Wildlife Capture Team

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Wildlife Capture Team

from £3,065
Duration: from 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Countries: South Africa
Work with a South African wildlife capture team and help relocate buffalo, rhino, giraffe and plains game.

Wildlife Capture Team

Join the dynamic world of a wildlife capture team in South Africa.

Working with a dedicated mass and specialised capture team, you will be part of a local team relocating wildlife. Crucial for wildlife conservation and management, game capture also facilitates the up close and hands on work with wildlife that we all dream of! Learning a wealth of information about their behaviour to assist in the movements, you are often close enough to feel the texture of their skin and smell their breath!

What will I do?

A 'real life' experience, this project allows you into a world of travelling through stunning landscapes and a cultural experience only this industry provides. Game Capture is often subject to the whims of the elements, especially the wind, and of course the animals themselves, so you need to be quite flexible.

  • Join the specialised capture team working with endangered and rare species
  • Get involved in the physical capture, translocation and release of wildlife
  • Establish concealed net and curtain capture bomas in the bush
  • Help with animal care in quarantine bomas when necessary
  • Camp in the African bush


Accommodation is very variable. The base camp consists of shared bungalows but the team will often be out on the road for several nights a week.

Groceries are provided and volunteers prepare all meals and clean up after themselves. A packed lunch will need to be prepared each day for work in the field. Meals are often in the form of an African braii and eaten under the stars.

What support will I get?

From the moment you first send us an inquiry, we are always just a phone call or email away. You can contact our office team with any question you have. We’ll be happy to help you as much as we can while you prepare for your conservation experience. Once you are in Africa, we have a dedicated team of coordinators who will look after you - whether you need help with your conservation responsibilities, are feeling poorly or need to get to a bank to get out some money.

If your family need to get hold of you in an emergency, we have a 24 hour emergency phone line, and we can always facilitate contact to you in Africa.

What's the next step?

If you are ready to submit your application. You can do this online or by post. And don’t worry - you application does not commit you to anything. It is just an expression of interest on your side and it helps us prepare the best advice for you.

We will contact you after accepting your application and chat to you about the best project choice, costs and dates. Once you are happy with your choices, we will set up your very own conservation experience for you and send you all the extra information you need - from the “small print” terms and conditions to insurance information. If you definitely want to go for it, all you have to do is send us a signed confirmation and a deposit of 295 GBP - or the equivalent in US$, CA$, AU$ or Euro.

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Further Details

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Price details:

from £3,065 to £6,790

Duration Details:

From 2 - 12 weeks.


Includes return international flights from London, transfers, all meals, accommodation, all project related costs and in-country and logistical support.


All the time

This placement would suit:

Those wanting to experience the everyday workings of the game capture team, and get hands on capture experience as opposed to only being spectators.  These activities are filled with excitement, hard work and are very rewarding.

Do you accept non UK citizens?


User Comments:

“You can feel nothing but honour when you are dealing with and relocating game such as Roan or Sable, some of the most endangered bovids in Africa. On my last day, we had to relocate a male giraffe which is an experience that I’ll never forget!”

~ by Oliver Lock

About African Conservation Experience

Have you ever dreamed of tracking wild leopard and cheetah through the bush, or assisting a marine biologist in whale and dolphin research? 

Open your eyes to a whole new world and way of looking at the natural environment.  We support vital conservation projects in our heritage region of southern Africa and with over 10 years experience we are able to offer every volunteer the benefits of our personal knowledge.  

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Giraffe capture is often done from the helicopter
Relocating the wildlife is a big part of the project and often involves long travel days
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