Mogalakwena Research Centre, Alldays

The Mogalakwena Research Centre is an independent research entity based on a 4000ha Private Game Reserve in the remote North-Western part of the Limpopo Province. It was established in 2006 by Dr Elbe Coetsee and Dr Peter Laver to build capacity and facilitate knowledge generation in the fields of ecology, culture, anthropology, craft art design and social entrepreneurship, in this remote area.

The Research Centre is actively involved in research on a range of projects, but also facilitates study and research opportunities, assists with logistical and field support and provides a research-friendly environment for visiting national and international researchers, students, student groups and volunteers.

The Research Centre forms part of the Mogalakwena Group that also includes the Mogalakwena River Lodge Artist’s Retreat and the Craft Art Centre and Montebello Studio.

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Volunteer programme details

Our research interests lie with species adaptation to changing environments, species competition and animal vigilance. Mogalakwena reserves have a high biodiversity and your research questions can be answered by studying our birds, primates, herbivores, carnivores, reptiles, invertebrates and/or vegetation of the sweet arid bushveld. Most of our students decide upon a research question and a study species before they arrive at Mogalakwena. They will then spend the duration of their stay doing their own research project, while contributing and building on our existing database. On average you will spend 6 hours per day collecting data in the field, 4 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. During the hottest hours of day (between 12 and 3 in summer) you might prefer not to be in the field, unless you are studying the coping mechanisms of animals in the heat or if you absolutely love the African sun.

More details here.


Contact your programme co-ordinator here or via the enquiry form below for a volunteer information pack.

Find out more about the Mogalakwena Research Centre on Facebook here or visit their website here.


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