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South Africa Volunteer in South Africa

"In my time volunteering in South Africa, 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

Discover the Warmth of Africa – Volunteer in South Africa

South Africa, a land of breathtaking beauty, beckons you to a journey of meaningful engagement as you volunteer in this vibrant nation. Consistently ranked among the top 20 most beautiful places in the world, with Cape Town being hailed as ‘the best city in the world’ by the Telegraph UK, South Africa is a blend of natural wonders and rich cultural experiences.

Why Volunteer in South Africa?

Volunteering in South Africa offers an immersive experience in a country that is a world of diverse landscapes, from the bustling energy of its cities to the serene expanses of its beaches and savannas.

  1. Diverse Landscapes: The country boasts a spectrum of environments – vibrant cities, pristine beaches, and expansive savannas known locally as ‘the bush’. As a volunteer in South Africa, you’ll be immersed in these natural wonders for extended periods.
  2. Rich Wildlife: South Africa’s wide savannas teem with wildlife, offering an unparalleled opportunity for animal lovers and conservationists. Engage in efforts to protect and study the rich biodiversity that calls this country home.
  3. Cultural Immersion: Ubuntu, a word central to South African society, encapsulates the spirit of togetherness and humanity. Volunteering here means becoming part of a community that values kindness and interconnectedness in the renowned ‘rainbow nation’.
  4. Comprehensive Experience: Located at the southern tip of the African continent, bordered by two oceans and several countries, South Africa is a melting pot of experiences. Your time volunteering here will be as diverse as the landscapes you explore.

Become a Part of South Africa’s Story

Volunteering in South Africa is not just about lending a hand; it’s about becoming part of a larger narrative of unity and conservation. Whether you want to be involved in Big 5 conservation, big cat care, ocean research or conservation, your contribution makes a significant impact. This is a place where you’ll leave a piece of your heart, and in return, take home unforgettable memories and experiences.

Interested in making a difference while exploring one of the world’s most beautiful countries? View our projects below to learn more about how you can volunteer in South Africa and be a part of its remarkable journey.

Our Projects in South Africa

Climate and Geography of South Africa

South Africa has one of the mildest climates and a considerable variety of landscapes to explore. The interior is much drier in general and cooler in the winter months while the coast offers lush and tropical vegetation and greater humidity. The breathtaking sites extend from the wide savannas inland to the mountains in the south-east and to both the Indian and Atlantic Ocean coastlines.

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South Africa's Culture and History

The diversity of culture in South Africa makes it a welcoming home to any traveller. Dubbed ‘The Rainbow Nation’, the people are friendly and eager to share their lives.  Historically, the country’s struggles against segregation, as well as icons like Nelson Mandela, are celebrated across the country. Near Johannesburg lies the Cradle of Humankind, where many human ancestors have been found.

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Wildlife and Biodiversity of South Africa

South Africa is famed for its wildlife – especially the Big Five.  The country is home to a number of endangered species like the rhino and riverine rabbit and is also the third most biologically diverse country in the world. Volunteering in South Africa enables you to discover and research a wide variety of animals from humpback whales to elephants and lions.

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