Based on the Garden Route of the Western Cape of South Africa in Kurland of The Crags.

We are involved in green projects and socially responsible developments offering programmes for gap year students, volunteers and graduates alike.

The Garden Route Natural Science Research Facility, is located on a unique Nature Reserve where we facilitate University practical application studies in Zoology, Botany and Marine Biology. As a student or graduate, you are welcome to bring your own project or help us with our Natural Science Library, a herbarium, the Reforestation Programme and other upcoming projects.

Our Local Economic Development and Social Responsibility programmes for gap year students and volunteers are conducted in the village of Kurland.

Through the Non-Profit Organization “The Green Ticket” we are involved in green collar job creation projects, working with high value indigenous medicinal and health-assisting plants, including reforestation efforts in this evergreen Afro montane and fynbos region.

And if you are more of the adventurous type! And all this sounds too boring to you, check our 10 month Gap Year programme incorporating a 3 month overland safari between Botswana and Namibia working with wildlife and a cheetah release project respectively.

“Experience the heartbeat of Africa!”

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Gap year students / volunteers

Go green and assist us in the creation and development of the GRNSRF and / or be socially responsible and help us with Local Economic Development within BSIDP.

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The GRNSRF on a unique Private Nature Reserve is ideally situated for the exploration of, identification and compilation of an extensive Natural Science Library and herbarium or just affording the opportunity to Universities and under-graduates a venue for their practical application to study, or helping us with our reforestation programme and other upcoming green projects.

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Would you like to have the experience of a lifetime and combine a safari with assisting various communities’ upliftment in neighbouring countries whilst enjoying an overland adventure? Come meet people and wildlife!

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