The 4000ha of sweet bushveld, mountain and riverscapes at Mogalakwena Reserves, hosting a variety of native African flora and fauna typical of the savannah biome offers a great range of study opportunities to researchers, students and volunteers.
The Research Centre facilitates students and researchers by assisting with the development of field work/data collection skills, knowledge in ecological research and management activities essential to the understanding and conservation of environmental and social values and systems in the African landscape. The Centre welcomes independent research and objectives that can make use of ecological, anthropological and cultural research opportunities in this unique remote setting. The Research Centre also provides the necessary, well-developed infrastructure for the successful planning, development and completion of research projects.
We welcome all volunteers with an interest in ecological and/or cultural research projects. Volunteers can visit for any length of time, but we do encourage longer stays. Volunteers soon realise that they want to stay longer!
Research Centre staff assists all volunteers to find a project or role they are interested in. Volunteers can contribute to any of our current projects (listed under the ‘ Research Projects’ page) and/or assist with day to day running of the Reserves. Activities and duties might include: anti-poaching, fence patrols, bush clearing, horse care, erosion control and general maintenance.
Students and Interns:
Mogalakwena Research Centre welcomes students undertaking an external internship as part of their tertiary studies. During their internship, students partake in one or more of the current research projects under the supervision of the qualified Research Centre staff. A typical day for an intern would be waking up early morning for field work and data collection. During the warmer parts of the day students spend time entering data collected and head back out into the bush in the late afternoons. The data collected and contributions by students are invaluable to the management and preservation of the Reserves.
The Centre offers opportunities to larger groups to visit Mogalakwena. Group-specific tours are arranged to suit the group’s requirements.
For the past 8 years Mogalakwena hosted university groups from international universities. During their stay a variety of educational activities are arranged including: wildlife educational walks on the Mogalakwena Reserves, giraffe tracking, anti-poaching walks, Craft Art Centre tours and workshops, visits to local villages and schools, presentations on current research projects on the Reserves and surrounding areas, excursions to Mapungubwe National Park, Rakwena Crocodile farm, Makgabeng Rock Art sites and the local hotsprings for a relaxing sundowner after a long day!