South Africa is truly a wonderful place to have a holiday because of the country’s sheer variety – beaches, mountains and historical villages. The country also has several world heritage sites and is famous for its Kruger National Park. In fact, South Africa’s biggest nature reserves include this enormous reserve which is home to Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – the elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo and rhinoceros. Kruger was established in 1898 and is some 2 million hectares in size. The park is a world leader when it comes to environmental management techniques. Within the park you can find luxurious lodges as well as rustic self-catering camps, offering day and night game drives.
The Ultimate Outdoor Experience
Another one of South Africa’s large nature reserves is the Pilanesberg National Park, a vast area promising riveting big game viewing. A bachelor in Biology will provide you with the opportunity of studying these wild animals, plants, cells and the environment. Of course there are many other jobs you can get with a biology degree but working in a nature reserve is a popular choice. Many students love the idea of working outdoors where they will conduct research independently or as part of a team. Biological research scientists study diseases in animals and plants and look at ways to reduce pollution and waste. Job prospects for biology graduates are excellent.
Becoming an Intern
South African National Parks (SANParks) are leading conservation authorities and they make the parks more accessible to tourists and ensure animal and nature conservation. Biology graduates can be placed in any one of these national parks or nature reserves. They may even be interns while studying and assist in environmental education and community development projects. They’ll work with social ecologists on various projects in parks such as Kruger National Park, Tsitsikamma, Table Mountain National park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park where they’ll work in beautiful landscapes. Other skills learned will include being proactive, respect for other cultures, good people skills and project management – skills for life.