African Big 5 Wildlife Conservation

In Kruger, South Africa

African Big 5 Wildlife Conservation
From £1264
Duration 14 - 84 Days
From £1264
Duration 14 - 84 Days
As a volunteer in the Greater Kruger area in South Africa, you will experience Africa's amazing wildlife through research drives and bush walks which help to conserve the 'Big 5'.


  • Contribute to a project that works toward the preservation and conservation of the African Big 5.
  • Learn to understand the building blocks of successful ecosystems and the important roles that different species play.
  • Work on key research work such as Lion, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard ID kits.
  • Get hand on with conservation tasks such as game counts, alien plant removal and snare sweeping.
  • Sleep, play and work in the African bush with a multitude of wildlife and natural beauty surrounding you.

This project is located in the Greater Kruger area, from where we go to numerous Big 5 surrounding game reserves. As a wildlife conservation volunteer you’ll assist wildlife foundations and research trusts in conserving and protecting the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino) and other animals to support a balanced ecosystem.

Having research work done on the reserves means that management can keep track of their animals’ behaviors and populations. By helping the reserves to understand more about their animals, their territories, movements and what they eat, they can establish from the data collected how many animals they have on the reserves and plan accordingly for the future.

Conservation volunteering activities consist of work such as monitoring and collating of data through research drives and compiling of animal ID kits, as well as reserve-focused conservation activities, such as bush encroachment clearing, setting camera traps, removal of alien plants, waterhole maintenance and picking up litter.

During your volunteer work with animals you will learn an incredible amount about the behavior of animals, why it is important to monitor animals in a wild habitat, understanding the impact of wildlife poaching, the importance to the reserve of eradicating alien plants and how a game reserve is managed.

You may also have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the communities surrounding the reserves and the culture of the local people as you interact with them and experience their warmth and welcoming hospitality.

Experience Volunteering
Region Africa
Country South Africa

African Impact

African Impact pioneered responsible volunteer travel in Africa back in 2004 and have since grown into the largest provider of volunteer projects on the continent. Proudly African, they work hand-in-hand with local communities to establish, develop and monitor initiatives that contribute to community empowerment and wildlife conservation. Their dedication and commitment to authentic and sustainabl...
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