Protecting the endangered rhinos of Botswana
Khama December 15 - December 27, 2015
Volunteer project: Khama Rhino Sanctuary is located around 25 km north of Serowe and 320 km north-west of Gaborone, the capital city of the Republic of Botswana. It is defined by Kalahari Desert sands and quite a range of vegetation. Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a conservation park for endangered animals, mainly white and black rhinos. It also hosts a wide range of other animals including kudus, impalas, gemsboks, giraffes, and a variety of small animals and birds.
The population of rhinos is currently facing a serious threat due to poaching, therefore Khama is a safe haven for them. South Africa is donating more rhinos to the park, as 2 rhinos are killed in the country every day. The park has now doubled in area to accommodate over 80 rhinos. The park is being guarded by the game rangers as well as the military who form part of the anti-poaching unit.
The volunteers will have the following duties:
- maintenance of the trails;
- trimming trees that overlap the road;
- construction of new roads;
- monitoring rhinos and other wild animals during patrols;
- making and installing signage in the park;
- aligning barrier stones by the pans;
- repairing the park fence.
The volunteers may be asked to assist with any other task that may be deemed important at that particular time. Every day there will be game drives, as volunteers work in areas where there are more wild animals.
Orientation: An orientation for the volunteers will take place in Mochudi one day before the project starts.
Leisure time: Places of interest to visit around are the Serowe museum, the Royal Cemetery, Makgadikgadi Pans. Khama Rhino Sanctuary is located along the way to Moremi game reserve.
Accommodation: Accommodation will be in tents at the Khama camp site. 4-person tents to share will be provided, but volunteers can also bring along their own tent. Internet, supermarkets and banking are available in Serowe town which is 20 minutes drive form the sanctuary.
Location: Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Age range: 18 and over
Extra fee: 200 USD
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.