Big Cat Wildlife Research & Conservation, Kenya

Join our team on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya for a rare chance to research 3 of Africa’s most iconic big cats – lions, leopards, and cheetahs. This program gives you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the wild hinterlands of East Africa and witness spectacular displays of wildlife while conducting important wildlife research that contributes to long-term wildlife conservation and reserve management plans.

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


  • Monitor and collect data in a reserve that is famous for its unrivaled big cat and wildlife encounters
  • Witness the legendary beauty of Africa on daily safari game drives through Naboisho Conservancy
  • Get your hands dirty by doing physical conservation work such as removing invasive species
  • Contribute to community development by teaching young Maasai locals at Koiyaki Guiding School English and other skills that will help them become safari guides
  • Get involved with education workshops that help locals understand the importance of wildlife conservation
  • Spend time with Maasai warriors, learning about their unique culture and hearing tales about their lives and life in Kenya
  • Live in the middle of the untamed African bush and experience some of the most authentic wildlife experiences the continent has to offer

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 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 of wildebeest and antelope roaming the great plains from the safety of camp.

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 are provided.

With Mara right on the doorstep of the volunteer house, you will have plenty of opportunities to go on safari and watch the resident wildlife in their natural habitats. Mara, as it is known, has one of the highest densities of lions in the country and is home to the “Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth” – the Great Migration, when millions of wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti to the Mara in search of water and grazing grounds.

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)
  • Medical or 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

“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

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