“10/10 So many amazing things happened with the “Big 5”, from watching elephants fight, watching the cheetah mum and her cubs hunting and tracking those sneaky leopards through the wild! It was honestly the best 4 weeks of my life!!"
This program is a dream come true for anyone with a love of remote wilderness and a passion for African wildlife. The exciting and important research project takes place in a spectacularly beautiful Big 5 game reserve near world-famous Kruger National Park.
The reserve is home to lion, white rhino, elephant, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe and plentiful game species including wildebeest, zebra and numerous antelope; all living wild and completely free roaming on thousands of hectares of pristine African bush.
You’ll play a central role in every part of the research project including wildlife monitoring expeditions, tracking animals on foot and by vehicle, camera trap placement, photo analysis and even using drone technology. You’ll receive expert training on arrival and will then head out twice a day to record animal behaviours. As a member of this pioneering research team, you will learn new skills such as navigation techniques and identification of flora and fauna. You may even have the chance for a sleep out in the bush or a microlight flight over the reserve for wildlife monitoring and anti-poaching patrols. A boutique program, group sizes are limited to a maximum of 11 participants.