Land Conservation



start date

Every Tuesday, mid-January - mid-December


Se;f-funded volunteer project

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African Conservation Experience are a specialist for wildlife conservation in southern Africa. All our partner projects are chosen for the genuine conservation work that they do. We tend to choose projects that rely on volunteers for both funding and actual hands-on help, making sure that you, the volunteer, will have a rewarding role at the project. We work with projects on a long-term basis and in close partnership, supporting both the projects and the volunteers. Our team includes trained zoologists, game rangers and travel experts to make sure that you receive expert advise and support.

typical day A Typical Day on this Course

6 am - 11am: The day starts early at this project to make the most of the cooler hours of the day, when the animals are more active! You typically head out for several hours in the morning. The exact task for the day depends on what data park management need. You might be collecting the images from camera traps, locate a lion pride using telemetry tracking to check on their movements, do a census of elephant herds or compile an ID kit for rhino. On particularly exciting days, the wildlife vet might be on board to dart lions to administer contraceptives, or to trap and relocate other predators.

11 am - 3 pm: There is typically a long break in the middle of the day, where you are back at the base camp. A great time to catch up on a journal or read up on some conservation topics!

3 - 6 pm: Heading out again, you will carry on with work as above. Occasionally there will be night drives later in the evening as well.

ideal candidate Who are we looking for?

You do not need previous skills or qualifications.

our offer What we can offer you

Placement fees include transfers from Johannesburg airport, accommodation, meals, 24/7 support in country and all financial contributions to the project.


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