Elephant Conservation & Environmental Restoration

Elephant Research
Stable Cleaning
Conservation Workshop
Meet and Greet with the elephants
Maintenance at a nature trail
Elephant Research
Stable Cleaning
Conservation Workshop
Meet and Greet with the elephants
Maintenance at a nature trail
Elephant Conservation & Environmental Restoration

You will have the opportunity to make a real and tangible difference to sustainable conservation projects. Not only will you work hands on with meaningful local conservation projects but you will also participate in educating the wider community about conservation and nature – as well as learning a great deal yourself!

You will be exposed to all aspects of conservation. You will assist with a variety of conservation projects, including assisting at an Elephant Sanctuary; working on environmental restoration projects; assisting with a recycling exchange incentive scheme for children; experiencing one of South Africa’s most famous National Parks (4 week placements only); and educating the community about conservation and nature.

Much of Africa’s elephant population resides in restricted areas or in semi-captive situations. You can help provide a safe haven for rescued elephants by assisting with the upkeep of a local sanctuary and contribute to on-going behavioural research

South Africa is home to diverse and beautiful habitats ranging from expansive wetlands to lush indigenous forests and stunning coastal areas. Help us to protect and restore these habitats whilst working in some of the world’s most beautiful areas

Location

Knysna is based in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. Stunning views, impressive mountain passes, lush green forests and white sandy beaches.

Knysna itself is nestled on the shores of the Knysna estuary - or Knysna Lagoon, as it is more commonly known. It's the most biologically diverse estuary in South Africa and home to the Knysna Seahorse, the most threatened seahorse species in the world. Knysna is also an avenue to the Tsitsikamma Forest, which stretches from just west of George to the Tsitsikamma River near Humansdorp. This indigenous forest is home to numerous fauna and flora. The forest also houses the worlds's most southerly elephants. Sadly, with only a handful of elephants left, the forset elephants are rapidly becoming part of Knysna's history, rather than Knysna's nature.

The Elephant Sanctuary where our Elephant Research & Care projects are based is about a 50 minute drive outside of Knysna.

Schedule

The working hours vary but your day may start as early as 06h30-09h00 and finish at 15h00-17h00. You will work 5 days a week, leaving you two free days to explore the area.

Example Timetable:

 

 

MORNING

AFTERNOON

WEEK 1

Saturday

Arrival

Arrival

Sunday

Free Day

Free Day

Monday

Orientation/Training

Conservation Education

Tuesday

Elephant Care

Elephant Research

Wednesday

Kayalethu Eco-Trail

Recycling Swop Shop

Thursday

Elephant Care

Elephant Research

Friday

Kayalethu Eco-Trail

Cultural Activity

Saturday

Excursion

Excursion

Sunday

Free Day

Free Day

Accommodations

The Knysna volunteer house is basic but comfortable and cleaned daily by our hardworking House Manager. It is full of character and has spectacular views over the mountains.  We understand that the work can sometimes be emotionally and physically draining so we ensure that our volunteers have a place where you can relax and unwind. This way we know that everyone will be refreshed each day to put all their energy into getting the most out of their stay. The volunteer house is also located within walking distance into the charismatic town of Knysna.

Facilities Include:

  • Hot Water Showers & Electricity
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Communal Lounge Area with TV/DVD Player
  • Comfortable Dorm Style Sleeping Arrangements
  • Unlimited WiFi and computer access
  • Outdoor braai (barbeque) area & Hammocks
  • Private & Family Rooms Available on Request

Cost Breakdown

This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost. Your Reservation Fee is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.

2 weeks:     $1,588 Longer:     +$609 per week

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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is a three-step process:

  • Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
  • A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
  • Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.

Important Note

This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with EDGE of AFRICA for their associated programs.

Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!

Requirements

  • 18 and older
  • Good health
Partner: EDGE of AFRICA
Country: South Africa

Duration: 2 weeks - 12 weeks
Fee: From $1,588
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Your Program Fee Covers:

  • Registration and pre-departure interview
  • Volunteer handbook (when available)
  • 24/7 U.S.-based staff support
  • In-country housing and certain amenities
  • Training and guidance from host group
  • Host program needs, such as tools or supplies for your project
  • Post-trip thank-you packet
  • Monthly newsletters

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, it does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!