The Balule Conservation Project is a genuine conservation management project based in the wilderness of Balule Nature reserve in Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. Our project offers a unique way to see and experience the African bush and its wildlife whilst also contributing to conservation efforts. We appreciate the assistance of all volunteers, students and interns who book to assist or pay to conduct their research because our project relies heavily on volunteer funding to run.
We work closely with Elephants Alive (formerly STE-SA or Save The Elephants South Africa) who support the research that is carried out. We are also now heavily involved with Rhino Conservation and ant-poaching efforts in the Kruger National Park area.
Balule Nature Reserve is open to the world-famous Kruger National Park and is in the heart of Big 5 territory with populations of lion, elephant, white and black rhino, leopard and buffalo all present....and they are even free to roam through the camp if they so wish...
Transfrontier Africa also founded the world's first all-female anti-poaching unit known as the Black Mambas APU! Funding from this project goes towards running this elite anti-poaching team and their fight to save the rhinos.
During your stay on the project you will get involved in a variety of conservation activities. There are daily surveys to monitor the various animal populations within the reserve. Other than that you may be asked to help with vegetation surveys (depending on the time of year); water-point surveys; alien vegetation removal and the occasional trip into town to re-supply.Most of your days are likely to be spent out and about giving you the opportunity to see animals of interest. You may also have the chance to attend calls from trackers and rangers, from the lodges, when the focal species of the project, such as mega-herbivores, predators and wildebeest are reported.
For further information please visit the "About the project" page for further information.
You can't wait to get away from it all? Volunteering on our project will offer a fantastic experience in the South African Wilderness and you'll be helping conservation too!