The Reserves We Work On

Wildlife ACT has initiated monitoring projects on various wilderness areas and Reserves across Africa. Africa has some of the most diverse and productive wild lands in the world, yet amid its gallery of wildlife, conservation efforts face tremendous challenges. Some of these challenges include: rapid encroachment and fragmentation of natural habitat; poaching; insufficient research and inadequate funding for monitoring and research; coupled with the occurrence of many endangered species. The varying African landscapes make a dramatic backdrop to our conservation initiatives.

Current wildlife monitoring & tracking locations

Because we work across various wilderness areas and Reserves, conservation volunteers and students have the potential to experience the different approaches used to meet each Reserves’ unique conservation goals.

Please note: The opportunity to work on multiple Reserves depends on the length of your stay. If you stay for only 2 weeks, you will work on only 1 Reserve, but for every additional 2 weeks you stay, you will have the chance to experiencing another project set on another conservation reserve.

The fact that we work in small teams of no more than five volunteers or students per Reserve ensures that you will have one-on-one time with the monitors, gaining hands-on conservation experience. The wilderness areas and Reserves we focus on at the moment are:

Our Volunteer Reserves

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP)

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park was established in 1895 and is one of the oldest Game Reserves in Africa. The park is 960 km² / 96,000 hectares and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora. Due to the size of the protected area, logistically it is. . .

Mkhuze Game Reserve

Mkhuze Game Reserve was proclaimed in 1912, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012. It now constitutes the north western section of the “iSimangaliso Wetland Park” (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site). A place of great beauty and high contrasts, Mkhuze’s 40,000 hectares. . .

Tembe National Elephant Park

Situated in Northern Zululand, and adjoining the Mozambique border, Tembe Elephant Park is most widely known for having over 200 of the world’s largest Elephants, which are also the last remaining indigenous herd in KwaZulu-Natal and includes the legendary big “Tuskers.” (Tuskers are elephants. . .

Somkhanda Game Reserve

Somkhanda Game Reserve is a community-owned game reserve managed by “Wildlands Conservation Trust” in partnership with the Gumbi community. Somkhanda is the first community-owned reserve to be proclaimed under the Protected Areas Management Act, meaning that this community has committed their land to biodiversity. . .

Manyoni Private Game Reserve

Manyoni Private Game Reserve (previously known as Zululand Rhino Reserve) lies within the Msunduzi valley in northern Zululand. The area falls under the Mkuze Valley Low-veld vegetation type, varying from open Savanna thorn-veld, bush-veld to riverine woodland, characterized by Acacia and Marula tree species.. . .

Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is a national park in Malawi. It is located on the upper Shire River plain, east of the river, 140km north of Limbe. Its southern gate lies about 6km from the town centre of Liwonde. Wildlife in Liwonde National Park is. . .

Botswana Chobe Enclave

The region where we will be focusing our first project, is in the Chobe Enclave, Botswana. This dynamic concession lies within the Chobe National Park and Chobe Forest Reserve, with the Linyanti and Chobe River creating its northern boundary with Namibia. This area is. . .

North Island Seychelles

North Island in the Seychelles is an island paradise, a rare sanctuary for those seeking a gorgeous, unspoilt tropical haven. More importantly, it is a Noah’s Ark: a sanctuary where natural habitats are being rehabilitated and where critically endangered Seychelles fauna and flora are. . .

Khwai Community Concession

Khwai Community Concession (NG18) is over 1,815 sq kilometres in size, with its southern boundary lying on the Moremi Game Reserve boundary and its western edge forming the Chobe National Park boundary. The village of Khwai and home of the management entity Khwai Development. . .