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The Vikela Kruger Conservation Experience

Get a backstage pass to discover the Greater Kruger National Park

There are very few places in Africa where elephant populations are growing. And there aren’t many protected landscapes with the scale to host a mega population of over 2000 lions. That both of these things can be witnessed first-hand in the Kruger National Park points to why this is such a remarkable area for African conservation.

Imagine tracking a lion through the bush guided in every step by a local expert. Or discovering the dedicated 24/7 care that a rehabilitation centre provides for injured or orphaned animals. And the next day you could be posting about the part you played in saving the life of an endangered black rhino, by alerting the specialist anti-poaching team of its position.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain local knowledge from conservation specialists specialists while exploring a vast and beautiful African wilderness. It’s a totally unique way to immerse yourself in on-the-ground wildlife conservation based in an area of abundant species diversity.

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Wildlife research and management

Species

Rhino, lion, leopard, pangolin, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, wild dog, buffalo, elephant

Impact

Wildlife research

Country

  South Africa

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HIGHLIGHTS

Get on the front line of wildlife conservation

Track rhinos on a bush walk, spot a lion on a night drive, monitor wildlife from a riverboat and volunteer at an animal rehabilitation centre. We work with projects at the forefront of conservation giving you the chance to gain a wide range of knowledge and experience.

Witness one of Africa’s only growing populations of elephants

Experience conservation success in action. There’s only a handful of places in Africa where elephant numbers are increasing, Kruger is one of them.

Track animals on foot 

To track an animal on foot through the African bush, immersed in the smell and sounds of nature, is a life-changing experience. You will be one of the lucky people who can say “I did that” and really know what it means.

See lions thriving at the top of the food chain

Lions are awe-inspiring animals. With an incredible population of over 2000, volunteering in Kruger gives you the chance to  observe the behaviour, and track the movement of these incredible predators. 

Gain knowledge from local experts

Working alongside professionals you’ll learn how species are monitored and protected. You’ll see what the real challenges in African conservation are and look at the connection between culture, history and science.

Protect rhinos from poachers

The rhino populations in the Kruger are the largest and most important in Africa. But they are being targeted by poachers. You will collect vital information to help protect these gentle giants.

Monitor vulnerable species

As well as white and black rhinos you’ll monitor and record information on other key species such as cheetahs, leopards, lions, pangolins and wild dogs.

Discover the local area

There is real diversity to this experience: you’ll get to explore the area, the nearby animal care and rehabilitation centre and see what it’s like to live, breathe and be part of meaningful African conservation.

Relax and take in the view

Hidden away in a private area of Greater Kruger National park, our base camp is a comfortable place to unwind, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

DO

Take a step into the vast wilderness that is the Greater Kruger National Park and be part of this incredible story of conservation success.

Monitor and protect 

Kruger has some of the most important populations of vulnerable and endangered species. Black rhinos, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, leopards, lions, pangolins and wild dogs are just a few of the animals that live in this huge, diverse ecosystem.

  • Assist in ecological monitoring to collect information on key species
  • Learn to identify individual rhinos and pass on their locations to the anti-poaching team
  • Record animal population’s age and gender as well as predatory, feeding and breeding behaviour
  • Track animals on foot through the bush
  • Set up infrared camera traps at waterholes and other key locations and analyse the results

Explore every aspect of African wildlife conservation

You’ll have a wide range of experiences condensed into a short space of time, giving you a solid foundation in African wildlife conservation.  

  • Take a riverboat trip and see animals from a unique and tranquil perspective  
  • Go behind-the-scenes at an animal rehabilitation centre and work alongside the team on the ground
  • Gain insight into the behaviour of nocturnal animals such as leopards, hyenas, porcupines and bushbabies during night drives
  • See amazing animal behaviour, such as lions hunting or elephants playing in a waterhole
  • Take the chance to capture your ‘wildlife photographer of the year’ dream shot

Learn

Greater Kruger is one of the most important areas for African wildlife conservation with 21,285 km² of diverse habitat and the largest population of rhinos in Africa. This is an opportunity to learn from some of the most passionate and experienced conservationists in Africa.

Conservation

  • The importance of the Greater Kruger National Park
  • How wildlife conservation in Africa is funded
  • The roles that animal rehabilitation centres play in protecting species
  • The rhino poaching crisis, what drives it and how it can be stopped

Ecology

  • Why large continuous areas of protected wilderness are more effective for wildlife conservation than an equivalent area split into smaller reserves
  • The current threats facing African ecosystems

Bush skills

  • Tracking animals on foot
  • The medicinal uses of various plants and trees
  • How to approach animals safely on foot
  • How to identify some of the many insects, reptiles and birds in the area

Behaviour

  • The hunting, breeding and social behaviour of the key species you’ll be monitoring
COSTS

Our costs include:

Accommodation

Airport Meet & Greet

Transfers

24/7 Support

Personal Guidance

Meals

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TOTAL COST: £0000

Looking for something bespoke?

You can volunteer at more than one project during your time in Africa. Please contact us for a bespoke quote including travel arrangements between locations.

Payment

Prices are subject to change but will be confirmed in writing at the time of booking.

What Makes Us Different?

ACE have been operating as a conservation travel company since 1999

Southern Africa's original conservation travel company

We are qualified zoologists and conservationists

Personal guidance before you book

Join real wildlife conservation projects

Enjoy total peace of mind, with 24/7 in-country support

Empower vital conservation initiatives

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