Volunteers Frequently Asked Questions and general info
Here are a few answers to a few questions:
What is included in the rate ?
Cost includes all meals,
transportation to and from Durban International Airport plus transportation within and around the park in execution of your duties.
What is not included in the rate ?
Cost does not include flights, visas, travel insurance, laundry, alcohol, sweets, telephone or additional excursions.
What Accommodation is provided?
Volunteers stay at the Research camp inside the Park. Accommodation consists of comfortable air conditioned log cabins that can sleep either one or two people. Toilets and showers are within easy reach of all cabins. A
shared kitchen plus lounge area with television and video facilities are provided for volunteer use. Laundry can be done by the camp assistant for R50 per week.
What Meals are provided?
All food will be
provided and meals are to be self-catered. Volunteers will have access to a kitchen with all appliances and food supplies. Please ensure that you inform us of any specific dietary requirements.
What how much of my Time is spent on
monitors and volunteers work Monday to Friday and so the weekends are for your leisure and own organisation. There are interesting attractions such as Kosi Bay, Sodwana Bay, Mkuzi Game Reserve, Jozini Dam etc.
How do I get there?
Volunteers will need to arrange their own flights to Durban International Airport where they will be met. Durban is a one hour flight from Johannesburg International airport or a two hour
flight from Cape Town International Airport. There are daily direct flights from UK, Europe and USA to both Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Do I have to pay the complete amount in advance?
start / finish my stay at Tembe every day of the week or do you prefer certain days for picking up?
One pick up/drop off a month from Durban International usually on the middle Wednesday of the month. This is by
How will I be accommodated and which facilities (for laundry, email / internet, phone etc.) are available?
See details above for accommodation,
laundry etc. We suggest you buy a "pay as you go" sim card for your cell phone and purchase airtime as you need it for your telephonic requirements. Signal is good at the Research camp but in non-existent further into
the park. We communicate by radio in the park. There is no internet access in the park. There is an Internet café at Manguzi (connection very slow).
Is the Research Camp open to the wild or is it fenced?
The Research camp is inside Tembe Elephant Park and
is fenced with Lion and Elephant deterrent electric fences.
What is the size and age of the research group and will there be more volunteers at the same time?
There are currently 4 full time employees
(living elsewhere in the park) and 2 other occasional researchers ranging from 45 to 25, Dr to Masters students. There are various research and volunteer bookings throughout the year. We will not take more than 4
volunteers at a time (unless in special circumstances).
What do I have to bring along?
Clothes – generally short and long trousers, shirts, socks, warm jacket and jumper all of more natural materials
and in darker colors, hat, shoes (comfortable walking shoes for beach sand terrain interspersed with muddy swamp areas), open shoes for relaxing in the hot weather, swimming costume, books – both reference and leisure
reading, medication, toiletries, suntan lotion/sunblock, cell phone, camera, chargers (two prong), binoculars, sunglasses, visa or mastercard to access cash when necessary. I usually drive to town (40kms away) once a
week for basics – fresh food, basic toiletries, fuel, beer etc.
Do I need precautions for malaria or are the risks very low during winter / dry season?
Please consult your doctor on this one. Tembe Elephant Park is in a malaria area. However the incidence of malaria in the region is very low at present.