• Discover AfricaThe most compelling and colourful continent on earth - spectacular scenery, incredible wildlife and welcoming people
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  • 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 throughout Southern Africa and tailor-make unique volunteer experiences.

Our African volunteer projects are perfect whether you are a gap year volunteer, taking a career break or looking for a working holiday. Join a wildlife conservation, marine research or community development programme - or more than one! Or further your wildlife knowledge and take one of our wildlife courses.

We only offer 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

Endangered Wildlife Conservation Support award-winning conservation to save endangered and threatened wildlife species in Africa. Make a direct contribution, and get involved in some of South Africa s most important and exciting cons...
Rhino & Elephant Conservation Be a 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 privately ...
Primate Conservation, Zimbabwe Gain hands-on wildlife experience with a variety of animal orphans, and assist in the rehabiliation and release process. Work in Zimbabwe s only dedicated primate rehabilitation centre, with a mission...


A volunteer's experience on our Wildlife Warriors Advanced Anti-Poaching Training Course I was overloaded on experiences and impressions. I still haven t put it all together. The anti-poaching-training and the week I spent after with our instructor touring in KwaZulu Natal was just amazing. I keep on reflecting, searching for words. Les had a very good way of bringing the nature, the understanding ... Read More 20 July 2018
An incredible day in the life of an Endangered Wildlife Conservation volunteer in Zululand! This is my second time on the Endangered Species programme in South Africa, and round two was just as special as the first! One day, we were up and about early (just after 4am!) before dawn had even considered breaking. The silence across the reserve was deafening. Our focus species for the morning was to find one ... Read More 5 July 2018
Its World Giraffe Day! Taking a look at giraffes around our projects! The 21st June 2018 is World Giraffe Day - the longest day (or night) of the year: rather fitting for the world s longest-necked animal! The day is a celebration of these iconic animals, to raise awareness of the fact there are less than 100,000 left in the world - a decline of 40% in the last 30 years. 11 facts... Read More 21 June 2018
Elephant & Wild Dog research in Namibia - why you should get involved The mission of our remote Northern Namibia research programme is to conserve the region s land, culture and wildlife, and protect keynote species threatened by the human-wildlife conflict. In this research project, the focus is on local populations of elephant and African wild dog. The African wild dog s intell... Read More 20 June 2018
Rhino & Elephant Project volunteers reflect on their time in Zimbabwe! Nothing gives you an idea of what its like on a project than reading about volunteers’ experiences. This week we’re focusing on our Rhino Elephant Conservation Programme in Zimbabwe. Have a read of our volunteer testimonials and enjoy their photos and videos! For more information about the Rhino Ele... Read More 19 June 2018


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