Things to Make Your Gap Year in Africa Easy!

Written by Gregory Hudson

The kind of things you pack when you go on a trip says a lot about where you're heading and what you're going to be doing.

Taking a warm top and a ‘blanky’ is OK if you're going to stay at Granny’s house, but when you're taking a gap year in Africa, these items come highly recommended...

Work Pants with zip-off longs x 2

Great for casual wading inrepparttar water and getting within meters of Southern Right Whales breaching just off your sea sprayed research boat.

This is what work atrepparttar 138625 O.R.C.A Foundation in Plettenberg Bay was all about. Plettenberg Bay is a coastal town located alongrepparttar 138626 world famous Garden Route. It's where some ofrepparttar 138627 worlds most fascinating marine species can be seen, anything from Humpback Whales to Great White Sharks.

My gap year travel here gave me a once in a life time chance to work with these magnificent marine species in exciting and groundbreaking marine conservation volunteer work.

My Gap year atrepparttar 138628 O.R.C.A. Marine Foundation was also spent doing:

Rescue and rehabilitation of marine species Sampling, tagging, monitoring and dissection of fish species Participating in commercial marine-eco tourism activities, that included whale and dolphin watching tours, sea kayaking, township tours, and river ferry cruises Supervised collection of touch pool and aquarium species forrepparttar 138629 O.R.C.A. Education Centre O.R.C.A. patrol boat trips to collect data, monitorrepparttar 138630 bay and take photos of whales, dolphins and other marine species

The Fleece Beanie

The Kapama Private Game Reserve gets cold at night; I reckon fleece beanies are essential. Long nights monitoring and tracking game is an amazing experience, chills or no chills.

I foundrepparttar 138631 stars inrepparttar 138632 sky were a thousand times brighter than they are inrepparttar 138633 city. Thoughrepparttar 138634 stars were beautiful, most ofrepparttar 138635 timerepparttar 138636 thrill of stalking around inrepparttar 138637 bush took preference. Darting parties were conducted to inspect and tag animals for conservation purposes.

The monitoring programs enable conservationists to keep records ofrepparttar 138638 movements and numbers ofrepparttar 138639 game inrepparttar 138640 area.

Working atrepparttar 138641 Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre involved feeding and taking care of baby animals. Quite a few species are bred here, includingrepparttar 138642 cheetah, which is a most interesting cat when you get to see one close up.

Other activities we were involved in: Camping inrepparttar 138643 reserve to getrepparttar 138644 African feeling Target shooting Capturing of wild animals when required byrepparttar 138645 reserve orrepparttar 138646 sanctuary Assisting in hand raised animals Elephant back safaris

Handy Gloves forrepparttar 138647 Colobus Trust

You can't even begin to imagine how a pair of gloves help while you're fixing fences and chasing baboons and monkeys all day. They're also a great help for removing vegetation from power lines to prevent these silly monkeys from being electrocuted. Another priority was removingrepparttar 138648 snares inrepparttar 138649 Diani Forest in an effort to protectrepparttar 138650 Colobus Monkey and its habitat.

Car Rentals

Written by S.A. Baker

Renting a car is a tough thing. Well, it can be. But, it doesn't have to be. To find a great deal, or even just a reliable car, you will want to do a little research. Save some extra cash in that pocket!

We used to believe it was simple to rent a car. All you had to do was get off your plane and head torepparttar lonely car rental place right next door. Not so any more. There is competition everywhere. This is good news to you, though. Competition, even with car rentals, means that you will pay off with deals inrepparttar 138617 long run.

To make this happen, you may have to do your homework. Booking a car rental ahead of time is very wise. In fact, you should not wait untilrepparttar 138618 last minute. Anyone looking for a car rental immediately is more likely to pay higher price then someone who booked their rental a month or even a week in advance. Takerepparttar 138619 time to investigaterepparttar 138620 different car rental companies. Compare what they offer and their prices. Never takerepparttar 138621 first offer either. Get your facts and quotes from several companies first.

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