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World First Conservation in Angola

Angola is a picturesque Southern African nation that boasts diverse topography, extending from labyrinthine river systems to boundless Sub-Saharan desert. With exclusive access to this remote country, you will be the first to partake in highly important conservation efforts which will see you assisting in the targeting, darting and collaring of Angolan elephants in a country that very few understand.

When to go: June – October

- Head to your helicopter alongside expert vets and conservation leaders before taking to the skies to begin your conservation work. 

- Watch and learn how elephants are located, targeted and darted in a safe and humane way, before landing close by to assist in the collaring process. Step by step you will learn how to securely attach the collar, before retreating a safe distance to observe the resuscitation process.

- Each day, your involvement in this process with gradually increase. By the end of your time in Angola you will be able to use the skills you have learned to help lead the expedition, with the responsibility of identifying and targeting your elephant and directing the vet as they dart them. Finally, you will take the reins in your collaring mission for a truly rewarding end to this exclusive experience. 

Alongside your expert Pelorus guide you will learn about the efforts that are being made to put a stop to poaching; learn how the satellite collars you have attached work by allowing rangers to identify and respond to threats in real-time through mobile devices.

- Explore an ancient tank graveyard with an expert historian, who will delve into the complex history surrounding the Angolan Civil War. Learn how the these abandoned vessels of war stand as a testament to the history of this relatively unexplored region.

- Analyse the data from your previously collared elephants to understand how how the data collected from the collars will be used to predict where the animals are moving in order to anticipate any dangers they may encounter – a true demonstration of your conservation efforts in action.

- Even your accommodation will enhance your authentic experience in the Angolan wilderness. A mobile rig camp will be set up exclusively for you. This rig is particularly special, as it will have been driven in to the country by three teams driving for ten days each, to set up a camp complete with two boats, ten tents and a mobile kitchen. On your final evening, you will spend the night fly-camping at the source lake of the Cuanavale River with only your fly-netting for cover. This is a true indication of how remote Angola still is as a destination.

© Simon Byron

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