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Summer Experiences: GVI – Wildlife Research in South Africa Expedition

Wildlife Research in South Africa Expedition


Witness nature unfiltered, from a lion taking down its prey, to newborn cheetah cubs playing for the first time, or even a stand-off between two massive elephant bulls. Experience the African savannah landscape on safari. Unlike a conventional safari trip, this program allows you to play an active and meaningful role in the research and long term conservation of South Africa’s natural resources.

No special skills or qualifications are required to join this program, as all training will be provided by our experienced team in the field. Learn how to track and identify predators, like lions and cheetahs, and megaherbivores, like elephants and rhinos. This data is used by reserve authorities and conservation organisations to develop an accurate picture of predator impact on prey populations, determine the spatial movement, behaviour, social structure and genetics of specific species. This information helps authorities maintain a healthy balance of natural resources in the reserve, helps conservation organisations further their objectives, and ultimately assists with conserving important African species and habitats. You will also have the opportunity to participant in our environmental conservation program which we run in the local community.

Please note you can spend up to 12 hours a day collecting data which can be tiring, in the heat of the African sun. This program offers durations up to 24 weeks. Speak to an Enrolment Manager for more details of extending your stay in-country.

Experience Dates

All GVI Programs have rolling start dates (every two weeks) throughout the summer. Each individual opportunity lists their start dates on the Dates & Prices page.

Application Deadline

The registration is flexible depending on when you want to travel, but as places are limited it is recommended to confirm your place as soon as possible.

Contact Information

Enrolment Team – info@gviprograms.com


  • South Africa, Limpopo


Program fees range from $3745 upwards depending on duration and focus.

Best for Majors in…

Arts & Sciences
Behavioral Sciences

Types of Service

Clean Water Initiatives
Community Development & Preservation

Interested in applying? You can do so by submitting an application at the link below.

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