Escape from the ordinary and immerse yourself in a month of personal interaction with some of the most charismatic mammals in Africa, brought to you by this team of passionate and experienced wildlife staff.  The program allows up-close experiences with wild lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinos, and possibly the rarely occurring leopards, as well as other South African wildlife – all within malaria-free, private game reserves. You can rest assured that you will be able to get to know the unique wildlife of Africa in a safe, controlled and responsible manner.

Our program is a once in a lifetime opportunity for aspiring wildlife conservationists or nature enthusiasts.  The program will demand much from participants, mentally and physically; however, the demands are well within the capabilities of most volunteers, and whilst being challenging, is both enjoyable and exciting.  It is an opportunity to learn invaluable new skills, experience Africa’s unique environment and wildlife, be part of the difference that returns the environment to its natural, original state. It’s not only about what you take with you, but the lasting effects of what you leave behind... your footprints.

We welcome future volunteers to complete and submit the application form. We look forward to receiving your application, and the opportunity to welcome you to South Africa.


But there is
a fine print anyway...
That's right, no specific skills needed...

However, we are looking for dedicated, hard-working, mature and motivated volunteers that care!

Our courses typically run over a two or four week period, (staying longer is also an option)!

Because of the demanding nature of work on the reserve, Volunteers should be in good physical health and fitness.

Specific wildlife experience is not necessary, however veterinary volunteers, biology volunteers and animal lovers will benefit greatly from this project.

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For more information contact: 


+27 (0)82 923 8855


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