African Wildlife Researcher

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Coordinator | Patrick
Coordinator | Patrick
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This wildlife research program is an enriching and unforgettable experience for people that truly desire an up-close & personal experience in the world of conservation. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This wildlife research program is one like no other, it is an enriching and unforgettable experience for people that truly desire an up-close and personal experience in the world of conservation. Conservation is more than just a tourist safari. It is getting one’s hands dirty protecting the diverse flora and fauna of the region, absorbing all the senses of what this region has to offer with its sights, sounds and smells; its being enriched by the history of the past and knowing that one can make a tremendous difference for the future by learning and protecting the vast and irreplaceable ecosystem.

Becoming a volunteer, you will have adventures in all aspects of conservation including researching leopard population, cheetah and elephant monitoring, bird and ecological surveys, analyzing game transects, possibly translocations and releases, hands-on work projects of restoring flora, recording and evaluating data and sustaining the habitat and so much more!

Some of your responsibilities will include:

·         Monitoring of important species

·         Bird Surveying

·         Reserve management

·         Ecological surveying

·         Camera trap set ups and checking of photos

·         Game Transects

·         Any other duties given to you by the coordinator

·         Mammals surveying.

Typical day

There isn’t a fixed schedule however the day usually lasts from 7AM to 4PM. Five to six days per week and Sundays are regarded as leisure days.

Free-time activities

The project is based in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. Within a Private Game Reserve. They are also within easy access to the two largest cities in the nation which is Pretoria and Johannesburg.

On days off Volunteers have lots of opportunities to go Wildlife watching, see Vast landscapes, immerse themselves in the unique culture and history of South Africa, visit Local National Parks and do so much more! 



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Application Form, Liability Waiver Form (provided during application process) and Volunteer Policies Form
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 from 06:30 - 15:30

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel

The fee includes:

  • Placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pick + Drop off
  • Ongoing service
  • Tours
  • 24/7 Emergency contact

Airport Pickup at Polokwane Airport

You will need to fly into Johannesburg and catch a connecting flight to POLOKWANE (PTG), which is our nearest airport. We will collect you from Polokwane airport and transfer you to the Reserve (this is included in the cost of your program) - just look out for a sign with your name! On departure, we will transport you to the airport and/ or assist with any further travel arrangements.


You will be staying in a comfortable farm style house based on a 7,200-hectare reserve.  The house is fully equipped with shared bedrooms, a communal lounge and kitchen; as well as an outdoor braai area where you can enjoy relaxing under the trees. Wi-Fi included as well!

Food & Beverages

Meals are not provided however; groceries and ingredients will be, and volunteers are responsible for preparing their own meals.

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 South Africa.
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 South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Year round however the project closes in mid-December to mid-January. (Arrivals are every second Wednesday)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
6 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$990 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fronteering Travel 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 Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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What are people saying about Volunteer World?

African Wildlife Researcher

This wildlife research program is an enriching and unforgettable experience for people that truly desire an up-close & personal experience in the world of conservation.


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