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Big 5 Wildlife Volunteering at Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

1 - 12 weeks from

minimum age

  • Volunteers in a Big Five Game Reserve in South Africa
  • Help to research and track elephants, rhinos and lions
  • Live and work in the middle of a stunning game reserve
  • Spend one day a week in the local township doing community work


Volunteer amongst the ‘Big 5’ at Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa. This programme, perfectly tailored for students, gap-year adventurers, and aspiring conservationists, provides an immersive, hands-on experience in conservation with the opportunity to help protect lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos.




Step into the African bushveld and contribute to vital research and conservation efforts. Gain real-world exposure to wildlife monitoring, participate in exhilarating tracking expeditions for lions and elephants, and make a tangible impact through community education programmes supporting under-funded schools.



Nestled between the verdant bushveld and dramatic river valleys, Kariega reserve offers a stunning backdrop for your conservation journey. It’s an area teeming with biodiversity, from the elusive leopards stalking through the undergrowth to the rich birdlife soaring above. Here, the awe-inspiring landscapes of Africa surround you.

Free Time

Free Time

In your downtime, the Eastern Cape unfolds a treasure trove of activities that thrill the adventurer and soothe the soul. From skydiving to horseback riding, the options are as vast as the landscapes. Test your mettle with deep-sea fishing or feel the adrenaline of a bungee jump. For something quieter, take a two-day canoe trip, explore Addo National Park, or unwind on the pristine beaches of Kenton-on-Sea.



In my time there, I learned so much about each animal type and their behaviour. This was very enriching. The reserve itself is beautiful with many rolling hills, valleys, rivers, bush thicket and plains. Seeing all types of animal in a natural environment with different behaviour patterns each day was an awesome experience.
Alastair, UK


Watch this video showcasing the volunteer programme at the Kariega Game Reserve and listen to ex-volunteers speaking about their experiences working behind the scenes of an African game reserve.

Big 5 Wildlife Volunteering at Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

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