Agape's wildlife conservation programme in South Africa gives volunteers the chance to engage in front-line conservation work, protecting endangered species in Marakele National Park in South Africa. Our local team of dedicated animal protection staff are committed to ensuring that the lions, white & black rhinos, elephants, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes and hyenas of the Park are given the care they need, but we also require volunteers to help continue this vital work.
As a wildlife conservation volunteer in South Africa you will be involved in a variety of the exciting activities required to ensure that the animals native to Marakele National Park are protected from the growing threats of climate change and poaching. Some of the nature reserve volunteering projects that you will assist in include animal monitoring, anti-poaching, and park management. Volunteers go on at two game drives per day, ensuring that most of you time is spent where the need is greatest: with the animals.
- Front-line work with an experienced conservation team
- Two game drives per day
- Stay in a beautiful location right inside the National Park
What to Expect
A typical week of wildlife volunteer work in South Africa consists of a combination of getting close to the animals on game drives and time spent analyzing the results of your findings. You’ll go on two game drives per day (unless on house duty) with a break back at base for lunch, so there will plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with some of South Africa’s amazing wildlife.
When not on game drives, your time nature reserve volunteering will be spent helping the team to analyse the results of their findings, and helping out with the specific needs of the day. Sundays are your day off and a chance to relax after the hard week’s work.
Housing & Meals
Agape’s volunteers in South Africa live together with staff in a sprawling, spacious, refurbished farmhouse with dorm-style rooms and plenty of social areas. Set right in the bush, it's an amazing location right by the animals. But don't worry - there is a fence to keep out any potentially dangerous intruders! There is a recreation area for you to relax and socialise with your co-volunteers in the evenings and on the weekends. The recreation area has sofas, a kitchen, board games and wildlife books so that you can brush up your knowledge before a game drive.
You will be provided with three meals a day, though volunteers are asked to cook on Sundays. These will be a mixture of South Africa cuisine and more familiar Western dishes. We can cater for vegetarians and most allergies, but please be sure to let us know in advance if you have any specific dietary requirements.
We're proud that Agape's work in South Africa has already had an enormous impact on the environment we work in, and you can be a great help in continuing this good work. As a wildlife conservation volunteer in South Africa you will have an impact on all the animals you work with, as well as on the eco-system as a whole. But the best thing about volunteering? You get to come and see first-hand the impact you can make!
South Africa is often thought of as resoundingly unstable and poor; however, this is far from the case. The duality in South Africa encompasses big cities with a well-developed infrastructure, as well as rural areas that are under developed and impoverished. South Africa is well known for having 11 recognized languages, beautiful landscapes, and abundance of animals