indlovu west Camp/ research station

We Built a Brand new research camp in 2013.  Please also watch the camp tour video on our homepage.

Located in the 8 800ha Big 5 Olifants West Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa, Indlovu west Camp is located on a hilltop overlooking a vast wilderness, with the mighty Olifants River two kilometres away.
The camp is one of only a few of these wilderness camps that exist in the world-
with no fences around the camp animals wander into camp from time to time, from entire elephant herds to lion prides to the nightly visits from the honey badger. Many a night is spent lying in bed listening to the sounds of the camp resident leopard on his territorial patrol.
Interns and volunteers are housed in 5 double chalets. These chalets are made of cement and provide a safe and comfortable place for sleep and privacy,  all have easy access to the bathroom areas. At times visitors may be required to share a chalet with another person.
Chalets are all equipped with a bed,pillows, duvet and mosquito net.
 Flushing toilets are provided in our open air reed bathrooms. But please conserve our limited water supply.
There is a kitchen area with a small freezer that is run on LPG gas.
A thatched Bohma office is provided for seating of up to twelve people. This is where all work/ lectures occur.
There are no electrical lights in camp; all light is provided by means of paraffin lamps.
There is cell phone reception in camp; and communication between rangers occurs via a two-way radio.
Charging of various electronic devices is ussually possible via our solar power/power inverter. 
Cooking is done on an open fire. A small LPG gas stove is available for use when weather conditions dictate.
                                                                                     Craig Spencer 
More Info about CRaig: 

Craig Spencer is the founder and head of our project.  Craig has been heading up our research project in this area of Kruger National Park Since 2004.  The project has grown over the years, along with our responsibilities on the reserve. Craig was made warden of the area in 2009, and was named head warden of the Balule region of the APNR, which consists of multiple nature reserves, in 2014.

Craig's philosophy on reserve management is to have all management decisions backed up by sound research, and for this purpose we gather data at our research project.  With a background as a University lecturer, one of Craig's main objectives has always been education, which is why we started this internship program in 2011.   

Prior to beginning this project Craig was the head of the overstrand Nature conservation Department in the western cape of South Africa,  where he founded the highly successful marines anti-poaching unit.  Craig holds a MSc in Primatology from oxford-brooks university.

Craig has continued his legacy in anti-poaching by starting the first all female anti-poaching unit "the black mambas".  THe Mambas have 26 members and currently patrol our reserve. 

Read more about the Black Mambas in this article:

 recent publications: 
 written by our warden/head researcher, Craig, and project co-ordinator/research technician, John. 
 scroll to page 7.


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