Big 5 Project

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa

→ Prices start from$2272 or £1362 for 2 weeks

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering

Wildlife lovers, it’s your turn to make a difference in one of Africa’s most iconic wildlife hotspots! Witness the wild side of Africa, as you join field guides and researchers as part of a unique, one of a kind safari adventure. Making a difference starts here!

Wildlife Conservation Kruger

You will be conducting vital research & collecting important data, as you learn how to monitor some of Africa’s most iconic and precious species, including the world-renowned ‘Big 5.’ All the data that you collect is critical for helping to conserve these rapidly declining species. 

You will play an important role to ensure the success of our conservation efforts, as well as collecting useful research. Take part in daily game drives through South African wildlife reserves, boarding Kruger National Park and discover the African bush from an angle like no other.

You will gain valuable knowledge & skills, as you learn from our team of experts about animal movements & behaviour of elephants herds & lion pride, as well as many other exquisite species. All the data collected on these wild, yet vulnerable animals contribute towards enabling local wildlife foundations to protect and conserve them.

The data also goes to our rangers & researchers, who work to identify the issues and threats, surrounding African animals.

Take the opportunity to see nocturnal animals in their natural environments, on exclusive night drives; unavailable to your average tourist. As an added bonus, you can take the opportunity to camp under the stars in a Big Five Private Game Reserve, while conducting night research. Your opportunities are endless- during the day & the night! 

The ‘Big 5’ include the elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard & rhino. These animals were originally known as the 5 most dangerous animals to hunt on foot. Today, these animals are supreme & symbolic to the continent of Africa. This is your chance to see these iconic animals close up, as you make your mark on conservation. Help us in our mission to protect endangered species and preserve wildlife, to ensure these incredible animals will always have a place on this planet. 

Get ready to see what it takes to maintain the famous ‘Big 5,’ for many more generations to come. You will assist in essential conservation efforts; that lay the foundations for ensuring the success of the long term objectives of internationally-recognised wildlife trusts & foundations.  

What’s better? You will be based in an area, famous for its protection methods to save animals & to preserve natural environments & habitats. 

A Day In Your Life

  • Daily game drives: Take to the bush and pick up top tips & guidance on how to collect valuable data, which is used to identify animals, by using personalised ID kits. This data is absolutely essential to combat poaching, starvation & misinformed culling.
  • Physical Conservation: Conservation is more than just collecting data. Be prepared to get down to the nitty-gritty of conservation, as you partake in physical work, vital to the survival of wildlife in the area. This includes removing invasive plants and litter collections in the area, to enable habitats to flourish as they should. 
  • You will also be involved in essential snare sweeps & discarding of these wire traps, which can be fatal for any animal.
  • Analyzing data: You have collected a heap of the data, now it’s time to put it into practice. You will analyze data, used to create reports, maps and individual animal profiles. You will learn how to use whisker patterns, scars & ear notches to identify individual animals.

Monitor the ‘Big 5’

  • Observe the behaviour, feeding patterns and movements of elephant herds.
  • Collect data on lion prides, including vital data on social dynamics, hunting skills & territorial behaviours at different times of the day (& the night if you are on a night drive!) 
  • Study the rhino population & work with the anti-poaching team to provide more data to better understand the health of rhinos. 
  • Conduct vital research on the leopard population, under threat from persecution by humans, due to outdated population numbers. 

Our Start Dates for 2019 are:

  • 7 & 21 October
  • 4 & 18 November
  • 2,16 & 30 December

Our Start Dates for 2020 are:

  • 6, 13 & 27 January
  • 10 & 24 February
  • 9 & 23 March
  • 6 & 20 April
  • 4 & 18 May
  • 1, 15 & 29 June
  • 6, 13, 20 & 27 July
  • 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August
  • 7 & 21 September
  • 5 & 19 October
  • 2, 16 & 30 November
  • 14 & 28 December

We ask volunteers to arrive at Cape Town International Airport on the Monday your project starts between 9 am and 3 pm and we’ll pick you up from there.

GBP USD
2 weeks 1362 2272
3 weeks 1728 2883
4 weeks 2095 3495
5 weeks 2545 4246
6 weeks 2996 4998
7 weeks 3342 5575
8 weeks 3687 6151
9 weeks 4033 6728
10 weeks 4379 7305
11 weeks 4724 7881
12 weeks 5070 8458
GBP USD
2 weeks 1886 2753
3 weeks 2263 3303
4 weeks 2514 3670
5 weeks 2891 4221
6 weeks 3268 4772
7 weeks 3645 5323
8 weeks 4022 5874
9 weeks 4399 6425
10 weeks 4776 6976
11 weeks 5153 7527
12 weeks 5530 8078

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