Big 5 Focused Projects

Volunteer in Africa on one of our amazing 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 to learn about conservation and get hands-on experience with iconic African animals. 

Join one of our wildlife conservation volunteer projects and choose whether to work in stunning National Parks, in the wilderness of the African desert, on private game reserves or in wildlife sanctuaries.

You will volunteer alongside and learn from passionate and dedicated conservation professionals on responsible wildlife programmes - whether it is on a small privately owned game parks where you’ll become part of the family in no time, within stunning National Parks or patrolling huge wilderness areas, you will give hands-on assistance and make a valuable contribution to ensure the future of endangered animals.

You will volunteer in some of Africa’s most beautiful areas, study wildlife, join anti-poaching units, help with animal rehabilitation and learn all about game park management. We provide individual volunteer placements and opportunities for groups, mature volunteers and families who wish to volunteer together.

If you would like to join one of our projects and conduct your own research then this is possible at several of our wildlife conservation project locations. Please email us to discuss research opportunities.

Have a look at our Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Programmes below:

Karin T Switzerland I chose this project because there was not a lot of volunteers taken and it looked more personal. When I got there, I knew had I made the right decision! I did so many things - feeding animals, spending time with them, helping the sick ones, assisting the vets at the clinic in neutering, helping at ...
Emma R Scotland Raising a baby Vervet Monkey Submitted by Emma R | March 2016 The whole experience was such a positive one, but I must say helping rescued animals get back to full health and fitness and being able to release them back into the wild had to be the most rewarding thing about the whole trip. Ge...
Sandra T Sweden Saving animals Submitted by Sandra T | 23rd February 2016 I had an absolutely wonderful time on the project and I got to feel that I actually helped out, and I have gained a lot of good experience. Everything from knowledge about animal behavior, anti-poaching, tracking and conservation, to ...
Cecilia S USA Never a Dull Moment Submitted by Cecilia S | February 05, 2016 For the first time in a very long time, I’m in a state of FOMO – fear of missing out. From day one of being here, I’ve learned that we are here to give these beautiful animals a second chance at life. It broke...
James G UK We chose this programme because it allowed us to bring our four children aged 8-12, enabling us to volunteer as a family. We stayed in a beautiful cottage with plenty of space and a lovely garden and the food was great - roast beef and yorkshire pudding was a highlight for me! On the old maps of...

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Big 5 Wildlife Conservation, National Parks Location: Zimbabwe
How much: from US$1,995 (2 weeks)
A fantastic opportunity to work in two of Zimbabwe’s most magnificent national parks. Join a team of professional rangers, learn to track and monitor big game including elephant, leopard and lio...
28 Day Safari Guide Courses - South Africa Location: South Africa
How much: from US$3,495 (4 weeks)
If you want to experience a bush holiday, have amazing animal experiences and learn all about the environment, spend a month immersed in the natural world at a choice of wilderness camps in South Afri...
8 week Field Guide Course - South Africa & Botswana Location: South Africa
How much: from US$7,100 (8 weeks)
If you intend on becoming a Safari Guide, or want to immerse yourself in nature, this Level 1 Field Guide course is for you. Every minute is a learning experience, where you will be surrounded by icon...
28 Day Safari Guide Course - Botswana Location: Botswana
How much: from US$3,495 (4 weeks)
Immerse yourself in Botswana s stunning natural beauty and learn about the wildlife and landscapes which surround you. The perfect experience for nature-lovers who want to find out more about Africa s...
Teaching & Big 5 Wildlife Conservation Location: Zimbabwe
How much: price on application
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...
7 and 14 day EcoQuest Experience Location: South Africa
How much: from US$1,400 (1 weeks)
This programme is for people who want an in-depth wildlife and bush experience, but don t have a long time to spare. You are based in camps in prime wildlife areas, and will take wilderness walks or g...

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