Wildlife Experience with the Big 5

Location: South Africa: Port Elizabeth

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

Dates: Year Round


Hodore Farm Hartfield, East Sussex TN7 4AR England

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Phone: 0044(0)1892 770771


Live the life of a game ranger and groundskeeper on a huge, private game reserve in South Africa. Gain the opportunity to get hands-on experience working with a multitude of different animals.

Home to the Big 5 - elephants, rhinos, buffalo, leopards, and lions - you will get the chance to see animals in their natural habitat. It is so much more than a safari! You can get involved with programmes and make genuine contributions to the welfare and conservation of animals as well as the lives of people from local communities.

Volunteers who make a real difference are those willing to get stuck in and show initiative. If you want to see the Big 5 and other iconic African animals, but also want to contribute to the reserve they live in, this would be the ideal programme for you.


1. Full immersion into life on a beautiful game reserve
2. Making a genuine contribution to land and wildlife conservation
3. Work with the local guides to gain amazing insight into game reserve life
4. Become part of inspiring community programmes, helping provide kids with enough food to be able to concentrate at school and enjoy education
5. Living in a beautiful setting close to the sea and the excitement of Port Elizabeth

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Cost in US$:


Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

- Help and advice from our UK office before departure and whilst away
- Pre-arranged wildlife conservation experience on a private game reserve with accommodation and food
- Met and greeted warmly at Port Elizabeth airport
- Accommodation with bathing facilities, lounge and BBQ
- Oyster will prepare you thoroughly before you leave and support you while you are out there
- Transport to Port Elizabeth on a weekly basis with overnight accommodation
- Return transfer to Port Elizabeth at the end of your stay

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Community Development
  • Wildlife
  • Environment
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Conservation
  • Animal Welfare
Age Range
This Program is open to

American, European, Canadian, Australian, South African, Kiwi, Worldwide, Asian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Dormitory
  • Group living

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Phone/Video Interview
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 day from recepit of form to booking interview
Post Services Include
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
Year Founded