• 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 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 ...
Rescued Animal Conservation, Malawi Save 25%! 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 beha...


View from the top: why we should protect giraffes The gentle giraffe, a long legged, long necked creature of grace that wanders the sub-Saharan African plains. Its distinct appearance has attracted the attention and curiosity of foreigners for centuries past, and is an iconic symbol of the African savannah. It is said that Julius Caesar owned one in his perso... Read More 18 April 2019
Make waves of change through underwater adventures When it comes to conservation efforts, much emphasis is placed on renowned land mammals, such as the Big 5. Perhaps because animals on land are more accessible, or because films have misrepresented underwater creatures such as sharks, relatively few people consider the incredible creatures found in the ocean. Our M... Read More 4 April 2019
Volunteering myths busted: myth #2 - you're taking jobs from locals In this post we aim to answer one of the most persistent myths about voluntourism - that volunteers hurt communities economically and take paying jobs away from locals. With scrutiny of volunteer projects probably at an all-time high, we want to bust these two common volunteer myths. - Volunteers take jobs from loca... Read More 29 March 2019
Earth Hour 2019 - #Connect2Earth Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement in support of the environment. Since 2007, it has become so much more than an hour-long lights-out event, and is now a movement which has achieved massive environmental change, through harnessing the power of the crowd. The Hour Saturday 30th March 2019... Read More 27 March 2019
Volunteering myths busted: myth #1 - volunteering is just for youngsters Volunteering is definitely not just for gap year students and teenagers. We firmly believe that older volunteers bring an amazing dynamic to volunteer groups, and bring unique sets of skills and experience to a team. The myth that volunteering is just for kids, stems from the early days of volunteering, when it was ... Read More 5 March 2019


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