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South Africa: Big Five & Game Reserve Volunteer Program

South Africa Big Five - Leopard

South Africa Big Five – Leopard

Working as a wildlife volunteer on Big Five Conservation, you will hel protecting lions, leopards, elephants, buffolos and rhinoceroses in the African Bush.

Volunteering at the Big Five Game Reserve in South Africa

At the game reserve in South Africa you will carry out a spectrum of important tasks, including caring for the animals and monitoring in the African Bush. The nature of the volunteer work will vary according to the weather and season.

Tasks on the Schedule for an Wildlife Volunteer

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • lion tracking
  • game counts & capture,
  • environmental work
  • planting trees
  • managing vegetation
  • patrolling fences

There will also be tasks in the petting farm and stables, caring for the horses.

Big Five Conservation – Game Drives & Wilderness Walks

You will get to go out on game drives & wilderness walks, and work hands on helping with the care of animals in the rehabilitation and education centre. The volunteers on Big Five Conservation visit and work in different parts of the reserve. You will be given the opportunity to try a hand at all the different tasks and activities whilst you are staying in South Africa.

Qualifications and Requirements for South Africa Big Five Conservation:

  • You must be over 18 years old. There is no maximum age limit.
  • A good  state of good physical and mental health is pre-requisite.

South African Big Five: Origins of the Name

Even though you know that Africa and South Africa are so much more than the Big Five, the familiar images soon begin playing in your mind: lions roaring; elephants trumpeting; buffalos lurking in long grass; rhinos standing stately under a thorn tree; leopards prowling in the gathering darkness.

How did these five animals – the lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard – come to be called the Big Five?

It was originally a hunting term used by the so-called ‘great white hunters’ in the hunting heyday of the 19th and early 20thcenturies, when professional hunters bagged as many trophies as possible in as short a time as possible.

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Great White Shark Volunteering South Africa

Go for a trip in South Africa and work with Great White Shark Volunteering, in our marine conservation project. The project is located in Kleinbaai, 180 km south east of Cape Town.

Population of Sharks Worldwide under Threat

Since the population of sharks worldwide is under threat, you can play a vital role in helping to monitor and conserve one of the most incredible creatures of the marine world, the Great White Shark.

Monitoring and Observing Sharks in South Africa

During your stay, you will be working alongside marine biologists researching and observing the sharks and their environment. Moreover, you will have the task of sharing this research and knowledge with visitors going shark diving, and may get the chance to assist in tagging and tracking sharks.

Cage Diving at the South African Coast

Most exciting of all, you have the unforgettable experience of going cage diving to meet your subject face to face – just try not to drop your camera! During your spare time you will be free to enjoy and get to know the beautiful Western Cape and even travel further afield to explore the rest of South Africa.

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Learn to Surf and help children in wonderful Cape Town, South Africa

Learn to surf in South Africa and volunteer to help underprivileged children at Muizenberg, close to Cape Town.

The volunteer program takes place in Muizenberg, Cape Town. The place is renowned for its gentle rolling waves just calling out to be ridden, you will be learning to surf in one of the best places in the world. The surf is free from rips and currents, giving you the safest & best opportunity to hone your skills – it’s not as easy as it looks!

Learn to Surf on the Gently Rolling Waves of Muizenberg, Cape Town

Learn To Surf and Help Children in South Africa

A young boy surfing on the waves of Muizenberg

You will first learn the art of surfing, along with the addictive and electrifying feeling that comes with riding a wave all the way into the shore; then you will be working will kids from the disadvantaged areas surrounding Muizenburg, teaching them how to surf.

These are bright, enthusiastic children who have been unfortunate to grow up in underprivileged communities. Their upbringing will often have been marred by violence and tragedy, as well as limited access to money. This is why your volunteer work is so important, as it gives them the chance to get away from all of that; to spend a few carefree, laughter-filled hours in the water, where they can have fun and make friends.  It provides them with a freedom that really is priceless and makes a huge impact on their lives.

This is only made possible through the help of volunteers like you. You will get to spend sun-soaked days on the beautiful beaches of South Africa, while giving new experiences and skills to these wonderful kids, letting them escape the difficulties of their lives and helping to broaden their horizons.

In your free time you will also be able to explore all the amazing places in Cape Town with the city right at your feet.

Qualifications and requirements for the Surf Project in South Africa:

  • You must be 18+ years old.
  • You should provide a CV & Motivational letter.
  • You need to be caring and ready to give back – You should love spending time with children.
  • If you’ve got your own wetsuit, bring it along. The weather can become quite cold, especially during the winter months of May to September. If not, you will be provided with one.
  • You are asked to please bring your laptop and camera, if possible, so as to be able to help with administration tasks; working in the office, blogging, social networking, coming up with new ideas to improve the project and other helpful tasks.

Want to Participate in the Surf Project?

Find the complete information about volunteering in South Africa.

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Big Cat Conservation Volunteer in South Africa

Join the Big Cat Conservation volunteer program in South Africa and work for a non- profit organization. Passion and love for the big cats will inspire your volunteer work to protect lions, leopards in the African Bush. The population of big cats in South Africa is being threatened by a high presence of bone trade and canned hunting, and poachers who hunt them for sport. They have also traditionally fallen victim to exploitation in captivity and face a constant and rapid loss of habitat as the land gets developed.

Big Cat Volunteering at the Sanctuaries in South Africa

The best hopes for these magnificent animals are sanctuaries such as this one, providing a home to lions, tigers, panthers, caracals and jackals, which can offer them a protected home environment and which work hard to spread awareness within society of the problems that these creatures are facing, educating people on the hunting trade. We are of the opinion that all animals should be roaming the wild but, in reality, much of it has been destroyed and hunting disrupts delicate balance of the bush. It is also the work of this project to look after what is left of it.

Make Part of a Passionate Team Dedicated to Caring and Protecting Big Cats

Your role working as a volunteer will be to take part in the activities of a passionate team dedicated to caring and protecting big cats. You will be tasked with helping to prepare their meals, making enrichment objects (toys for the animals), observing the animals, cleaning and maintaining animal enclosures, general farm work and assisting with our educational visits. As a volunteer you should be open and excited to learn about conservation, and be willing to assist in all areas of the project.

This is an incredible opportunity for any wildlife lovers out there to help work towards the long term survival of some of the world’s most incredible animals, which getting to witness some of the world’s most astonishing sunsets.

Qualifications and requirements for Big Cat Volunteering:

  • Minimum age is 18 +  years old.
  • You must love wildlife and be willing to work hard.

**Note: It’s important to note that this project does not breed any of their cats. There will be no cubs or any hands on work with the cats. Also be aware that the cats are carnivorous and you may have to work with raw meat.

Want to be a volunteer in South Africa?

Finde the complete information about volunteering in South Africa here, learn about everything provided with the volunteer program, and how to sign up. You might also be interested in reading more about wildlife volunteering in more countries.

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Monkey Volunteering Abroad: Save the Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

Rescue Orphaned Monkeys: Make part of the vervet monkeys animal conservation volunteer program in South Africa. We  need help with the integration of the foster moms of 23 little orphans back into the troops.

Volunteers wanted for Monkey's Wellbeing in South Africa

Volunteers wanted for Monkey’s Wellbeing in South Africa

Orphaned Vervet Monkeys from other places are given a loving home….

Volunteering protecting Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

Volunteering protecting Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

Join the family at this amazing primate sanctuary in South Africa. At this special initiative, orphaned primates come from near and far and are given a loving home where they are rehabilitated and cared for until they can be released back into the wild.

With over 500 cheeky monkeys in care at any one time, this sanctuary always needs an extra pair of helping hands. Your participation will help to ensure they are all well fed, cared for and loved; and will help raise funds to maintain the place up to scratch for its gorgeous guests.

Care for Orphaned Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

This is an incredible option for those who go bananas for animals as you will get the chance to work hands on the vervet monkeys, under the guidance of experienced professionals.  At other occasions, you will be helping to carry out all the back-stage tasks which really ensure the monkeys’ wellbeing.

Gijs van Suijlichem volunteering with monkeys in South Africa

Gijs van Suijlichem volunteering with vervet monkeys in South Africa

“I’m having a wonderful time here and there is nothing that I don’t like.” Gijs van Suijlichem in our South African program

At the same time you will get to experience the amazing wildlife in the African bush, and make friends you will remember forever – some furry and some a little less so.

Highlights for Monkey Volunteering Abroad

  • You must be 18+ years old.
  • Working and living with Vervet Monkeys.
  • Enjoying the bush life of South Africa
  • Meeting amazing people from all over the world.

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Vervet Monkeys Volunteer Program in South Africa

Make part of the vervet monkeys animal conservation volunteer program in South Africa where help is needed with the integration of the foster moms of 23 little orphans back into the troops.

Orphaned Vervet Monkeys from other places are given a loving home….

Join the family at this amazing primate sanctuary. At this special initiative, orphaned primates come from near and far and are given a loving home where they are rehabilitated and cared for until they can be released back into the wild.

Vervet Monkey Volunteer Program South Africa

Vervet Monkey  Animal Conservation Volunteer Program South Africa

With over 500 cheeky monkeys in care at any one time, this sanctuary always needs an extra pair of helping hands. Your participation will help to ensure they are all well fed, cared for and loved; and will help raise funds to maintain the place up to scratch for its gorgeous guests.

Care for the Monkey’s Wellbeing in South Africa

This is an incredible option for those who go bananas for animals as you will get the chance to work hands on the vervet monkeys, under the guidance of experienced professionals.  At other occasions, you will be helping to carry out all the back-stage tasks which really ensure the monkeys’ wellbeing.

Gijs van Suijlichem volunteering with monkeys in South Africa

Gijs van Suijlichem volunteering with vervet monkeys in South Africa

“I’m having a wonderful time here and there is nothing that I don’t like.” Gijs van Suijlichem in our South African program

At the same time you will get to experience the amazing life in the African bush, and make friends you will remember forever – some furry and some a little less so.

Highlights for Animal Conservation Volunteers

  • You must be 18+ years old.
  • Working and living with Vervet Monkeys.
  • Enjoying the bush life of South Africa
  • Meeting amazing people from all over the world.

Qualifications and requirements for Animal Conservation Volunteers in South Africa:

  • You must have a Tuberculosis (TB) test, or a free letter from a medical professional to state that you don’t have it – This is really important as it if for the safety of the animals.
  • You must be willing to get your hands dirty and really give your all. You will be required to help with a broad variety of tasks from observation & research, to the construction of new enclosures, maintenance, or eradicating invader plant species.
  • You must be passionate about primates and love animals, you must be committed to taking care of them.

Go ahead and become an Animal Conservation Volunteer in South Africa

Learn more about South Africa Animal Conservation Projects

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