Shamwari Game Reserve Conservation Volunteer Programme, South Africa



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Shamwari Game Reserve
South Africa

South Africa


The Shamwari Game Reserve Conservation Volunteer Programme offers a once in a lifetime chance to get behind the scenes and involved with the conservation efforts of the Game Reserve. Wildlife conservation volunteers take part in game monitoring, assisting at the Born Free big cat sanctuary, looking after orphaned animals at the wildlife rehabilitation centre and much more. Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of game reserves and home to the coveted Big five on one of the largest conservation initiatives in Southern Africa, and is located in a malaria-free environment.

Volunteers can join year round from 2 to 12 weeks in duration.

Individuals, groups, families and students doing research all welcome.

Cost includes lodge accommodation, 3 meals a day, training & supervision, use of BBQ, swimming pool, and other volunteer facilities

The Project

The Shamwari Game Reserve Conservation Volunteer Programme is a once in a lifetime chance to get behind-the-scenes and involved with the conservation efforts of the world-renowned Shamwari Game Reserve. A fully operational 25 000 hectare Big Five Game Reserve - all projects undertaken are based around the requirements of the various short and long-term conservation projects and the need for assistance by the award-winning Shamwari Wildlife and Conservation Department.

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Programme Highlights

  • Become part of the team at Shamwari Game Reserve and work amongst Africa's Big Five.
  • Game monitoring and counting to assist in monitoring the ecological balance on the Game Reserve
  • Track and monitor predators (Lions and Leopards) and large herbivores (Rhinos and Elephants)
  • Set out camera traps and do anti poaching night drives
  • Work alongside conservationists and enjoy related lectures and talks

Wildlife conservation volunteers will have the chance to assist with many on-going short and long term projects. However, due to the nature of working in and around wildlife and a reliance on prevailing conditions, there is no guarantee that you will be involved in all projects during your placement.

For more details regarding pricing, scheduling and arrangements, please visit the main project page -

Fee Required


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

If you are interested in joining this project to volunteer in South Africa, you will need to fill out the online application form (you can also print it out and send it to us by post) – to secure a placement on the project, please complete and submit the form including two references and your deposit of £195. If for some reason, your application is declined, we would reimburse this deposit fully. However for those who are accepted, 25% of the full amount needs to be paid 14 days after you have been confirmed on the project, with the remainder (75%) to be paid two months before the start date. Once your place is confirmed, you will receive a pre-departure package with all detailed information on your project, the region, suggested items to bring etc.