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:


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



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



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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