildlife species by doing practical fieldwork that will make a difference. This programme is aimed at adventur-ous travellers who are looking for a “Science on Safari” experience where they will be involved in essential wild-life conservation work such as rhino monitoring, camera trap surveying and game population monitoring. Participants will be working along-side conservationists collecting field data needed to make crucial wildlife management decisions on the game reserve. Additionally, there are daily bush walks and game drives with sundowners in this stunningly beau-tiful and game-rich reserve providing insight into tracking, bird, mammal and insect identification.
The 7-night Conservation wildlife volunteer experience is rounded off with a two-night Big 5 safari experi-ence at Royal Thonga Safari Lodge and a relaxing 4-night beach & marine experience at Gala-Gala Eco Lodge in Ponta Do Oura. Fully escort-ed and expert-led by a member of the African Insight & Somkhanda team this programme is available on a set-departure basis with a mini-mum of 4 persons and maximum of 12 persons sharing basis and is ideally suited for singles, couples and can also be booked for exclusive groups.