This project offers a 2 week programme for students who work with a wildlife veterinarian and learn through infield hands-on experience. Students also get the opportunity to work with an experienced game capture team who have safely been working in the industry for over 25 years; they provide an insight into animal handling, pharmacology, history of capture methodology, capture techniques and the importance of relocation. The daily activities are also supplemented with informal style lectures on a variety of conservation based topics, particularly conservation and management of wildlife in South Africa.
A highlight of the programme is the training of handling and shooting a dart gun on the ground and from a helicopter – a common practice for SA veterinarians.
This project only takes on small groups of volunteers, to ensure everyone gets a personalised experience as well as maximum hands on time with the wildlife vet.
Whilst on site you will be staying in same sex shared thatched roof chalets that all feature an en suite bathroom and have access to Wi Fi. Each chalet has a small private porch that looks out into thick South African bush, perfect to sit out on in the evenings and soak up the atmosphere if you’re lucky enough you’ll see the animals wandering through the open lodge camp.
At the main lodge you’ll have access to a large social area equipped with a swimming pool and a bar should you wish to purchase an alcoholic beverage; all other drinks such as juice, fizzy drinks and water are all included in the cost of you package.
All of your meals will be provided during your stay, please just ensure that any allergies or preferences are made aware to us in advance of your stay so that we can prepare.
Cleaning of the rooms and laundry will also be done for you on a daily basis.
The activities are conducted in wildlife reserves in the Limpopo province of South Africa, situated in the Valley of the Elephants. Limpopo is a South African province bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It’s known for bushveld and wildlife reserves, including part of Kruger National Park. West of the Kruger are the craggy Blouberg mountains and Makgabeng Plateau with ancient rock art.
Through the combination of conservation and wildlife veterinary practice in this specially designed hands-on approach, this programme will offer you an in-depth knowledge into what it takes to conserve and protect South African wildlife.
Whether you’re an already qualified veterinarian, or a veterinary student, conservationist, zoologist, biologist, wildlife volunteer, or simply an animal enthusiast – the project welcomes everyone regardless of experience.
A good physical condition is needed.
Dates & Costs
The cost for the 2 week Wildlife Veterinary Programme is £2,200
For longer course enquiries or for larger university groups, please contact us directly with your requirements and dates.
|January 12th||January 25th|
|February 9th||February 22nd|
|March 1st||March 14th|
|May 3rd||May 16th|
|May 24th||June 6th|
|June 14th||June 27th|
|July 5th||July 18th|
|July 19th||August 1st|
|August 16th||August 29th|
|September 6th||September 19th|
|October 11th||October 24th|
|November 8th||November 21st|
To secure your position on one of our programmes we require a 25% deposit of the full fee.
The remaining 75% can be paid in one lump sum or in instalments, as long as the final payment has been processed 30 days before your programme start date.
- Accommodation on an 18,000ha wildlife reserve, home to a large variety of South African wildlife including elephants, giraffe and leopards.s
- All meals and non-alcoholic drinks
- Airport transfers
- Transport to all excursions
- Work with our specialist wildlife veterinarian
- Entrance into animal rehabilitation centres listed on itinerary
- Practical darting session from a helicopter
- North Wild embroidered fleece and t-shirt
- Daily laundry and cleaning service
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Any excursions that you’d like to do in your free time on the weekend
How to get there?
All travel apart from your international and/or domestic flights is included as part of your Northwild package. We will collect you from Hoedspruit Airport on the first day of your programme (Sunday) please note that the last flight of the day arrives at 14:00. There are also shuttle bus options between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit which are less costly. If you would prefer to do this option please just let us know and we can help with the arrangements, you must just ensure that you are in Hoedspruit by 14:00 on the first day of the programme.
Please check with your local embassy about visa requirements for your country. As standard for most countries, a 3 month visitor visa is issued to visitors on arrival in South Africa. If you need any help at all i.e. you’d like to stay on longer in South Africa than 3 months, then we will be happy to assist with guidance on the appropriate visas.
Please note that due to the nature of the work, no day is ever routine and volunteers would need to be versatile to all situations. Whilst working with the veterinarian, you will always be given a briefing before you go out into the field.
South African currency is Rands (ZAR).
Credit and debit cards are accepted at almost all establishments and ATMs are readily available should you need to withdraw cash.