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African Big 5 & Wildlife Conservation

The work you do on this volunteer program will contribute to important wildlife conservation efforts to protect and conserve threatened and endangered species. Join our field guides and wildlife conservation research team in the most beautiful game reserves in the Greater Kruger Area for the ultimate African safari and encounters with Africa’s iconic ‘Big 5’.

This volunteer program is ideal for wildlife lovers, nature enthusiasts, and aspiring conservationists or zoologists


  • Spend your time in the wild researching Africa’s ‘Big 5’ – Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Leopards, and Buffalo
  • Collect information that will influence wildlife conservation by protecting wildlife from threats such as poaching, habitat loss, and misinformed culling
  • Track the movements and behaviors of herds of elephants and prides of lions through the wild African bush
  • Witness nocturnal animals such as leopards in their natural habitat on unforgettable moonlit night drives
  • Go on morning walks through the bush to identify animal tracks
  • Camp out under the starry skies at our overnight research camp for a truly unique African experience
  • Offer much needed assistance with removing invasive plant species and going on anti-poaching sweeps
  • Live in the heart of the world famous Greater Kruger Area in a private volunteer lodge surrounded by nature and open skies
  • Explore the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. Go on a safari in the Kruger National Park. And experience the fascinating culture of the Swazi people in Swaziland

About the Destination

The Greater Kruger Area encompasses over 20 private wildlife reserves on the west side of the world renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa. These private reserves coming together to create one big reserve was a significant contribution to wildlife conservation efforts and has helped protect and preserve one of the world’s last remaining wildlife strongholds.

The whole area comprises almost 5.5 million acres of unfenced land where animals roam freely across wild savannah. The Greater Kruger Area is major hotspot for wildlife conservation and offers endless opportunities for wildlife encounters with iconic animals such as elephants, lions, rhinos, and wild dogs. Many of these animals are endangered or vulnerable.

Your home during your time on this wildlife conservation project will be at Dumela Lodge, an exclusive, fully equipped volunteer house just 45 minutes from the Kruger National Park. It is a safari style lodge with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a swimming pool, WiFi, hot showers, and an outdoor area for star gazing and socializing.

Dates & Rates

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Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your stay
  • 3 meals a day cooked by a local chef (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport to and from project
  • 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
  • Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
  • Project equipment and resources
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights (we can assist you with this)
  • Travel insurance (we can assist you with this)
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs

Volunteer Reviews

“Having spent only 3 weeks with African impact, I have learnt an incredible for such a short period of time. The staff are amazing, the guides seem to know everything there is to know about the bush, not once in my time here were they unable to answer a question! The work can be tiring, but is rewarding as we can see the difference we are making. The drives are amazing and there is always something to see, the best of all for me being a sighting of a leopard with its cub! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and my only regret is that I didn’t book more than 3 weeks! I would recommend it to anyone without a second thought!”

Edward Selvey, UK

Throughout my time on the project, I was able to collect lots of data on game drives (while seeing some of Africa’s most incredible animals!), teach conservation education lessons to 7th graders at a local school, camp out under the incredible star-filled night sky every week, go on amazing weekend adventures during our time off, gain so much information about the species we study, and so much more! This trip was truly life-changing in that it opened my mind and perspective on so many things – I would recommend this experience to anyone with any background.”

Rachael Pulick, USA

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