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Big 5 conservation - Rhinoceros, Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, and Leopard

Project name:

LEO Africa

Project purpose:

Big 5 (Rhinoceros, Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, and Leopard) and hyena conservation

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation

  • data collection/analysis

  • development goals


South Africa


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


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Shared accommodation in rustic farmhouse. A private room is available for a small weekly fee

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, electricity, laundry service available, trip to town weekly where you can buy food and go to restaurants

How long can I stay?


You must be reasonably fit and be prepared and able to spend many hours tracking and observing animal behaviour, identifying lions, elephants, white and black rhinos, leopards, hyenas and game viewing in a spectacular nature reserve

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

Volunteer prices decrease with duration of your stay: ($515 a week for 2 weeks, $460 a week for 10 weeks)

The price listed for weekly expenditure is for 4 weeks:

2 weeks $1031

4 weeks $1973

6 weeks $2922

8 weeks $3767

10 weeks $4605

*minimum duration is 2 weeks and maximum is 12.

Volunteer work

Our volunteer wildlife monitoring and conservation programme records and monitors the movements, behaviour, numbers, kills, and interactions of the Big 5 and hyenas.


Volunteers will take part in the two daily monitoring drives which are sent out to monitor the key species of the Park section, and will also help with reserve management work such as bush clearing, road repair and re-opening, alien plant removal, erosion control etc

When requested by the Park managers, the LEO Team and its volunteers will also assist during game capture and animal darting. When on drives, volunteers will help track and identify animals, check and collect camera traps, take photos used to create ID kits, observe and record data about targeted animals; the data collected will be inserted in the computer by the volunteers and used by the staff members to produce monthly reports.Volunteers will stay at base half day on a rotation basis to assist with house duties (office work, light manual work, general house cleaning, cooking and washing up etc.).

The aim of the project is also to travel to the most remote parts of the Park to identify and track the animals less seen. By covering these areas, we act as a deterrent for poachers, greatly supporting anti-poaching in observation posts and reporting. A great emphasis is placed on rhino identification and tracking to know where these amazing animals are to better plan their security requirements for the Park Rangers. Volunteers are part of all our activities and will be helping in all aspects of our project. Sleep outs are a great asset towards our anti-poaching efforts. 

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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