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Enjoy the privilege of finding some of Africa’s most elusive animals


Experience a reserve which is home to a number of iconic and endangered species


Learn about conservation efforts to save some of Africa’s protected wildlife


Occasional Special Events occur from time to time on any well managed reserve

Wildlife Monitoring South Africa: Your Conservation Experience

Khamab Kalahari Reserve, situated in the malaria-free Eastern Kalahari Bushveld, is a sanctuary for some of Africa’s most iconic and elusive species. Cheetahs, lions, black and white rhinos, brown hyenas, pangolins, and African wild dogs are just a few on our agenda. On our wildlife monitoring South Africa safari, you won’t simply see these animals; you’ll play a role in understanding their movements, threats, and population health. Join our search for these Kalahari legends to protect the future of this extraordinary landscape through effective wildlife monitoring.

Contribute to Wildlife Monitoring South Africa – Track Africa’s Rarest Wildlife

Kalahari Conservation: Predator Monitoring​

Tracking the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal – Pangolin Monitoring

Join us on the front lines of pangolin conservation in the Kalahari. While best known for its iconic large carnivores, Khamab Kalahari Reserve is also home to many smaller mammals. We aim to contribute to pangolin research through an effective monitoring project. After all, pangolins are the earth’s most trafficked mammal. As conservation guests, you’ll help us delve deeper into understanding the behaviors and habitats of these elusive creatures in the Eastern Kalahari Bushveld to build crucial knowledge for their protection. Monitor movements and feeding behaviors, identify favored food, set camera traps, and search for pangolin scat. Accompanying night drives may also reveal fascinating nocturnal life like lions, aardwolves, aardvarks, polecats or hyenas – all part of this dynamic ecosystem.

Your Eyes on the Kalahari: Discover Secrets Through Camera Traps

Camera traps are our research workhorses! Strategically placed across the vast reserve, they provide glimpses into wildlife presence, behavior, and population dynamics. Be part of camera trap deployment, data collection, and analysis with the hope of identifying individuals — think wild dog coat patterns or a leopard’s unique spots. These camera trap sites have been carefully selected and this activity relies on dedicated guests as camera trap placements on 240 000 acres can be located hours apart. Camera traps are no small task! This hands-on participation in Kalahari conservation science offers a deep connection to the landscape and contributes directly to the reserve’s ecological management decisions.

Data that Shapes Kalahari Conservation: Wildlife Surveys

Regular game counts are the pulse of responsible wildlife management, and at Khamab Kalahari Reserve, you’ll play a vital role in collecting that essential data. Join our research team as we survey the reserve recording wildlife populations, location, age and sex ratios, and behaviors. This isn’t just spotting animals—it’s uncovering clues about the Kalahari’s complex ecosystem and monitoring ecosystem health in real-time. Shifts in wildlife abundance or behavior can warn of looming ecological issues, allowing proactive interventions. You’ll learn how to track predators, distinguish animal markings, and understand the subtle signs left by even the most elusive species. The information you gather will directly inform the reserve’s conservation strategies, making you a partner in protecting the Kalahari’s future.

Frontlines of Conservation: Assist Anti-Poaching Efforts

Anti-poaching is a relentless battle and a harsh reality of the poaching crisis casting a shadow over Kalahari conservation. Khamab Kalahari Reserve is no exception, and by joining us you get the opportunity to experience the urgency and importance of antipoaching efforts. We assist the reserve’s skilled anti-poaching team as they tirelessly patrol this wildlife reserve. Look for subtle signs of human intrusion, collect critical data for targeted protection strategies, and monitor waterholes where vulnerable animals congregate. Your vigilance acts as a deterrent, potentially saving an iconic rhino or another targeted species from a cruel fate. This impactful experience goes beyond simple observation, making you a true partner in wildlife defense. Your eyes and ears do make a difference!

Activity Participation – Wildlife Monitoring

The unpredictable nature of wildlife means our Kalahari Safari activities can vary depending on the season or even unforeseen ecological needs. While some activities, like wildlife monitoring, occur year-round, others, like plant surveys, might have specific seasonal windows. Some tasks might require intense concentration for extended periods. The good news? The longer you stay, the more diverse experiences you’ll have! We prioritize real conservation efforts, so participation may not always involve every activity. This ensures your contribution directly benefits conservation.

Dive Deeper: Understand and Protect the Kalahari Ecosystem

Wildlife monitoring South Africa

Witness Rare Conservation Events in Action

While every day brings unique insights on Khamab Kalahari Reserve, occasionally, special events offer an unprecedented glimpse into critical wildlife management. Experience firsthand the intricate work that keeps this ecosystem thriving and potentially assist veterinarians. These activities can range from ear notching lions, to capturing and translocation of wild dogs, lions or other predators to different reserves to ensure proper genetic diversity or to contribute to the conservation of the species elsewhere, tracking collars may be fitted or removed from specific animals, game capture teams may be required to remove some animals to maintain a balanced ecosystem (population control), whilst other animals may need to be darted for veterinary care or moved to a quarantine zone for disease testing.

While we cannot predict timing, you may have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness these conservation efforts unfold during your stay. Under strict ethical guidelines, qualified vets and reserve scientists make all decisions based on conservation priorities. This isn’t tourism entertainment, but a deep insight into what it takes to protect fragile Kalahari ecosystems. This is authentic conservation at its most dramatic.

Under no circumstances will an animal be darted for guest purposes. This project falls in-line with the ecological needs of the reserve only!

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