Conservation in South Africa and Botswana for Teens
- Project Info
- What are High School Specials?
- Community Service Credit
- High School Specials Impact Report
- Placement location: Wild at Tuli Nature Reserve
- Types of placements: Wild at Tuli Nature Reserve
- Accommodation: Shared Tents
- Age Requirements: 16-19 years old
- Arrival Airport: Polokwane (PTG)
- Local Languages: English, Xhosa, Afrikaans
Even before you arrive at our Conservation project in Southern Africa, you will see some stunning wilderness on your journey to base camp. You will fly into Polokwane, in the northern region of South Africa, and then drive across the Botswana border. Your final destination is Wild at Tuli– our large nature reserve.
You will stay at the reserve, which is well facilitated to accommodate volunteers. It has large and spacious safari tents, showers that are open to the stars, a big outside communal area, and a fire circle with a braai pit (similar to a BBQ).
Volunteering on this project is hard work, a lot of fun and extremely interesting. You will be involved in wrapping trees to prevent damage from elephants, removing alien plants, and collecting scientific data about the birds and elephants living on the reserve.
Our conservation staff will accompany volunteers as all times. They have a great deal of experience with the tasks and activities volunteers are involved in as well as extensive knowledge about the region's geography. They will pass on their expertise and enthusiasm to you and you will learn a lot from the experience of living in the bush.
The next two weeks flew by, and there was barely a moment where I wasn’t enjoying myself! I really enjoyed the conservation activities that we did, which included; making fences out of small trees, bird/animal watching in hides, fence removal, erosion control, elephant identity, spoor identity, alien plant removal and road maintenance. Read more...
Wild at Tuli is full of spectacular species of animals, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippopotamuses, ostriches, kudus, and impalas. You will see many of these species throughout your two weeks on the reserve! You will soon know why it is so important to protect this valuable wilderness.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Conservation Management Plan.