Volunteer in South Africa
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Responsible volunteering in South Africa
South Africa epitomises Africa’s iconic wildlife and natural beauty. From the deserts of the Kalahari, to bustling Cape Town and its rolling winelands and Table Mountain, to the wild beauty of the Drakensburg Mountains, and of course, Kruger National Park and its wildlife-filled savannah.
Volunteering in South Africa is an experience like no other. From the heat of the mighty Limpopo River on its northern border with Zimbabwe, to the waddling penguins of the Southern Cape, South Africa is one of the world’s most diverse, vibrant and fascinating countries. It is the perfect destination to combine conservation or community volunteering with a journey of exploration and discovery.
There is so much to offer volunteers in South Africa. We focus on wilderness volunteering, where you can undergo rigorous anti-poaching training with conservation professionals in the remote northern Limpopo, or work with endangered species in the National Parks of KwaZulu Natal.
In addition to the vital conservation and community work on our volunteer projects, South Africa is also home to the iconic Table Mountain (Cape Town), the most well-known national park in Africa (Kruger), and one of the greatest driving routes in the world (the Garden Route). We can advise and book tours and excursions, both guided or independent, to the country’s main and off-the-beaten-track attractions – giving you the opportunity to experience the country as, or with, a local.
Volunteer projects in South Africa
Support award-winning conservation work to protect endangered and vulnerable wildlife in South Africa. Monitor priority species including lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, elephant and African wild dog. The volunteer project is based in Zululand, one of the most biodiverse wildlands in Africa, much of it declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and considered to be the birthplace of wildlife conservation in Africa.
Gain practical experience in anti-poaching techniques, and work alongside conservation professionals to understand the challenges facing those dedicated to protecting Africa’s endangered species. Gain an in-depth understanding of wildlife behaviour, identify the tracks and signs of humans and animals and learn anti-poaching patrol procedures. Actively contribute to the protection of vulnerable species.
Join the dedicated teams working on the frontline to protect Africa’s most iconic and endangered wildlife. The programme consists of a 6-week intensive training course that will test your physical and mental endurance. Successful recruits will then be deployed on active duty with patrols in Big 5 reserves across South Africa. Have you got what it takes?