Volunteer on an African animal project whilst on your gap year and have the opportunity to play a meaningful role in the future of these wonderful animals. Africa is well known as the home of the Big Five: lions, elephants, cape buffalos, leopards and rhinoceroses. There is also a myriad of other mammals such as hippopotami, wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, gazelles, giraffes, baboons, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, lemurs, hyenas and African wild dogs. Africa is also home to many unique amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish.
All these animals and more have found homes in various national parks all over Africa such as big cats in the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya, great buffalo in the Kidepo National Park in Uganda, and giant crocodiles in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. These animals sometimes wonder into close proximity to humans, giving volunteers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have an up close and personal encounter with a wild animal.
Volunteer with African animals and you could take part in a wide variety of different projects available in many diverse and vast countries. If African animal projects appeal to you then check out our product listings and add a project to your gap year itinerary.
Affordable project for students and volunteers to gain field work skills and learn research techniques, whilst having an enjoyable and memorable African bush experience.
Discover, monitor and assess the huge variety of Madagascar’s exotic and rare species as you trek through remote regions of this hugely exciting island.
Join this incredible marine conservation project where you will experience the magnificent marine mega fauna which makes Tofo, Mozambique, one of the world’s most special places.
Join a mounted anti-poaching patrol and help in the preservation of predators and rhinos
5 weeks community volunteering with street children and youth groups in Kigali + 1 week trekking with silver back gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Applications for 2017 now open!
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’.
Spending valuable time in both Kenya & Tanzania, you’ll make a huge impact on the rural communities that you’ll live & work alongside. Improve schools, homes & protect endangered wildlife.
Travel to a private Big Five game reserve in South Africa and volunteer alongside an international team assisting in vital conservation work.
Study to become a Level 1 Field Guide on a FGASA in Victoria Falls. This 55 day safari guide course covers a variety of topics from animal behaviour, guiding, wildlife, birds and ecology.
Experience the work that goes on behind the scenes of a successful wildlife safari reserve by working alongside the park ranger and researcher.