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Shamwari Big Five Game Reserve Volunteer Programme, South Africa

1 - 12 weeks from

minimum age

  • Become part of the team at Shamwari Game Reserve and work amongst Africa's Big Five.
  • Receive one to one training with a world renowned Wildlife Vet when you join our Vet or Pre-Vet programme
  • Track and monitor predators (Lions and Leopards) and large herbivores (Rhinos and Elephants)
  • Visit the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre as part of your programme

Baby impala close up Africa

Project Costs

The costs for the project are as follows: 2 weeks is £1315, 3 weeks is £1875, 4 weeks is £2435 and £560 extra for every extra week. ** Note that the Vet Experience programme is a different cost** This cost includes all on-site meals, accommodation within the Game Reserve, linen (bedding), laundry once weekly, cleaning twice weekly, all on-reserve conservation activities and training, tea and coffee, WorkingAbroad backup and support. What is not included is your flights and travel to and from the Game Reserve, visa costs, personal expenses, and your own health and travel insurance.

Payment Terms

To secure your placement on the project, you will need to complete and submit the application form with your application payment of £195 (included in the total project costs listed above). If for some reason, your application is not accepted, we will reimburse this payment fully. However, for those who are accepted, you will need to pay 50% of the balance within 14 days of being accepted on the programme, with the remaining 50% of the balance to be paid two and a half months before arrival. Once we have confirmed your place, you will receive a pre-departure package with all detailed information on the project, details on the work in the Reserve, suggested items to bring etc.

Project Dates

All volunteers should start on a Monday and you can join for a minimum of 2 weeks up to 12 weeks in duration. If you want to start on a Monday that is not listed above, that will be fine, all Monday starts are accepted – please just note this on your application form.

March 4th 2024 March 18th 2024
March 18th 2024 April 1st 2024 Fully Booked
April 1st 2024 April 15th 2024 Fully Booked
April 15th 2024 April 29th 2024 Fully Booked
April 29th 2024 May 13th 2024
May 13th 2024 May 27th 2024
May 27th 2024 June 10th 2024 Vet Programme
May 27th 2024 June 10th 2024
June 10th 2024 June 24th 2024 Vet Programme
June 10th 2024 June 24th 2024
June 24th 2024 July 8th 2024 Vet Programme
June 24th 2024 July 8th 2024
July 1st 2024 July 15th 2024
July 15th 2024 July 29th 2024
July 29th 2024 August 12th 2024 Fully Booked
August 12th 2024 August 26th 2024 Fully Booked
August 26th 2024 September 9th 2024
Shamwari Big Five Game Reserve Volunteer Programme, South Africa

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