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African Big 5 & Wildlife Conservation Project
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African Big 5 & Wildlife Conservation Project

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Incredible experience

Such an amazing experience with incredible staff who encourage and help you to make the most out of your African Impact experience. I have had some amazing sightings of wildlife such as seeing Hyena Cubs, 4 Leopards, Jackal cubs just to name a few. The community work shows you how the projects take an active role in improving the livelihood of the local community through the Sasekile Gardens, Conservation Education and Reading Club. I've had an amazing time and I would highly recommend African Impact.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Awesome project

i really enjoyed my staying, wish i would stay for longer. all the staff are very kind and very approachable, and even though there can be a lot of volunteers everyone will get a personal treatment and will feel well taken care of.
I sure everyone that will come here will see the great value of the work that been done here (in all fields - research, community and photographing), and even though i've only been here for 2 weeks I felt part of what been done here and part of the high impact the come from this place.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Couldn't stay away

This was my second time volunteering in South Africa and I absolutely loved it. I spent a year thinking about coming back almost every single day, and I am so glad that I did - nothing about the project disappointed, from the amazing staff, the wonderful activities and the incredible sightings I have had the best month I could have imagined.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Is my time up already!?

Although I had attempted to do plenty of research online to ensure I was volunteering with an ethical, productive organisation, there was always going to be some doubt until experiencing it first hand. It wasn't long after arriving at Dumela Lodge that those doubts were well and truly put to rest.
The passion the staff here have for wildlife conservation and the community is incredible, and very contagious.
Some how they have managed an ideal balance of laughing and having a good time, with seeing and learning about the stunning wildlife, as well as putting in hard work and effort to ensure the projects are a success.
I found the time here incredibly rewarding but offer a word of warning for future volunteers- you will not want to leave!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Short but sweet experience

Even though I was only here for 3 weeks, I've had the experience of a lifetime. I have been incredibly lucky to have learned so much about so many species, and to have even seen some very special animals (leopards, aardvarks, and wild dogs). The guides are always on board to teach you anything you'd like to know and if they don't know the answer, they make an effort to go out and find out for/with you. The schedule each week was always jammed pack full of interesting drives, conservation work, and the occasional class at the local schools so it lets those, like myself, who are only here for a short while experience as much of the conservation project as possible. It always felt very well organised and thought out which made a huge difference. It enabled you to just focus on the work you were doing and to leave feeling like you made as much of an impact as you could. After all, it is called African Impact.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

My review

My experience with African Impact has been amazing. I've had the best three weeks of my life and I'm not really to leave, every day I've seen something different and learned so much. All the staff here are so friendly and helpful as soon as I arrived I instantly felt at home.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

My African adventure

I felt supported and welcomed right from the start, and with only two weeks here I loved that at the end I feel like I've really gotten the most out of my stay here due to the great schedule that was always filled up with awesome opportunities. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, the food was great, the housing was awesome and work we did I thoroughly enjoyed.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

My African volunteer experience

From the moment we arrived at the airport we felt welcomed and well-supported. With only two week to experience the program, we wanted to do as much as possible and we were not let down. The schedule was packed full of amazing projects and opportunities. The camaraderie was exceptional! An awesome time!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Time flew

It feel like I got here yesterday, time flew! But when I look back I can't believe how much I've learned, how much I've done, how much I've seen, and how much fun I've had in my (too short) two weeks stay.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

My review

My time with African Impact at Dumela was incredible. I met some amazing people who I will never forget and learned so much. I loved every moment of my time in Kruger, and sincerely hope that I will be able to return one day soon!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

A life changing experience

Most amazing experienced I've ever had. Best exposure to wild life and community. It gives you a fantastic opportunity to meaningful conservation and community work. Partnered up with other like minded individuals on an adventure you only live once!! So grateful I got to do it!!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Elia's review

The dumela lodge is beautiful the people you get to know are amazing you meet knew friends from all over the world and 100% motivated staff members. You do something useful but still have enough free time for example at the weekend. To sum up if you like new things exploring the African wildlife and doing something that helps others and has an impact DO IT.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Charlie's review

Dumela and South Africa was amazing. I fully regret not extending my stay and will most definitely be coming back here. The research and game drives opened my eyes to many career opportunities I did not know about and I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing experience with some amazing new friends.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Annabel's review

I have had an amazing time here at Dumela Lodge! It has been an experience of a lifetime and I am definitely going to come back another time. I have had so much fun and the work that gets done here and for the projects is absolutely amazing. I would recommend coming here to anyone, it is the best place.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Maddie's review

I HAVE HAD AN AMAZING TIME HERE AT DUMELA LODGE!!!! It has been the best couple of weeks of my life and I wish I could stay for longer (ever). I have learnt so many things over the course of my stay and had so much fun. I can't wait to come back.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

Thankful

Before my arrival at Dumela I was admittedly a little scared. The second I was picked up and Katie was there with my chauffeur sign (I felt very fancy) all of my troubles seemed to fall away. Since that moment everyone was so kind, understanding and passionate that I knew I was in the right place. The staff and the lodge so far exceeded my expectations, I'm so thankful for choosing this project over the others I had looked at.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Who knew collecting data could be so much fun?

African Impact was nothing like I expected it to be, but that's what made it so special. I never expected to become a part of a family that consisted of volunteers and staff from around the world. I never expected to gain an in-depth understanding for African wildlife and to be able to actively apply this new knowledge as I was out in the bush collecting data. I never expected to have such astonishing sightings of the diverse wildlife. And most of all, I never expected to understand and observe the impact research can have on African wildlife.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Gareth's review

Really glad I chose to volunteer with this project. Great food, friendly and engaging staff and an amazing overall atmosphere!
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Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

An once-in-a-lifetime experience

I was so glad that I decided to join this volunteer programme because I was able to see lots of wild animals in game drive and that I could be a part of the research team to help protect the wildlife animals in South Africa. The experience was absolutely fantastic and you also had a chance to involve in community projects, like Eco Village and conservation education. I highly recommend this volunteer programme to those who love animals and want to explore South Africa!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Africa Impact is awesome

Africa impact is awesome! The environment, volunteers, every staffs and even the meals are perfect. All of the activities are meaningful and valuable. For me, this is absolutely a wonderful experience in my life!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Amazing

Such a wonderful experience. The work that we did is actually making a difference to the community around us and to the spectacular wildlife. This project would be nothing though without the wonderful staff and researchers. Everyone was so friendly and inspiring and I have truly made friends for life here. I went for 3 weeks and for me I thought that was the perfect length of time.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Ultimate awesomeness

If you want to join this project, DO IT! It is amazing. You are able to experience South-Africa in a way you can not get during a regular holiday in this country. The staff is perfect, the food is awesome, the drives are the best!
Book now now!!!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Good

I enjoyed a lot with the guys and staff. I was missing interaction with locals and other projects and out-coming experts. I could do sports and knowing a little bit about south africa and how supporting the projects so I am very happy

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Great

It was really good. The staff was very friendly and approachable, the volunteers (especially Feras) were very fun and easy going. I spent only 2 weeks but it felt like it was too short and I would like to stay longer!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    6

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Unforgettable experiences made, with unforgettable friends (Camille the best)

From start to end, everything was simply perfect. Great experience on a daily basis, lovely staff, and even better food! this is surely a trip that I will never forget, and will undoubtedly recommend to anyone interested. Thank you African Impact, for the wonderful time.

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World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation