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Botswana

Modisa Wildlife Project

The Modisa Wildlife Project was created by two passionate conservationists whose mutual love and passion for wildlife, especially big cats, was a catalyst for them to set...

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South Africa

Siyafunda Bush Experience

The Siyafunda Bush Experience is perfect for those wanting to live on the wild side of Africa. The tracking camp is based in the 60,000 acre Makalali Game Reserve, where

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South Africa

Great White Shark Project

Join the Great White Shark Project in South Africa, dedicated to the exploration and conservation of the world’s greatest predator. With programs ranging between two weeks...

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South Africa

Makalali Game Reserve

At Makalali Game Reserve, volunteers join Africa's Big Five at this amazing 61,000 acre reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, close to the world-renowned Kruger...

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South Africa

O.R.C.A. Marine Conservation

Volunteer in O.R.C.A. Marine Conservation located in South Africa through Enkosini Eco Experience and get that once in a lifetime chance to participate in marine conservation...

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South Africa

Bambelela Wildlife Sanctuary

Bambelela is an amazing and special wildlife rehabilitation centre in South Africa, most regarded for their exceptional work with vervet monkeys. What makes Bambelela unique...

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South Africa

Kariega Conservation Project in South Africa

Volunteers at South Africa's Kariega program get the ultimate "Bush and Beach" Experience! When you join the Kariega Game Reserve as a conservation volunteer you make a real...

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Namibia

Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

Volunteers dreaming of helping orphaned or injured African wildlife, researching cheetah and leopard or making a difference to the medical welfare of the under privileged...

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Namibia

Noah's Ark Wildlife Centre

The Noah’s Ark Wildlife Centre gives volunteers the opportunity to care for and handle African wildlife in the beautiful desertland of Namibia. Over the past 30 years,

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South Africa

C.A.R.E. Baboon Sanctuary

C.A.R.E. Baboon Sanctuary offers volunteers a unique, hands-on experience with chacma baboons and other indigenous wildlife of South Africa. 400 baboons currently reside

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South Africa

Zingela Endangered Species Project

The Zingela Endangered Species Project is an amazing experience for volunteers who are interested in protecting Rare and Endangered Species in Africa. Plans to reintroduce...

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South Africa

Amakhala Game Reserve

Volunteers traveling to Amakhala Game Reserve take part in the ultimate "Bush, Beach and Community" experience at a fantastic 15,000 acre Big 5 reserve. Amakhala is home

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South Africa

Lapolosa Wilderness : A True Wilderness / Work 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...

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Enkosini Eco Experience Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Life-changing experience

I spent 2 unforgettable weeks (late October to early November) with Siyafunda, and left teary-eyed wishing I had more time. It is the kind of experience for those who really want to be in the authentic South African bush. We went on game drives to collect data twice-a-day that were always incredible-- we managed to see the entire Big 5 (and many more) in my first two days! Aside from the breath-taking wildlife, the staff and guides were exceptional. Their ability to connect with the volunteers, all while constantly educating us on everything in sight and making us feel safe in our surroundings made me feel immediately at home at Siyafunda. I was fortunate enough to spend some time at both the Bush Camp and the Research Base Camp, and I recommend doing both. Bush Camp is as authentic Africa as it gets, and it worth the experience. There is truly nothing like sleeping with Hyenas howling right outside your tent at night, which will inevitably happen at bush camp. Though you do maintenance or a project at least once a week, it is still something to look forward to, knowing that you are helping maintain the reserve for both people and animals alike. One of the best things about Siyafunda is their drive to educate and immerse you with the wildlife around you. Unlike fancy lodges where you arrive at a sighting and spend maybe 2 minutes with an animal, Siyafunda guides let the volunteers determine how long we stayed at a sighting to watch the animal, which lended to some incredible sightings. Because we were able to stay at sightings, we were able to see things like a two lions and leopard fight over a warthog kill, and hyenas bravely stealing a kill from a male lion. Siyafunda leaves you feeling as though you made a difference and are connected to nature. There is no doubt that I would recommend this program to anyone of any age, and I know that you will leave with indescribable memories, lasting connections, and wishing you had more time.

Program: Makalali Game Reserve

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

An amazing experience for my family!

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

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Magali , such a great volunteer project and amazing experience

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

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

White Shark Projects

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

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Wonderful White Shark Programme

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

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