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R343 - Grahamstown Road, Kenton On Sea, South Africa

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SIBUYA WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE

Eco Volunteering in
Nature and Coastal Wilderness Conservation 

ACCOMMODATED & HOSTED AT INTAKA LODGE

The Sibuya Wilderness Experience offers volunteers, as part of a gap year, sabbatical or eco traveling, the unique and exciting opportunity to get behind the scenes and involved with the Conservation efforts of Sibuya Game Reserve. 

We are a team of passionate conservationists working tirelessly to save our endangered and threatened wild and marine life from extinction -trying to create sustainability for generations to come. 

This is the perfect eco volunteer program for you, if you are looking for a meaningful travel opportunity abroad that put  your passion for nature, environment and wildlife to good use, trying to make a difference. 

ABOUT SIBUYA

Much of our Conservation work will take place at the nearby Sibuya Game Reserve itself as well as at the nearby rivers and beaches. The Reserve is located in Kenton-on-Sea, along the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape in South Africa, about 120 km from Port Elizabeth. This renowned Reserve is home to a wide range of different species of Flora and Fauna, with the stunning Kariega River Estuary meandering through it.

PLEASE NOTE: We say NO to any kind of interaction with wild animals and we strongly dissociate ourselves from so-called sanctuaries, parks or rehabilitation centers that promote Cub petting, Lion walking or interacting with Elephants. These organizations mislead visitors to believe that they’re promoting conservation while the truth is that they keep wild animals in captivity and use them for commercial exploitation.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

WILDLIFE TRACKING & MONITORING

Spend your time immersed in Nature, on the trails of Africa’s Big Five. Regular monitoring and observation enable us to identify individuals, compile information about the family/ herd structure and determine feeding habits. Activity includes: Game Drives, Game Counts, Game Captures, setting up camera traps and track stations, learn Bush Skills.

RHINO-WATCH / ANTI-POACHING SUPPORT

Play an active role in the protection of our Rhino by performing Anti-Poaching night-patrols and learn more about their importance and protocol through night drives and sleep-outs on the Reserve that assist in Sibuya’s Anti-Poaching Unit efforts.

RESERVE SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT

Volunteers will assist in the development of a grey-water filtration wetland to further minimize our ecological footprint and will learn hands-on about the benefits of Permaculture and help manage our indigenous tree nursery.

ALIEN PLANT CONTROL & BOTANICAL SURVEYS

Alien plants were introduced to the land by the farmers of old for different reasons and uses. Today these invasive plants need to be removed to increase the natural biodiversity and to decrease fire risk. Volunteers take part in Vegetation transects and data collection for monitoring and calculation of Game carrying capacity.

WILDLIFE TRACKING & MONITORING

Spend your time immersed in Nature, on the trails of Africa’s Big Five. Regular monitoring and observation enable us to identify individuals, compile information about the family/ herd structure and determine feeding habits. Activity includes: Game Drives, Game Counts, Game Captures, setting up camera traps and track stations, learn Bush Skills.

RHINO-WATCH / ANTI-POACHING SUPPORT

Play an active role in the protection of our Rhino by performing Anti-Poaching night-patrols and learn more about their importance and protocol through night drives and sleep-outs on the Reserve that assist in Sibuya’s Anti-Poaching Unit efforts.

MARINE EXPLORATIONS, RESEARCH & SURVEYS

The nearby Rivers are being monitored on a regular basis to provide research with much needed information about species population densities, occurrence of critically endangered species, salinity levels and water temperatures. Regular trips to the beach for exploration and learning about the coastal Eco-system and how it works will open eyes to the diversity of life that is so close, yet often unnoticed.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Conservation does not stop at conserving Nature alone, but also includes a responsibility to uplift local and impoverished Communities. This responsibility includes environmental education of the Community as to the role and benefit of conserving biodiversity and further stresses the importance of conserving our natural resources. Regular trips are made into the local Community to raise awareness and assist in various Community Projects.

ACCOMMODATION

Together with the team, the volunteers will be accommodated and hosted at Intaka Bird Lodge. Happy family vibes, expansive grounds to explore and a large swimming pool with BBQ area make it the perfect spot to relax and unwind from the adventures of the day. 

Accommodation includes the following:

  • Shared double twin-bedded rooms en-suite (private rooms are available on demand at an additional cost)

  • Full board (3 meals a day & water, tea and coffee included)

  • Free Wifi

  • Swimming pool, BBQ area & entertainment area (communal TV, pool table)

  • Squash court and table tennis

  • Laundry Self-Service: washing machines and dryers are available

STARTING DATES

  • We are offering a 1-4 weeks program (with the opportunity to extend your stay after 4 weeks)

  • Program starts any Sunday every month

  • All year long except creative break from 15.12.–12.01.

  • We will work in small groups of max. 8 participants

  • Arrival Sunday: Pick-up, Check-in at Intaka Bird Lodge & Welcome

  • Conservation work runs from Monday to Friday – Weekends are off for relaxation

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

Please book your flight to arrive/ depart at Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ), South Africa. Our shuttle to Intaka Lodge will depart from Port Elizabeth Airport no later than 3pm on Sundays, please book your flights accordingly.

For departures (on Sundays) our shuttle will leave Intaka Lodge no later than 8am (1½ h drive to Port Elizabeth Airport), please arrange your flights for earliest 11-11:30am.

DO YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Please download our E-Brochure for more details (e.g. rates, schedule example, requirements, what' included/ not included, team, what to pack etc.)

JOIN OUR CONSERVATION TEAM!

VISIT OUR WEBSITE: 

www.sibuya.co.za/wilderness-experience/ 

SIBUYA WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE

PO Box 31, Kenton-on-Sea, 6191, South Africa
Tel: +27(0)63 499 9759
Tel: +27(0)66 224 3247


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