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ABOUT US

Mongena Game Reserve is part of the 18000 hectare Dinokeng big 5 game reserve. The biggest threat to conservation today, especially to species such as elephant, lion, hyenas and other big game that require lots of space, is habitat loss due to farming and human pressure. To reverse this trend, conservation has to be sustainable, A to land owners and B to communities surrounding the conservation areas. If conservation does not benefit surrounding communities it is seen as a frivolous pastime for wealthy tourists. What we are practically trying to do is increase the size of the reserve by including previous cattle farms on the boundary. Our current project centers on the rehabilitation of a 3600 hectare cattle farm for incorporation into the Dinokeng Game Reserve, thus growing its size by 20 percent.

If a successful working model can be created there is an opportunity to expand it even further.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

No conservation project will succeed long term in the mission of conserving land and wildlife without a
broader and deeper engagement with the local community. Conservation without community benefit is
seen as a frivolous indulgence for the wealthy by the surrounding communities that feel isolated from it.

WHERE SHOULD THE VOLUNTEERS FLY TO AND FROM?

Volunteers should arrive at and will depart from the Oliver Tambo International Airport where they will be picked up and transported to and from the venue at the end of their stay.

IS ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS PROVIDED?

Accommodation is provided at the new Horizon Tented Camp.

Meals, consisting of breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided as part of the package. There is nothing better than having a hearty meal cooked on an open fire at the end of hard day. Evenings can be spent around the bonfire watching bush television (the fire) and enjoying meaningful conversations under the gorgeous stars visible due to the absence of light pollution in the surrounds.
Any other snacks and beverages, meals and other entertainment off the venue are at own cost to the Volunteer. There is a small general supply store nearby.

HOW MANY VOLUNTEERS CAN YOU HAVE AT ANY TIME?

Eight volunteers can be hosted at this point in time.

 
WHAT WILL BE THE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM DURATION?

A minimum stay of two to four weeks is preferable. However there is an option to extend the duration of the stay on a week to week basis.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WORK TASKS THEY WILL BE INVOLVED IN?

Due to the fact that the area we are in was previously a cattle farm adjoining the Dinokeng Game reserve which is the first free roaming Big 5 game reserve in Gauteng, our aim is to convert the area into habitat suitable for wild and free roaming animals and incorporation into the Dinokeng reserve, tasks will be as follows:


WHAT ARE THE AVERAGE HOURS AND DAYS PER WEEK THEY WILL VOLUNTEER FOR?

Between five to six days per week depending on the tasks on hand. Sundays are regarded as a leisure days and Volunteers will be afforded trips to some of the nearby attractions namely:

ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS?

Just a willingness to get ones hands dirty, a positive attitude and the will to make a difference in the task of reclaiming habitat for wild animals.

 
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?

Our minimum age requirement is 18 years of age and upwards.

WILDLIFE:

ANYTHING SPECIFIC THE VOLUNTEERS SHOULD BRING?
HAND BAGGAGE (THE LIMIT IS BETWEEN 5-7KG DEPENDING ON WHAT AIRLINE YOU ARE USING.)
SUITCASE (LIMIT IS ABOUT 20KG DEPENDING ON WHICH AIRLINE YOU ARE USING.)
WILL THERE BE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET?

Cellular phone and access to networks can be intermittent at times. On arrival in the country it is recommended that volunteers approach the Vodacom or MTN service provider counters and obtain a South African SIM Card. Data and voice packages are available for purchase from the service providers.
 

RATES:

1 Week – $750
2 Weeks: 1 Week Volunteering + 1 Week Traveling - $1500
2 Weeks – $1400
3 Weeks: 2 Weeks Volunteering + 1 Week Traveling - $2150
Additional week – $650