Supporter for Big Five Conservation

gegründet 2003
The Great Projects
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Koordinator | Emma
Koordinator | Emma
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Aid Africa's wildlife conservation by tracking extraordinary animals at some of the country's top game reserves, with a focus on the iconic ‘Big Five’! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

With a focus on the 'Big Five', this project offers you a unique opportunity to participate in the conservation of Africa's endangered species. Witness the unparalleled diversity of South African wildlife on some of the nation's top reserves!

About The Project 

As a volunteer, you will track and monitor an array of vulnerable wildlife species, working closely with wildlife monitors to track these animals and collect data on them. You may witness rhinos, wild dogs, elephants and more during your time spent as a volunteer, but one thing is for sure: your time here will certainly be memorable!

Zululand's biodiversity is renowned, and the lands are of the most productive in the world. Sadly, conservation efforts face tremendous challenges such as rapid fragmentation of organic habitat due to human intervention, inadequate funding for monitoring and research to aid conservation, and of course, the detriment of poaching activities in the area. 

For the duration of the project, you will work in close groups of no more than 5 per reserve where you will cultivate intimate bonds with expert monitors, witnessing professional wildlife conservation experience in action. This project is the only conservation organisation in South Africa to boast support from the WWF, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, and other world-famous conservation authorities - so why not become a part of their efforts?

Prior To Arrival 

You will need to arrive into Richards Bay airport (via Johannesburg) the day before your project begins. We recommend booking a B&B near the airport as you will need to return there on your project start date by 12pm for your transfer. If it is not possible to fly in a day early, then you will need to ensure you arrive on a flight that arrives into Richards Bay by no later than 11am, as to allow time to collect your bags before being transferred at 12pm.


First Day 

If you arrived one day prior to the project start date, you will need to return to Richards Bay Airport from your B&B as to meet the project coordinator and to begin your journey to the project site. After you arrive, you will be given time to settle in and meet your fellow volunteers! 

Project Days

On a regular day, you can expect to leave camp at sunrise in an open 4x4 vehicle to track collared wildlife on the reserves. You will observe and record data on these animals. After a relaxing lunch back at camp, you will head out to do it all again, keeping your eyes peeled for countless species along the way. 

You may take part in the following activities throughout the duration of your stay:

Wildlife Monitoring And Tracking 

Work alongside expert wildlife monitors assisting them in a number of activities, such as the daily tracking and location of priority species - from wild dog to cheetah, rhino to vulture, there's so much to learn about the wildlife here in South Africa!

Data Collection

As well as monitoring the animals on the reserve, you will be taught how to map their locations using GPS equipment and telemetry. You may also record information on their group composition and behaviours, such as feeding patterns, retaining information for research purposes.

Wildlife Photography

You will be asked to take photographs of the animals, and when necessary, create identikits for reintroduced or relocated animals. Camera traps are a key part of the research carried out by the project for collecting data and observing wildlife in specific areas, so you may help to set up such devices at watering holes and game trails. 

Data Analysis

You will spend at least one day per week putting all gathered information into the project's own computer database allowing them to analyse all findings: the more the project knows about its animals, the more they can do to protect them.

Other Activities

From time to time, you may be invited to help out with additional activities, such as animal releases, collaring, and notching (a form of identity marking on species such as rhino). These activities are entirely dependent on necessity, so are not a given, but should you have the opportunity to assist you will gain a unique insight into the nature and importance of conservation work.

PLEASE NOTE: Itineraries are subject to change and the information provided is simply a rough guideline. 

The Final Day

Sadly, your final day has arrived, so you will be transferred back to the airport to fly home or to commence your onward travel plans!


During the evening your time will be spent at leisure. Spend time socialising with your fellow volunteers, building life-long bonds and sharing unforgettable memories, or simply relaxing after your delicious evening meal. 



Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Fortgeschritten)
Benötigte Unterlagen
Health Declarations
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
Moderate Level Of Fitness
Hardworking And Passionate Member Of A Team
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Freitag, Samstag und Sonntag


Dienstleistungen von The Great Projects

Where Your Money Goes

  • Accommodation, food and volunteer activities
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • A conservation donation to the project to help support the animals
  • Project development to ensure the best project for all involved
  • Administration fees and additional company costs

Abholung vom Flughafen O.R. Tambo International Airport

Your transfers from the airport to the project site and back again will be arranged in coordination with the project site. 


The project accommodation is situated right within the project site, where you and one other person will share a room with beds, mattresses bed linens and pillows provided for each volunteer. A shared kitchen area is home to various cooking appliances with an outside seating, dining and BBQ area. The accommodation is fit with running hot water, flushing toilets and electricity. 


Food and drink will be provided for 3 meals a day, and volunteers will alternate preparing meals in the shared kitchen area. 

Gute Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Südafrika zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Südafrika bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Südafrika antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Südafrika überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

This project takes place on every other Monday throughout the year. Please contact us to see if your preferred start date is still available.
Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
2 - 12 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
2 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
4 Wochen
6 Wochen
8 Wochen
10 Wochen
12 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$726 /Woche

Die Organisation berechnet ihre Gebühren in GBP. Die Preistabelle in USD unterliegt Währungsschwankungen. The Great Projects wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Zahlungen werden von PayPal abgewickelt, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter. Falls du keinen PayPal Account hast, kannst du die Anzahlung auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit The Great Projects während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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Flex Option
Ändere deine Reservierung ohne zusätzliche Kosten
Wir erstatten deine Gebühren, falls deine Reise von The Great Projects storniert wird
Unterstzützung & Vermittlung
Wir helfen dir und unterstützen dich in jeder Situation
Für dich ist unser Service kostenlos!
Die Programmgebühren werden unmittelbar durch The Great Projects erhoben.

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Aid Africa's wildlife conservation by tracking extraordinary animals at some of the country's top game reserves, with a focus on the iconic ‘Big Five’!


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