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Go behind the scenes at
Africa’s finest
game reserve

Conserve the big five on the 25,000 hectare reserve at Shamwari

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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.

Shamwari Game Reserve

I volunteered at Shamwari Game Reserve on the Big 5 Programme in South Africa for two weeks in August 2019. The guides during the programme and in the accommodation were so welcoming and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. I got to meet other volunteers from all over the world and still keep in touch with some of them now.

I got to participate in so many different activities which helped to make a difference such as road maintenance, alien plant removal, helping at the born free big cat sanctuary, animal monitoring, helping to teach children at local schools how to use computers, just to name a few. Experiencing a safari daily and getting to see the animals so close up in their natural habitat was so special and something I will never forget.

Overall it was an amazing experience which I will never forget and cannot recommend enough, it exceeded all of my expectations! South Africa will always have a special place in my heart and I cannot wait to visit again!

Hannah KingApril 2020

South Africa Shamwari

My husband and I spent 2 weeks at the Shamwari Private Game Reserve. We enjoyed the safari experience alongside the conservation work.

Amanda WaughMarch 2020

A Great Way To Be Fully Immersed

My wife and I have just spent two weeks at Shamwari which was a great trip for us where we got fully immersed rather than just on a superficial 'safari tour'.

We loved the visit to the Born Free Foundation and doing our bit for conservation of the land for the animals - digging up 'alien plants', mending fences etc + community projects.

South Africa is a beautiful country to visit and we wish we had spent more time there.

Stephen WaughMarch 2020

Shamwai Experience

I had the most amazing experience at Shamwari, the coordinators and staff were great to work with and so passionate about their work and the welfare of the animals and game reserve.The Volunteering team gelled well and hopefully our contribution of work made a difference. We were rewarded by joining the vet to watch him treat animals in the bush, visits to Born Free Foundation, and working in the community.

I cannot recommend it enough, just wish I had stayed longer as 2 weeks wasn't enough as everyday was different and you never knew what it might bring.

Laura BlightFebruary 2020

Best trip of my life!

I went to Shamwari game reserve at the beginning of summer for a month, it was the best 4 weeks of my life. Booking with The Mighty Roar made everything so easy, the people that I got in contact with, Chris and Amie, where lovely and so easy to get a hold of if I had any questions. I also booked a weekend trip to Cape Town through The Mighty Roar, it was well organised, the hostel was lovely and the tour guide booked for us was really knowledgeable. If I where to volunteer again I would definitely book through the Mighty Roar, I would recommend them to anyone, not one bad word to say, they made sure my trip was amazing in every way!

Megan GreenSeptember 2019

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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Volunteering at Shamwari Game Reserve

Hear all about my experience in South Africa at the Shamwari Game Reserve in August 2019. Being able to get so close to all of the different animals every day was a dream come true.

Hannah's story

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.

Sara's story

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.

Lynette's story