South Africa Game Reserve Volunteering

A volunteering experience with bite! Relocate to the incredible setting of the South African bush for the animal encounter of a lifetime, working closely with the entire spectrum of safari wildlife on a working game reserve. This special program calls for animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to join the effort to protect Africa’s iconic big game species through park patrols; predator tracking; species surveys and more.


  • Ultimate Big 5 experience
  • Hands-on conservation management contribution 
  • Vital field experiential education to contribute to future career goals 
  • Weekend excursions to Port Elizabeth 


During your time at the reserve, park guides and animal experts will instruct you in key skills, including:

  • Orientation (how not to get lost in the bush);
  • Wild animal behaviour;
  • Tracking;
  • Bush survival skills;
  • Species identification, plants and animals;
  • Anti-poaching and fence patrol.

Reserve life

Working hours are 8:30-16:30 Monday to Friday with breaks for meals. Food is plentiful and varied, with western favourites available as well as local specialities. Volunteers are accommodated in purpose-built single sex shared dormitories. Weekend excursions to Port Elizabeth are a common feature of the social life at the reserve. Volunteers at the centre come from all over the world, creating a lively community of likeminded individuals from diverse backgrounds. 


  • Comprehensive pre-departure support;
  • Local coordinators supervising throughout the program;
  • Airport transfers;
  • Welcome and safety briefing;
  • Accommodation;
  • 3 meals a day;
  • Weekend excursions including transport;
  • 24/7 UK emergency backup

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View dates
  • South Africa
  • Duration: 2 to 4 weeks
  • Departures: Every month

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