Molly – AUSTRALIA
My friend and I volunteered at Horizon Safari Company in the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve near Pretoria for a week in February 2018, and had a really great time. After previously volunteering at the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary and Wildlife Act, I was looking for something more hands on where I can actively contribute to visibly make a difference in the conservation space. Horizon offered this, the aim of this project being to rehabilitate a 3600 hectare cattle farm and amalgamate it with the Dinokeng Game Reserve.
During our time there we worked on clearing old poly pipe used to run water for livestock, sawing up and removing sections from the bush. We also cleared old boundary fences and removed wire left from old fence lines throughout the property. New fence lines were also built, as well as weeding and pruning as required. As volunteers we also got to assist with the restoration of two old farmhouses which are to be used as future volunteer accommodation. I look forward to going back to see how the project progresses. It wasn’t all work though, travelling to and from our work locations several times each day also meant lots of game drives and fantastic animal sightings – if like me you’re into your wildlife photography, you will really appreciate this.
The accommodation is the most comfortable I have had so far as a volunteer, with home cooked meals provided, and an entertainment room and swimming pool also situated at the camp.
Knowing that we are contributing to bigger picture conservation in Africa, assisting with game reserve expansion and providing viable land areas for wildlife, is something I have learnt through my previous trips is vital for the sustainable future of African wildlife. Being able to assist with this by volunteering with Horizon was a very fulfilling experience as a volunteer, as well as a lot of fun.
Beli – Spain
If you want to be near the wilderness, this is your place. In this programme you will be able to help the enviroment and also be witness of many special moments. Animals always surrounds you and with Graeme and Ruan as rangers you will learn a lot about flora and fauna. You will feel fulfilled cleaning terrain for the animals, you will take the best pictures of birds near the dam, you will enjoy tracking the big five and your nights will be full of stars and savannah sounds… THIS IS A TRIP YOU WILL WANT TO REPEAT!