Volunteer in South Africa with the Big Five & Game Reserve Project

Join our Big Five game reserve project as an animal conservation volunteer in South Africa.

During your stay, you will make part of a team of volunteers working together in order to carry out a spectrum of important tasks across the reserve. Since the nature of the work will vary according to the weather and season, your tasks may include, but are not limited to: lion tracking, game counts & capture, environmental work, planting trees, managing vegetation and patrolling fences. There will also be tasks in the petting farm and stables, caring for the horses. You will also get to go out on game drives & wilderness walks, and work hands on helping with the care of animals in the rehabilitation and education centre.

Unforgettable Experience Volunteering at the Big Five Wildlife Sanctuary

Camille Claus Marietti at the Big Five Game Reserve
Camille Claus Marietti with an elephant

This summer I had an unforgettable experience in South Africa. Thank you Iko Poran for this exceptional travel! Sure, I will do it again!

  • Camille Clauss Marietti

Since the volunteers of this project rotate to visit and work in different parts of the reserve, you will have the opportunity to try a hand at all the different tasks and activities whilst you are staying in South Africa.

Qualifications and requirements for the Big Five game reserve project:

  • You must be over 18 years old. There is no maximum age limit.
  • You must be in a state of good physical and mental health.

Start Dates & Arrival

Our programs to volunteer in South Africa start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. Therefore, you should plan to arrive before 4:15pm. If you can’t make it, we suggest you fly in a day early. We can arrange airport pickup and extra night of accommodation.

  • Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Arrival airport: Port Elizabeth (PLZ)
  • Duration: Available from 2 to 4 weeks.

 

 

 

Fees

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.

South Africa Prices 2018 - October

 

 

What is included in the volunteer program fee?

  • Airport Pickup
  • Orientation
  • Accommodation for all projects
  • Support from local staff & Program supervision
  • In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
  • In-country administration costs
  • Donation to support the local project

Accommodation & Meals

  • Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Same sex shared dorms with an awesome entertainment area. Very comfortable accommodation.
  • Food: All meals are prepared for you.

 

Requirements

  • You must be over 18 years old. There is no maximum age limit.
  • You must be in a state of good physical and mental health.

All participants in our volunteer in South Africa programs must have adequate travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in South Africa or during orientation,

Treat animals and humans with respect.

Most importantly, pack in energy, a positive attitude, love in your heart and a spring in your step!

Language Skills required to volunteer in South Africa

Fluency in English is required in all the projects.

Safety

You will have competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.

The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.

Testimonials

This summer I had an unforgettable experience in South Africa. Thank you Iko Poran for this exceptional travel! Sure, I will do it again!

  • Camille Clauss Marietti
Camille Claus Marietti at the Big Five Game Reserve
Camille Claus Marietti with an elephant

 

 

South Africa Volunteer Programs

Find out about all the programs to volunteer in South Africa here.

Volunteering with animal conservation

You may also have a look at the Animal Conservation page, with all the volunteer programs with animals.