Big Cat Wildlife Research & Conservation, Masai Mara

Big Cat volunteers support our conservation efforts in the Naboisho Conservancy, which borders the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. You will actively monitor big cats and other wildlife whilst conducting important research that contributes to long-term park and animal management plans.


  • Monitor big cats every day, including lions, leopards and cheetahs. This data collection will help to protect these endangered predators
  • Go out on research game drives three times a day to collect data for conservancy management
  • Live in the middle of the bush while you enjoy one of the most authentically wild experiences Africa has to offer
  • Immerse yourself in Maasai culture as you volunteer alongside our experienced Maasai safari guides from the Koiyaki Guiding School
  • Help new students graduate from the Koiyaki Guiding School
  • Contribute to our conservation education classes, helping to ensure that future generations understand the importance of wildlife conservation

Volunteer Reviews

“Two weeks that I will never forget. Having always wanted to go on safari, I have managed to do just that and so much more for a fraction of the price, whilst contributing to wildlife research. Seeing such a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat is something that money can’t buy and it was amazing to get so close.”

Shashi Kapur, UK

“I had such an amazing experience on this project. Of course, the wildlife was incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed the monitoring and game drives. What made the biggest impression on me, though, are the incredible people I met while there—both on staff and in the community.” 

Melissa Hanlan, USA

Dates & Rates

Prices include:
  • 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
Prices exclude:
  • 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
  • Laundry
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

Your home during your stay in Kenya is a unique location in the middle of the African bush. You will live at our volunteer base in the wild Kenyan Mara Naboisho Conservancy, which borders the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. It is a wild and untouched open space, and at night you will hear roars from lions, hyenas laughing and thousands and thousands of wildebeest and antelope roaming the Great Plains all from the safety of our camp.

The Maasai Mara area has one of the highest lion densities in the country, and the wealth of wildlife ensures a unique encounter in their natural habitat as you gain an understanding about the animals. The Mara is home to “The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth” the Great Migration that takes place every year.

Your accommodation is a truly authentic and comfortable rustic safari camp with a choice of dormitories or large tents or private 1-person safari tents.

We have an excellent chef that cooks three delicious meals for you every day, you can enjoy eating and socializing with other volunteers and staff in our outdoor area listening to the sounds of the bush. Mosquito nets and towels will be provided.

Volunteering in Africa does not get any more authentic than this. As a wildlife volunteer in Kenya, you will gain a better sense of why volunteering is important, and experience first-hand the positive impact you can have in the world.

Q1 2018 Mara Newsletter- Featured Image
April 26, 2018

Updates and Achievements from our Maasai Mara Project – Q1 2018

We love sharing with you what our hard-working team of staff and volunteers have achieved in this first quarter of this year for the communities and wildlife living in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. A HUGE well done to all!
April 1, 2018

Photography in Research

Photography and research volunteer, Nathaniel Cohen, emphasizes the importance of ID kits and how taking photographs on game drives can assist conservation efforts.
March 13, 2018

Tips for a Big Cat Research Volunteer in Kenya

Here are some tips to read before volunteering on African Impact's Maasai Mara project.
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Project Updates and Achievements from Q1 2018
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Project Updates and Achievements from Q3 2017
Project Updates and Achievements from Q2 2017
Project Updates and Achievements from Q1 2017
Trips and Tours in the Maasai Mara Region
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