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Wildlife Research Expedition in Karongwe National Park, South Africa (14n+)

Wildlife Research Expedition in Karongwe National Park, South Africa (14n+) - GVI
Wildlife Research Expedition in Karongwe National Park, South Africa (14n+) - GVI
emilie_e_todd@yahoo.co.uk "I took a short career break from work and decided to do a 2 month community and wildlife internship at the Karongwe base in South Africa. I had an incredible time with GVI learning about wildlife conservation, teaching in the local school and helping build a new creche. I could see that the work we were doing in the local community was really making a difference and the kids loved having us there...."
Excellent
9 reviews
Starts
Limpopo
Limpopo
Ends
Limpopo

Highlights

Start and end in Limpopo! With the volunteer/community tour Wildlife Research Expedition in Karongwe National Park, South Africa (14n+), you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Limpopo, South Africa. Wildlife Research Expedition in Karongwe National Park, South Africa (14n+) includes accommodation as well as meals, transport and more.
Age range
15 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Apartment
Max Group Size
24
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Local Transport, Mini-coach
Travel style
Volunteer/Community, Adventure, Safari, Wildlife
Operator
GVI

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Arrive to Hoedspruit Airport & meet GVI team (Saturday)
  2. Day 2 - 14: Training & Volunteer program activities
  3. Day 15: Return back to Hoedspruit airport

Travel guide

Prepare for an adventure in this stunning destination with our travel guide.

What's included

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

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9 Reviews

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  • Wildlife Research Expedition in Karongwe National Park, South Africa (14n+) reviewer 1
    Written on September 4, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    I absolute lived my 2 months in Karongwe. The staff are amazing and I learnt so much which then helped me in my final year at university.

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  • Wildlife Research Expedition in Karongwe National Park, South Africa (14n+) reviewer 2
    Written on September 3, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    This was one of the most wild and adventurous things that I have ever done in my life. It is an awesome opportunity to get some hands-on experience with conservation efforts while also learning about the incredible wildlife in the African bush. There is no... Read more

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  • Wildlife Research Expedition in Karongwe National Park, South Africa (14n+) reviewer 3
    Written on August 27, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    If you are considering this opportunity then I say book it and deal with any worries you have later because I am confident those worries will dissappear completely once you get going in limpopo! I had a fantastic time, I never felt nervous and I was so... Read more

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  • Written on August 27, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    As a first time in Africa, I didn’t know what to expect. Despite any hesitations around how the experience would be initially, I felt nothing but at home. The staff were incredibly friendly and prioritized the volunteers every step of the way. It was a... Read more

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  • M
    Written on April 24, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    I loved the family atmosphere on base. The meals were amazing considering the once a week grocery trip. The staff were incredibly friendly and outgoing. The accomodation was great, considering the location. There was never a boring game drive and the... Read more

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  • TL
    Written on November 17, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    I’ll start with just a brief history of myself I’m 31 years old, left school at 18, decided against going to university and since then worked within the retail sector as a floor manager. I have no previous education in relation to wildlife or wildlife... Read more

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  • JB
    Written on November 16, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    My time at GVI Karongwe was some of the best of my life so far! After finishing my degree and not really knowing what direction I wanted to go in career wise, GVI provided me with an immersive and practical learning experience that has taught me new skills... Read more

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  • E
    Written on November 8, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    I took a short career break from work and decided to do a 2 month community and wildlife internship at the Karongwe base in South Africa. I had an incredible time with GVI learning about wildlife conservation, teaching in the local school and helping build... Read more

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  • FJ
    Written on October 24, 2016
    3.5 - Good

    I did the GVI internship on April last year. For that I spent 3 months on a game reserve and another 3 months in a work place. First thing you should know: game reserves are, above everything else, a business. There's no truly wild place in South Africa.... Read more

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • Will there be any free time on program

      Definitely! During the expedition you will have 1 day off a week. In this time you could visit the stunning local mountains (Karongwe), go curio shopping, or just spend some time wandering around the local town. At the end of each 4 week cycle volunteers have the opportunity to take 4 days off, during which they are free to arrange their own trips if they wish. Before and after your program you could visit Kruger National Park, the Blyde River Canyon, go bungi jumping or canyoning at Sabiethe possibilities are endless!

    • What are some tips for volunteers travelling out to the field

      Bring multiple layers for cooler weather rather than 1 or 2 thick layers- the daily temperature range can be over 20 degrees celsius
      For April - Sept pack more cold weather gear than you expect for Africa- being on the back of open safari vehicles for 5 hours straight gets very cold!
      R400 per week is a guideline for snacks, internet cafes, drinks etc. but this is only a guideline.
      Sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities, and your bedroom with so many strangers is tough to start with! Accept that you will not get much personal space while on the expedition and be prepared to take a few deep breaths.
      At Karongwe power is limited but if you take note of when the generator is scheduled to run- it's enough time to keep your gadgets charged

    • What are the various durations of this program that are available

      This program runs for anything from 2 - 12 week durations, depending on the time of year and specific starting date. Please inquire for information regarding this.

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    About the countries

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for South Africa. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for South Africa. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for South Africa. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for South Africa. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for South Africa. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for South Africa. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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    Location
    Start and end in Limpopo.
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    For any tour departing before 18 January 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 18 January 2020, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with GVI. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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    Destinations

    • Limpopo (South Africa)

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