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South Africa

Phinda Wildlife Research Project

The Phinda Game Reserve is famous for being one of South Africa's success stories in wildlife reintroduction. Over the past 20 years, the area has been restocked with indigenous...

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South Africa

Care for Wild Africa

Volunteer at the Khulula Care for Wild in South Africa with African Conservation Experience. Volunteers take direct responsibility for all tasks associated with the day-to-day...

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South Africa

Shimongwe Wildlife Veterinary Experience

The Shimongwe Wildlife Veterinary Project offers volunteers an African Conservation Experience to work closely with a wildlife veterinarian. The project is based in some

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South Africa

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre contributes to the conservation of endangered species and the rehabilitation of injured wildlife in South Africa. Moholoholo...

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Namibia

Naankuse Namibia Predator Research Project

Located south of Windhoek, this project from African Conservation Experience gives volunteers the opportunity to work alongside qualified wildlife researchers at three different...

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Zimbabwe

Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage & Research Project

African Conservation Experience offers the opportunity to volunteer at the Chipongali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Project near Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. The program gives...

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South Africa

Game Capture Team

South Africa is one of the only African countries that has a growing game industry. A specialized part of this industry is the breeding of both endangered and general game...

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South Africa

Hanchi Conservation Project

Hanchi is a unique program aimed at experienced riders. Set in the greater Kruger area, Hanchi gives volunteers the opportunity to experience the beautiful African bushveld...

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South Africa

Coastal Conservation and Education Project

The Dolphin and Whale Research Centre is based in the spectacular Plettenberg Bay, which is fast becoming the Whale and Dolphin Capital of the Garden Route in South Africa,...

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South Africa

Game Ranger Experience

The Game Ranger Experience offers a thorough introduction to the wildlife and habitats of South Africa. In an action-packed two weeks, you will learn about a huge range of...

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African Conservation Experience Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • The Adventure

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

The dream

The day I came back I started saving to go again, I have now been back 6 months and I travel out again in 8 weeks!
This was my second trip with ACE because they are very organised and I felt safe travelling with the company and knew where my money was going for each organisation.
khulula is very challenging and not for the weak hearted. Everyday is a mission to care for the animals throughout the day (and night)
No where else in the world can I ever gain the experiences I was given here. Truly magical

Program: Care for Wild Africa

  • African Conservation Experience responded to this review March 01, 2016 at 1:42 AM

    Thanks so much for your reviews, Anna! Hope you'll have an amazing time at Care for Wild again.

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • The Adventure

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

My Moholoholo

it was always my dream to go somewhere in Africa but with no travelling experience and an over anxious mother I planned my adventure through ACE. They were very organised and helped me plan my trip. They made sure I arrived safely and met me At the airport.
Moholoholo is such a beautiful place, I learnt so many new things and had experiences I will never forget.
I expected rice and beans for tea but the food was incredible. Even the vegetarian option was amazing!
There was a lot of down time so I could go and see the animals and take some amazing photos!
Worth every penny

Program: Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Life Changing Experience!

I went there for the whole month of September 2015, without any previous experience in animal conservation and felt right at home. The location is stunning, with the housing located in the reserve itself. The daily activity consisted mainly in tracking down and recording information on various animals, as well as sometimes assisting in animal capture and care. Despite the work being sometimes quite heavy and tiring, I never felt like giving up or wanting to go home. The flora and fauna are of course spectacular, with all the Big 5 occuring in the reserve. The only problem with Phinda is that it will hurt to leave it behind. For me it really was a life changing experience. After coming back I decided to enroll in a Field Guide Training program, and will be going back to South Africa next year, hopefully permanently. All in all, if you love the outdoors, don't mind getting wet, dirty and smelling of antilope guts and are not afraid of hard work, then Phinda is the place to be.

Program: Phinda Wildlife Research Project

  • African Conservation Experience responded to this review March 01, 2016 at 1:18 AM

    Great to hear the placement had such an impact on you! Thanks so much for your review - amazing pictures!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The Best 2 months of my life!

I have done this project twice now and both times it was nothing short of perfect! ACE organised all my flights and transport for me so I knew I would always be in the right place at the right time and it would always be supervised and safe.
The family I stayed with were the most lovely, friendly and accommodating people I have ever met. I got my own bedroom and all dietary requirements are catered for, and the food was always delicious! We were taken out at the weekends if there was no work with the vet, and got to do activities like meeting Jessica the hippo and elephant rides so we got the most out of every second. We got taken to the vets every morning at what ever time we had to be there and picked up in the evenings ready for dinner.
Dr Rogers is the most incredible vet I have ever had the pleasure of working with, his commitment and drive is just inspiring, he takes the time to explain everything he is doing so I learned so much about the different treatments and drugs and he let us get as hands on and as involved as possible.
There was nothing I would change about my trip and I would go again in an instant if I had the chance!
Couldn't rate it better!
5* would definitely recommend it

Program: Shimongwe Wildlife Veterinary Experience

  • African Conservation Experience responded to this review March 01, 2016 at 1:55 AM

    Thank you for sharing your experience and pictures - Hopefully you'll be back out with Dr Rogers before you know it!