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African Big 5 Wildlife Conservation

2 - 12 weeks over summer
Key Info


Imagine. South Africa. The world famous Kruger National Park. Surrounded by the sounds and sights of the African bush. The African Big Five are critically endangered, because of hunting and environmental changes. Local wildlife foundations need volunteers to monitor and study these majestic animals; leopards, rhinos, lions, buffalos and elephants. As a volunteer, you'll play an essential part in ensuring the sustainability of this ecosystem, for any time between 2 to 12 weeks, starting on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.

What will you be doing?

  • Contributing to a project that works toward the preservation and conservation of the African Big 5.

  • Learning to understand the building blocks of successful ecosystems and the important roles that different species play.

  • Work on key research work such as Lion, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard ID kits.

  • Get hand on with conservation tasks such as game counts, alien plant removal and snare sweeping.

  • Sleep, play and work in the African bush with a multitude of wildlife and natural beauty surrounding you.

Who is it for
Environmental Health
Animal Behaviour/Zoology
Wildlife Conservation
All Students

Key Info

Airport Transfers

Additional information

Key activities include:

- Research Drives; joining qualified guides and research teams on wildlife guides to collect data and monitor behaviour of Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Leopards and Buffalo's herd movements.

- Conservation Work; help create waterholes, remove alien plants, clear fences, conduct snare sweeps and return the land into a habitat for the wildlife to flourish. 

- Learn and Grow knowledge; in compiling and collecting data, you will create maps, analyse and create reports, of all the animals we observe. Using everything from whisker paterns, scars and ear notches you will understand how to distinguish individuals in order to create and update ID kits.

Other side activities include helping with community projects such as conservation education, an option to work at a local reptile centre and once a week sleep out at a campsite in the middle of the Klaserie, a private game reserve. With lots of options for side trips, and regular evening socialising entertainment at the amazing lodge (with pool onsight!), this is sure to be a life changing experience.


Who is it for?

This is an amazing programme, great for;

  • students wanting to further their practical skills in animal conservation.
  • Those on courses related to Wildlife conservation, who wish to get some work experience, for a placement module or otherwise.
  • Those with a passion for helping endangered animals
  • Those interested in trying something new and exciting like travelling.
  • Open to anyone with the interests and passions.
Location & Accommodation

The accomodation is a spacious thatched lodge with a large swimming pool and outdoor space.

Located in the heart of South Africa, the lodge is a 45-minute drive from the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and a 30-minute drive from Hoedspruit, the nearest town. 


What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • All daily transport in South Africa
  • 3 meals a day
  • Full housekeeping service
  • 24 hour support onsite
  • Full programme of activities


Dates & Cost

2 weeks - £1199

3 weeks - £1522

4 weeks - £1845

5 weeks - £2334

6 weeks - £2638

7 weeks - £2943

8 weeks - £3247

9 weeks - £3552

10 weeks - £3856

11 weeks - £4160

12 weeks - £4465


start dates 2017

16 July

30 July

13 August

27 August

10 September

24 September

8 October

22 October

5 November

19 November

3 December

17 December

What can I do in my spare time?

There is some downtime in the evenings, which is a great opportunity to relax and catch up with other volunteers in a very sociable atmosphere, around campfire in the African bush or visiting nearby towns.

On weekends, there is more time, and there are a few options; 

Day safari to Kruger National Park

A fantastic day learning about the Shangaan local culture, through dance and music

An overnight tracking trip in a big game reserve with the head guide, camp our under the stars.

Visit the amazing Swaziland, and it's Mlilwane game reserve with an incredible selection of animal species and stunning flowers.