Become a wildlife volunteer

Travel on the frontline of conservation, protect nature and learn new skills

Placement summary

Who should join us
Anyone wanting to volunteer, gain experience and make a difference with South Africa's iconic wildlife or anyone looking for an unforgettable gap year or adventure tourism travel experience!

Location: Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Duration: 2 and 4 week placements are available.


Small group size's
Groups are typically made up of 5-9 volunteers, for a more personal experience with your guides and team.

Volunteer and travel timetable

Part 1:  Wildlife Focus Day 1 - 14
Live in the heart of the African bush. Volunteer and get involved with over 12 amazing conservation projects both on foot and from safari viewers!

Part 2: Travel week Day 14 -21 (Optional)

Week 3 is dedicated to travel and adventure. Stay in new locations and take part in both included activities like Microlight flights, white water tubing panoramic tours and your own personal choices.

For those not taking part in travel week, you'll continue with your conservation work as normal!

Part 3: Wildlife Focus Day 21 – 28

Your final week is an opportunity to revisit the different volunteer projects you've been working on and get your fill of animals and wildlife again.

Location and base camp

North east South Africa.
Stay in the heart of the African
bush on a "Big" 5 private nature
reserve, adjacent to the
world renowned Kruger
National Park

Travel week

Week 3: you'll leave
your home base on
the reserve, heading 
south towards Hazyview,
take part in exciting
activities, explore
the surrounding area's
best known and unknown

sights like Blyde River Canyon.

The Projects
  • Rhino behavioural research

  • Anti-Poaching patrols

  • Bird ringing and surveying

  • Invasive species management

  • Small mammal trap and release

  • Sustainable agriculture projects

  • Camera trap surveying

  • Community outreach

  • Tree surveying

  • Insect and moth surveying

  • Conservation and reserve management

  • Assisting rural vets

  • Wildlife rehabilitation

  • Handling and presenting animals to rural communities

  • Tracking

  • Your own projects

Visit the Project page to find out how you'll be helping. For other useful information check out our FAQ's.

When do we operate
Make a deposit

All planned trips are available on our date and rates page or contact us and we'll get back to you.


Week 1 - 2


Week 1 - 4

With flexible payment plans secure your place from as little as £50!

Whats included 
Whats not included
Highlights you can expect
Conservation and Research
Anti-Poaching Patrols
Safari Drives/Walks
Travel Week
Vets, Animals and Ecologists
Breathtaking Landscape
Rural Communities
Discover Nature
Day To Day Itinerary

Heres an example of what our usual volunteer itinerary could look like, day to day.

Please note that although this is an example it is not exact, as the order of activities can vary based on factors like seasonality, behavior of the animals as well as your wishes.

Day 1 of 28:
Arrival and Introduction
Day 2 of 28:
Reserve tour and Camera Traps

Airport pick-up, you’ll be collected at the meeting time and location from Hoedspruit airport, South Africa and transfer to the reserve. Rest day, recover and unpack.

Over dinner we'll give you the full welcome talk, introducing our-selves and cover a few does and donts as well as updating you to the plan for the next week.

Breakfast followed by African bush walk and introductory tour of the reserve - Internet connection available to connect with family and friends.

You'll then start your volunteer work and conservation projects setting up camera traps at key sites.

Optional Activities 

In addition to whats already included in your placement, during free days (like weekends) you can choose to take part in other activities on offer in the area.

Heres an idea of whats on offer in the area and rough prices.

Expanded program itinerary

For a more in depth understand of the volunteer program, how its structured, activities as well as a description feel free to download a more in-depth PDF.

Hamba Africa

UK phone: +44 (0) 7375 488581

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