Enkosini Eco Experience
Join the Lapolosa Wilderness program of Enkosini Eco Experience. Lapolosa is a bushveld haven designed to restore the land to its original state as wilderness. Volunteers...
An amazing experience for my family!
Submitted by JillW - Hong Kong | January 25, 2016
My husband, myself and our two daughters, ages 11 and 10, spent a week volunteering at Bambelela and loved every minute of it! The monkeys were amazing, the people were awesome and the work was rewarding. There were many tears when it was time to leave (I was going to say from my daughters, but who am I kidding?!?!). If you've got a good work ethic, a willingness to get dirty and have a soft spot for animals, this is the place you're looking for.
Program: Bambelela Wildlife Sanctuary
Magali , such a great volunteer project and amazing experience
Submitted by danielle rubens - Liege | January 03, 2016
Hello , My name is Dani and I live in Belgium . I want to take a few minutes to share my experience of volunteering in Makalali .
I was 52 years old when I went to Makalali and it was my first time to volunteer. I love Africa and wanted to live something different than going on safari, " Do " something to help Wildlife and conservancy.
Pick-up in Hoedspruit and first the volunteers go to the shopping center to buy some personal items so as soft drinks , candies , chips etc ; Arriving in Makalali , welcome by the staff and explaining the organisation in the camp . Accommodation is pretty nice , double shared rooms and bathroom , all located in the middle of nature , no fences .
I did 2 weeks there and it has been a wonderful experience . Go out early morning with the 4X4 for animal observing , data base of the different animals , do Bush walks , bush clearing , surviving experience with a Zulu member ( amazing and lovely man ) . The work in the camp is shared , some people make the food , other do dishes , etc , following a day plan and menu to prepare the food.
You can expect to see the big five . Some days are hard work but it is so rewarding , having the opportunity to be there , have time enough to make pictures during the daily game drives for data base .
I would definitely recommend this amazing project , wonderful experience and eye opener to protect and respect wildlife .
Thanks to the staff and other volunteers to make this experience unforgettable , Dani ( Belgium )
Program: Makalali Game Reserve
White Shark Projects
Submitted by Alex Kurth - Seattle, WA | December 03, 2015
WSP is amazing – the staff and crew are friendly and supportive, the volunteer house is cozy, the landscape is gorgeous, the no-sea days prove fun for exploring, and the sharks are everywhere!
I stayed with the program for two weeks (in September) but I wish it could’ve been longer. Getting eye-to-eye with Great Whites has been at the top of my list for years and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. My fellow volunteers were from all over the world and we had a great time bonding over volunteer work and yummy food. Along with the dive trips my group traveled to the southernmost tip of Africa, went on safari, visited an ostrich farm, participated in the Hermanus art walk (spread awareness about ocean conservation), and went to the South African Shark Conservatory. I will definitely be returning in the future.
Program: Great White Shark Project
Wonderful White Shark Programme
Submitted by Milly Stewart - Northumbria University | November 11, 2015
I stayed for a month and absolutely loved every minute of this volunteer programme! From the sharks, to the community, everyone was so friendly and welcoming, it felt like home very quickly. Making life-long friendships with some other volunteers and the staff too, it really was the trip of a life time. So much so that I will 100% be returning to white shark projects! Absolutely incredible!
Program: Great White Shark Project
Submitted by Conor - Dublin | November 03, 2015
People tend to blather on about 'This experience changed my life' when they come back from trips away, and since I'm as cynical as the day is long whenever I hear that God-awful statement I feel like hitting them over the head with my shoe (Actually a steel toecapped boot so, y'know, it'd hurt a bit) but a short stay of a couple of weeks, Modisa managed to change some of my more deeply-held beliefs about nature and conservation, which was no mean feat.
Overall I loved it. The team at Modisa are really trying to achieve something good there and you can tell by them that they're 100% committed to it. The experience is fantastic, and as much you'd sign up to this for the animals & African experience it's the people there who really make Modisa what it is.
While you're there you'll get a 360 degree view of conservation and wildlife in Botswana. Half of your time will be doing volunteer work which I won't deny is hard, especially if you're a pasty white Irish boy who goes from 0 to well-cooked after fifteen seconds of direct sunlight. But as I said above; the people there make these jobs a lot more fun. The other half will be spent on game drives, bush walks etc. which are amazing. Modisa is right beside the CKGR and as far as the eye can see there's just wilderness around you. You'll learn about (and see up close) the big game animals but you'll also learn about the smaller things that people overlook: Plants, insects, birds. After a while you'll gain a knowledge of how these all plug in together and that was why I really loved Modisa: You learn about the entire ecosystem, not just the 'big five'. You'll also learn about the political situation and how it affects conservation which while reading it here sounds pretty dry but in reality is actually fairly interesting.
After all the above Modisa has so much more that makes it stand out in my memory: Having the craic (I'd google that phrase if you're not sure what it means by the way) at the camp after a long day and dinner, having stickbread around a campfire, the sunrises, the sunsets, finding your way to your tent at night and just listening to the noises of the Kalahari as you're going to sleep. It's a fantastic place to volunteer.
Actually as I type this I'm remembering my two weeks there and I want to go back again now!
Program: Modisa Wildlife Project