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Wildlife Reserve Volunteer Programme, South Africa

2 - 12 Weeks from

minimum age

  • Gain hands-on experience working at a game reserve in South Africa
  • Work and live alongside a team of conservation volunteers from around the world
  • See a range of magnificent species including giraffes, antelopes and hyenas
  • Family Special experiences offered including rhino horn trimming activities

Food, Lodging and Travel

The volunteer camp is unfenced and situated in the heart of the reserve where animals are free to roam. Giraffes often pass through the camp and all the sounds of the bush are heard at night. The accommodation comprises of 10 two sleeper log cabins placed amongst riverine woodland. At any time the maximum number of volunteers on site is 10. A communal log cabin on stilts forms the hub of volunteer life. This encompasses a kitchen and living area with an outside veranda overlooking the river and surrounding bushveld. The kitchen is fully equipped, inclusive of a gas fridge and stove, all crockery and cutlery.

Stairs lead down to a shaded terrace with braai facilities, seating and fire pit. The camp runs off solar power and gas cookers. Hot and cold mains water is available on site, along with showers and flush toilets in a communal bathroom. The camp is run on a communal basis where you will be expected to take responsibility for some cooking and general camp maintenance. The outside boma area provides an ideal spot to socialise in the evenings around the campfire.

Volunteer Requirements

Giraffes walking in South AfricaVolunteers in South Africa should be aged 18+ and speak English. All nationalities are welcome. Volunteers do not need any specific skills or qualifications related to working outdoors or with animals, though any skills you do have will, of course, be useful for the programme. Volunteers should also be self-motivated, flexible, calm and independent, and be willing to help out with a range of activities when required.

All volunteers should be fully double Covid vaccinated to join this programme.

Travel in South Africa

You will need to fly into Johannesburg Airport in South Africa (airport code JNB), arriving on a Monday before 11.30 AM. You will be picked up from the airport when you arrive and then travel to the reserve ready for orientation and to begin your programme. You will be dropped off back to the airport on the last day of your project (also a Monday), at 16 PM.

A valid passport with at least 2 blank pages is necessary to enter South Africa. Since visa requirements vary from country to country, please check with your local embassy as to whether a visa is required to enter South Africa as a tourist.

Wildlife Reserve Volunteer Programme, South Africa

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