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.
Assist in vital conservation research work with some of Africa’s most endangered carnivores.
Coach Sports to underprivileged children in South Africa, make a difference to local communities and get up close and personal with baby lions!
Help to protect the endangered habitats of unique Madagascan species including lemurs working alongside international research staff in a beautiful coastal village.
Dive in some of the least explored marine sites in the world, helping further the research and protection of these pristine ecosystems & work towards a sustainable environment in Madagascar.
A unique opportunity to contribute to the protection and conservation of the African elephant and endangered Black Rhino. Get hands-on experience with these amazing animals.
Travel to South Africa and volunteer in the Great White Shark capital of the world. Cage dive with Great Whites and contribute to marine conservation.
A great combination of teaching and conservation. Teach English to rural children and experience life in a Big 5 wildlife conservation area.
Step into Africa`s magical wilderness and have the ultimate adventure and learning experience that will change your life!
A unique and personal experience, rescuing and rehabilitating everything from lions to primates, helping with our rural vet clinic and working with the local community.
Located on a Big 5 Nature Reserve, this offers a fantastic opportunity to assist with the long term studies of lion behaviour and monitoring black rhino, leopard, cheetah, and elephants.