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Volunteer · VO-08

Game Ranger

South Africa
8 weeks
4.7(11 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 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.


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Volunteer project placement

FGASA Level 1

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Pre-Departure Guide

Trip visa guidance

Personal Travel Concierge

Covid-19 Medical Insurance


Comfortable accommodation

Return airport transfer

Project supplies


First Aid Course Level 1

Local cultural experiences

$200 Global Tour Voucher


Certificate of completion

Ongoing support from our local team

24/7 Global Emergency Line

gWorld access

Marketplace deals


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Trip details

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. You may also be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter this destination at the time of your travel.

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 then have the evenings and weekends to explore however you please. As a rough idea, this is the daily schedule you can expect:

Week 1

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.

Trip location

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

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.


Georgia Blue A
Booked in Nov, 2017

Oh my goodness Sam was soo helpful and lovely! I am very happy with everything I can't believe my dream from a little girl is coming true thanks Sam for helping me, reassuring me and being apart of this with me! South Africa here I come !!!

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