Join our field guides and research team on game drives in the world famous Greater Kruger Area, a wildlife hotspot in South Africa. Monitor and study the African Big 5 (leopard, rhino, lion, buffalo and elephant) and assist local wildlife foundations with the protection of endangered and at-risk species. In experiencing the majesty of African wildlife on a daily basis, you’ll play your part in making sure that future generations get to do the same.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Contribute to a project that works toward the preservation and conservation of the African Big 5
- Learn 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
“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
Dates & Rates
- All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
- All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
- 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
- Tea, coffee and filtered water
- Medical and travel insurance
- Flights to your chosen destination
- Weekend trips and other non-project activities
- Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
How your volunteer fee is used:
Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.
African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.
About the Destination
During your volunteer placement, you will stay at our program base in the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa, a wildlife hotspot situated just 45-minutes from the world-famous Kruger National Park.
Surrounded by game reserves, the spacious thatched lodge boasts a large swimming pool and is situated on 18 hectares of land. This beautiful landscape serves as home to impala, warthog, bush pig, nyala and a great diversity of birdlife. Here can you dine, relax and socialise with fellow interns, volunteers and staff.
Whether you’re looking for gap-year travel, work experience or simply a career-break, this is an experience that will give you new perspectives, new friends, new skills and give you a glimpse into the beautiful world of the African wild. At weekends our team can help you organise day and over night trips to nearby attractions, including the world-famous Blyde River Canyon.
Work & Impacts
You will gather valuable information on wild animals by monitoring their behaviour and movements in the field. You will collect environmental and related data to give a cohesive and full analysis from which we identify correlations and patterns to help assist reserve and animal management. This gives wildlife foundations and ecological teams a multitude of essential data, inclusive of (but not limited to) population numbers, social dynamics and carrion capacity in any given area. You’ll also learn how to compile animal ID kits which help us and partner organisations to monitor and track both individuals and family/social groups. All data goes toward fine-tuning management plans of animals and habitats supporting future conservation initiatives and the preservation of the African Big 5.
Work & Impacts
Physical Conservation Work
Physical conservation activities during your volunteering placement will take place on various reserves in the area and will consist of camera trapping, removing alien plant species, clearing encroaching bush, maintaining waterholes and picking up litter, to mention but a few. It is a fantastic opportunity to bond with other volunteers – and keep in good shape!
Work & Impacts
This is an opportunity to work on the data collected whilst out in the field and any other project requirements at the time. In the research lab you will help enter the data, which will contribute to animal ID kits, guides for tracking; compiling mini animal guides, sightings data and game count reports. This work helps reserve management to sustain a healthy ecosystem on the reserve and to understand the behaviour of the animals, all which contributes to the preservation of the African Big 5.
Fun & Travel
Go on weekend trips
Fun & Travel
Back at the lodge after a day’s excitement and hard work, you can relax at the pool, have a drink at the bar, watch a movie or enjoy a games night with other volunteers. Often we have presentations by guides and other staff members giving you an extra opportunity to learn more about the African environment and its inhabitants, both animal and human. Dinner is served in the boma weekly with a nice big fire, often followed by marshmallows! You can also have fun by getting involved in some fundraising events such as games and quiz nights.
Fun & Travel
Cultural presentations, achievement presentations, poaching debates, star-gazing and a presentation about our partners and The Happy Africa Foundation could be available for you to attend.