Work behind the scenes at Africa’s
finest game reserve,
Shamwari

Conserve the big five on the 25,000 hectare reserve

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  • Duration
    2-12 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    15+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    Every Monday
  • From
    £836
  • Duration
    2-12 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    15+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    Every Monday
  • From
    £836

South Africa Shamwari big 5 conservation

Have a once in a lifetime experience by working behind the scenes in one of Africa’s finest game reserves situated in the beautiful Eastern Cape. Your efforts will aid the true conservation work that goes on at the 25,000 hectare reserve and you will help play a vital role in preserving the Big 5 family along with all types of flora and fauna.

You will be exposed to all of the short and long term projects the reserve are currently undertaking, which are intended to create sustainability for generations to come. Your time on the reserve will be diverse and structured, giving you the opportunity to personally experience life as a budding conservationist while adding incomparable value to the project.

"I volunteered for two weeks at Shamwari, it was extraordinary! I had two weeks of doing good, as well as stopping to admire wild-life and being educated on the conservation needs for wild animals. I cannot recommend this highly enough!"

Over the past 23 years, a dedicated team of conservationists has returned the once derelict farmland back to its former glory of vibrant lands, where some of the worlds most iconic wildlife now wonder. Thanks to their inspirational conservation efforts and expertise, Shamwari is now a globally recognised and an award winning game reserve.

With a vast selection of tasks to experience first hand, including the Born Free Big Cat Foundation, Shamwari Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Animal Hospital and the Rhino Awareness Centre you can be sure that no day will ever be the same.

You will be working alongside the dedicated wildlife team who will give you the opportunity to track and monitor rare and endangered species such as rhinos, elephants, lions and other predators and you might even get to witness some veterinary procedures should the need occur. You may get to observe game capture, assist in night patrols along with the anti-poaching unit, sleep out under the stars within the Big 5 reserve and liaise with ecologists that are experts in wildlife breeding.

What’s more, you will be able to partake on enriching lectures from an extensive range of experienced conservation specialists, be involved with the local community projects, as well as contribute to the continued restoration and upkeep of the reserve.

Not only do you get to work in one of the best places in the world, but you will also get to stay there! The highly rated accommodation is situated within the reserve where zebra, kudu, waterbuck and other wildlife roam freely. You will get to relax and unwind in the spacious living accommodation, go for splash in the luxurious swimming pool and listen to the wonderful night sounds of the African wilderness.

This busy yet highly rewarding programme will ensure your efforts help to make the reserve a safe and suitable environment for the wildlife to thrive. At the end of each day will be immensely satisfied, knowing that you have helped to save this precious wildlife and environment, protecting it for future generations.

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A great two weeks at Amakhala!

Our two weeks volunteering at Amakhala included so much, with something new everyday. Getting close to amazing wildlife, helping the community and exploring South Africa.

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Heading off on safari in South Africa

Between the UK and South Africa teams, I felt fully supported and had the best two weeks at Amakhala. I saw so many animals and learnt so much, I cannot wait to volunteer again.

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Four months helping penguins in South Africa

Even though I was volunteering for several months, which is longer than most, the time flew by and I really wished I stayed longer! If you like penguins or birds, then I can highly recommend this programme

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