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South Africa Wildlife Adventure

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South Africa Wildlife Adventure

Help with essential conservation work in South Africa to preserve the “big 5” – lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino – and get involved in the running of a game reserve.

Prices from US$2,545

Visit South Africa – a "Rainbow Nation" that combines modern culture with an ancient landscape that is simply breathtaking. South Africa has evolved over thousands of years to become the biologically and culturally diverse nation that it is today and attracts thousands of visitors a year to its wide, sandy beaches and cosmopolitan cities and of course the dramatic natural monument that is Table Mountain.



Rolling hills, flat grasslands, magnificent African bush and historical frontier architecture await you at this exclusive game reserve and wildlife sanctuary. The pristine bushveld and crystal clear blue skies combine to provide a magnificent setting to explore the magnificent Big Five wildlife and the intriguing history of this African paradise.


  • Help to conserve South Africa's rare & beautiful wildlife
  • Discover the Rainbow Nation
  • Make lifelong friends


Location South Africa
Activities Rehabilitation work
Fence patrols
Game capture (in season)
Eradication of invasive plant species
Assist with tourist safaris
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Shared volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food (5 days/week)
Airport pick-up
In-country transfers
Local orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


You will be working within the game reserve five days a week from Monday – Friday. The game reserve is home to all of Africa's Big Five animals (the lion, the African Elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the rhinoceros) as well as many others and you may get to help out with the reserve's animal rehabilitation work. The reserve's successful breeding and animal rearing programme produces new born cubs from time to time!  

Other work can include checking up on the lions or feeding and cleaning the elephants in the on-site elephant sanctuary. The reserve also runs luxury safaris and in the past some of the more experienced volunteers have been asked to help the professional game rangers run the upmarket tourist safaris. Who knows – you could be the next lucky one!  Volunteers joining in the month of February may be involved in assisting in the annual game capture.

Your work will be hugely varied and may include such tasks as vegetation rehabilitation and the eradication of invasive plant species – invaluable for sustaining the endemic local flora and fauna. Fence patrolling is essential and needs to be carried out to check for wear and tear and to ensure the safety of the native wildlife.

Within the reserve you can visit an historic English frontier town, noted for its contribution to the development of agriculture in South Africa, where you will find a post office and a modern convenience store.

Excursions to Port Elizabeth, South Africa's second oldest city, are arranged every other weekend. Here you can enjoy sunbathing, surfing and swimming at the beautiful blue flag beaches, such as George's and Humewood beach. In the evenings you can explore the exciting bars, clubs and restaurants of this vibrant city.


You will fly into Port Elizabeth airport, which is a short, one hour, flight from Cape Town international airport and can cost as little as US$68-US$85 if booked locally. Please aim to arrive before 4pm. Upon arrival you will be given a warm welcome by one of the project staff and depending on the time of arrival you will be taken to a lovely local lodge where you will wait for the other volunteers to arrive before the scheduled transfer to the project site at 5pm. You can use the time at the lodge to freshen up and recover from your flight, acclimatise and get ideas about what you might like to see during your project weekend excursions or after your project. You will arrive at the project location, 85 km from Port Elizabeth, in time for dinner and to relax after your journey. Depending on the arrival time and number of volunteers you may instead travel directly to the project location.


The project location is within an exclusive game reserve of 6,000 hectares. You will be living in one of two comfortable and newly built single sex dormitories. The game reserve offers a fantastic range of leisure and recreational facilities including a TV, tennis court, barbecue, kitchen area, internet access and pool tables, so masses to do during your time off. There is mobile phone coverage in the area and you will be able to purchase a pay as you go SIM for a small price in the shops, which you can then top up and use as much as you like. The reserve is also malaria free.


You will enjoy three meals a day during the week, which will be a delicious combination of African and Asian food cooked by the skilled local catering staff. You may also enjoy authentic South African braais in the evening whilst discussing the day's achievements with friends against the backdrop of the night sounds of the countless birds and animals nearby.  On weekends you will have the freedom to explore and sample the delights of Port Elizabeth and its many bars, cafes and restaurants, where, along with your fellow volunteers, you will be responsible for your own arrangements.

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In addition to the work and excursions outlined above, there’s a load more to do on your free weekends or after your trip. About an hour's drive southwest of Port Elizabeth is the surf village of J-Bay, one of the hottest surf spots on the planet and definitely not to be missed. If culture is more your thing, then perhaps you might like to visit Grahamstown, Africa's festival capital, where the national Arts Festival takes place, with over 50,000 visitors flocking to the city for a feast of arts, crafts and sheer entertainment and more than 500 shows from opera, cabaret, drama and jazz to stand-up comics and folk music. There are numerous hiking trails which you can join along the Garden Route or perhaps you might like to visit Table Mountain, Cape Town or experience a thrilling safari to the famous Kruger National Park.


4 weeks US$2,545

Extra week US$545


Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Monday before 4pm.  You will be taken back to the airport on the subsequent Monday and please do not book your return flight for any earlier than 1pm.


4 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food (5 days/week)
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • In-country transfers
  • Local orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Port Elizabeth (PLZ)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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