Become a wildlife volunteer in South Africa

Travel on the frontline of conservation with Hamba Africatake part in over 12 important and diverse conservation projects, leave a lasting impact, gain transferable skills, live on a Big 5 reserve, explore the best of South Africa and have the adventure of a lifetime!

About us

We’re an eco-tour operator owned and run by safari guides and wildlife ecologists with two goals:

Protect and invest in wildlife—we develop our own conservation projects and work and partner with local organisations; this diversity means we can benefit the environment at every level for sustainable long-term improvement. 

Develop and invest in YOU—along with the thrilling and personally rewarding experience as you work on more than 12 projects, your involvement will provide first-hand knowledge, transferable skills and practical experience to further develop your own careers, academic studies or conservation ambitions.

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An incredible African adventure beckons

The projects

Excitement and variety! An amazing selection of projects to work on!

  • Rhino behavioural research
  • Anti-poaching patrols
  • Bird ringing and surveying
  • Invasive species management
  • Small mammal trap and release
  • Sustainable agriculture projects
  • Camera trap surveying
  • Community outreach
  • Tree surveying
  • Insect and moth surveying
  • Conservation and reserve management
  • Assisting rural vets
  • Wildlife rehabilitation
  • Handling and presenting animals to rural communities
  • Tracking

Plus, during your stay, you can develop and implement your own projects!
Why not share your idea and passion? Our guides can help you develop it.

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Become a wildlife warrior

Living in the Greater Kruger National Park

The world-renowned Kruger National Park is a 360 km by 60 km wildlife haven and you’ll be living on a reserve adjoined to it. From your base camp in the heart of the bush, you’ll be living and working up close and personal with the incredible and iconic African wildlife—elephants, lions, baboons and much more will be sharing your home with you.

Trust our knowledge and expertise

Our guides and ecologists have worked across South Africa (and internationally), leading groups and working within conservation for almost a decade. Their projects are designed to not just protect the environment in the short term but for the future, gaining new data and research for better ecological management or working within local communities, promoting sustainability, reducing human-wildlife conflict and creating the next generation of wildlife warriors.

The groups and organisations they’ve chosen to work with are carefully and strictly selected for their synergistic alignment of ethics and commitment to conservation.

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Get the adrenaline pumping during travel week

With you every step of the way

Our team is ready to support you and your travel plans from the get-go. We even arrange a meet and greet for those travelling from the UK. Plus, during your time with us, your guides are with you 24/7 both for support and to ensure you’re learning and enjoying yourself at all times!


We have taken care of all the details so you can focus on the adventure of a lifetime!

The placement includes:

  • Airport transfer
  • All accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Guides/tour leaders for all confirmed excursions and group activities
  • Food and drink (excludes any personal extras)
  • Entry to sites
  • All itinerary/activity equipment
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Over 12 projects and other activities
  • Meet and greets in the UK
  • Fellow volunteer contact list sent prior to departure
  • 24-hour emergency onsite support
  • TTA member so 100% financial security with your booking

Travel on the frontline of conservation

We provide an optional travel week for the chance to explore and discover some of the best natural sights of South Africa, e.g. Blyde River Canyon (the largest green canyon in the world). During travel week, you will stay at new locations and try new activities.

Discover this magical country

Included activities:

Microlight flights
Panoramic tours
Cave exploration
Whitewater tubing
Mountain hikes
Temperate rainforest discovery
Horse safaris
Elephant interactions
Wildlife centres
Giant baobabs and points of interest
Arts, crafts and manufacturing

Uplift and work with rural communities

The Hamba Africa experience offers something for everyone.

Visit our website now to find out more and see how you can get involved:

This article was in partnership with Hamba Africa

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