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AFRICAN GAME RANCH
Volunteering and Life Skills Adventure

Background:

We, at Bushpro Safaris, strongly subscribe to the wildlife principle of “conservation through utilization”. Kareekloof Game Farm is a commercial wildlife enterprise where the sustainability of the farm is carefully managed through a well structured hunting and wildlife breeding program.

Volunteers therefore get exposed to the true reality of Game Ranch Management other than idealistic programs where young animals are daily pampered and humanized in a very unnatural way.
 

Life Skills:

Our motto “visitors arrive as strangers but depart as friends” has really paid off. A glance at our visitor’s book will testify that so many lives have been touched by our “piece of paradise”. We involve volunteers in all our activities, so do not be surprised that you may improve your cooking skills here or learn how to weld or to erect fences. The modern age regards working with your hands as a shame but we are proud of it.

Who should attend this volunteering program?:

We welcome all age groups from 18-70,as long as the people are healthy and young at heart; and what’s important to us is that you have a real passion to get your hands dirty and to help us save our flagship species, to better understand the Southern African ecology and naturals systems.

     

Duration and Rates:

Rates are calculated per week from Mondays to Sundays, (7 days, and 6 nights) at US$690 per week. We strongly recommend that volunteers join our program for a minimum of 2 weeks. Even after two weeks you will want to stay longer.

Included in the price is:

* Transfer transport from and to OR Thambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
* Accommodation:
Comfortable accommodation, sharing with other volunteers or for the more private person private accommodation can be arranged at extra cost.
* We have a communal lounge where all volunteers can get together and watch Satellite TV, play pool or just relax on the deck overlooking the swimming pool and scenic beauty of the ranch.
* Meals:
As part of the whole African experience, volunteers will be expected to assist in the kitchen, helping  our team;  who will teach you how to cook real traditional African cuisine.
* All activities as described below.
* Transport to the nearest town will be provided once a week for your personal shopping.

Excluded:

* Medical insurance and expenses
* Entrance fees to resorts like Sun City or others.
* Outgoing Telephone calls
* Wi-Fi
* Flight tickets to and from International Airport OR Tambo in Johannesburg
* Any animal that you may wish to hunt, would be charged extra
     
     

More about the program:
People who want to spend quality time in the African bush can be guaranteed the adventure of a life time.

Activities:
Come and experience the day to day life on a working commercial game farm.

Our volunteer program aims to teach you the basic skills required to successfully run and operate an African Game Farm.

Daily activities may include:

* We offer you a wide range of activities to broaden your horizons. Being able to work in nature with all its creatures is truly a rewarding experience.
* The day to day roster will be determined by the owner or Ranger in charge
* Safari patrols on foot to check for snares.
* Road and fence maintenance, erosion control, firebreak cleaning, controlled burning, invader plant control, mapping of roads and dams.
* Close interaction with the Professional Hunters taking clients on hunts.
* Feeding of animals in our endangered species breeding program.
* We also operate a cattle ranch and sheep herd, where our goal is to breed quality animals for meat production. You will be required assisting to take care of the herd, vaccinations and treatment of sick or injured animals.
* As we are also in the hospitably industry, your duties will include guest interaction, game drives and being able to give informed lectures about our fauna and flora of this area.
* Research:
Volunteers will be working with the rangers on gathering of data and monitoring behavior. Night drives to determine nocturnal animal movements as well as sleep outs monitoring and researching their behavior. Cameras are to be set and monitored.
     
     

It is not all about work:

These trips can be arranged for you at an additional cost: 

Day Trips  Make-over
 

DAY TRIPS:
 

1. Magaliesberg Canopy Tour

You have to experience it to believe it!

The tour consists of eleven platforms built high within the rock faces of YsterhoutKloof and which are joined by ten slides up to 140m long and 30m
above the stream below.

Breakfast, Refreshments launch and snacks are included in the day.


(Including Breakfast & Lunch)

 
 
2. Pilanesberg National Park

Close to the Sun City Resort is the Pilanesberg National Park. The eroded crater of a long extinct volcano formsthe largest sanctuary of the Middleveld, the 55 000 ha Pilanesberg National Park.

Specialties of the Park are:
 

* Closeness to the entertainment Center Sun City Resort.
* Great variety of African wildlife including the 'BigFive'.
* Beautiful landscape.
* Exclusive Game Lodges and Safari Camps.
* Malaria free area.

(including Lunch and Tea)

 
 
3. Groot Marico

This town is well-known for its beautiful African bushveld surroundings, hospitality of its people and through the books of renowned author Herman Charles Bosman.

Visit a mampoer farm, enjoy a traditional “boere” lunch, and taste honey mampoer liqueur. There is also an Art factory/shop where local artists are given the opportunity to present and sell their wares.

All items are handmade.
 

 
 
4. Cradle of Humankind - Maropeng

Go on a journey of discovery to a not so far away place called Maropeng, a fantastic new facility offering fun yet informative family day out with restaurants, market stalls, a world class underground visitor attraction, conferencing and much more!

Discover your world…discover yourself!

This area provides a window into the past, when our earliest ancestors were evolving and changing.

See the renowned fossil, namely Mrs Ples, and walk in
the natural wonder of 2 200 million year old formations.

 
 
5. Visit a tribal village – Lezedi

With traditional dances and food and experience African Culture at its best.

 





 

 
 
6. Balloon Safaris

Drift slowly above the Magalies River Valley, which boasts some of the best ballooning weather in the world, and enjoy a champagne breakfast after the flight.

 

 
 
7. Spend a day at Sun City (Lost City)

See the lost city and try your luck at the gambling machines.

(Including Lunch & Tea) 

 
 
8. Shop for African handcrafts

Shop at the biggest craft market in Africa and visit Chameleon village home to 160 specialty stores.

This is a spectacular shopping experience with lots of entertainment.

 

 
 
9. De Wildt Cheetah Centre

The Centre was established in 1971 with the aim of breeding endangered species.

Over the years over 750 cheetah cubs have been born at De Wildt –
a dramatic contrast to the days when the cheetah population of South Africa was estimated at a mere 700.


 

 
 
10. Sterkfontein Caves

Bring the whole family and experience humankind's oldest history lesson.


 

 

 
 
11. An Elephant Experience

A three hour walk with elephants. A once-in-a life time experience.

Watch young elephant play. Feeding of the elephants.

Picnic on the Magaliesburg Mountain.
Panoramic view and game drive.

(including Lunch and Tea)

Elephant Rides -$100.00

 

Make-over Treatment Packages:
 

Option 1     Option 2
* Steam bath
* Full body exfoliation scrub
* Full body mud wrap
* Shower
* Full body calabash African massage
* Indian head massage
* Complementary Gift

Breakfast, Refreshments, launch and snacks
are included in the day.

* Ozone treatment bath
* Full Body exfoliation scrub
*

Moisture treatments

* Manicure-Hands
* Pedicure- Feet
* Hydration facial treatment with massage
* Complementary Gift

Breakfast, Refreshments, launch and snacks
are included in the day.

 
 
 


Prices ran
ge between $250 - $400

for the make-over packages

Please Note:

Prices are subject to change
without prior notice

 

Option 3
* Full body exfoliation scrub
* Full body mud treatment
* Shower
* Ozone bath treatment
* Full body hot stone of calabash massage
* Indian head massage
* Manicure-hands with paraffin wax treatment
* Pedicure-Feet with paraffin wax treatment
* Hydration facial treatment with massage
* Complementary Gift
   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
   

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