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Volunteering in Botswana – Species Conservation: Okavango Wildlife Monitoring

Organisation: Natucate

Country: Botswana

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Volunteering in Botswana – Species Conservation: Okavango Wildlife Monitoring

The project on the eastern bank of the Okavango Delta is responsible for the 1800 km² Khwai Concession. This project gives you the opportunity to witness one of the largest spectacles of nature on earth. Each year in May, the Okavango floods an enormous area and transforms the dry Kalahari into a lush landscape of lagoons, lakes and swamps.

The National Parks and wildlife reserves in the area record a significant amount of data about animal and plant populations to provide the best possible protection for this unique habitat. This workload would be impossible for them to handle without committed volunteer workers. By helping on this project, you will be providing a genuine boost to natural and species conservation in the area and will help to protect endangered species.

What you will do as part of this project

Your role in the monitoring will include installing and maintaining camera traps, night-time observation trips, animal surveys and identifying individual animals which are part of endangered species. One area that you will focus on in particular is recording the movement patterns of African wild dogs.

Observing the animals every day makes it possible to react promptly to the spread of diseases and poaching. The data that is recorded goes into a shared pool which is used by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks to manage the enormous area. The purpose of the project is to determine what roles individual animal and plant species play in the ecosystem. Knowing this will ensure that the planned conservation measures will be successful. You will see what professional nature conservation looks like in practice as part of a team of highly qualified workers.

Your accommodation

While working in the nature conservation project you will be on the move throughout the entire Khwai Community Concession game reserve on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta between the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. You will be based with the whole team in a camp on a picturesque island in the south-east of the region. You will sleep in spacious two-man tents which are arranged in groups of three – each with a bathroom for joint use. There is also a kitchen and washing machine as well as a central meeting place which is used for communal meals and training. This is where the team usually meets up in the evenings and chats about the events of the day. Your adventure will begin and come to an end in the town of Maun. We are happy to help if you need any assistance planning your travel to and from the project.

  • Age limit: Minimum age 18 years
  • Start date: Dates upon request
  • Duration: 4-12 weeks
  • Project location: Okavango Delta
  • Accommodation: Permanent two-man tents with bathroom
  • Language requirements: English (a good level of school English is sufficient)
  • Suitable for: volunteer work, sabbatical, internship
  • Certification: upon request


  • Price for four weeks       2.700 EUR
  • Price for six weeks         3.600 EUR
  • Price for eight weeks      4.500 EUR
  • Price for ten weeks         5.400 EUR
  • Price for twelve weeks    6.300 EUR


  • Placement in the project
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Accommodation during the project
  • All meals during the project – volunteers help to cook
  • On-site orientation and project training
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • 24/7-support throughout the project

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