Volunteering in Africa
Africa is one of the world’s best destinations for volunteering. Home to some the most iconic and endangered wildlife on the planet, spectacular and varied landscapes, red sunsets and sweeping plains, this continent has to be on your volunteer bucket list. A melting pot of cultures, religions and beliefs, Africa also has some of the world’s most ancient heritage sites.
Many animal species are threatened with extinction, and nowhere is the human-wildlife conflict more in evidence than Africa. With factors such as illegal hunting, the exotic pet trade, deforestation and poaching, putting so many animals at risk, the time has never been better for volunteers to assist in responsible, carefully selected wildlife conservation programmes. In return for your commitment to the project, you will meet like-minded volunteers, work alongside dedicated conservationists and explore Africa’s most stunning wilderness areas.
We have a range of wildlife volunteer opportunities, from endangered species conservation in South Africa, to whale shark and marine conservation in Mozambique, and primate conservation in Zimbabwe. Whatever your passion, travel in a new way, and immerse yourself in the real Africa!
Where do you want to volunteer?
Our mission is to connect responsible travellers, wildlife programmes and community projects,
to provide life-changing journeys that have a genuine impact.
We are the ethical travel Africa experts.
Why volunteer in Africa?
Volunteers help achieve our vision to preserve Africa’s wildlife heritage through long term positive impact projects. Work with iconic species, knowing you are contributing to their future survival, and immerse yourself in Africa’s wild areas. Wildlife conservation is most effective with community engagement, so volunteers will also work alongside communities, appreciating other cultures and participating in outreach projects.
Volunteering is not just for college students. Increasingly, families and mature adventurers are looking for new travel experiences, where they can experience what Africa has to offer and immerse themselves in a new place. Our projects offer something for everyone, where volunteers of all ages will meet like-minded people from all walks of life, working together to positively contribute to long term, sustainable programmes.
Responsible travel in Africa
Not all volunteer projects are good volunteer projects. Your project should clearly address the needs of the wildlife or community and be open and transparent about what you will be doing, and the benefits that volunteers bring. Projects to be wary of include organisations who breed big cats in captivity and allow cub interactions; wildlife sanctuaries who do not have documented successful animal releases; and some orphanage projects.
Join a unique conservation programme, dedicated to the protection of the black rhino. Play a vital role in securing the future of these iconic animals.
1 - 8 weeks
Support the conservation of big cats in a responsible way and help mitigate the human-wildlife conflict. Track wild carnivores in a spectacular setting.
2 - 12 weeks
Gain practical experience in advanced anti-poaching techniques, learning from South Africa’s most experienced conservation professionals.
Get involved with behaviour and habitat enrichment, wildlife rehabilitation, orphan care and health checks, at this small sanctuary project in Malawi.