Rhino, Elephant and Big Cat Research and Conservation

Location: South Africa: Kruger Park

Program Duration: 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks

Dates: Year Round


The Arches N Campus Incubator Sackville St Manchester, M60 1QD England

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Phone: 0161 870 6212


Take part in this volunteering program abroad, and work on an amazing research and conservation project in a private game reserve in the Greater Kruger area. Home to more than just the Big 5, the reserve also has more than 400 species of birds.

The project aims to share data with conservation groups and authorities to protect species and natural habitats as well as to educate communities about human impact on wildlife. As a volunteer on the Big 5 Game Reserve, you’ll actively participate in research on wildlife population as well as habitat maintenance.

To join this project, you need:
- Genuine love and concern for animals and the environment
- Reasonable level of fitness due to the physical nature of the work
- Enthusiasm, openness, flexibility, and cooperation
- Awareness of research skills, knowledge, and experience in African wildlife (helpful, but not necessary)

If you’re a student and wish to earn credit, speak to a Kaya Placement Advisor. Please bring a laptop to help with data and project activities.


You time will be mainly spent in the reserve as there is so much to see and do while you are on your project - with over 14,000 hectares, you won't be disappointed! Should you wish to venture further afield at weekends, there are a number of activities that our colleagues in Africa can help to arrange for you. These include: weekend trips to swim with dolphins in Mozambique, a trip to see the beautiful and rugged scenery of Swaziland to experience the country's cultural heritage, game drives to the Tembe Elephant park - home to the largest Tuskers in South Africa, boat trips on the Kosi Bay Lake to see ancient fish traps and to snorkel in the estuary's mouth, alternate weekend trips to the seaside town of St Lucia to go whale watching (seasonal), relax on the beach or take a boat ride to see hippos and crocodiles up close.

Many volunteer opt to have at least one weekend exploring the town of St Lucia, a charming waterfront town on the east coast of South Africa, situated at the entrance to a world-renowned wetlands park and famous for its wildlife and fishing. The town has a laid-back atmosphere and development is restricted by the tree-canopy - it is not unusual to see monkeys and various antelope in the streets. It is an emerging tourist destination and you can find restaurants, craft shops and supermarkets in the town, enough to satisfy your weekend's needs.

  • English

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

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Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Accommodation: shared twin accommodation within the game reserve with outdoor area and swimming pool
Food: 3 meals per day
Airport pick up and drop off on Sundays into Nelspruit Airport
Weekly laundry service, for a small fee
Training: pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction
Research drives and transfers relating to your project during your stay
Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator.
Activities: Staff help organise weekend activities (activity price may be extra)

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Animal Welfare
  • Community Development
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Law
  • Business
  • Wildlife
Age Range
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living
  • Guest House

Participants Travel to South Africa

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Phone/Video Interview
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
Year Founded