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£600 & up -- Africa Wildlife Conservation Trip, Save 25%*

Sold out - This deal was published 21 September, 2012 and sold out 28 September, 2012
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By Luke Doyle

Responsible Travel has reduced the price of a 2-week conservation trip in South Africa by 25%. The land-only package is now £600 per person.

Spend two weeks working on a programme designed to monitor endangered species on one of four unique game reserves. Volunteers work alongside professionals protecting endangered animals in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

All volunteers need to book their own flights to Johannesburg, and from there take a one-hour domestic flight to Richards Bay, before being escorted to on-site reserve accommodation.

This deal includes:

  • Accommodation for 14 nights on the reserve
  • All meals
  • Extensive warden training

The reserves mainly focus on research into African wild dog, cheetah, black rhino and vultures; however elephant, lion, leopard and white rhino are also monitored.

Here's what you can expect:

  • Tracking and locating priority wildlife from an open 4x4 vehicle
  • Observing animal behaviour for research purposes (such as wild dog pack dynamics)
  • Photographing and creating identity kits for reintroduced/relocated animals
  • Periodically setting up camera traps at watering holes and game trails

Responsible Travel has been promoting sustainable tourism since 2001, and is the only organisation in South Africa supported by high profile charities including WWF and Wildlands Conservation Trust. Each project provides sustainable employment for staff and allows them to build personal financial security. All food and supplies are purchased locally, and 10% of Responsible Travel profits go towards funding local community enrichment initiatives.

This deal excludes flights, but we found some competitive rates to Johannesburg with Fly.com, starting at around £530.

Travel on 8, 22 October; 5, 19 November. Longer stays can be arranged from £600 per fortnight, following the first 2-week stay. For more information, click here.

Subject to availability. Payments by credit cards incur a 2% fee. You will be required to pay a deposit or make full payment for your booking at the time of booking. The deposit required by us is £100 per person, in addition to the deposit required by the individual supplier, which will be advised to you at the time of booking. Where you only pay a deposit you must pay the full balance by the balance due date notified to you. If full payment is not received by the balance due date, we will notify the supplier(s) who may cancel your booking and charge the cancellation fees set out in their terms and conditions.