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South Africa Research Experience in Karongwe Wildlife Park, South Africa  - GVI
14 days

South Africa Research Experience in Karongwe Wildlife Park, South Africa

From Hoedspruit to Hoedspruit
Tour Operator:
GVI
Max group size:
24
Age range:
18 to 70
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
37052
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Start and end in Hoedspruit! With the volunteer/community tour South Africa Research Experience in Karongwe Wildlife Park, South Africa , you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Hoedspruit, South Africa and Karongwe, . South Africa Research Experience in Karongwe Wildlife Park, South Africa includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Arrive to Hoedspruit airport & travel to Karongwe Nature Researce
    Start point Arrivals Terminal, Hoedspruit Airport - Amarula Lounge, Air Force Hoedspruit, Northern Province 1380, South Africa undefined - 14:30
  2. Day 2 - 5: Visit the Reptile Park, start with Training & Daily Nature Game Drives in Karongwe Nature Reserve
  3. Day 6 - 7: Visit the Drakensberg Mountains, Kruger National Park, Cape Town or even Durban
  4. Day 8 - 13: Proceed with Daily Game Drives & Bush walks to see the Big 5 and work towards their conservation
  5. Day 14: Travel from Karongwe back to Hoedspruit Airport
    End point Departure Terminal, Hoedspruit Airport - Amarula Lounge, Air Force Hoedspruit, Northern Province 1380, South Africa
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  • South Africa Research Experience in Karongwe Wildlife Park, South Africa  reviewer 1
    · September 04, 2019
    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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    Trip date: June 2018
  • South Africa Research Experience in Karongwe Wildlife Park, South Africa  reviewer 2
    · September 03, 2019
    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... Show more
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    Trip date: June 2019
  • South Africa Research Experience in Karongwe Wildlife Park, South Africa  reviewer 3
    · August 27, 2019
    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... Show more
    Trip date: August 2018
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    · August 27, 2019
    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... Show more
    Trip date: May 2019
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    · April 24, 2018
    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... Show more
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    Trip date: August 2016
  • TL
    · November 17, 2017
    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... Show more
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    Trip date: October 2017
  • JB
    · November 16, 2017
    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... Show more
    Trip date: April 2016
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    · November 08, 2016
    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... Show more
    Trip date: April 2016
  • FJ
    · October 24, 2016
    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... Show more
    Trip date: April 2015

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South Africa Research Experience in Karongwe Wildlife Park, South Africa
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FAQs

    • 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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      • 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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