Get involved with some extreme conservation and get as up close and personal as possible to some of the worlds most incredible predators, through African
Vet Safaris. Whether youre a member of the general public or someone already involved in the veterinary practice youre set to enjoy a tailor made safari holiday with a twist, which will prove truly engaging and utterly mind blowing.
This is much more than a simple game drive and viewing wild game from afar: join a team of conservationist vets and gain hands on experience working with some of the worlds most famous animals. Stroke the mane of a lion or feel the texture of an elephants skin, its all possible and its all for a good cause. The vets will immobilise an animal by darting it and once its asleep they go to work.
There are many reasons these animals are darted, for fun or solely for the entertainment of tourists are not among them. Health checks are a main and very important reason for darting game, especially when monitoring animal pregnancies and contraception. The application of tracking collars are also engaged in; used to collect data for important studies and to keep track of numbers, as the vets attempt to care for the vast range of game that roam the African plains.
If you wish to experience some excitement during the darting process then perhaps whizzing across the treetops in a helicopter will do the trick. Upon request, you can join the Veterinarian as they fly high into the air before dropping down low to dart the game in question. If you enjoy this then theres also the opportunity to track collared animals from the air, in a microlight aircraft. Observe their migratory movements and learn more about their fascinating behaviour.
There are certain types of vet safari on offer; for those already involved in the veterinary practice Specialist Veterinary Safaris will provide you with all you could wish for and more. They allow for a direct insight into the world of African veterinary practice as well as the opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of Africa and her wildlife.
There are also Species Specific Interactive Safaris; these excursions allow you to work closely with researchers, vets and many other experts in the field. Among many amazing activities, such as tracking and darting by air, you can also indulge in the more traditional elements of safari such as game drives, excellent service and charming accommodation. For those interested in wildlife its the chance of a lifetime, not many people can say they've hugged a cheetah or stroked the nose of a black rhino.