ACTIVITIES AT LEO
While volunteering at LEO Africa, you will learn and directly contribute towards a wide variety of activities!.
Hover on the photos to discover what we do!
Our LEO guides will take you out every day on two monitoring drives in our 4x4 game viewers (excluding Sunday).
While in the field, we observe, collect data and take identification photos of the key species that we monitor (Big 5, hyenas and cheetahs), in particular regarding their behaviour, location, movements, food preferences, health, reproduction and interactions with each other in their natural habitat.
While out in the field, our work also involves taking care of the Reserve’s eco-systems through reserve management activities such as bush clearing, road restoration, alien plant removal, erosion control, tree wrapping, fence/rubbish removal, game capture and animal darting (when requested by the vet, on specific occasions, such as monitoring collar replacement).
Camera traps are a vital tool in our monitoring efforts. Placed in strategic positions around the Reserve, they capture images and videos day and night.
Each month we collect thousands of photos which are sorted by our volunteers and then processed by our rangers. This provides us with regular data and images on those harder to find individuals!
All the data collected is inserted in our monthly report and the photos used to update our ID kits
We conduct sleep outs to act as a deterrent for poachers. being extra eyes and ears out in the field at night.
Sleep outs are conducted in strategic parts of the Reserve and they give our volunteers an amazing opportunity to see nocturnal animals, admire the beautiful African sky and listen to the sounds of the bush.
A lifetime experience!
Only at LEO Africa, volunteers have the unique opportunity to fly over the reserve as a passenger in LEO's microlight, patrolling vast areas from the air.
LEO Africa has been granted special permission to fly over the reserve for security reasons.
While flying over the reserve you will enjoy breathtaking views of the area and will spot many animals.
A priceless lifetime memory!
Bush walks are a great way to experience the bush in more depth. Walking allows us to spot animals and suspicious tracks, discover new areas and dens, check existing or install new camera traps while enjoying nature at a very personal level.
Remember to bring good walking shoes/boots with you!
Thanks to generous donations, LEO Africa was able to purchase an innovative thermal imaging drone that is deployed at night to monitor wildlife and for anti-poaching deterrent exercises when necessary.
We also have a diurnal drone that we use for wildlife monitoring or for checking some areas in which we need to operate whenever needed. A valuable tool also to discover old infrastructure that need to be removed.
Volunteers may have the opportunity to take part in the exciting experience of game capture. This may be done for various reasons including darting an individual for medical reasons or for sale, which contributes as a source of income to the Reserve.
Mass game (wildlife) capture is also a way of controlling the excess animal populations.
As a conservation volunteer working with LEO Africa, you should have an interest in wild animals, nature conservation and sustainability. You must be reasonably fit and be prepared and able to spend many hours tracking, observing animal behaviour, identifying lions, elephants, white and black rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and game viewing in a spectacular nature reserve.
You must also be prepared to assist with conservation work that is done to benefit the wildlife of the park and keep a balanced eco-system. The main activities in which you will also be involved while out on the field are alien plant removal, erosion control, bush clearing, road maintenance, game capture and animal darting and relocation (these last two activities mentioned depend on the need of help from the park manager/vet).
Life revolves around the animals' movements and most activity takes place in the early mornings, late afternoons, and sometimes well into the night as you track lions or elusive leopards. While out in the bush, you will get to see many of the park's resident wildlife population like giraffe, eland, kudu, steenbok, zebra, jackals, bat-eared foxes, hyena, nyala, and many more!
The mid day is usually spent at the base entering data, equipment maintenance, house duties and just relaxing in the shade. (Note: those prone to heat exhaustion are recommended to plan their visit for cooler months, discuss their trip with their doctor, and take proper measures to avoid dehydration).