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Big 5 Wildlife preservation

Practical information


  • Working hand in hand with people who are passionate about animals
  • Cheetah research, assistance with elephant care and feeding, and monitoring predators in the wild.
  • Learn how to survive in the wild
  • Participate in the conservation of African animal habitats and raise awareness in the local community

Program description

The local wildlife manager and conservationist’s passion for conservation and education led to the birth of this project.

Volunteers will be instructed and guided in many of the disciplines necessary to managing an African game reserve. Specific focus is placed on managing the wildlife, conservation, and reserve maintenance, the cheetah breeding research,elephant care and all research projects. Volunteers will also engage in night time and dawn/dusk activities, research, monitoring and patrolling.

This course has been designed to offer participants the incomparable volunteer experience in practical knowledge and diverse hands-on encounters with the world famous “Big-Five” animals of Africa, as well as a multitude of other wild animals.


Volunteer Tasks


Volunteers will receive training throughout the course on the following;

Theoretical training:

- Animal immobilisation - drugs, methods and equipment

- Tracking - the basics of animal tracking

- Bird, insect and plant identification - Volunteers will learn to identify the different types of birds, insects, fauna and flora

- Wildlife management: learn all the facets of managing a big 5 game reserve.

- Anti-poaching

Practical training:

- Approaching game on foot - Learn how to safely approach animals on foot, while being conscious of their comfort zones

- Tracking - The practical basics of training

- Survival camp – learn how to survive in the wild

- Understanding the enclosure structure and the upkeep and improvement thereof

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Where is your project

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Included in the price

  • Airport pick up
  • 2 Day Cape Town orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Weekly transport to town for shopping
  • 24 hour support and supervision
  • Certificate of appreciation
  • Wi-Fi (Extra limited)
  • Laundry

Not included in the price

  • Extra activities
  • Flights
  • insurance
  • Visa
  • Drop-off to Cape Town airport

Your accommodation

Volunteers stay in a big house with a large front porch and wooden floors and ceilings. There is a cosy kitchen where breakfast is served in a help-yourself style. Lunch is usually served outside in the communal braai area or packed to have in the reserve. Dinner is either in the warm kitchen or outside at the fire. There are 3 large rooms in the house that have 4 beds each. These rooms share full 2 bathrooms and an extra outside shower. There is also a cottage about 15m away from the main house that volunteers could also be placed at. This cottage has a small kitchen, one bedroom with 4 beds and a  full bathroom with a shower. From the garden, you can see sable antelope, giraffe, wildebeest and other antelope specieand the sound of zebra is carried by the wind.


Additional information


Volunteers will be picked up at the Johannesburg airport and taken to the project by shuttle bus. 


As the nature of the assignments vary, volunteers are supervised by several team members, one of whom is the "team leader" and ensures the well-being of the volunteers during their entire assignment.

Supplements : 

- Additional night in Cape Town: from 18€.

- Additional activities from Cape Town 

- Additional activities from Johannesburg 




- From 18 years old. 

- Intermediate / fluent English level (understand instructions, able to communicate).

- A copy of your passport.

A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 


A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.


Our local charity relies on travellers to volunteer on various schemes around South Africa. We place volunteers into local communities and projects, assisting in building projects and allowing travellers to contribute to a growing community as well as making new friends.

The organisation is non-profitable and always ensures that all funding goes directly into the projects. The fee price for the volunteer experience will cover your accommodation and transport as well as a donation the projects.


Big 5 Wildlife preservation
From 33584 ZAR

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