Africa’s Big 5 and Wilderness Conservation

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High­lights

Volunteer within a stunning Big Five Nature Reserve in the Projects Abroad Wild at Tuli Reserve in Botswana
Preserve and protect the environment and ensure the survival of precious African wildlife species
Go on memorable excursions, such as bush walks or game drives in the African wildlife reserve
After a good days work you can relax beside the pool and in the evenings you can share stories with other volunteers around the fire pit
Be fully immersed in the astounding nature and beauty that Southern Africa has to offer
Explore the African Bushveld and help us achieve our mission to create a space where animals can roam freely and thrive! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples
50+
As a volunteer on this wildlife Conservation Project, you provide the much-needed and vital manpower to protect wildlife in the Wild at Tuli reserve.

Your work will be divided into four main categories:

Help us conduct elephant research

The Tuli region is home to a large elephant population, which is one of the most exciting things about the area. However, these gentle giants do have quite an impact on the environment with their 12 - 18 hour-a-day feeding habit.  

For this reason, it’s important for us to keep track of their population growth and movement. As an environmental volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity help us do this by taking part in elephant research. For example, you'll help identify and record individual elephants and their family groups. You'll also learn how to spot and record movement patterns.

Anti-poaching patrols 

Illegal poaching of bush meat is a major challenge to wildlife conservation in Botswana. As a conservation volunteer, you will help reduce poaching in the Tuli area. You will mainly do this by joining local staff members in removing snares around the wildlife reserve. 

In 2017, our Conservation volunteers removed over 1,500 snares in Botswana. We've seen a decrease in the number of snares as well as an increase in the amount of wildlife in the past years.  We hope that this might indicate a decrease in poaching activity, but we need you to help us continue these efforts. 

You will never be expected to take part in any anti-poaching activities that could risk confrontation with poachers. 

Water conservation

Water is scarce in Southern Africa, so we have to work to conserve it.

As a wildlife conservation volunteer, you will help us construct and repair waterholes, boreholes and rainwater tanks. This will ensure that water is caught up during the wet season and that there is lots of fresh water during the dry season. 

Surveys

Keeping tabs on the movements of wild animals is no easy feat, but we manage to do a pretty good job with our ongoing surveys. During your time in Botswana, you may help us with a bird census, a crocodile census, spoor identification or compiling an inventory of all the mammal species in the reserve.

We’re currently conducting a survey of all the baobab trees in the reserve and doing a thorough vegetation mapping project. 

By doing these surveys, you will help us prove this area of Botswana is unique, wild and an essential area for protecting biodiversity in Southern Africa. In turn, this helps us achieve the longer-term aim of establishing a legally binding conservancy for the central Tuli area.

Typical day

As a Conservation volunteer in Botswana, you can expect to work five or six hours a day. Your workload will be divided as follows:

  • Four hours of hard work during the cool morning hours
  • Two hours of less demanding tasks in the late afternoon

In the mornings, you will typically help our local staff members do things like dig water holes, join an anti-poaching patrol to remove snares and do some spoor identification. 

Because mid-afternoon can be incredibly hot, you’ll use these hours to eat, sleep, swim, relax, and read.

Late afternoons and early evenings are the perfect times to conduct surveys, as animals and birds emerge from their midday slumber to quench their thirst at waterholes. You may also join rangers on another anti-poaching patrol. 

Since you will be sharing accommodation with your fellow volunteers, you will be able to spend your evenings and weekends getting to know each other better. Share knowledge and go on memorable excursions, such as bush walks or game drives in the African wildlife reserve. 



Free-time activities

Volunteering in Botswana with us is a chance to experience a completely different way of life. By living and working in a wildlife reserve, you’ll be able to connect with nature and experience the beauty of Africa.

You’ll spend most of your time in the reserve. You can spend your free time connecting with like-minded volunteers who are passionate about making a difference. 

Quiet afternoons are perfect for enjoying a good book or relaxing under the shade of an acacia tree. In the evenings, you can roast marshmallows around a campfire or play board games together.

You’ll also spend a lot of your time going on safaris, spotting the majestic African wildlife like rhinos, elephants, and leopards.

Swimming
Safari/
Zoo

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  •       Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • A cultural awareness course

Airport Pickup at Polokwane Airport

If you're volunteering at our Conservation Project in Botswana, your arrival airport will be Polokwane Airport (PTG) in the rural heartland of the Limpopo River basin. You should aim to arrive on a Monday if possible. Once you arrive, you'll be met by a Projects Abroad staff member. They’ll be wearing a Projects Abroad t-shirt, or holding a Projects Abroad sign, so they’re easily visible.  

From the airport, you’ll take a stunning three-hour drive in the back of a land cruiser to our base camp in Wild at Tuli nature reserve.

Accommodation

You'll share a tent with other Projects Abroad volunteers during your stay at our base camp at Wild at Tuli. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and share the experience of living in the heart of the bushveld together. There are shared bathrooms with hot, running water. There is no electricity, but we have charging stations running on solar power so we have light at night.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. 

Camping
Food & Beverages
Your program fees include three meals a day.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Polokwane Airport (PTG) in Polokwane. We assist you to find cheap flights to Botswana.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Botswana provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Botswana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Botswana.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

If you're volunteering at our Conservation Project in Botswana, your arrival airport will be Polokwane Airport (PTG) in the rural heartland of the Limpopo River basin. You should aim to arrive on a Monday if possible. Once you arrive, you'll be met by a Projects Abroad staff member. They’ll be wearing a Projects Abroad t-shirt, or holding a Projects Abroad sign, so they’re easily visible.  

From the airport, you’ll take a stunning three-hour drive in the back of a land cruiser to our base camp in Wild at Tuli nature reserve.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$1,795
2 weeks
$2,065
3 weeks
$2,335
4 weeks
$2,605
8 weeks
$3,685
16 weeks
$5,845
50 weeks (max. stay)
$15,025
Average fees
$1,048 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Projects Abroad will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Africa’s Big 5 and Wilderness Conservation

Explore the African Bushveld and help us achieve our mission to create a space where animals can roam freely and thrive!

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