Big Five & Wildlife Research

South Africa

2 - 12 weeks

2,695 - 6,195 Euro

Join the research team in the Greater Kruger Area, and assist the expert field guides and research team in various tasks contributing to wildlife research and conservation.

Welcome to big five & wildlife conservation

Journey deep into South Africa's untamed terrains, guided by seasoned field experts. Here, the landscapes resonate with legends, and the 'Big 5' – lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalos – paint stories of the wild. Your adventure is not just about observing but significantly influencing the future of these majestic creatures.

Why Choose this Guided Wildlife Adventure?

  • Engage in Thrilling Safaris:
    Under the guidance of seasoned professionals, navigate South Africa's treasured reserves, spotting the 'Big 5' in their vibrant habitats.
  • Contribute to Wildlife Conservation:
    Your keen observations power meaningful conservation efforts. Each detail you gather aids local and global wildlife preservation campaigns.
  • Experience the Greater Kruger Magic:
    Revel in the scenic beauty of the Greater Kruger Area, where every sunrise promises a new adventure and every sunset, a tale to remember.
  • Deepen Your Wildlife Knowledge:
    Understand the rich histories and challenges of the iconic 'Big 5', marvels that once symbolized hunting feats, and now represent conservation success stories.
  • Leave a Mark as a Research Volunteer:
    Your commitment extends beyond the safari. It intertwines with the project’s conservation mission, advocating for the protection of Africa's cherished wildlife.

Join Us in the Greater Kruger Area

For wildlife enthusiasts and those passionate about conservation, this is your chance to leave a lasting impact. Immerse in South Africa's wild heart, where every observation makes a difference. Get in touch with us and embark on a journey that intertwines adventure with purpose in the soulful landscapes of South Africa.

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QUICK FACTS

GENERAL
  • Up to 27 volunteers for 2-12 weeks, with 2-4 starts/month (Sundays). Part of a up to 50-volunteer wildlife research and photography project.
  • Minimum age: 18.
TRAVEL AND TRANSFERS
  • Arrive/depart at Hoedspruit Airport (HDS), South Africa, on Sundays at any time.
  • 1.5-hour road transfer from Hoedspruit Airport to the project (return) is included.
MEALS & MORE
  • Full-board meals, drinking water,coffee, tea are included.
  • Free Wi-Fi; local SIM/data available at Johannesburg airport or Hoedspruit town.
ADDITIONAL ADVENTURES
  • Explore on weekends: Kruger Park safaris, panoramic road trips, quad biking, and more.
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Embark on an unforgettable journey by participating in wildlife volunteering in South Africa, where you'll venture deep into the African wilderness on daily safari drives. Seek out the iconic Big Five species and other remarkable African wildlife while contributing to vital wildlife conservation efforts. Your observations and efforts as a volunteer play a pivotal role in shaping effective strategies aimed at safeguarding endangered and vulnerable species across Africa. Experience the wonders of the African bush and explore stunning reserves in South Africa's Greater Kruger Park area.

Game Drives & The Big Five

Seek out iconic species, contribute to vital conservation efforts, and explore stunning reserves on daily safari drives.

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Physical conservation work forms an integral part of our wildlife volunteering program in South Africa, offering you numerous opportunities to actively contribute to preserving the African bush and its inhabitants. From removing snares to eradicating invasive species, your hands-on efforts are essential for ensuring the continued survival of wildlife and the overall success of wildlife conservation initiatives within the Greater Kruger area. By restoring the land to a healthy habitat, we enable wildlife to thrive once again. Our program accommodates all volunteers, ensuring everyone can participate and make a meaningful contribution.

Make a Difference Through Wildlife Conservation

As a volunteer, you'll play an essential role in eradicating invasive species and removing snares, among other hands-on activities.

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Physical conservation work forms an integral part of our wildlife volunteering program in South Africa, offering you numerous opportunities to actively contribute to preserving the African bush and its inhabitants. From removing snares to eradicating invasive species, your hands-on efforts are essential for ensuring the continued survival of wildlife and the overall success of wildlife conservation initiatives within the Greater Kruger area. By restoring the land to a healthy habitat, we enable wildlife to thrive once again. Our program accommodates all volunteers, ensuring everyone can participate and make a meaningful contribution.

Make a Difference Through Wildlife Conservation

As a volunteer, you'll play an essential role in eradicating invasive species and removing snares, among other hands-on activities.

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Following an action-packed day of exploration and effort, retreat to the lodge and unwind poolside, catch a movie, or engage in a friendly games night with fellow volunteers. On occasion, guides and staff members host informative presentations, offering you further opportunities to discover the intriguing African landscape and its varied residents, encompassing both wildlife and people. Relish your dinner on the scenic deck, with a comforting fire to set the mood—often followed by marshmallow roasting! You can also enjoy participating in entertaining fundraising events such as trivia and game nights.

Additional Activities

Unwind at the lodge poolside, catch a movie, or join fellow volunteers for games night.

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Activity Overview

Male lion at the Big Five & Wildlife Research in South Africa.
Game Drives & The Big Five

Embark on an unforgettable journey by participating in wildlife volunteering in South Africa, where you'll venture deep into the African wilderness on daily safari drives. Seek out the iconic Big Five species and other remarkable African wildlife while contributing to vital wildlife conservation efforts. Your observations and efforts as a volunteer play a pivotal role in shaping effective strategies aimed at safeguarding endangered and vulnerable species across Africa. Experience the wonders of the African bush and explore stunning reserves in South Africa's Greater Kruger Park area.

Make a Difference Through Wildlife Conservation

Physical conservation work forms an integral part of our wildlife volunteering program in South Africa, offering you numerous opportunities to actively contribute to preserving the African bush and its inhabitants. From removing snares to eradicating invasive species, your hands-on efforts are essential for ensuring the continued survival of wildlife and the overall success of wildlife conservation initiatives within the Greater Kruger area. By restoring the land to a healthy habitat, we enable wildlife to thrive once again. Our program accommodates all volunteers, ensuring everyone can participate and make a meaningful contribution.

Wildlife Conservation Research and Analysis

As part of your wildlife volunteering experience in South Africa, you'll work alongside our seasoned team of wildlife conservation research specialists. Assist in compiling data on wild animal sightings into comprehensive reports, maps, and up-to-date profiles (ID kits) that inform wildlife conservation strategies. Learn various techniques, such as analyzing whisker patterns, scars, and ear notches, to identify and distinguish individual animals. These research sessions will familiarize you with data collection and compilation methods used within the reserve and the broader Kruger National Park region. This invaluable data enables conservationists and field guides to monitor wildlife movements and overall health for years to come, ensuring their long-term well-being.

Additional Activities

Following an action-packed day of exploration and effort, retreat to the lodge and unwind poolside, catch a movie, or engage in a friendly games night with fellow volunteers. On occasion, guides and staff members host informative presentations, offering you further opportunities to discover the intriguing African landscape and its varied residents, encompassing both wildlife and people. Relish your dinner on the scenic deck, with a comforting fire to set the mood—often followed by marshmallow roasting! You can also enjoy participating in entertaining fundraising events such as trivia and game nights.

Volunteers on a game drive at Shamwari Conservation Experience in Port Elizabeth.
Volunteers doing plant research at Shamwari Conservation Experience in South Africa.
Wildlife volunteers doing telemetry search in South Africa.
Lion roaring at Born Free Foundation in South Africa.

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WHY we love it

Experience an unforgettable journey with expert field guides and researchers on exhilarating safari drives through South Africa's game reserves, where you'll observe and study the majestic African 'Big 5.'

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Visit the picturesque Greater Kruger Area of South Africa, known for its stunning landscapes and frequent sightings of the 'Big 5,' while contributing to essential conservation initiatives

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Engage in physical conservation work, including removing snares and eradicating invasive species, to ensure the continued survival of wildlife and the overall success of wildlife conservation initiatives within the Greater Kruger area.

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Make a tangible impact on conservation and broaden your understanding of the challenges confronting Africa's precious animal kingdom by becoming a dedicated research volunteer.

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