Makalali reserve (South Africa)





 Minimum duration of 1 week.

Arrival and Departure:

•By bus: Translux Express has a bus service between Johannesburg and Tzaneen for ARRIVING at Siyafunda Makalali. For DEPARTURES from Siyafunda Makalali you book on to the City to City bus. They can be contacted on Johannesburg (+2711) 774-3333 or make your bookings through

•By air: You can fly direct to Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport on South African Airways Airlink. Make your bookings through or or enquire at Johannesburg International Airport.

Start dates:

All collections and drop off of volunteers are done on Mondays throughout the year. Please arrange your travel to coincide with a Monday collection or drop off. If you are unable to do so, please advise us promptly and alternative transport can be arranged for you at your own expense.

What is included?

Transfers for collection and drop off on Mondays from Hoedspruit (fly-in) or Tzaneen for bus arrivals only. For bus departures please book from Hoedspruit.

All food (except snacks, soft-drinks, alcohol)


All linen (except towels)

Monday to Friday housekeeping service

All training for assistance with our research

All travel within the reserve

Assistance to organise travel in the local area

An outing every two weeks to interesting local attractions outside of the reserve (entrance fees to be paid by volunteers)

What is excluded?

Flights to South Africa

Transfers to town Tuesday to Sunday if required

Personal Insurance

Internet (small fee payable for access at camp)


Entrance fees to local attractions

Other personal items such as alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, snack food


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A typical week at Makalali Research

Monday: Town Trips

Tuesday: Early start setting out on a set route drive as part of our game counting program to determine populations of general game. These include giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala etc.

On return to camp there is time to have lunch, then we will do a presentation on data capture and an introduction to Siyafunda and Makalali’s research.

We depart for monitoring drive in the afternoon possibly to locate one of our key species of interest lions, hyena, rhino or elephants.

Wednesday: Rhino walk in the morning with the goal to locate our elusive rhino as part of our intensive monitoring of these animals to observe their behaviour and to maintain activity around them to prevent poaching.

Back for lunch and time for volunteers to capture the data they have collected, onto the PC.

We set off on a buffalo monitoring drive in the afternoon for buffalo monitoring.

Thursday: Habitat work, we could be busy with exotic vegetation removal, erosion control or bush clearing.

Midday one of the facilitators will host a presentation on a variety of topics, which include how to approach dangerous game on foot, history of the area, animal behaviour or a Zulu lesson?

Afternoon or evening heading out on a hyena monitoring and night patrol.



Friday: Early morning start and we will be out locating the elephants as part of the ongoing research into elephant contraception project

Arrive back at base for lunch and data capture, and to get organised for a sleep out under the stars with the bush camp group.

The afternoon we will set out to monitor bird species and set up our camp site for the evening.

Saturday: Habitat work in the morning, we could be busy with exotic vegetation removal, erosion control or bush clearing.

Midday volunteers and rangers clean vehicles and complete all data ready to write it up for the weekly research report

In the afternoon monitoring drive focussing on our lion population. M details 3_0

On return in the evening we may all head out to the local pub or have a typical South African braai (BBQ)

Sunday: Either an outing will be planned or it will be a free day for volunteers to relax or head out on their own tour.

The above is an example week and may vary slightly during your stay.


Rate : R 14 300  / 1330 USD per 2 weeks

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