The Garden Route Natural Science Research Facility is located at Buffalo Creek on a small Nature Reserve near Kurland Village, in The Crags of the Western Cape of South Africa.

We support green projects and socially responsible developments, and are always in need of students wishing to glean practical experience assisting with project management. Our core programmes are for gap year students, volunteers and graduates looking for on the ground experience alike. As a student or graduate, you are welcome to come lend a hand with our Natural Science Library, a Herbarium, the Reforestation Programme and other upcoming projects.

If you are more of the adventurous type and all this sounds too boring to you, enquire about our 7 month Gap Year programme incorporating 1 month in South Africa and 6 months split between Botswana and Namibia working with wildlife and academic institutions including social development initiatives, and a King Cheetah Gene Project respectively.

“Experience the heartbeat of Africa!”

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Gap year safari / volunteers

Our Gap programme is defined as an Overland Life skills safari and includes 3 SADC regions namely RSA, Namibia and Botswana ending back in South Africa.

We offer a guaranteed scheduled departure once a year; starting the 1st of July from the GreenFire Lodge in Cape Town Sea Point.

Our itinerary takes us North to Augrabies National Falls to witness the mighty Gariep River before venturing through the Richtersveld by canoe for 5 days.

We live, eat, sleep and get involved in a King Cheetah Gene Project here in Namibia before venturing on safari North though the Caprivi Strip and onto Botswana.

Returning through the Kruger National Park, Drakensberg, Transkei, Garden Route to Cape Town.

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The Garden Route Natural Science Research Facility has recently relocated and is undergoing additions and expanding over the course of 2016 and will not be available for use other than existing in-house projects this year.

We are interested in research inclination that includes ecology, evolution and behaviour development, comparative and environmental physiology, plant and cellular molecular biology, neurobiology, genetics, and phylogenetic.

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Gap Year Students and Volunteers mainly differentiate themselves by the period of time spent with us. We respect everybody who wants to have a positive influence to our world and environment.

Volunteering is rather the short stay integration we find within the shorter holiday period some people only have available, and very often it involves tailor making to specific small group requests and their specific interests too. Individual enquiries with no agenda other than wishing to help are afforded the opportunity of joining existing groups or social development projects in the Kurland village area.

A minimum stay of 2 weeks is recommended. Accommodation is at one of the existing establishments according to your budget. Volunteering with a difference.

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