South African wildlife and wilderness conservation

Project name:

Askari Conservation

Project purpose:

South African wildlife and wilderness conservation

Project activities:

  • data analysis/collection

  • habitat restoration/management

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Shared bedroom and bathroom with a maximum of 3 other volunteer. Double rooms available on request.

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, refillable drinking water, shower (hot), toilet (western), wifi

How long can I stay?


Energy, enthusiasm, passion, being a team member and able to take part in manual labour (basic fitness level needed)

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Askari is based on the beautiful Pidwa Wilderness Reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. All wildlife species indigenous to the area can be found on the reserve including lion, elephant, cheetah, zebra, giraffe and many more. Volunteers assist with restoration of the reserve and conversion from old farming and hunting land across to wilderness. Projects are varied and may include alien plant control, soil erosion control, habitat improvement, road & fence maintenance or if very lucky, assisting a wildlife veterinarian. The team is also responsible for all wildlife monitoring and research on the reserve. At Askari you become a hands on member of the reserve team and learn everything involved in the running of reserve as well as plenty about ecology and wildlife along the way.

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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