Help Earthwatch researchers to ensure the ongoing health of a major South African wildlife preserve.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa is a magnificent landscape of rolling savanna woodland and was the last refuge for the southern white rhino in the middle of the 20th century. Now the historic, 350-square mile (900-square km) park harbors a healthy population of 2,068 white rhinos, as well as black rhinos, giraffes, elephants, kudu, impala, wildebeest, zebras, and others, a veritable ark of African biodiversity. All of these large herbivores, in their teeming numbers, have an impact on the structure and diversity of the ecosystem. An overpopulation of any one of them can mean massive destruction to their habitat and instability to the other wildlife populations it supports.

Join Dr. Druce and a team of researchers and staff in an ongoing survey of the 15 largest herbivores in the park, thereby contributing to a long-term database of population trends and supporting effective management and decision-making. This is a rare chance to walk through scenery most people only see from a Land Rover. In the evening, you’ll gather around the campfire under southern constellations to share the day's encounters.

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Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa



Includes all accommodation, meals, insurance and research activities


16 days


Update October 15 2021: As overseas travel restrictions and covid requirements are not fully finalised, our overseas expeditions are not yet back on sale from Australia. We appreciate that people are as keen as we are to travel and we will facilitate these amazing experiences again as soon as possible. In the meantime, please refer to our Australian experiences.

Activity Level

Very Active

Lead Scientist

David Druce