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The project was born from the struggle of the elephants in the surrounding forest. Large
numbers of the free-roaming animals used to be seen in their natural habitat, but within
118 years the elephant population crashed from between 400-500 individuals to 1 lone
elephant cow in 1994.

The surrounding areas of the project are rich in natural beauty and
history, with the world’s southernmost elephants forming an integral part of this fascinating history.

In 1994 the project received their first two elephants. Both elephants escaped a culling
programme. The project houses and cares for orphaned African elephants. These animals include relocated animals, orphaned calves, elephants rescued from culls and ex-circus animals.

Age group: 18 and older – no maximum age.
Interests: No wildlife experience is needed, but veterinary & biology students and animal lovers will benefit from this project.
Personality: Hard-working and motivated, enthusiastic, dedicated, willing, able and keen to get involved with anything and have a genuine love of wildlife.
Good health and physically fit because the volunteer will need to be able to walk around on the premises & the terrain can be rough.

Please visit your nearest traveling clinic for more up to date information regarding vaccinations etc.

There are taxis that can be organized by volunteers if they want to leave over weekends. Also, weekly trips are organized for volunteers to do shopping. Some volunteers rent a car while they are volunteering, but this is not the norm.

Tourist attractions: Kayaking, surfing, hiking, horse riding, bungee jumping, paragliding, parachuting. It is situated on the Garden Route of South Africa and there are several tourist attractions and places to visit.

Working hours during your stay at the project will vary, according to the different activities you will be asked to participate in. However, an elephant working day starts at 7:00 am in the mornings and lasts until 5:30 pm in the evenings.
In order for you to gain as much as possible from the programme and for the project to benefit as much as possible from having you, you will be asked to work the same hours as the elephants. As a rule, you will work 5 days a week, but you may be asked to help over weekends and evenings, should the need arise.
As a volunteer, you need to be enthusiastic, dedicated, willing, able and keen to get involved with anything and have a genuine love of wildlife.
The kinds of things volunteers are requested to help out with include the following:
• Helping the elephant guides and handlers in the field during daily tours;
• Assisting with veterinary care, when necessary;
• Environmental education;
• General maintenance – cleaning out of elephant pens, general cleaning, painting, etc;
• Marketing and Advertising, helping with functions;
• Preparing food for the elephants;
• Preparing feeds for the baby elephants – if there are baby elephants at the project at that time.

• Remember, elephants are weaned at about two and a half years, so feeding baby elephants would depend on when volunteers are at the park and if it is milk-fed babies at the park at that time.
• However, one of our primary objectives is offering care to orphaned calves and the project never knows when a call will come through that a baby elephant is on its way.
• One of the main activities will be assisting with the elephant research.
The other activities, volunteers are asked to assist the head researcher to collect data from the elephants.
These include the following:
• Monitoring of behavior – following and observing elephants in the field, recording behaviors such as grazing, drinking, playing, dusting and walking;
• Recording social interactions between elephants – how they relate to and communicate with each other using their trunks and bodies;
• Night-time observations of elephant behavior – what is a good night’s sleep for an elephant?
• Observing and recording interactions between elephants and tourists;
• Botanical surveys of the park – relating plant diversity to grazing patterns and
elephant distribution; studies of feeding behavior and plants eaten by the elephants;
• Collection of dung, urine and other samples for physiological analysis; data input and analysis; a compilation of educational presentations; etc.
This is only a short summary of how volunteers can help with research at the project but as future projects on communication (chemical and vocal), pregnancy, birth, and calf development are implemented, so the volunteer activities will expand.
In this way, volunteers are directly involved in elephant research and did in providing information that relates directly to the welfare and management of captive elephants not only at the project but throughout South Africa. Many of these projects involve long hours of data collecting in the field and the project is not for the faint-hearted. However, the rewards are many – especially when the elephants begin to recognise you and trust you – you become part of the herd.

– Starting on specific Mondays throughout the year – please enquire about dates

– Minimum stay is three weeks & volunteers booking four or more weeks receive the chance to have a sleepout with the elephants.

  1. Cape Town Direct Arrival Program

– Program starting the day prior to starting at the project

 

ProgramTotal weeks Total cost ($NZD)
1 Day3 weeks$3059
1 Day4 weeks$3823
1 Day5 weeks$4477
1 Day6 weeks$5130
1 Day7 weeks$5784
1 Day8 weeks$6437
1 Day9 weeks$7002
1 Day10 weeks$7568
1 Day11 weeks$8134
1 Day12 weeks$8700
1 Day13 weeks$9484

 

– Book additional volunteering weeks at $435 per week

 

What’s Included in the fee:

  • Pickup & Drop-off at Cape Town International Airport
  • Transport between Cape Town & the project
  • 1-night dorm room accommodation in Cape Town (without breakfast)
  • 24/7 Emergency contact number in South Africa & support by local partner
  • Certificate upon completion of volunteering.
  • Self-Catering Accommodation at the project
  • Wi-Fi at the project
  1. Short Introduction Cape Town Program

– The program starts on the Monday & the project the following Monday

 

ProgramTotal weeksTotal cost ($NZD)
2 Days3 weeks$3171
2 Days4 weeks$3934
2 Days5 weeks$4587
2 Days6 weeks$5240
2 Days7 weeks$5894
2 Days8 weeks$6548
2 Days9 weeks$7113
2 Days10 weeks$7679
2 Days11 weeks$8245
2 Days12 weeks$8810
2 Days13 weeks$9595

– Book additional volunteering weeks at $435 per week

 

What’s Included in the fee:

  • Pickup & Drop-off at Cape Town International Airport
  • Transport between Cape Town & the project
  • 2 nights dorm room accommodation in Cape Town (with breakfast)
  • Orientation with a bigger group of volunteers
  • A Full Day Cultural & City Tour which includes a visit to the V&A Waterfront
  • 24/7 Emergency contact number in South Africa & support by local partner
  • Certificate upon completion of volunteering.
  • Self-catering accommodation at the project
  • Wi-Fi at the project
  1. Full Introduction Cape Town Program

 

Program Total weeksTotal cost ($NZD)
1 week3 weeks$3715
1 week4 weeks$4479
1 week5 weeks$5132
1 week6 weeks$5785
1 week7 weeks$6439
1 week8 weeks$7093
1 week9 weeks$7658
1 week10 weeks$8224
1 week11 weeks$8789
1 week12 weeks$9355
1 week13 weeks$10,140

– Book additional volunteering weeks at $435 per week

 

What’s Included in the fee:

  • Pickup & Drop-off at Cape Town International Airport
  • Transport between Cape Town & the project
  • Seven nights dorm room accommodation in Cape Town (with breakfast)
  • Orientation with a bigger group of volunteers & Visit to the V&A Waterfront
  • A Full Day Peninsula Tour
  • Two Half Day Tours: Township + City
  • Two Way Cable car tickets for Table Mountain
  • Lunch at a traditional South African restaurant
  • 24/7 Emergency contact number in South Africa & support by local partner
  • Certificate upon completion of volunteering.
  • Self-catering accommodation at the project
  • Wi-Fi at the project

 

What’s excluded in the fee:

  • Return flights from the country of origin (We do supply flight advice if needed)
  • Any Visa related costs (We provide needed documents for the obtainment of Visa)
  • Any meals if not mentioned
  • Any items of personal nature
  • Accommodation one night prior to departure (Bookable directly with our local partner)

 

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