• Discover AfricaThe most compelling and colourful continent on earth - spectacular scenery, incredible wildlife and welcoming people
  • Why VolunteerResponsible working holidays, gap year travel, career breaks and family adventures - volunteers can make a real difference
  • Make an ImpactGet involved with long term sustainable projects run by dedicated and passionate conservation experts and community leaders
  • Student TravelInspire and educate your students in the most amazing classroom in the world
  • Volunteer ProgrammesContribute to meaningful and long term conservation and community volunteer projects

“If you want to go quickly, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”

African Proverb


If you’re thinking about volunteering abroad and want to volunteer in Africa, then look no further! Conservation Travel Africa was established to provide meaningful and responsible volunteer and student travel experiences throughout Southern Africa and we can tailor-make a unique volunteer experience for you.

Whether you are a gap year volunteer, want to volunteer on your career break or looking for a working holiday, we can point you towards wildlife conservation, teaching, marine and community development programmes throughout Southern Africa. Rest assured that we offer only carefully considered and responsible volunteer programmes which meet our strict assessment criteria.

Featured Programmes

Conservation Programmes Black rhino conservation, elephant monitoring, wild dog research and so much more! There’s nothing quite like being a wildlife conservation volunteer in Africa and there’s no better place ... Learn More
Wildlife Research, Courses & Internships Get hands-on wildlife research experience as you study African mammals, birds, ecology and wildlife management. Undertake an accredited Field Guide Course and become qualified for a career in conserva... Learn More
Marine Conservation Scuba dive, snorkel and study marine life on one of our marine conservation programmes in Africa. Study manta rays, whale sharks and humpback whales, monitor their movements and be part of their conse... Learn More

Featured Projects

Zimbabwe Animal Rescue Sanctuary Join a small team of dedicated vets and conservationists at this incredibly rewarding, family-run animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary in rural Zimbabwe. Work alongside the trustees of the c...
Veterinary and Wildlife Conservation Internship Step outside your comfort zone and use your skills to treat some of Africa s most endangered animals. This is the ideal opportunity learn new skills as you assist the project s vet team in a unique an...
Mozambique Horse Riding Internship A perfect working holiday in one of the world’s finest beach riding destinations. Ride along untouched, white, sandy beaches and on stunning coastal trails, as you join horse safaris next to the...


Volunteering for mature travellers Volunteering is becoming increasingly popular amongst mature travellers, and approximately 30% of our volunteers are aged over 35 - a group that has been deemed “grown up gappers”. Seeing amazing places, making a contribution and having a life-changing adventure, is no longer the exclusive domain of the... Read More 14 June 2017
10 ways to fundraise for your volunteer trip It’s often surprising how the costs of volunteering abroad can start to add up. Volunteers are usually expected to cover travel costs, accommodation, meals, and a fee to cover the administrative costs of the project hosting volunteers. When you understand that taking volunteers can cost an organisation a substant... Read More 12 June 2017
Our guide to the best one-week and short term volunteer programmes Whether you’re taking time off from school, work, or just need a small career-break, there is always a way for you to squeeze a week or two adventure into your schedule! We offer the opportunity to do one and two week projects, for volunteers who don t get a lot of time off and can only enjoy a short term volunte... Read More 9 May 2017
Torrential rains and new arrivals! News update from the Zimbabwe Animal Sanctuary Torrential rain throughout Zimbabwe has left the Zimbabwe Animal Sanctuary lush and green, with rivers flowing fast and the dam spilling over - a truly welcome sight after so many years of poor rains and a long dry winter. After a dam burst upstream, the Sanctuary sust... Read More 21 February 2017
Baby black rhino born at our project in Zimbabwe We are delighted to announce the birth of a beautiful, healthy, baby black rhino at our partner project in Zimbabwe, Imire: Rhino Wildlife Conservation. On 12th December 2016, Imire Game Park in Zimbabwe announced the safe arrival of a miracle of hope and happiness, their newest black rhino calf, Tafara. Her ... Read More 15 December 2016


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