Volunteer · VO-48

Endangered Wildlife Conservation

South Africa
3 weeks
4.8(36 reviews)

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  • 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 overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience South Africa’s active lifestyle whilst making a real difference to endangered wildlife species. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer on a private wildlife reserve, learning about and contributing to animal conservation. Picture yourself getting hands-on experience working with a wildlife vet, caring for animals and helping with their recovery, learning about animal behaviour and contributing to an important, real-world animal conservation project. You’ll also have the incredible chance to head on a rare range of excursions, including day and night game drives and visits to Kruger National Park, K9 anti-poaching dog training facility, Kinyonga Reptile Park, Elephant reserve, as well as a boat ride on Blyde Canyon and cheetah interaction.

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 conservation research with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from airport pickup, project transport, volunteer accommodation, provided meals, onsite training and so much more.

Make a sustainable change on South Africa’s endangered wildlife, 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 wild animals whilst channelling that genuine South African way of living at the same time.


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Volunteer project placement

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Pre-Departure Guide

Trip visa guidance

Personal Travel Concierge

Comfortable accommodation

Covid-19 Medical Insurance


Return airport transfers


‘Welcome to South Africa’ orientation

Local cultural experiences

$200 Global Tour Voucher


Certificate of completion

Ongoing support from our team

24/7 Global Emergency Line

gWorld access

Marketplace deals


$250 off your next trip

Trip details

Our Endangered 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 and meals to accommodation and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

Whether you’re doing gap year volunteering or taking a volunteering holiday from work, you’ll arrive in Hoedspruit with the confidence that absolutely everything has been pre-arranged for you. You’ll be able to jump straight into your volunteer duties, relax into the South African lifestyle and start making new friends with all the logistical details sorted, from airport transfers to accommodation.

Channel all your energy into immersing yourself in your volunteer placement, as well as taking time to get to know the local area. Roam through the breathtaking forests, visit the stunning waterfalls and explore the rolling savannahs instead of sweating the logistical stuff - that’s exactly why we’re here. Feel confident and proud you are contributing much-needed help to a meaningful cause and save yourself the time, money and even the risk of being stranded in a foreign country by having us on your side. Make your time count on this life-changing opportunity to volunteer in South Africa and arrive home knowing you've made a lasting impact on endangered wildlife species.


To qualify for this trip, you must be able to undertake laborious duties.

What extra costs will I have?

Flights, travel insurance, visa, vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Trip itinerary

The beauty of this trip is that your days will be filled with structured volunteer duties. You’ll have the evenings and weekends to explore however you please. As a rough idea, this is the daily schedule you can expect:

Day 1

Once you’ve touched down at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, you’ll make your way to the local Hoedspruit Airport. Your pre-arranged transfer will take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Hoedspruit, located within the game reserve. Relax, settle in and meet some of the other volunteers.

Head to your cultural orientation with the other volunteers, loaded with information about your project and South Africa’s history, culture, climate and more. You’ll also get a guided tour of the project’s centre and be introduced to the project staff.

Trip location

You'll spend most of your time volunteering in the town of Hoedspruit.

Frequently asked questions

How it works

Make your decision

Choose your trip style and destination, and confirm your spot with a deposit. Then, open your gWorld account and celebrate, the hardest part is over and the fun is about to begin.

We become friends

You’ll be matched with a personal Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs. They’ll guide you through everything we need to do together, so you can leave your worries behind.

Time to go

We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.

24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.


Tahlia C
Booked in Mar, 2020

So excited to embark on this journey! So grateful for the staff I chatted to today, never been more sure about anything in my life!

Erica D
Booked in Jan, 2020

Very kind agents who are informative and excited to help us start our trip!

Vanessa V
Booked in Sep, 2019

Oliver was great to deal with. He answered any questions and gave me a wealth of information and things to think about and look forward to for my trip.

Kelsey H
Booked in Aug, 2019

Awesome company! Great way to get you pumped for your new journey! Informative, energetic and positive people!

Sheldan B

Given me the opportunity to go overseas to work with cheeters, all the details and the amount of support that they all provide.

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