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Kariega Big Five Game Reserve Volunteer Programme, 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


This programme offers a once in a lifetime chance to get behind the scenes and involved with the conservation efforts of the Game Reserve. Take part in lion prey selection monitoring, rhino surveys, elephant impact monitoring and local community projects.  Wildlife Research Internship opportunities also available.



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.



Make a real difference, grow your skills in conservation and have the experience of a lifetime!  Joining this programme offers the ultimate Big Five experience, where volunteers and interns from across the world, get the opportunity to get hands-on involved in conservation management on the reserve.   The Reserve is located in a malaria-free environment.



Kariega Game Reserve is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, only two hours drive from Port Elizabeth. This area historically had an abundance of wild game roaming free with one of the richest wildlife areas on the African continent.  It is also close to the beautiful town of Kenton-on-Sea, which boasts stunning beaches.

Free Time

Free Time

The area has a vast amount of choice for volunteers in their free time, including sky diving, horse riding, swimming in the sea, deep sea fishing, two day canoe trips, bungee jumping, visiting Addo National Park and enjoying the breath taking and pristine beautiful beaches in the seaside town of Kenton-on-Sea.

Kariega Big Five Game Reserve Volunteer Programme, South Africa

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