Longterm wildlife volunteer
Work with endagered species and wildlife vets
Who should join this placement
Those wanting to gain conservation experience, skills and knowledge as a volunteer with long term projects while getting to know African wildlife up close!
Location: 30,000 acre reserve, Waterberg, South Africa
Length: 6 week minimum, 3 months maximum
Groups are typically made up of 1-7 volunteers and lead by safari guides and industry experts.
Projects you'll work on
Radio collar tracking cheetah
K9 Anti-Poaching patrols
Wild dog population monitoring
Track and sign
Vet work with animals
Transporting and moving wildlife
Play a key role in conservation protecting endangered animals such as Rhino, Cheetah and wild dogs.
You'll explore the reserve on foot and from safari viewer for an unparalleled African wildlife experience.
Base camp and your reserve in the Waterberg. Known for is river systems and mountain escarpments that overlook rolling savannahs teeming with wildlife.
About the projects
Each project has its own goals and method that together help give wildlife and nature a brighter future.
to learn about each project visit our project page.
Join from a minimum of 6 weeks and stay any legnth up to 12.
Day to day as a volunteer
Monday to Friday
During week days you'll be working on the various conservation projects. Your guides will brief you each week with a schedule of activities. Typically you'll start the day early and sally up into a safari viewer and drive across the reserve on your mission or sometimes, lead by your guides, hike and patrol on foot.
Weekends and off time
When not working, you'll relax back at camp with the other volunteers, often you'll make great friends both with the reserve staff and fellow volunteers. Theirs also other optional activities on the reserve and in the area to try out. on Weekends you'll go to town to resupply with snacks, toiletries and other essentials.
We have taken care of all the details so you can focus on the adventure of a lifetime!
The placement includes:
Airport transfers to and from the reserve
Accommodation during your stay
Transportation and guides/tour leaders are included for all confirmed excursions and group activities
Food and drink – (excludes any personal extras)
Entry to sites
All itinerary/activity equipment is provided
Conservation projects and activities
Meet and greet event in the UK
Fellow volunteer contact list will be sent out prior to departure
24-hour emergency onsite support
100% Financial security with your booking
Whats not included
Please note, we do not book, manage or coordinate the following:
Visa and Immigration requirements
Vaccinations and health screening/checks
Personal travel insurance
Optional activities (these booked during your stay)
In order to join us on one of our packages you'll need:
To be above 18
Have valid travel insurance
Booked return flights
The relevant travel and Immigration documents
The relevant medical checks and vaccinations
These are your personal responsibility and proof that all requirements are met must be sent ahead of your arrival to take part.
What you can expect
K9 Anti-poaching patrols
Working with the reserves anti-poaching unit and their specialist dogs trained to track poachers through bush you'll head out on foot looking for snares and traps to remove or signs of poacher activity.
You'll be helping introduce wildlife onto the reserve. Work with vets with this fantastic contribution to conservation releasing animals into a new environment and giving species a brighter future.
Get up close and personal, this will be a life changing experience; you will see Africa’s magnificent wildlife via safari viewers and on foot as you explore this beautiful reserve and learn about these incredible animals and their secret stories.
Wild dog population monitoring
Track and monitor the wild dogs population and understand these endangered animals. Learn techniques ecologists use to protect these animals working from vehicle with radio collar transceivers or track on foot looking for signs of spoor or print.
Big game vet work
This varried work depends on the needs of the animals. Help with medical checks, emergency call outs, nursing, feeding and handling wildlife; interact and rehabilitating orphaned or injured animals.
Prepare to be amazed by the beauty of the South African sunset, by its magical night sky, by its breathtaking natural landscapes, the sights and sounds of this unique, wild, exotic continent.
Radio collar tracking
Radio collar tracking and VHF telemetry systems are vital for ecologists to monitor endangered species accurately and ensure their healthy. Get to know this invaluable tool and technology as you search for wild dogs, cheetah and other newly released animals.
Learn about animals from antelope to zebra, big and small; study the flora and fauna, learn about the science, behaviour, biology and the intriguing relationships in the animal kingdom. Learn to track animals in the wild and take home a new understanding about their complex ecosystems.
During off days you'll have the opportunity to get involved with other activities both on the reserve itself and throughout the area.
Your own projects
You might be studying relating to the environment or just a passionate conservationist. Work with the reserve staff to implement your own projects!