• 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


Thinking about volunteering abroad and want to volunteer in Africa? Conservation Travel Africa provide meaningful and responsible volunteer programmes and student travel experiences throughout Southern Africa and can tailor-make a unique volunteer experience.

Our African volunteer projects are perfect whether you are a gap year volunteer, on a career break or looking for a working holiday. Join a wildlife conservation, teaching, marine research or community development programme - or more than one! We only offer 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

Hands-on Rhino & Elephant Conservation Be a hands-on wildlife conservation volunteer on this unique rhino and elephant conservation project. Work to secure the future of the black rhino in Zimbabwe and help in the day to day running of a p...
Malawi Hands-on Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer in Malawi at its only wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to animal rehabilition and release. More than just a sanctuary, volunteers get involved with animal care, enrichment and behaviour researc...
Teaching & Big 5 Wildlife Conservation A great combination of community work and conservation. Volunteer in Zimbabwe, teach English to rural children and experience daily life on a Big 5 game reserve in one of Zimbabwe s most incredible wi...


Rhino Conservation - dehorning Zimbabwe's rhino We are giving you a unique opportunity to join vets and conservationists as they dehorn rhino on a private game reserve in Zimbabwe. Volunteers will help the game park team and local vets during the 2 day operation, as they dehorn five animals - both black and white rhino. The need to dehorn the rhino at the reserv... Read More 15 September 2017
Having a whale of a time in Mozambique! Marine Conservation Humpback Whale Expedition, Mozambique - Latest News July - September is humpback whale season in Mozambique, and this year has been a record for sitings of these amazing marine megafauna. At Tofo, hundreds of humpback whales aggregate every year to reproduce in the warmer waters. This yea... Read More 7 September 2017
Last minute programme availability Left it a bit late to book your summer holiday? Panic not, we still have spaces available on some of our fantastic volunteer experiences! Take a look at the links below for details of projects which still have spaces left for August and September 2017. Some dates are fully booked, so please check availability quick... Read More 7 August 2017
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


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