Wildlife Conservation in South Africa

Company : GVI
Location : Hoedspruit
Duration: 1 week to 3 months
Approx Costs: 2000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Travel to South Africa to work alongside FGASA trained field guides on critical wildlife conservation initiatives.



  • Go on a wildlife safari adventure in a private South African nature reserve 
  • Contribute directly to conservation efforts
  • Listen to the quiet hush of the wild open spaces, waking each morning to a chorus of savannah birds 
  • Drift off to the nighttime hum of endemic frogs and crickets.
  • Learn to identify lions, cheetahs, and leopards, as well as megaherbivores like elephants and rhinos.
  • Master radio telemetry techniques and learning how to track and record animal movements. 
  • Live and work alongside Field Guide Association of South Africa, FGASA, qualified guides.

Contribute to meaningful conservation work as a participant on this program based in South Africa, Limpopo. Experience the African Bush unfiltered and witness the Big Five in their natural environment.  Join a team of passionate individuals from across the globe on efforts that contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #15, Life on Land. 

Participants are trained up in survey techniques in order to ensure that data collection activities are effective and accurate. You could expect to be involved in tracking and spotting animals within the reserve such as lion, leopard, elephants and rhinos.  Data collected provides a valuable insight into the impact of predator on prey; geographical movement; behavior; relation structures and genetics. This information is used by the reserve management to ensure a healthy balance of natural resources which in turn contributes to the overall success in conservation of endangered African species. 

You could also expect to work within the local community on environmental education initiatives. 

This program includes an optional  Wildlife Conservation online course which must be completed in order to obtain a certificate offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States.

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Costs / Benefits

Since we opened our doors in 1998, we have spent over 65% of all funds directly on our projects. It is our mission to support field operations in the long term. Rather than abandon programs that recruit fewer volunteers we strategically invest from our fully staffed sites to help maintain our presence across the globe. The remaining 35% that is not directly invested in our programs covers the cost of volunteer recruitment, the operations of our head office.

Cost for the program by duration:
1 week - £2,445
2 weeks - £2,795
4 weeks - £3,545
6 weeks - £4,295
8 weeks - £4,995
10 weeks - £5,745
12 weeks - £6,495


- 18+
- Basic to Intermediate English skills

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