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, make a difference for 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 sizes
Groups typically consist of 5-9 volunteers, offering 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 in 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 activities such as micro light 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.

Location and base camp

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

Travel week

In week 3, you'll leave
your base on
the reserve and head 
south towards Hazyview.
Take part in exciting
activities, and explore
the surrounding areas
best known and unknown

sights, such as 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 Projects page to find out how you'll be helping. For other useful information check out our FAQs.

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.

£1050

Week 1 - 2

£1995

Week 1 - 4

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

 
What's included?
What's not included?
Requirements
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

Here is an example of what our usual volunteer itinerary could look like.
Please note that although this is an example it is not exact, as the order of activities can vary based on factors like seasonality, behaviour of the animals, as well as your preferences and those of other group members.

 
Day 1 of 28:
Arrival and Introduction
Day 2 of 28:
Reserve tour and camera trap set-up

You and your group members will be collected from Hoedspruit Airport, South Africa, to be transferred to the reserve. Enjoy a rest day, to recover from your flight and unpack.

Over dinner we'll give you the full welcome talk, introducing ourselves and covering a few do's and dont's, as well as updating you with the plan for the first week of your stay.

Have breakfast, followed by African bush walk and an introductory tour of the reserve. Internet connection will be available to connect with family and friends.

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

Optional activities 

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

Here is an idea of what else may be on offer in the area, along with approximate prices.

Expanded programme itinerary

For a more in-depth understanding of the volunteer programme and how it is structured, feel free to download the following PDF.

Hamba Africa

Email: Info@hambaafrica.co.uk
UK phone: +44 (0) 7375 488581

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