Mogalakwena Research Centre
Focus: Animal care and Conservation.
An independent research entity based on a Private Game Reserve in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. The Research Centre is actively involved in ecological research and also facilitates and supports students, researchers, interns and volunteers.
Wildlife management has two important functions, namely conservation and preservation, each of which are distinct concepts with their own inherent responsibilities and purposes. Wildlife management as a holistic practice is considerate of both these functions (Thomson 1992). Wildlife management becomes necessary as soon as an area is demarcated as a unit on a map. The intensity of management practiced depends on the size of the game ranch or nature reserve; the smaller the area, the greater the intensity of wildlife management required.
The Mogalakwena Game Reserve is a 4000ha privately owned game farm located 40km from the small town of Alldays in the North Western part of the Limpopo Province.
The reserves are located on two farms namely: The River Reserve (where the River Lodge, Bush Camp and Research Centre are located) & The Mountain Ranch.
The Reserves are under transition from past cattle and crop farming to present-day game farming. Due to the size and previous farming activity on the reserves, an active wildlife management approach that involves the manipulation of game and their habitat is required.
Mogalakwena Research Centre assists the reserves through providing scientifically based information through projects and research. The information provided will enable the property owners and Reserve managers to make informed management decisions to ensure a holistic practice considering both conservation and preservation of wildlife and their habitat.
The Mogalakwena Reserves are home to a large variety of fauna and flora. See below for detailed lists of the specific species found on the Reserves.
Costs & Benefits
We welcome all volunteers with an interest in ecological and/or cultural research projects. Volunteers can visit for any length of time, but we do encourage longer stays. Volunteers soon realise that they want to stay longer!
Research Centre staff assists all volunteers to find a project or role they are interested in. Volunteers can contribute to any of our current projects (listed under the ‘Research Projects’ page) and/or assist with day to day running of the Reserves. Activities and duties might include: anti-poaching, fence patrols, bush clearing, horse care, erosion control and general maintenance.
Mogalakwena Research Centre welcomes students undertaking an external internship as part of their tertiary studies. During their internship, students partake in one or more of the current research projects under the supervision of the qualified Research Centre staff. A typical day for an intern would be waking up early morning for field work and data collection. During the warmer parts of the day students spend time entering data collected and head back out into the bush in the late afternoons. The data collected and contributions by students are invaluable to the management and preservation of the Reserves.
Please note: For students/volunteers/researchers that plan to stay at the Bush Camp for a longer period the rates are as follows:
First 3 months @ R 5000 per month
Four – 6 months @ R4500 per month
Longer than 6 months @ R4000 per month
Accommodation is payable monthly, in advance on the first day of every month.
A 50% deposit is required before arrival.
The balance for your 1st month’s accommodation is payable on arrival.
Accommodation and project supervision included. Own transport; however transfers can be arranged from Johannesburg or Polokwane.
Background in environmental, ecological, zoological, wildlife or biological sciences preferred, volunteers must be aged 18 years old and over.
Mogalakwena Research Centre
P.O Box 60
Tel: +2721 424 7488
Location:Limpopo, South Africa
Average cost per day:R130
Focus: Animal care and Conservation
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old