Two Week Rhino Conservation & Monitoring Volunteer Program

Johannesburg, South Africa

Vanessa Boehm
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Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 999
Two Week Rhino Conservation & Monitoring Volunteer Program
Johannesburg, South Africa

Vanessa Boehm
  • Email address verified

Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 999

About this trip

You will be part of a day/night monitoring and tracking team dedicated to finding and documenting our black and white rhino populations within the reserve where information is collected and made available to the reserve managers.

Determine rhino territory and home range activity using territorial midden sites and GPS technology in an effort to understand seasonal movements. This assists with improved protection procedures and the development of management plans for the future success of the reserves priority population.

Monitoring rhino behaviour and interactions to achieve an understanding of the population structure.

Learn to track using GPS technology to mark the location of these priority animals daily, to create movement and range maps. Learn to recognise priority species individuals, their tracks, signs, and assess their condition.

Assist and learn about anti-poaching protection procedures. Learn about management planning and population structures through information collected.

Why Rhinos

There are 5 species of rhino left in the world, 2 of which are endemic to Africa. 70-80% of the global rhino population now reside within Southern Africa. This number continues to come under increasing pressure, placing rhino protection at the forefront of African Wildlife Conservation. As the national parks take the brunt of the rhino poaching and the media attention, it is important to be aware populations on private reserves (25% of the overall population) face complete elimination from areas that historically have always supported these animals. This is where support and awareness is now needed. 


Picture a little bush village where you will live wild in our fully equipped Baobab Conservation Centre, including hot water, electricity, and wifi.

The Baobab Conservation Centre is an open plan thatched camp where you will share communal huts (dorm rooms with up to 4 people, each with it’s own ensuite bathroom), large kitchen and open air lounge.  

Our Lapa, fire pit and braai (BBQ) area brings a family fee 


 Situated in the beautiful northern foothills of the Soutpansberg Mountains in the Limpopo Province, the Baobab Rhino Conservation Centre is based in one of the truly wildest and remotest parts of South Africa. Combined with the extreme seasonal changes and the striking sandstone landscapes of this area of the savannah biome, the reserve creates a diverse platform from which to demonstrate and educate aspiring conservationists on wildlife monitoring and management. Therefore, students will gain a broad understanding on how to conserve wildlife in healthy managed numbers through a wide variety of game ranching and conservation techniques. 

The Baobab Rhino Conservation Centre (BRCC) has been established to assist in the monitoring and protection of privately owned wildlife in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The Baobab Rhino Monitoring Program has prioritised its focus to provide a much needed presence around threaten species on private reserves such as rhino, elephant and leopard in an area where organised poaching is continually a high risk. We run a conservation initiative using the assistance of guest students to improve the knowledge of the reserve, increase the understanding and protection of its flora and fauna while educating students about the real life challenges facing wildlife conservation today.

Additionally BRCC is examining wildlife in a research capacity outlining different populations of indigenous unmanaged species, defining the population numbers of these unknown animals, contributing to the regions knowledge of its indigenous wildlife. Project students will gain from an experience that not only offers you the opportunity to view the beauty of African nature and a unique environment, we also educate students on the processes needed to manage privately owned reserves, preserving diversity of species and genetic quality whereas, still maintaining the animals natural habitat. Students will not only leave with an African working wildlife experience, you will go away with a greater knowledge of how a country like South Africa strives to maintain their natural heritage through a well managed and regulated Wildlife Industry.

We are dedicated to teaching people about practical conservation giving people the tools to understand South Africa model of conservation. You will certainly leave with a clear cut understanding of how people and wildlife coexist in a populated country like SA. 

What’s included

  • Meals
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner - The fridge is always full!
  • Airport Transfer
    From O.R. Tambo International Airport, 1 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1632, South Africa.
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Wifi
  • Accommodation

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Soda/Pop

Available Packages

Trip Price
Deposit: $500


Day 1
Pick up at Johannesburg Intl Airport

A private transfer will collect you at 12:00 from O.R. Tambo International Airport, 1 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1632, South Africa. 

Private transfer is included collecting all guests from Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport at 12:00 on your start date. Our happy drivers will be there to assist you after your flight to South Africa and take you to  The Baobab Rhino Conservation Centre, located 6 hours away. 

Your Organizer

Vanessa Boehm
RYT 200 hour Ashtanga Primary Series (2015)RYT 200 hour Ashtanga Second Series (2019)Vanessa has been practicing yoga since 2008, and has been teaching classes since 2015. Vanessa enjoys all asana practices from Hatha to Ashtanga, Yin & Iyengar. She brings her experience from personal practice in to her teaching, and emphasises the practice of all limbs of yoga, on and off the mat.