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Afreco Tours Urgently Needs More Volunteers in South Africa

Saturday 21st May 2011

Join the Balule Conservation Project in the Greater Kruger National Park

The Balule Conservation Project offers an amazing opportunity to be involved in the conservation management programme for the beautiful Balule Nature reserve.  The Balule Nature reserve is part of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa and is home to populations of lion, elephant, black rhino, leopard and buffalo.

This exciting project contributes to the overall management of the reserve, by collecting data on wildlife and vegetation. There is a focus on elephant herds and predators, although from time to time other studies are undertaken such as the effect of overhead power lines on giraffes. The project leader, Craig, is an experienced conservationist who lives in the camp and he is also the Warden for the Olifants West area so research is directed straight into the reserves management. Afreco also work with organisations such as the Save the Elephant Foundation.

The project offers a fantastic opportunity to get involved in some hands on conservation work, whilst contributing to important research. You will get to see some amazing wildlife in its natural environment and learn about conservation and life in the African bush.

During your stay on the project you will get involved in a variety of conservation activities. There are daily surveys to monitor the various animal populations within the reserve. Other than that you may be asked to help with vegetation surveys (depending on the time of year); waterpoint surveys; alien vegetation removal and the occasional trip into town to re-supply.

Paradise Camp, our rustic bush camp, deep in the heart of the reserve. The camp is unfenced so has basic stilted chalets. The cabins sleep 2 (twin beds) and are equipped with mosquito nets and linen. Dates are totally flexible and we calculate cost on the number of days you wish to join the project for.

For more information about volunteering abroad, visit their website