South Africa Game Ranger Internship

From £2,999.00

Highlights

South Africa conservation

Trip Highlights

  • Experience life on a Big 5 Game Reserve
  • Learn the ropes of becoming a Game Ranger
  • Explore South Africa
  • Volunteer on a fantastic wildlife conservation project
  • Achieve your FGASA accredited qualification

Trip Summary

Spend your time on a beautiful game reserve in South Africa and split your time between volunteering and studying for your Game Ranger qualification.

Your volunteer work will be varied but focused mostly on wildlife and conservation. At the same time you will learn all that you need to about the environment that you will be staying in along with all the fascinating animals and birds that call the area home; to enable you to take your FGASA level one field guide qualification. The reserve is located near to the coast so the beautiful Indian Ocean is literally on your doorstep for your free time too!

 

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Trip itinerary

During your programme you’ll get the chance to see some of South Africa’s most spectacular sights whilst having the opportunity to really understand what you are seeing by learning how to be a Game Ranger. During the week you will be either working towards your Game Ranger qualification or volunteering in the game reserve. You will receive both practical and theoretical lessons from qualified trainers with many years of experience, subjects covered will include:

  • Geology and Astronomy
  • Weather and climate
  • Ecology
  • Animal identification
  • Mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, arthropods and amphibians
  • Animal behaviour
  • The Biomes (areas of distinct plants, climates and wildlife) of Southern Africa
  • Conservation management and historical human habitation

These will ensure that, by the end of your eight weeks, you will have sufficient expertise to complete the FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) level 1 exam. This qualification is widely recognised throughout Africa and provides a great basis for getting experience as a game ranger or completing further training.

A large part of the volunteering that you can get involved in is centred upon conservation but you may also be able to get involved with worthwhile community projects. Volunteer activities may include helping with the introduction of African mammal species to the park, assisting the rangers in capturing animals for identification and relocation, teaching tourists and locals about nature conservation, general maintenance and repairs, monitoring animals in the wild and many other things. During your programme you will be under the mentorship of either the co-ordinators or trainers.

Please note: It is important to maintain an outgoing attitude and remain flexible as to which of the volunteering options you will be able to get involved in as the needs of the reserve vary throughout the year depending on weather and, of course, the temperament of the animals.

Your first week on the programme will be spent getting to know the volunteer programme and settling in to your new surroundings on this beautiful private reserve.

Your lectures and more formal training will start in earnest during the second week of your course; as you get further into your course your lectures will become more frequent.

Should you have questions or would like more information about your course and study topics outside of your lecture time, you are more than welcome to approach your trainer/mentor at any time for assistance.

In order to get the most out of this programme it is important to remain flexible and open-minded; you are in Africa after all and things run at Africa time!

Destination Information

Trip Notes

What's Included

  • Meals
  • Beverages with meals
  • Accommodation
  • Project uniform (t-shirt and cap)
  • Training
  • Learning material
  • Registration with FGASA and admin costs
  • Some optional weekend excursions (transport and accommodation)
  • First aid level 1 course
  • FGASA level 1 course (theoretical exam)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Registration with depart of environmental affairs and tourism
  • Meals on excursions
  • Activities over and above your itinerary

Additional Information & FAQ's

Minimum Age & Eligibility

Minimum age 18 years.

Accomodation & Meals

During your stay at the reserve you will be housed in a volunteer lodge with shared, single sex, bedrooms and shared bathroom facilities. The lodge is fully furnished and has a tea/coffee station, lounge area with satellite television, and has an entertainment room which offers table tennis, table football, pool table and sporting facilities such as tennis courts, splash pool and a cricket field.

The volunteer accommodation has plenty of storage space for you to keep your personal belongings. There are also lockers available for you to store your valuables in securely; there is a small charge of between R20 and R30 per stay for the use of a locker. Please speak to your local coordinator on arrival at the project, should you wish to have a locker.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared for you while you are on the reserve. The food served varies from day to day but usually consists of meals such as pap, beans, curry, rice, vegetables and pasta dishes. Vegetarians can be catered for on request.

During excursions, meals and activities will not be provided for you.

Please note that the game reserve is an alcohol free environment. 

FAQs

Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?

No, all bedding is provided however if you wish to take one for extra warmth then you can.

Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?

No, you will be in a malaria free area.

Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?

You will have lockable chests as well as boxes in your room where you can lock your valuable items in.

Extra Notes

Visa Information

Real Gap Experience are not visa experts and it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel documents before your trip starts. We advise you check the visa and general entry requirements with the relevant embassy before travel.

UK passport holders

For UK passport holders you do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days.

Non-UK passport holders

If you are not a UK passport holder, you will need to contact your nearest Embassy, High Commission, Consulate for South Africa to check your requirements.

It is your responsibility to arrange the correct visa/s for your time away.

Visa courier service

If you prefer to use a specialist visa courier service to apply for your visa on your behalf, we recommend Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

Reviews

Overall Rating: (9/10)

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lainey kemp

How would you rate your overall experience?

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What were the highlights of your trip?

working so closely with the animals in the reserve and having so many options for things to do on the weekend.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More information about the Garden Route tour

Tips for other travellers?

Take clothing for all weather, South Africa's weather is never the same two days in a row! Always bring plenty of money, you never know when you'll need it or how much stuff you actually want to do till you get there. Hide your food away from the monkeys!

Any other comments?

It is a great experience, you learn so much, do so much and get to meet so many people.

phoebe hodgson-abbott

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Please rate the service received from our team before departure

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Living next door to Lion cubs, chopping trees, the staff members, Tiger cubs, game drives, hike to the caves

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More Detail on the FGASA course-Details of each module and information about what is required in the exam and the examination process

Tips for other travellers?

1.Book as long as possible, 3 weeks absolute minimum to make the most of the experience 2.Be prepared to wait-Africa time exists no matter what they say! 3.Enjoy every moment!

Any other comments?

Needs more detail in the itinerary, and more up to date pictures on the website!

lia tucker

How would you rate your overall experience?

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Getting to live my dream and experience a game reserve everyday. Getting up close to some amazing animals and learning new skills at the same time. Learning to drive in a beaten-up old LandRover, on a South African game reserve!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No.

Tips for other travellers?

Take as little as possible with you. Be open minded to the experience. Read up on the area before you go.

Any other comments?

Not all the information given before the trip is completely accurate and had to be corrected at the reserve- particularly wifi availability! Also more information on the fgasa course would be appreciated BEFORE the trip - as a non-driver it was a bit of shock to be told I had to drive for three hours as part of my practical assessment when I'd never driven before.

cecilia olsson

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Get all the knowledge and all the game drives.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No

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