The Mighty Roar

Amakhala Big 5 Conservation

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The Mighty Roar
Coordinator | Michelle
Coordinator | Michelle
Assist behind the scenes on various on-going conservation and community projects, where you will help to protect wildlife. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

You will spend your days out in the game reserve, where around any corner, behind any bush and at the top of any brow could be wildlife – how exciting! This is your chance to go on an extensive safari at a fraction of the cost, while doing your bit to help with important conservation work.

Everyday you will see a different part of the 18,000-hectare game reserve (it’s bigger than you think!) and come across new animals – some you never knew even existed! Meet “Norman the nuisance”, the elephant that seems to destroy everything in his path, be brave and try some termites (they taste of mint!) and keep an eye out for the giraffes heads as they hide behind the bushes.

Home to some of the world’s most iconic animals, including the king of the jungle lions, timid leopards, clumsy rhinos, graceful elephants and mystic buffalo that make up the big five. There is also a diverse abundance of a variety of antelope, giraffe, warthog, cheetah, zebra and over 25 other species that roam the plains of the game reserve, providing you with everlasting memories!

Typical day

As already mentioned, no two days will ever be the same. With so many activities going on at the reserve, it is impossible for us to mention them all below, but we have provided an overview of what you can expect! You will have an unforgettable time and make lifelong friends.

You will generally be volunteering Monday – Friday for around 8 hours a day. Depending on what your activities are for the day will depend what time you start and finish, but this will all be communicated to you beforehand.

Game drives and monitoring
You will spend most of your time out on the reserve where you will get the fantastic chance to see the famous big five and a whole array of other wildlife. You will get the opportunity to assist in animal monitoring to ensure populations remain healthy, wildlife identification and data capture. This is the perfect chance to ask the experienced staff any questions about the wildlife and work on the game reserve.

Game capture
Occasionally, animals need to be captured and looked at by the vet or be moved to another part of the reserve. This is an incredible opportunity to get a once in a life time experience to get up close to these iconic animals and you won’t want to miss out!

Bush camping
Camping on Amakhala is an experience in itself; setting up nothing but a sleeping bag and a fire to cook on for the night. You can watch the beautiful night sky unravel above, hear the vibrant nocturnal life and maybe the lions roar.

Canoeing and boating
One of the more serene activities is getting the chance to gently glide down the Bushman’s river where you may get the chance to get up close and personal with all types of animals whilst they drink or take a mud bath.

Luxury lodge
You will be treated to a night at the Safari Lodge that has an ideal location for wildlife viewing. Keep your eyes peeled for Normal the elephant who likes to make regular visits! You will get time to relax and enjoy an incredible dinner with your fellow volunteers and have a 5-star guest experience.

Reserve maintenance
A reserve of this size requires a lot of up-keep and you will get to assist with reserve management on a variety of tasks. These may include; fence patrols, checking for snares, filling holes, seeding eroded areas, clearing old fence lines and alien vegetation control.

Community projects
You will get to help within the local community where you will get to play and educate the children. With up to 500 children visiting the centre throughout the week, you will be kept on your toes playing football, dancing and playing games. The children all get excited when they see the jeep coming, you can truly see you’re making a difference!

Please note that the safari lodge, canoeing and bush camp generally only happen if you are volunteering for at least 2 weeks.

Details on Arrival

Starts every Monday.

Please make sure you arrive into Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) on Monday. A member of our local team will be waiting for you in arrivals holding a named sign.

Free-time activities

The large communal dining and sitting room has digital satellite TV and there is a well-equipped kitchen, office space, pool table as well as a sunroom.

The house also boasts a large garden that has a seating area with braai (BBQ) and a fire pit for the chillier nights and social gatherings – the perfect place to gather after a hard days work! You can also unwind and cool down in the swimming pool.

There is a small bar just a 1-minute walk through the garden where lots of the rangers and a few locals gather to socialise. Play pool, dance, share stories and have fun – doesn’t close until the last person leaves!


Program Requirements

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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
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 08:00 - 17:00

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
The Mighty Roar (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by The Mighty Roar

Fees include some meals, accommodation and the registration fee of $180

Airport Pickup at Port Elizabeth International Airport

Please make sure you arrive into Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) on Monday.

Day 1 (Monday) – Arrival

A member of our local team will be waiting for you in arrivals holding a named sign.


Just because you are volunteering does not mean you have to stay in basic dorm like conditions. Our accommodation will become your home away from home and has everything you need. The spacious and clean bedrooms have comfortables beds and will ensure you get a good night’s rest. The majority of rooms have a private en-suite bathroom that provide hot water.

The large communal dining and sitting room has digital satellite TV and there is a well-equipped kitchen, office space, pool table as well as a sunroom.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

All three meals are provided each day and are aimed to be as varied as possible. All meat, fruit and vegetables are provided for the volunteers at the house, but volunteers are responsible for preparing their breakfasts and lunches individually, before generally coming together to cook their evening meals, unless Ebin is firing up the Braai – then you are in for a real treat!

It is important that you take enough food and drink out with you in the vehicle to last the day, and sweet treats or snack food can be purchased at your own expense in Paterson on the way into the Reserve.

You can expect some of the following meals:

Breakfast – Cereals, toast, muesli, yoghurt, muffins, cooked breakfast (once a week)
Lunch – Sandwiches, wraps, salads, quiche, burgers, chips
Dinner – Macaroni cheese, roasted chicken, vegetables, traditional meals

With prior notification we can cater for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free

Please note we cannot cater for Halal.

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 Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth. 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.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 719
2 weeks
$ 1,169
3 weeks
$ 1,649
4 weeks
$ 2,089
8 weeks
$ 3,939
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,789
Average fees
$ 601 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Eastern Cape/South Africa between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Mighty Roar will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.
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 The Mighty Roar during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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