Game reserves are areas of land, designed to allow wild animals which are often hunted for food or sport, to roam freely away from poachers or hunters. Many reserves are open to the public, giving visitors the chance to experience a wide range of fauna in its natural habitat, commonly on safari tours, or as part of a conservation program or rehabilitation project.
Also known as game parks, these areas are usually large, open havens for a diverse mix of wildlife. Volunteering as a game ranger makes for an exciting and unique gap year experience, and it is a great opportunity to help monitor and conserve our natural heritage and biodiversity.
South Africa is the world’s most popular game park and safari destination, particularly famous for its “big five game,” which are considered by hunters to be the most elusive of “trophies.” Hunting of these large, wild land mammals—lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes—has driven them close to extinction, but a number of conservation projects exist to help ensure their survival.
Work on the Balule Game Reserve in the greater Kruger National Park with experienced field guides, research managers and ecologists.
Assist with hands-on lion conservation and rehabilitation with the mighty Victoria Falls - one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World - as your backdrop!
Work with a South African wildlife capture team and help relocate buffalo, rhino, giraffe and plains game.
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.
Hand-rear rhino and other species in the Care for Wild Africa project.
Work alongside professional wildlife researchers monitoring cheetah, leopard and hyena in Namibia
Live among some of Africa’s spectacular wildlife and see the immediate benefits of your volunteer work while getting up close and personal with the many animals at the sanctuary.
Join our research teams on game reserves within the Greater Kruger Area, to collect data, track, survey and monitor the allusive at-risk predators in this iconic and stunning landscape.
Support rangers on the front line of critical anti-poaching activities. Challenge yourself, learn tracking and survival skills and go on overnight patrols in the African wilderness.
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’.