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Experience an adventure in beautiful Africa

We have exclusive experience opportunities available in some amazing projects including those helping protect the Lions, Cheetahs, Rhino, Leopards, Elephants and other endangered wildlife in Africa. 

If you're enthusiastic, passionate and are excited to help out then take a look at the options. 

We have something to suit your passion! 

We have projects in Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and the Kingdom of Swaziland

All are screened by us to ensure they are safe and ethical.

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  • All our projects are safe even if you don't have a friend to go with you, and we've made sure we only work with those that believe in the conservation of species
  • You'll be totally involved in the conservation and rehabilitation of endangered and at risk animals in Africa. 
  • We can help you choose your project with a free consultation. We can design your dream trip with back to back projects for you too so just get in touch
  • Our exclusive South Africa Wildlife and Namibia Volunteer Projects give you the opportunity to work hands on with African Wildlife - from our hugely popular big cat projects to conservation, research and anti-poaching based projects. Depending on your passion we can find the right one (or more) project for you. 

 

South Africa will steal your heart and appreciate your passion. 

The people are friendly and love to see people from around the world heading over to do their bit and help. 

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Want to make a difference? These programs could be for you. 

Our Africa Volunteer Adventures Projects

Clinic | Wildlife Rehabilitation

Clinic | Wildlife Rehabilitation

This course is perfect for anyone seeking a career working with wildlife such as zoology, veterinary & the study of animal behaviour. Limited to 10 students twice a year. ... More»»

Clinic | Wildlife Vet Experience

Clinic | Wildlife Vet Experience

Studying to be a vet nurse or vet - or already qualified - or wanting to get into Vet School? This experience allows you to work hands on with on African wildlife! Limited to just 10 students per clinic, this is an opportunity of a lifetime... More»»

Marine | Finding Destiny

Marine | Finding Destiny

This incredible volunteer programme in Mozambique allows you to dive alongside marine biologists and assist with their research on marine life such as whale sharks and manta rays! Must be a certified diver or first complete a course.... More»»

Marine | Marine Big 5

Marine | Marine Big 5

This incredible volunteer programme in Mozambique allows you to dive alongside marine biologists and assist with their research on marine life such as whale sharks and manta rays! Must be a certified diver or first complete a course.... More»»

Social | Medical Clinic

Social | Medical Clinic

Open to those with no experience & healthcare professionals alike. Lend an extra pair of hands with making a difference to the lives of thousands of San people every year. Great practical experience for students needing hours too.... More»»

Social | Southern Africa Discovery

Social | Southern Africa Discovery

The ultimate African volunteer adventure for those who want to fit everything in one trip. Explore three beautiful and distinctive countries and take part in your choice of volunteering!... More»»

Social | Soweto

Social | Soweto

Make a difference to the lives of orphaned and displaced children in South Africa. You'll gain valuable experience with babies right up to kids aged 16. Suited to first time solo travellers. Most our volunteers don't want to leave.... More»»

Volunteer with Lemurs in Madagascar

Volunteer with Lemurs in Madagascar

Would you like to work with the cutest animals ever, the lovely Lemurs? Get on to this exciting program in Madagascar and volunteer in the get involved in conservation of a wide range of wildlife and lemur species of flora and fauna!
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Wildlife | Big 5 Welgevonden

Wildlife | Big 5 Welgevonden

Is it your dream to live among African wildlife in their natural habitat? Get up close to the Big 5 with ongoing conservation research & anti-poaching efforts in one of the most breathtaking private reserves in Africa.... More»»

Wildlife | Conservation with Horses

Wildlife | Conservation with Horses

Based at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, & will be helping with training, maintenance & care of the on-site horses. Explore the massive reserve and see the wildlife from the best seat in the house. Experienced riders only.... More»»

Wildlife | Friends of Free

Wildlife | Friends of Free

Located near Johannesburg in South Africa this Project rescues indigenious small animals and treats them till they are well enough to release back into the wild... More»»

Wildlife | Horse Safari Adventure

Wildlife | Horse Safari Adventure

Suited to more "mature" riders wanting an intimate & unique experience. This project is limited to only 6 riders at a time. All levels welcome. You'll also get the chance to get involved with their antelope breeding camp.... More»»

Wildlife | Horse Safari Project

Wildlife | Horse Safari Project

Imagine seeing a zebra or giraffe from the back of a horse! Ride amongst the wildlife, learn about conservation & get involved with the community with the outreach programme! This is the adventure of a lifetime for riders of all levels. ... More»»

Wildlife | Kanaan Desert

Wildlife | Kanaan Desert

Anyone who goes to Kanaan during their stay at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary will tell you it's a must do! See a different (& absolutely stunning) side of Namibia while assisting in research as well as care of rescued cheetahs.... More»»

Wildlife | Namibia Rescue Sanctuary

Wildlife | Namibia Rescue Sanctuary

This is one of our most popular projects & receives support from Angelina Jolie! Get involved with efforts to give animals the best chance of being rehabilitated back into the wild and to support the local community & environment.... More»»

Wildlife | Neuras Conservation

Wildlife | Neuras Conservation

Neuras Wine and Conservation combines two very unique things and one makes the other possible - a vineyard and conservation! Professional Photography landscapes and lots of different things to do each day with wildlife.... More»»

Wildlife | Rescue & Rehab

Wildlife | Rescue & Rehab

Run by a passionate conservationist who can imitate any animal or bird you can imagine - this project rescues and rehabilitates wildlife and where possible releases them again or gives them a safe home for life... More»»

Wildlife | Rhino Orphanage

Wildlife | Rhino Orphanage

Want to make a real difference with rhinos? Volunteer at the largest rhino orphanage in the world. Assist with the treatment, care & feeding of rhinos & other wildlife on a daily basis. This is a very serious and hands on project.... More»»

Wildlife | South Africa Sanctuary

Wildlife | South Africa Sanctuary

Based near Cape Town, this is a safe haven for wildlife in need. Join in efforts to give animals a second chance & experience a range of wildlife & research activities, not to mention a photo shoot with 3 very friendly African Elephants.... More»»

Wildlife | Wild Dog & Elephant Research

Wildlife | Wild Dog & Elephant Research

Join in with research efforts to protect the world's largest land mammal and one of Africa's most endangered carnivore species. You'll be transferred to this unique research programme from the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary.... More»»


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As a volunteer you will work hands on with animals. This will be an experience like no other and one you'll remember forever. 

Our exciting wildlife programs focus on the preservation of nature, and allows participants from all over the world the opportunity to work with Africa's wildlife in a variety of roles. 

Our programs include:

  • Veterinary Experience with African Wildlife - for vet nurse students and those wanting to study vet nursing or apply to vet school
  • Conservation based projects for those with an interest in zoology, biology and conservation

 

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