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Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Programmes

Wildlife conservation volunteering

Africa is home to some of the world’s most iconic and threatened wildlife, and wildlife conservation volunteers are needed now more than ever. Join one of our wildlife conservation volunteer programmes where you can work with rhinos and elephants; monitor endangered wild dog and cheetah and volunteer in only the most ethical of wildlife sanctuaries.

As a conservation volunteer you will have the opportunity to observe, at close quarters, some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. Explore incredible locations and spectacular landscapes, make amazing friends and contribute to dedicated conservation projects, working to protect some of the most endangered species on the planet. Volunteer on private game reserves, in immense national parks and vast wilderness areas, in the depths of the crystal clear Indian ocean, or in the world’s most ancient desert.

Wildlife conservation volunteers in Africa are never disappointed with their experience.

Our Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Programmes

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.

From $950

1 - 12 weeks

Support conservation work to protect endangered species in South Africa. Monitor priority species including lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino and wild dog.

From $1,625

2 - 12 + weeks

Undertake an intensive 6-week anti-poaching training course then work as a volunteer ranger in Big 5 reserves. Not for the faint-hearted!


6 - 24 weeks

Our 6-week nature enthusiast course is for those who are passionate about nature, and who want a more in-depth wildlife experience. Gain a deeper understanding of the natural environment.


6 weeks

Combine horse riding safaris, anti-poaching patrols and horseback game counts, with hands-on volunteer work with black rhinos and elephants.

From $1,305

1 - 2 weeks

Get to grips with the wild side of veterinary science at Africa’s leading wildlife sanctuary. Learn new practical skills, and assist with treating unusual wild animals!

From £1,370

2 - 12 weeks

Gain practical experience in advanced anti-poaching techniques, learning from South Africa’s most experienced conservation professionals.

From $1,395

7, 10, 14 days

Support the conservation of big cats in a responsible way and help mitigate the human-wildlife conflict. Track wild carnivores in a spectacular setting.

From $1,625

2 - 12 weeks

Volunteer with horses and experience beach life in Mozambique. Take clients on beach and coastal trail rides in a spectacular location.

From $1,700

2 - 12 weeks

Volunteer at Zimbabwe’s only dedicated primate rehabilitation centre. Gain animal care experience and assist in wildlife rehabilitation and release.

From $875

1 - 12 weeks

Support local staff in all aspects of daily animal care at a busy sanctuary. Work with large and small carnivores, primates, and a variety of birds, reptiles and antelope. 

From $1,250

2 - 12 weeks

Live in Liwonde National Park, Malawi and study Africa’s most iconic and endangered wildlife. The project focuses on the monitoring of lions, cheetahs, hyenas and vultures,

From £1,370

2 - 12 weeks

Volunteer as a Field Assistant in two of Zimbabwe’s most magnificent National Parks. A unique volunteer opportunity on a true wilderness experience.

From $1,795

2 weeks

Get involved with behaviour and habitat enrichment, wildlife rehabilitation, orphan care and veterinary health checks at this small sanctuary project in Malawi.

From £1,370

2 - 12 weeks

Participate in delivering solutions to the human-elephant conflict in Namibia. Monitor populations of the rare desert elephant and support rural communities.

From £950

2 - 12 weeks

Combine rhino conservation with primate rehabilitation in Zimbabwe. Experience life on a rhino conservancy, and work in a sanctuary focused on small animal care.

From $1,825

2 - 16 weeks

Witness an incredible ocean migration in a stunning location. Assist researchers with data collection to support international whale conservation.

From £1,899

2 - 12 weeks

Join world-class researchers in a spectacular diving location. Contribute to research supporting the conservation of whale sharks, manta rays and turtles.

From £2,199

2 - 12 weeks

Witness an incredible ocean migration in a stunning location. Assist researchers with data collection to support international whale conservation.

From £1,899

2 - 12 weeks

Responsible wildlife volunteering in Africa

There are hundreds of wildlife volunteer projects in Africa, unfortunately not all of them completely ethical. When choosing a responsible wildlife conservation programme, the welfare of the animals must be the project’s number one priority and their volunteers must make a tangible, positive impact on the environment, wildlife and local communities.

We have strict policies in place regarding the wildlife conservation projects we support., and our volunteers can be sure their contribution is supporting genuine conservation work, being done for the good of Africa’s wildlife.

We are the ethical travel Africa specialists

Why wildlife conservation?

Africa’s iconic wildlife is in serious decline, and the continent is home to several key species facing imminent extinction. Rhino populations are down 85% and the African elephant is now a vulnerable species. Wildlife volunteers joining our projects will contribute to important conservation work being done to secure the future of threatened species, and can be sure that the projects they support are doing genuine conservation work.

Volunteer with three elephants at wildlife sanctuary
Volunteers in Namibia building a wall for construction projects

A unique volunteering experience

Conservation volunteering allows travellers a more immersive experience than a traditional safari. You will gain an in depth understanding of the country’s conservation requirements and meet conservationists working on the ground to protect the planets most vulnerable animals. At a responsible project, volunteers will have unbelievable animal encounters, all the while knowing that the contribution they are making will have an impact on the future of that species.

Our vision for wildlife conservation

Our vision is for an Africa where humans and wildlife can thrive peacefully side by side. The inputs to achieving this vision are threefold: the long term protection and wellbeing of animals, the conservation of ecosystems, and the education and upliftment of communities. Volunteer tourism, when used in a responsible way, has a critical role to play in achieving these goals, and all our volunteers will see the positive impact their journey is making.

Black rhino with enormous horn and calf

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