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“Siyafunda Conservation”

Siyafunda Conservation
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 21 November 2013

I have been to Siyafunda Conservation as a volunteer twice now, in 2006 and 2008. I have since also volunteered at a few other projects around South Africa and Namibia. I have decided the only project I will go back to is Siyafunda because it works on research and conservation through research of wild animals. Much as it is very tempting to cuddle wild animals my experience of the other places is that there is always conflict of the animal's best care when places try to run as a business and an animal orphanage. Siyafunda conserve and teach you about wild animals in their natural setting.
Mike Job who I recommend highly as an experienced guide has really made this volunteer project work for the animals and for us who go there. I have recommended this project to various friends and their children and the only danger has been that most of them have not wanted to return home.
The team at Siyafunda are all really friendly and knowledgeable but also very professional. They ensure they look after you and your safety is important to them.
I follow Siyafunda regularly on Facebook and am grateful that there are good people working on saving our wildlife and although it is a tough battle they are doing whatever they can. They also work with local schools and support them which helps with education in the area of animals and of humans.
Great work team Siyafunda.

6  Thank Panthera2013
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

I went to Siyafunda Conservation not knowing what to expect. On short it was an experience above all else. I LOVED IT!!
I had contact with Mike before departing, who was really good to chat to and very helpful. On arriving everyone was so welcoming and had a family vibe to them. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, professional and fun! They all have wonderful stories and experiences to share, and also really know their stuff. The general staff as well are awesome and happy to help and have a good time.
The accommodation was really good, especially bush camp, which is meant to be back to basics, was very luxurious I thought, in that they had flushing toilets and proper beds in the tents.
We went on both walks and game drives, learnt how to navigate using the sun, moon, stars and various trees and signs that animals have left. I learnt about different animal tracks and how to distinguish the differences. I also learnt survival skills like how to find water and the different uses of trees and plants. I also learnt a huge amount of interesting facts on birds and animals. I cant even find words to describe the life experiences learnt. We saw plenty of the big 5 animals - Lions, Leopards, Elephants, and Buffalo. We also saw plenty of the little things as well from Hyenas to Dung Beatles. Bear in mind though that this is not a 5 star lodge, so it is not luxury, you are not waited on hand and foot, and you are a VOLUNTEER so be prepared to help out with the general running's of the camps, vehicles, cooking, bush clearing and research etc. If you are prepared for that, to learn heaps and to meet and make awesome friends, then Siyafunda is definitely worth looking into. You get transfers to and from the airport, a town trip every Monday and an outing every second sunday. There is never a dull moment!!

5  Thank Rachael D
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