Big 5 African Wildlife & Conservation
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 of 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, having the chance to spot the 'big 5' in their natural habitat, gaining your field guide qualification and contributing to an important, real-world research and conservation project.
We offer the complete package for those looking to volunteer abroad and become a qualified game ranger in South Africa 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 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 and gain a qualification whilst channelling that adventurous lifestyle at the same time.
Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency, so please don’t book with us if that’s what you’re looking for. We sell and organise amazing international travel experiences for the purpose of cultural exchange & education. If a trip has a paid work option, this is not mandatory to do and is there as a means to fund your travels only, and no fee is charged by us for this component. All payments you make are for travel and local support services. If you’re still confused, please get in touch.
Our Game Ranger Course 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 South Africa with the confidence that absolutely everything has been pre-arranged for you. You’ll be able to jump straight into your course and volunteer duties, relax into the 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 field guide course and volunteer placement, as well as taking time to get to know the local area. Spend your weekends getting a golden glow on Port Elizabeth’s beaches, roaming through Grahamstown’s trails and trying the local cuisines 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 Africa and arrive home as an expert in wildlife conversation that will ensure the inhabitants of the animal kingdom remain for years to come.
To qualify for this trip, you must be able to undertake laborious duties.
Flights, travel insurance, visa, vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.
The beauty of this trip is that your days will be filled with structured volunteer duties. You’ll then have the evenings and weekends to explore however you please. As a rough idea, this is the daily schedule you can expect:
Once you’ve 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.
Your course will commence in your first week, with emphasis on practical exposure. You’ll be introduced to the other volunteers, go over your course outlines and take part in many volunteer activities. You could find yourself heading out on safari game drives assisting 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, elephant and water buffalo.
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.
You'll spend most of your time volunteering in the Eastern Cape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Feel confident knowing that someone is always ready to assist throughout the journey & they’re only a call, tweet, comment, text or double tap away, 24/7.
We don’t just say that to brag. With over 10 years in the industry and a team of over 100 passionate pros, you can bet we know our stuff better than anyone else.
With over 1,200 partners around the globe, we have access to plenty of exclusive opportunities to make your trip the best it can be.
Just $195 to get started
We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start on your journey to make a difference to our planet.
Gain accreditation as a game ranger by the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa when you complete your course, covering topics such as geology, astronomy, weather and climate, basic ecology and taxonomy.
Complete comprehensive first aid training so you’ll have all the qualifications you need to become a field guide.
To take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in the Eastern Cape. Return transfer to the airport upon completion of your volunteer placement.
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.
Have the chance to join other travellers and head on weekend excursions to either Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, or any other nearby destination. Accommodation and transport are also included.
Enjoy three meals per day, prepared for you by on-site staff and including a mix of western-style favourites and South African delicacies.
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.
Get equipped with all the supplies and materials you need to perform your volunteer duties, including a cap and t-shirt.
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.
Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Just $195 to get started
Deposit is 100% refundable if you don’t qualify.
Earliest available arrival is currently Mar 2020.
Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.
If you change your mind or something comes up, we’ll let you change your travel dates or your trip, or even gift your deposit to a friend!