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Community environmental education

Project name:

Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Project purpose:

To educate and inspire local children to value their environment and to stimulate community development

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • development goals

  • teaching


South Africa


average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

Noteworthy conservation points:

Wild Sun Rescue Center


shared single sex chalet in a rustic camp

When does the project run?


accommodation included, hot showers, running water, solar-powered lights, charging station for electronic devices, food included, laundry everyday, western toilet, drinking water, nearby medical facility, wifi

How long can I stay?

Minimum 1 week, maximum 8 weeks


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

– Provide a close and engaging learning experience that motivates Grade 8 students to care for their environment, while teaching them important life skills

The Grade 8 students visiting DAKTARI are from the local secondary schools in the villages. The teaching program is a mix of environmental education, life skills training, animal interactions, and discussions on social issues. International and local volunteers teach all of the lessons. Class sizes are kept small and each child is given individual attention during the week. The children learn about anti-poaching, politeness, job opportunities in game reserves, and discuss social issues like substance abuse and safe sex.

– Provide a home for unreleasable or orphaned animals that inspire passion for the environment in the children that visit DAKTARI.

The wildlife orphanage houses more than thirty species of animals. From cheetahs to crocodiles to meerkats, eighty animals call DAKTARI home. These animal ambassadors are unable to survive in their natural habitat so they live at DAKTARI and help to educate the children. The students are actively involved in animal care during their time at DAKTARI. They see many of these animals for the first time. This unique experience inspires them to protect their local wildlife and environment.

– Increase the impact of the Teaching Program at DAKTARI through Eco Clubs and community projects

DAKTARI’s Outreach Program consists of three parts: Eco Clubs at the secondary schools, community development projects and outreach campaigning. The Eco Clubs are an extension of the teaching program at DAKTARI. The voluntary, activity-based clubs teach students more about the environment and wildlife. The students also plan and implement projects to improve their community, such as planting trees or cleaning the village. When the kids are home for the holidays or have exams, we go to several nearby schools to do outreach campaigning. This is a way for us to reach more children with fun lessons and activities to teach them more about the importance of the environment

From Monday to Friday, you will be teaching a group of eight children. Your day starts at 7am and classes start at 9am. Classes will end at 4:30 p.m. and then we will talk to the children about social issues. Also has plenty of time for fun!
You will play with the kids, join them in the pool and dance around the campfire your favorite tunes. With animals, each day you will help with the different tasks that need to be done to keep the animals happy and healthy, like cleaning each cabinet and feeding them.

On Saturdays you can take a trip to Hoedspruit with the local staff. In town you can shop and there are also several excellent restaurants in town for lunch. Sundays are free so you can plan a day trip if you wish or just relax at the campsite. The project team will assist you in planning and below have some suggestions of what you can do over the weekend. All activities below are extra cost and must be arranged and paid locally.

Safari in the Kruger National Park
Visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Tshukudu Game Lodge Cheetah Tour
Visit the Kinyonga Reptile Center
Trail at Blyde River Canyon
Boat Trips on the Blyde River
Horse Safaris

2019                                  2020
1 week: €550.00               1 week: €590.00
2 weeks: €890.00             2 weeks: €990.00
3 weeks: €1,340.00          3 weeks: €1,470.00
4 weeks: €1,570.00          4 weeks: €1,700.00
5 weeks: €1,775.00          5 weeks: €2,000.00
6 weeks: €2,130.00          6 weeks: €2,300.00
7 weeks: €2,354.00          7 weeks: €2,600.00
8 weeks: €2,690.00          8 weeks: €2,900.00
9 weeks: €2,858.00          9 weeks: €3,200.00
10 weeks:€3,175.00        10 weeks:€3,500.00
11 weeks:€3,493.00         11 weeks:€3,800.00
12 weeks:€3,810.00        12 weeks:€4,100.00

Reviews & ratings



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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