The Nkombi Volunteer project was started 8 years ago to give students the opportunity to gain hands on experience on a working reserve. The volunteers assist the Mankwe management team in all aspects of Wildlife Management, anti poaching patrols, large mammal transects, nocturnal surveys and reserve management.
They gain experience in different research methods while they assist management and visiting scientists with long term research projects carried out on the reserve. Students are also able to gather data towards dissertations and thesis’s. The volunteers are accommodated in the rustic but comfortable Nkombi Camp in the heart of the reserve. They will have the opportunity to work with like minded people whilst gathering valuable work experience. On completion the volunteers are issued with certificates.
Our aim is to enthuse students, guests and researchers to be passionate and responsible about conservation by showing them the beauty of the wildlife at Mankwe Wildlife Reserve, in the hope that they will leave with a deeper understanding of how all species, no matter how big or small, are essential to sustaining a healthy ecosystem. We strive to manage a healthy ecosystem where all species of fauna and flora are studied, researched and protected. Future generations will have the task of managing and repairing the damage done to the environment by previous generations and this can only be accomplished through education and awareness.
Costs & Benefits
Research based programme in South Africa. Ideal for dissertation students or anyone interested in making a difference to conservation. Projects include nocturnal predator surveys, Raptor densities, and ecological links between large & small mammals.
Researching on a Wildlife Reserve in S.A. Opportunity to learn research techniques on projects such as nocturnal predator surveys, raptor population fluctuations, ecological links between large and small mammals, white rhino monitoring. Some reserve management tasks are also required e.g. Mammal counts, controlled burning, etc.
Prices start from £650 (2 weeks), including transfers, accommodation, meals in country. Flights not included.
Accommodation is In 2 sleeper log cabins with beds, hot showers and flush toilets on site. Sleeping bags are required.
No skills required as all training will be given. Volunteers aged 18 years old and over.
Nkombi Research & Volunteer Programme
P.O Box 20784
Tel: +27 83 453 3133
Location:Protea Park, South Africa
Average cost per day:£45
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.