Big 5 African Wildlife & Conservation

4.8(131 reviews)
Experience
Volunteer
Destination
South Africa
Duration
2 to 12 weeks
Ages
18 to 85
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Trip overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience the African lifestyle whilst making a real difference to the environment and wildlife. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer in the stunning Eastern Cape and be amongst all the famous faces in the animal kingdom. Picture yourself tracking the movements of wild herds of animals across the 6,000-hectare private game reserve upon an open-top safari, have the chance to spot the ‘big 5’ in their natural habitat and contribute to an important, real-world research and conservation project.

We offer the complete package for those looking to volunteer abroad and, best of all, we’ve joined with exclusive project partners to secure you a guaranteed volunteering placement overseas. You’ll be contributing to the environment and wildlife with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from airport pickup and on-site training to volunteer accommodation and provided meals, plus so much more.

Make a sustainable impact on wildlife conservation, make new friends from all corners of the world and break away from your routine back home as you embark on this incredible volunteer travel opportunity. This trip is perfect for anyone ready to make a difference and lasting impact on Africa’s game park management whilst channelling that adventurous lifestyle at the same time.

Inclusions

Volunteer project placement
We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start on your journey to make a difference to our planet.
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and are ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.
Pre-Departure Guide
Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.
Trip visa guidance
Get your visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance by your Trip Coordinator.
Personal Travel Concierge
You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.
Comfortable accommodation
Recharge in a shared, single-sex camp dorm, conveniently located on the reserve and accessible to the library, tennis court, pool and outdoor firepit or treat yourself and upgrade to a private room.
Covid-19 Medical Insurance
For a limited time only, all our Volunteer trips come with medical insurance for the duration of your trip, which also covers Covid-19, for added peace of mind.
Return airport transfer
To take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in the Eastern Cape. Upon completion of your placement, you'll also be taken directly to the airport.
Project supplies
Get equipped with all the supplies and materials you need to perform your volunteer duties, including a cap and t-shirt.
Meals
Enjoy three meals per day, prepared for you by on-site staff and including a mix of western-style favourites and South African delicacies.
Local cultural experiences
Have the chance to join other travellers and head on weekend excursions to either Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, or other nearby destinations. Accommodation and transport are also included.
$200 Global Tour Voucher
We know this will be the trip of a lifetime, so you also get a $200 Global Tour Voucher to put towards any Contiki, Busabout, Topdeck or G Adventures tour so you can go and explore some more of the world whilst you’re over there. You’re welcome.
Certificate of completion
In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience, and, it goes very well with your future resume. Employers will love this addition!
Ongoing support from our local team
Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, our team will provide you with unlimited support.
24/7 Global Emergency Line
Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.
gWorld access
Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.
Marketplace deals
Get exclusive access to deals and discounts through our online Marketplace. Save big on a huge range of products and services from our brand partners worldwide.
$250 off your next trip
The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?
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Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Wildlife & Conservation Volunteer trip in South Africa is designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment and with a genuine and rewarding purpose. Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement to accommodation and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

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Book with confidence

Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Lifetime deposit guarantee

Change of mind for trip, destination or dates? No problem! Learn more here.

Trip location

You'll spend most of your time volunteering in the Eastern Cape.

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you have touched down at Port Elizabeth International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you to a temporary lodge while you wait for the other volunteers to arrive. Once everyone has arrived, you’ll be taken straight to your volunteer accommodation on the reserve.

Day 2+

7.30am: Rise and shine for your first shift of the day. You could find yourself heading out on a safari game drive to assist with game counts and captures or joining in on lion tracking. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot all of the big 5 on your trip; lion, leopard, rhino, elephants and water buffalo.  

9.30am: Take a short break in between shifts and enjoy a hearty breakfast served by the reserve staff. 

10.00am: Head out to the nursery and conduct some flora and fauna work, head on wilderness trail walks and patrols and help out with tree planting and landscaping in the reserve or visit a local school to help with their mealtime and connect with the local community. 

1.00pm: Join the other travellers on your well-deserved pause from your volunteer duties and indulge in a cooked lunch.

2.00pm: Your last shift of the day might have you removing alien vegetation in and around the reserve, maintaining the wildlife structures or monitoring and patrolling the private game reserve fence to ensure the safety of the animals 

6.00pm: Wrap up your busy day with a freshly prepared dinner whilst you watch the sunset and listen to the animal kingdom come alive at night. You’ll then have the option to participate in night activities, such as lion monitoring.

Weekends: You’ll have every weekend off, which gives you the perfect opportunity to explore on the included weekend excursions. Make the most of your time off and head to Port Elizabeth where you can watch a game at the Nelson Mandela Stadium, visit Kragga Kamma which is a haven for free-roaming White Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetahs, Giraffe, Zebra or head out to have the chance to spot great white sharks and the southern right whales! Or, visit historic Grahamstown and enjoy a picnic in the botanical gardens or hike the Alexandria Hiking Trail.

Ongoing

Our dedicated team will check in regularly and keep in touch with you throughout your stay but, if at any point during your trip you need travel advice or assistance, we’ll be here to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can always jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

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Reviews

Sue E
Booked in Dec, 2019
I had the BEST experience today. Monique & Dan were friendly & proffessional all through the booking process. They were informative & answered all of my questions beautifully. They were very patient with me when I kept asking about every single detail of the trip. They were upbeat, confident & kind. It was as if I was talking to my best friend. They were lovely & im really looking forward to many more conversations with the team & planning loads more trips with this FABULOUSE company!!😊 I cant wait to get to South Africa😊
Bianca M
Booked in Aug, 2019
The customer service is great. Friendly, helpful and enthusiastic staff. Explained everything clearly and made sure I was comfortable with each part of the process. Really looking forward to my trip.
Ruth E
I'm looking forward to my trip end of this year and I just want to say that my Travel Concierge Ashley has been so AMAZING. She was super helpful and understanding and patient me with through the whole planning flights process.
Olivia Y
Booked in Aug, 2018
Friendly amenable and excited! Great staff and coordinator to help you get you on your way to your adventure.
Belle W
Booked in Nov, 2018
It was good, straight forward and easy to understand everything
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If you’re affected by COVID while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We work with a travel insurance company that provides COVID protection, and people going on Volunteer trips will get this for free currently!

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In 2020, the world stopped. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. If COVID affects your trip, you are protected for any changes with our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. Why not give yourself something to look forward to, by booking that trip!

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together. Meaning that you can live together and work together. If availability doesn’t allow it, we’ll get you in the same area. So you’ll be able to have this experience together!

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 56 days before departure without incurring ANY charges, and you’re able to rebook it for ANY time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.


In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 56 days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Travel Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 3 years!

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