Multiple Locations +2
  • South Africa
    • Johannesburg
    • Durban
    • St. Lucia
    • Cape Town
    • Cape Town
    • St. Lucia
    • Knysna
    • Port Elizabeth
    • Limpopo
  • Zimbabwe
2 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Apartment Guesthouse Host Family Hostel Lodge Tent
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
We try and make our projects as safe and all-inclusive as possible with accommodation, airport pick ups and drops off, food and so much more depending on the individual volunteer project so we do have a charge for our volunteer projects to cover this. Volunteer projects start at 2 weeks minimum and we cater for gap students, interns, career breakers, friends, couples and families. Although most projects are 18 years and older, we do have projects that will take as young as 14 years old with a guardian.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals Some Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Feb 05, 2024
Feb 18, 2024
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About Program

We have a variety of projects dealing with the safe sanctuary of non-releasable captive bred apex predators and also their monitoring and data capturing in safe wildlife reserves aiding conservation of many endangered species.

South Africa
Our sanctuary projects have a strict ethic of no petting, breeding or trading:
Big Cat Sanctuary on a Wildlife Reserve in the Eastern Cape
Ethical Predator Sanctuary project in the Western Cape
Lion Sanctuary on a Wildlife Reserve in Limpopo province
Wolves, Wolf Dogs and Huskies at a Sanctuary in the Western Cape
For those wanting a true conservation experience in large, protected reserves:
Endangered Wildlife Monitoring & Conservation in KwaZulu-Natal province

Wildlife Conservation with Horses (this project is very popular so please book well in advance)

Please enquire with us by emailing info@volunteerinternationaladventures.com or WhatsApp +27 82 608 3770 if you have any questions

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Ethical Impact

Volunteer International Adventures focus is on ethical youth and animal projects which we feel very strongly about. We see the need for assistance from international volunteers in developing countries and have seen the difference extra hands-on help can make to communities and conservation if done responsibly.

Program Highlights

  • We have several ethical big cat projects on wildlife sanctuaries. Help with the care of non-releasable lions while being surrounded by giraffe, zebra and other antelope species.
  • Assist at an ethical sanctuary for exotic wolves, wolf dogs and huskies. Perfect for the canine lovers
  • Combine your love of wildlife with your horse-riding abilities in Zimbabwe. Aside from the amazing setting of truly free roaming wildlife in a raw africa setting, volunteers help with snare sweeps.
  • Join a team of dedicated professionals with the monitoring and data capturing of endangered species in reserves in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The main focus is the conservation of the highly endangered African Wild Dog
  • Get educated and trained up at the same time while helping with a variety of wild cats, both big and small from lions, tigers, leopard, serval to caracal in a highly ethical environment. One for the cat lovers!

Program Impact

Our dedicated volunteers have made a significant impact with endangered species wildlife conservation and assisting at wild cat and predator sanctuaries. They have assisted in ongoing care for various species in ethical captive scenarios, conducted data capturing and research, provided support to veterinary professionals, and the general care of non-releasable predators. Our wildlife projects cover a diverse range of animals, including lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopard, wolves and wolf dogs, african wild dogs and other endangered species like elephants and rhinos. Their contributions have helped ensure the well-being and preservation of these animals, making a positive difference in conservation efforts and or those born into captivity and not being able to be released into the wild, safe sanctuary for their natural lives.

Popular Programs

Viewing wildlife from horseback is something else

Wildlife Conservation with Horses volunteer project is set against the borders of one of Africa’s most iconic national parks, Hwange. You will assist locals on the ground to care for horses and be involved with regular snare sweep patrols with rangers in the fight against poaching, visit the Painted Dog research unit, learn about monitoring lions, teach game rangers how to ride, assist in the local community with sustainable ideas for eco-production

Rescued lions...safe now

Help at a Big Cat sanctuary on a beautiful wildlife reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa assisting with the ongoing care of big cats saved from dire captive situations from zoos and the blackmarket exotic pet trade. These big cats- 14 lions and a tiger- can never be released due to being born captivity. The beauty of this volunteer project is the proximity to the coast so free time can be spent horse-riding, taking part in 4 x 4 safaris, skydiving, quad biking or surfing lessons.

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

My time volunteering in South Africa

I have absolutely loved my experience in South Africa volunteering on the Endangered Wildlife Monitoring and Research project, a I am sad that I have to leave tomorrow. By the time I leave I would have spent 6 weeks in South Africa, so I have been lucky enough to have experienced all 3 of the reserves that take volunteers.

My first reserve was Imfolozi, where I saw my first wild elephant before we had even been through the gate! We also saw alot of cheetahs which was very special. The camp itself was lovely, and I especially loved the Rick where you could see all sorts of animals including elephants and rhinos. However, my highlight of my experience at Imfolozi was seeing wild giraffes for the first time, and I couldn't stop smiling all day!

My second reserve was Manyoni, and on the first day we saw an impressive male lion lying mere inches away from the car! What I loved about Manyoni was the fact that the animals had never had a bad experience with a car, so you got super close sightings. My favourite place in Manyoni was the Fever Tree Forest, because it felt magical and was alive with all sorts of incredible sounds, and the trees there were breathtaking! I also loved the camp itself, with it being a spacious farmhouse that boasts a beautiful garden and a lovely terrace.

My third and final reserve was Hluhluwe which had stunning scenery with its rolling hills and glistening rivers. Seeing animals there was a challenge, but that made it very special when you saw them. The camp was nice, and I liked the fact that the bedrooms had a wardrobe and desk. I can't choose 1 highlight, so I'll tell you my 2 highlights, the first one was seeing a leopard twice, and my second one was seeing the pack of 11 wild dogs.

The staff and volunteers alike have been extremely friendly and I felt like I was part of a family. I would definitely recommend volunteering on this project, because you can make a positive impact on the world and contribute to the conservation of South Africa's animals. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved, and I can't wait to be back! :)

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
We got charged and trumpeted at by a matriarch elephant, who was protecting her herd, and I sat very still and made sure that I didn't say a word. The monitor raised her hand and the matriarch bowed her head and backed away.
  • You learn so much about the African Bush.
  • You grow as a person.
  • You meet so many interesting people.
  • I've struggled to adjust with limited signal and power.
  • It was very stormy.
  • You have to get up early.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Definitely worth doing it!

A massive thank you to everyone who was involved in this project! The collaborative efforts and dedication of each team member truly made this project a success. I felt safe and well taken care of. Every aspect was meticulously handled. Working alongside a diverse array of big cat species not only enriched the project, but also broadened my perspective, making it a truly unforgettable and transformative experience. I think about this amazing opportunity a lot. And without hesitation, I would definitely recommend it to everyone!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
One standout moment at Ethical Predator Sanctuary was seeing how much Max, the caracal, enjoyed playing with my enrichment. It was amazing to see how such a ‘small’ thing, really can make their day better. This moment showed the essence of my volunteer experience – making a lasting difference in the lives of these incredible big cats.
  • The best staff ever
  • The wonderful communication before, during and after the trip!
  • The perfect work/chill balance
  • Nothing :)
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