Become a wildlife volunteer
Who should join us
Perfect for anyone wanting to volunteer and make a real difference with Africa's animals and wildlife or just looking for an unforgettable gap year or adventure tourism travel experience!
Ideally we recommend volunteering with us for 4-week to fully immerse yourself in the adventure, but 2 week placements are also available.
The group size will range between 5 – 9 volunteers and be led by your guides and ecologists.
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
Week 3: you'll leave
your home base on
the reserve, heading
south towards Hazyview,
take part in exciting
the surrounding areas
best known and unknown
sights like Blyde River Canyon.
Rhino behavioural research
Bird ringing and surveying
Invasive species management
Small mammal trap and release
Sustainable agriculture projects
Camera trap surveying
Insect and moth surveying
Conservation and reserve management
Assisting rural vets
Handling and presenting animals to rural communities
Your own projects
Week 1 - 4
With flexible payment plans secure your place from as little as £50!
Whats not included
Highlights you can expect
Conservation and Research
Vets, Animals and Ecologists
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.
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.