• South Africa
    • Hoedspruit
1 to 8 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Year Round
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
*Rates on site
1 week $670
2 weeks $1 190
3 weeks $1 750
4 weeks $1 960
5 weeks $2 310
6 weeks $2 640
7 weeks $2 980
8 weeks $3 330
Your fees include:
- Transfers on Saturdays for arrival/departure
- Three meals per day, tea, coffee, juice
- Accommodation including bedding and towels
- Laundry
- One trip to town per week
- Working in the community
- Wifi
Your fees exclude:
- Flights, internal/international
- Travel Insurance
- Personal toiletries such as shampoo, sunblock, mosquito cream
- Sodas, cokes, alcohol
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare Equipment SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Jul 24, 2022
Jul 21, 2022
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About Program

DAKTARI Environment & Wildlife Education Centre is set in a beautiful nature reserve close to the Kruger National Park. The comfortable camp is located in the heart of the reserve where you will work with the children and the animals of the sanctuary.

You will teach the local children about the importance of protecting the environment and blossom their passion for animals through the care of the animals in our sanctuary.

Please note that all animals kept in captivity in our sanctuary are not able to go back to the wild. We do not encourage animal petting.

DAKTARI also runs an outreach program for a greater impact on the communities. The weekly ECO CLUB and Wildlife Crime campaigns give the children the opportunity to ignite positive attitudes towards their valuable environmental heritage.

The volunteers are vital to the success of our programs and really make an impact on the communities, the future of our environment and our wildlife.

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Program Highlights

  • Educate underprivileged children about the environment, anti-poaching and important life skills.
  • Care for injured and/or orphaned wildlife and help us give them the second chance they deserve.
  • Get involved with local communities and learn about South African culture.
  • Go on trips and excursions and discover the beauty of South African beyond the gates of our camp.
  • Become a part of the DAKTARI Family, make friends for life and memories you'll never forget!

Program Impact

Our programs have reached more than 4,500 children in 16 years, cared for hundreds of animals, and helped employ dozens of youth.

What makes our Teaching Program different?
The children get to spend a full week at our camp with our volunteers and get to have fun, as well as learn a lot! Because we only take eight children each week, they benefit from one-on-one attention and participate in every lesson. Each day has a mix of lessons, activities, and animal interactions.

The teaching program is very hands-on. The children get to see the animals up close at our wildlife orphanage and interact with the animals every day. The lessons are interactive and practical and the children leave here with a passion for learning.

The program is completely taught by volunteers with the help of a local volunteer coordinator. They get a detailed teaching program before they arrive so that they can learn the material. The lessons include outdoor activities,

To get an impression of what the life of a volunteer at DAKTARI is, check out the video below!
https://youtu.be/PrVswQF57rU Life of a Volunteer

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Program Reviews

4.94 Rating
based on 65 reviews
  • 5 rating 93.85%
  • 4 rating 6.15%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Impact 4.85
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.9
  • Value 4.85
  • Safety 4.95
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Yes, I recommend this program

DAKTARI - an unforgettable experience

I spent a magnificent time at Daktari Bushschool and Wildlife Orphanage in South Africa. It's a mixture between animal care and teaching underpriviledged children from the villages. During one week they get some lessons in subjects like "evironment, wildlife crime, animal tracks, politeness, leadership skills, substance abuse etc. and they help doing the animal stabling twice a day. The week at the camp leaves a great impact on the children. "It was my best week ever" were the final words of one of the students. I appreciated not only the perfect organisation and accomodation but also the kindness of the co-founders and all the staff members. I leave this wonderful place with a lot of unforgettable experiences, some new skills and a heart full of gratitude.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go to Daktari and appreciate not only the perfect organisation and accomodation but also the kindness of the co-founders and all the staff members. You'll eave this wonderful place with a lot of unforgettable experiences, some new skills and a heart full of gratitude.
29 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful experience!

I had the chance to be at DAKTARI for 3 weeks and it was an amazing time. It is a wonderful place here and everything is made with so much love and effort. When you arrive at DAKTARI you are welcomed by really nice and openhearted people and during your whole stay you are treated like a family member. All the animals here at DAKTARI are treated with love and receive the best life that they can get here. The project that they have with the kids is amazing and I'm sure that it has a great impact on them. I can't complain about anything - during my whole stay I was more than happy with everything. The atmosphere in the camp is always nice and happy and I received some memories that I will never forget. I recommend DAKTARI to everyone who loves to work with animals, to meet new people and to experience life in the African bush. I really have nothing to complain about.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
We made a bonfire on a rock spent one night there in the middle of nowhere and slept under the stars.
27 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience

After more than 4 months in Daktari, the departure is hard. I will miss the atmosphere, the people, the place and the animals. It will be an opportunity to come back.

I was the animal manager, along with Lilly Husson, another Frenchwoman. We never had time to be bored, between working with animals or with children and having a good time with the staff and volunteers.

Thanks DAKTARI and Michele

What was your funniest moment?
We had a very playful goat for a while. She particularly liked chasing a friend of mine. Never laughed so much
33 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Life Experience !

During 6 months I was the Office Assistant at DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage.
I am so happy to have chosen DAKTARI, it turned out to be one of the best experience of my life.

I had the chance to work with a young team. They welcomed me warmly, making my experience unforgettable. I had so much fun at work, I learned so many new things. It is a perfect occasion to meet awesome people around the world. I felt living in a huge family.

DAKTARI’s camp feels like a home away from home! I had at my disposal many facilities such as bar, braai are and swimming pool. The food was very good, with chefs adapting to our special dietary requirements (vegetarians).

This is such a special place. Situated right in the middle of the bush, we are living around wild animals. Total escape !

If you love community project, teaching children and take care of animal, this project is for you. I can highly recommend this project. I just want to thank everybody I met during my internship who be able to make this inedible experience. I will always remember it !

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment at DAKTARI was the bonfire with the students, volunteers and staff.
31 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience in little paradise

DAKTARI is a beautiful place with beautiful people.
I spent few days for working with animals, they have different species.
Their project have a real impact with the local community.
People there are passionate and kind. The food is delicious and the acomodation perfect.
A big thank you to everybody there.
and thank you Michele and Ian hope to see you soon

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Girafe around the place and lots of different species, a real beautiful place
28 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Would highly recommend

My experience in DAKTARI was one of the greatest in my life.
I made true friends and learn so much things about the bush.
All the accomodations were perfect and everybody was really polite and kind.
the food was amazing, and the activities also.
i would 100% recommend the experience because it's a life time experience
you can experience some things you never imagine doing like feeding a cheetas or taking meerkats on a walk or sleep with dassies !!
I would totally recommend this experience !!!!

What was your funniest moment?
i think all our moments were the funniest, i made true friend here so even a look made me laugh.
29 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Would highly recommend

DAKTARI is my first volunteering experience, the staff is very welcoming and nice. The co-owners Ian and Michele are very passionate about their work and it has been a real pleasure to meet them. I took care of wild animals I would have probably never see in other circumstances, such as dassies!
It has also been a wonderful experience to teach kids about their environment and to let them know how they can protect it. The organisation has a very positive impact on the community and it has been very nice to be part of it.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do not have a doubt about this, it is going to be awesome !
31 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching program

I real enjoy my experience at DAKTARI because I learn a lot about animals , how to take care of them feed them... All the animals care staff was very friendly and share with me their animal knowledge. Become a teacher learn me a lot about the importance of education. Take care of child learn them, play with them was a amazing experience. The general ambiance are just magic everyone share with everyone and real relation appear. That why I sure sooner i will be back at DAKTARI for a another super experience as I had.

What was your funniest moment?
my favorite moment was during the bounce fire. I really like when everyone dance with everyone
33 people found this review helpful.

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