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.
Help to improve Zimbabwe’s lion population by volunteering on a lion rehabilitation project, a stone’s throw away from the magnificent thundering waters of Victoria Falls.
Volunteer in Malawi at its only accredited wildlife sanctuary. Volunteers get involved with daily animal care, rehabilitation and release projects, wildlife research and community education.
Arrive in Nairobi and tour through Ngorongoro, Zanzibar, Irima & Lake Malawi to name just a few, spot the ’Big 5’ in Kruger National Park, volunteer with lions, cheetahs & giraffes.
The most fun that you can have on a horse! Combine horse riding safaris with hands-on rhino and elephant conservation, anti-poaching patrols and game park management.
Hands-on volunteering with these gentle giants - get to know the elephants as you feed them and monitor their behaviour. Also explore all that this magnificent country has to offer.
Explore the stunning African landscape whilst simultaneously creating a long-lasting impact on the wildlife that lives there with this conservation project.
Assist in the conservation efforts of the Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve by monitoring wildlife and conducting important research.
Coach Sports to underprivileged children in South Africa, make a difference to local communities and get up close and personal with baby lions!
Contribute to the small fishing villages of Jambiani and Kizimkazi’s sustainable use of marine resources, while researching dolphin tourism and monitoring human-dolphin interaction.
Become an assistant game ranger in this stunning conservation area, and witness South Africa’s fabulous ’Big 5’ whilst helping to protect flora and fauna on this beautiful game...