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):




South Africa


5 Ratings

100 % would recommend

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.

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Reviews & ratings


I am about to go back to Askari for my fourth volunteer stint. That’s how good this program is. I love the work, the close encounters with wildlife and weeks spent in the company of kindred spirits dedicated to sustaining as much habitat and wildlife as possible in the Anthropocene. It is a great experience. Just do it!


My happy place


Having been to a couple of volunteer projects across Africa, I was keen to find one that I felt carried out genuine conservation work without attracting the 'cuddle cubs' tourist scene. Askari exceeded any hopes I had for the project and has solidified a place in my heart for the future. I spent 2 months here and can honestly say I enjoyed every second from meeting like-minded individuals, both staff and volunteers, who care about conservation and have the knowledge to uphold this. Daily activities range from a morning bird drive, learning about the ecosystem to hard work under the African sun creating gabions to prevent soil erosion. The project is for those who want to work hard and contribute to a meaningful programme where every activity counts towards the restoration of the reserve natural wilderness state. I learnt so much here, made lifelong friendships and had the absolute time of my life. My next trip back is in 4 weeks time and I can't wait to go back home!


Look no further for genuine conservation work