Somkhanda Conservation Experience

Overview
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Overview

Somkhanda Game Reserve | Interactive Guest Experience

A conservation experience like no other at Somkhanda. You can capitalise on the comfort and serenity of the accommodation and surroundings of Kudu lodge, where you will be staying, whilst getting involved with real conservation activities like monitoring wildlife, camera trap survey management and elective community activities. A packed schedule built to maximise your visit to the reserve, experiencing a snapshot of what conservation management is all about.

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Activities

Guests are welcome to take up their accommodation any time from 13h00 on the day of arrival.  By prior arrangement (and additional cost) guests may arrive earlier and are welcome to relax at the main restaurant/lodge area and enjoy lunch

The afternoon programme starts at 15h00 with optional afternoon tea and snacks (cost included).  At 15h30 we set off, unlike other safari lodges our experience is not the traditional game drive.  Each afternoon our guests are involved in a specific wildlife monitoring or research activity/objective which adds to the ongoing management of the reserves wildlife populations. Each activity is a minimum of 3 hours long and is contextualised with a comprehensive briefing covering the “how, why and what”. During the activity, you will encounter many other animals, so there is plenty of time and opportunity for guides to share interesting information and conservation facts to maximise the learning experience. At sundown, we stop to appreciate the sunset, enjoy a refreshment and snacks (included) before making our way back to the lodge to freshen up before dinner.

Our morning programme starts at 06h30 with a monitoring activity.  Due to the early start, we take flasks of hot water for tea and coffee as well as freshly baked muffins, yoghurt and fruit on the vehicle returning to the lodge for a full cooked breakfast. After breakfast guests can relax in camp, around the pool or do the short self-guided trail within the fenced lodge area. For the more active there are the following optional activities:

  • Guided nature walk - daily
  • Camera trap leopard monitoring project. (Mondays and Wednesdays). Accompany researchers into the field to retrieve images from camera traps strategically placed around the reserve for the purpose of capturing images of leopards (and loads other interesting nocturnal animals).  Back at base the images are downloaded and catalogued. Leopard images are scrutinised using the “spot recognition method” to identify individual animals.

On Saturdays and Sundays, a team goes out into the community to assist with dipping cattle for ticks. Guests are welcome to forego the early morning activity to join this team.  From time to time there are other interesting conservation management operations happening which guests are always welcome to join.

Weekly Wildlife Monitoring Schedule

Afternoon Morning

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Wilddog

Elephant

Rhino

Buffalo

Wilddogs

Elephants

Rhino

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Elephant

Rhino

Buffalo

Wilddogs

Elephants

Rhino

Wilddog

 

Need to Know

Quick Info

  • Accommodation: Kudu bush lodge
  • Full board meal basis.
  • Price: ZAR 1420 per person per night

Other interns and volunteers

There is a strong possibility that you will be sharing Kudu lodge with other people from both local and international backgrounds

Meals

All meals will be provide by the Somkhanda Game reserve at the main lodge / kitchen

Connectivity:
 
Cell C is the only service operator that offers good coverage on the reserve and it generally has excellent connectivity.

Included in the fees:

  • Kudu lodge accommodation
  • Full Board meals
  • 1 Game drive/Bushwalk per day
  • 1 Wildlife monitoring activitiy per day

Excluded from the fees:

  • Transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch on arrival and departure days
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