Updates & Outcomes
This project experience is unmatched in terms of the diversity of species. The efforts made on a daily basis by both the project staff and volunteers are indispensable in the continued protection and on-going conservation of all manner of iconic and crucial species in South Africa (including the conservation of the critically endangered black rhino).
The work carried out by this project is cast over a number of reserves, which means that volunteers working on the project for more than two weeks will have the opportunity to experience a variety of conservation work (including rhino conservation), as well as have an impact on the continued existence of numerous 'Big Five' and game species throughout the wider Zululand region.
What's more, this is also the only volunteer program in in Southern Africa that is supported by and works with high profile organisations including WWF, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Wildlands Conservation Trust, Wild Dog Action Group and Black Rhino Range Expansion Project to mention but a few. This really is an excellent project supporting incredibly worthwhile conservation work.
- posted on 02/10/2018
- by Leanne Sturrock
This World Animal Day 2018, we'll be focusing on South Africa - one of the most conflicted countries with regard to animal protection, conservation and trading. As we discuss why, we look into whether or not unity can ever become widespread across Africa. With a global spotlight on the continent and pressure to improve, maybe there is hope yet for South Africa's most at-risk species to survive.
- posted on 21/09/2018
- by Leanne Sturrock
This World Rhino Day (22nd September), learn about the plight of one of Africa’s most famous and at-risk species. But while white rhinos are something of a poster-child for conservation, it’s important that their Asian cousins are not forgotten - in fact, it is the continents own Javan species which is the most endangered rhino of all.
Read on for some exciting updates from our friends at the Zululand Wildlife Conservation Project, including some close encounters with some of South Africa’s most incredible wildlife species! If this blog leaves you longing to witness rhinos, lions and more throughout South Africa, don't forget to head to our project page to secure your place!
When Is The Best Time To Volunteer?
Zululand has a subtropical climate, as it is situated in the Northern part of the KwaZulu-Natal province, bordering Mozambique. The weather is generally mild and dry between the months of June and September, meaning vegetation is not so dense and that visibility of animals is better.
In June and July, temperatures very rarely drop below 10-15°C (50-59°F) overnight, and by midday, the days are generally warm and sunny. By August/September, temperatures are around 20-25°C (68-77°F) at midday and around 15-20°C (59-68°F) at night. October to March is summer, meaning temperatures can rise to a very hot 30°C. Overnight temperatures also remain at around 25°C (77°F).
Summer is also Zululand’s rainy season, which may cause afternoon/evening thunderstorms – this is something incredible to experience in Africa, and very different to the rainy days which we have here in the UK! After the first rains (typically November-time), wildflowers start to bloom, and new grass emerges in a brilliant display of green. This does, of course, attract plenty of young animals to the region – impala, lambs, warthog piglets and wildebeest calves can all be spotted at this time of year, so if you’d like to see the arrival of new life in Zululand, summer is the perfect season for you.
Finally, Autumn falls between April and May, bringing with it warm weather in both the day and night times. While animals are still visible, wild dogs are less visible due to settling into their dens to have pups. The pups generally emerge from their dens 4-6 weeks later, so this could be a great time to witness some of South Africa’s most beautiful animals take their first steps into the world!
The easiest way to get to the project is to fly into Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport, booking a connecting flight into Richards Bay. It is advisable to arrive a day early and spend a night in a B&B close to Richards Bay Airport, transferring back to the airport on Monday for your transfer to the project. We can recommend places for you to stay which include free transfers to and from Richards Bay airport; and the accommodation information will be available to download from your account once your booking is confirmed.
The transfer to the project site will be at 12:50pm on the Monday (this is a fixed time group transfer and cannot depart earlier or later). Your flight, therefore, needs to arrive no later than 12:50pm.
Your departure flights need to be booked no earlier than 1:10pm to allow you enough time to get back to Richards Bay from the project site – any earlier, and you may miss your flight as the transfer will only reach the airport at 11.30am!
If you would like help booking your flights, please visit our flights page and fill out the form. A member of our team will get back in touch as soon as possible with a suitable quote.
Citizens of most countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and most of those within the EU, do not need to obtain a visa to enter South Africa and are granted entry for up to 90 days upon arrival. You will, however, need at least 2 blank pages in your passport for the immigration officials to use and your passport must be valid for a period of at least 6 months from your date of entry.
If you are unsure of your individual visa requirements, we recommend speaking to your local South African embassy at least 2 months prior to travel.
Currency and Exchange Rates
The currency in South Africa is the Rand. The exchange rate is around 1 ZAR = 0.06 GBP, 0.1 USD, 0.07 EUR. Please note exchange rates are subject to change.
What's included in the price of the project?
- A monetary contribution to the project itself
- Transfers to and from the airport
- Full orientation and support from the project managers
- Meals as indicated
What's not included?
- Any flights
- Visas if required
- Wines and spirits