Conservation work

How you will help

You'll be playing a crucial role in carying out different exciting conservation programs we run both independently and in collaboration with other organizations.  

All programs will be run and lead by wildlife experts who will guide and teach you as we work as a team together to achieve each goal.

Why do we do it?

Hamba Africa belives in actively making a difference and being a posstive force for good.


These programs along with being great fun also work towards preserving the natural environment, each program has specifically designed goals and objectives that help better understand, research and protect wildlife.

How it can help you

While we are sure the personal satisfaction youll gain from playing an active role in the preservation of nature will be rewarding enough we also hope the new transferable skills that you will be gaining will prove equally as valuable. 

To some these programs could help you gain knowledge relatable to you academic studies, practical experience in conservation or animal related careers, a better understanding of how conservation and environmental work actually operates and the next steps you can take to get involved or even how to develop and grow your own conservation programs and ideas.  
We want this experience along with supporting conservation to support and inspire you, so when you're finished you'll be closer to understanding and achieving your own personal ambitions.

developing Our programs

We currently operate a variety of different programs and are continuously adding and developing them depending on environmental factors and the behavior and habits of the animals themselves.

Developing your Ideas

We also encourage our guests to try out and develop their own programs where possible, if you can explain and show its benefit to conservation and we can figure out its practicality and methodology we will do all we can to support it and make it a reality.

Our programs: In Brief

Behavioral Research on White Rhino

This long term flagship project is designed to monitor the movements and behavior of the threatened white rhino.

Using a variety of techniques such as camera trap monitoring,  tracking both On-foot and from a vehicle this project aims to increase understanding regarding how white rhino move through their home range.

Headed by Hamba Africa's Ecologist You'll learn a lot as well as have great fun working with this exciting project.

​What you'll be doing

  • Surveying Sample Sites

  • Placing and installing Camera traps

  • Monitoring Animal Behavior

  • Tracking animal Routes

  • Mapping sites of social imporance

  • Recording and plotting data

  • Analysis of Data


Bird Ringing and Surveying

Bird ringing and surveying helps ornithologist globally learn and collect data about bird species, helping ensure that the populations are health as well as shedding light on their behaviour and migratory habits.


You’ll be conducting these surveys both visually as well as with the use of specially designed nets to humanely capture the animal where we can handle, recording its health and breeding status and finally tag, record and re-release the animal allowing ornithologist to observe its movements.

What you'll be doing

  • Handeling Birds

  • Idenfiying Species

  • Weighing and recording data

  • Handling Equipment

  • Checking Nets for Birds

  • Ringing Birds

  • Plotting and recording Data


Anti-Poaching Patrols


You’ll be helping the local reserve with their ongoing battle with anti-poaching helping patrol, search and remove common traps such as snares that are a continuous problem for the inheritance of protected areas.

Snares trap and kill animals reeking havoc as they indiscriminately target anything, additionally looking for any holes or access points in the fence poachers might use as an entrance.

What you'll be doing

  • Patroling the Bush for Illegal Snares

  • Help Remove traps and other equipment

  • Search for access points in fence's

  • Search for activity of poachers

  • Helping pottentially injured Animals


Camera trap Research

Recording and monitoring elusive and nocturnal species such as leopards or the endangered pangolin often requires the use of remote camera traps.

With your guides prior knowledge and with the use of maps, together as a team well plan where best to place the cameras depending on the habitat and animals behaviour.
Upon collection well analyses our findings again recording the data and plotting the animals habits gaining a better understanding of their needs and moments.

What you'll be doing

  • Planning Placement of traps

  • Placing and instaling traps

  • Recording and plotting data

  • Analysis of Data


Community outreach programs

One of the key and most effective ways to help ensure the long term well being of any habitat is through awareness and education of the natural environment with the people that live and work with it most.

Well be visiting and working with local communities and helping educate them, removing stigmas and misconceptions they may have and show them the benefits of protecting these natural environments.
Well do this in a multitude of ways from simple discussing and educating to giving demonstrations with live animals to help build a better connection and appreciation for them.

What you'll be doing

  • Helping educate rural communities

  • Assist with presentations or demonstrations

  • Help handle and present live animals

  • Help raise awareness to the importance of eco-tourism over unsustainable practices


Invasive and encroaching species management

With any conservation or natural environment management of its flora and fauna is important routine work to help support bio-diversity.

We will be assisting with this work by targeting specific plant species that are detrimental to the ecosystem and removing then as well as managing encroaching species or clearing dry and dead material to prevent unwanted bush fires to encouraging growth.

What you'll be doing

  • Identifying Target Species

  • Removing Invasive or Encroaching Species

  • Helping Stimulate Growth of Wanted species


Assisting Vets

You’ll be helping and assisting rural and reserve vets with what ever tasks they need, these task will prove varied and changes constantly with whatever is required, from routine planned health checks, vaccinating animals to responding to emergencies as they arrive.


The tasks will be equally as varied to the animals you will be working with, from birds, small game to the largest rhino or elephant, this will provide you the chance to gain invaluable first hand knowledge on various veterinary practices.

What you'll be doing

  • Helping handle the animal

  • Helping move and manage equipment

  • Learning and understanding how they work


Small Animal Survey

Monitoring the population of smaller game, such as rodents is vitally important as it provides an overall indicator of the health of the environment as these animals provide food for many other different species.

We will plan and place humane traps at different locations to capture these animals which will allow us to accurately record information such as species, size, health and any other observations. Once we’ve recorded the data the animal will be returned to the wild unharmed.

What you'll be doing

  • Placing and setting traps

  • Handling and removing animals

  • recording animal information

  • plotting data into report

Tree Surveying

Trees play a vital role in any ecosystem and older and mature trees due to to various physical and biological response support a greater diversity of life.

We'll be mapping, plotting and recording various data from various Notable and Veteran trees around the reserve for a more accurate understanding of these trees roles in the ecosystem.

What you'll be doing

  • Mapping and plotting trees.

  • Measuring and Recording data.

  • Using Software and Apps as a data capture tool.

  • looking for evidence of what species use these trees.

  • Monitoring for diseases.

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Conservation management

This board program involves us helping manage the reserves environment keeping it health through an assortment of different tasks and activities instructed by the head ecologist.

This can include getting onboard and helping prevent soil erosion, limiting flood damage, preventing bush fires, clearing areas for new plant growth. The work and roles are often seasonal and can be in response to environmental factors and changes.

What you'll be doing

  • Clearing areas for new plant development

  • managing and combating erosion

  • Minimising wild fire risk

  • Control burning of the environment

  • Repairing and maintaining reserve fences



Tracking is a skill as old as humans walking upright and a brilliant method for recording what animal species are present in an area long after they have gone. 

On foot with your guides we’ll go out searching through the bush to attempt to uncover what sort of animals have been active in the area, we will be looking for signs from foot prints of dung left by the animal to more subtle clues like rubbing marks on trees, and potentially use and follow the trail to physically find the animals responcible.

What you'll be doing

  • Searching for tracks and signs of animal active in the area

  • Recording any unusual tracks or signs

  • Attempting to locate rare or endangered animals through tracking

Insect and Moth Surveying

Moths and insects are a often forgotten and overlooked part of any healthy ecosystem and with global populations diminishing a better understanding of how different species do is imperative.

We'll be deploying insect traps, primarily at night and using lights attract insects where numbers will be counted.

What you'll be doing

  • Setting up equipment

  • Identifying species

  • Recording data

  • Looking for invasive species


Visual surveys

Monitoring the population and behavior of larger species from herds of antelope to prides of Lion, this is usually done through visual means by patrolling in a vehicle but sometimes tracking on foot and recording crucial data such as health of the animals, breeding status and behavioral habits.

This allows us to observe any unusually or concerning behaviour possibly indicating injury or disease and help minimize problems before they develop or just become aware of new development with breeding success.

What you'll be doing

  • Monitoring behavior of species

  • Monitoring breeding status

  • Checking for signs of disease

  • Learning about behavior of animals