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Go behind the scenes on a 'Big 5' safari reserve

Pays d’action: Afrique du Sud, Afrique
Type d’activité: Ecovolontariat
Come face to face with Africa’s ‘Big 5’ - lions, rhino, elephants, leopard and buffalo - on a famous safari reserve, within one of the world's top biodiversity hotspots. You will join as a member of the wildlife research team and help support initiatives such as the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project!

Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

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    Due to its growing cheetah population, this reserve plays a pivotal role in cheetah conservation
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    Protect one of Africa's largest rhino populations, working in conjunction with WWF
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    Use satellite technology to track the movements of collared wildlife such as pangolins
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    Stunning scenery and friendships await you
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    As a conservation volunteer, you'll get closer to wildlife than regular visitors

Climate change, the poaching crisis, and growing human populations mean South Africa’s wildlife is under threat like never before.

As a wildlife researcher on this project, you’ll join the team in creating a new kind of safari reserve where people and animals can live together in harmony.

Unlike other wildlife reserves, which are run for individual profit, the land here is owned by the local community, many of whom are from the Zulu nation. So its success is good for Africa’s people and good for Africa’s animals too.

Right now, this project is working alongside the WWF to expand the range of the endangered black rhino. As a volunteer, you’ll play a vital role in this amazing story and support the reserve’s research team in managing a huge variety of wildlife – including some of Africa’s largest populations of rhino and cheetahs.

Living on a safari reserve, you’ll have the chance to get closer to the animals than regular tourists. You’ll also learn about Africa's wildlife – including elephant, rhino, lion, cheetah and pangolin – from the people who work with them every day.

“The team have provided me with memories that will last a lifetime and an endless amount of stories that I will treasure forever.”

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

Since 1999, our organisation has empowered gap year travellers to work hands-on with Africa’s wildlife. As experts in conservation, we’ve helped thousands of volunteers gain skills for their university applications or future careers, all while creating gap year experiences that are anything but tame.

We’ve also supported those that are simply searching for a meaningful wildlife experience instead of the usual safari holiday. We do this by offering a variety of opportunities including being able to volunteer at wildlife care and rehabilitation centres to aid orphaned and injured animals; assist with wildlife conservation management in order to monitor priority species and contribute to vital research; and being able to live the life of an African wildlife vet while meeting the requirements for Extra Mural Studies (EMS) and Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS).

Together, we can create a brighter future for Africa’s wildlife.

What makes us different to other companies?

  • We are southern Africa’s original conservation travel company, made up of qualified zoologists and conservationists.
  • Every traveller of ours receives personal guidance before they book to ensure we find the right experience for their goals and passions.
  • We work with a range of real partner projects, offering hands-on experience and meaningful work, so you know your efforts are truly making a difference.
  • We bring people together from all around the world, so you can make friendships for life.
  • We offer 24/7 in-country support. We will meet you when you arrive, see you safely onto your flight home, and throughout your trip we are always available if you need assistance or just want a chat.
  • All money paid to us is financially protected through ABTA or ATOL, giving you full peace of mind when booking with us that your money is safe.
  • We are full members of the Year Out Group, specialists in gap year travel programmes.

Most of the fantastic wildlife conservation work that happens in southern Africa today simply wouldn’t be possible without travellers like you.

En savoir plus sur nos critères de sélection pour choisir nos organisations partenaires.

Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Afrique du Sud, Afrique
Type d'activité :
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 2 semaines
Maximum: 1 an
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
2 semaines : 2756 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 4293 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 7365 €
3 mois : 10437 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
Available from mid January - mid December
Age minimum :
18 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Maîtrise de langues :
Participants need to be able to communicate in English but do not need to be fluent
Qualifications particulières :
No prior experience or specific skills are required
Hébergement & repas :
You'll have a single bed in a shared room, with a communal bathroom, living and dining areas. Outside is a fire pit and BBQ. There is no TV, limited WiFi, but good mobile coverage. You will cook with the other volunteers in the communal kitchen, with food products provided. Most dietary requirements can be catered for.

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  • Recevez gratuitement notre guide avec une check-list à imprimer
  • Un guide de conversation en cadeau, si vous vous inscrivez plus tard
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