Wildlife Rehabilitation & Monitoring Supporter

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founded in 2011
Motse Eco-Volunteers
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Coordinator | Ilisma
Coordinator | Ilisma


Make a true impact with our ethical wildlife conservation project
Gain experience with wildlife conservation in Africa
Become an ambassador for endangered species and habitat conservation
Make life-long memories and friendships
Visit and live in a wild area
Volunteers at Motse work to rehabilitate reserve to a more natural state and help monitor the diverse wildlife. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Our vision for Limpopo-Lipadi is to return previously farmed and hunted land into the wild natural area it once was, with the return of the indigenous wildlife and vegetation, thereby recreating a healthy ecosystem and biodiversity and an exemplary legacy for future generations.

Motse Wildlife Volunteers is a new program at a private wilderness Reserve in which the volunteers stay on the reserve and get hands on with reserve activities everyday. 

Volunteers stay in a converted old farm house in the north of the reserve in comfort, with running hot water, electricity, wi-fi and tours run anytime of the year. Just five and a half hours from Johannesburg Airport, we are a very accessible corner of Botswana.

Set at one of the most unique and beautiful wilderness locations in the world, Limpopo-Lipadi game reserve is singly accessible and remote at the same time. Botswana has a strong conservation imperative, and is working to improve the livelihood of the peoples who live alongside the wildlife. You can play a part in that journey….

Typical day

Activities vary each day and will include:

  • field work to return the area to the wildlife
  • fence reinforcement to save tortoises
  • reserve improvements field activities (seasonal)
  • work on research data and learn about wildlife species
  • Use Cybertracker unit to collect info on animals movements
  • collaboration with the current research projects (seasonal)
  • Lecture on Community conservation and poaching
  • Weed control (seasonal: queen of the night, prickly pear, thorn apple, water hyacinth, grass by electric fences).
  • Elephant monitoring and photo ID
  • Village cultural visit – Tsetsebjwe or Mathathane.
  • educational projects: creation of a children awareness book
  • Birds and mammal survey for research
  • Wild Dog tracking, identifying individuals and other observations.
  • Inspection of measures to protect infrastructure from elephants.
    • `and lots more

Free-time activities

Every day, we will have morning and afternoon activities. A long lunch break is important to avoid being out during the hottest time. 

During the weekends, one or two mornings are left free of activities. During this time, volunteers can enjoy the garden, read a book, to bird watching, help with the research data analysis, or just relax.  

Volunteers can expect to see lion, wild dogs, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, zebra and much more while working on the reserve. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to be guided out at night, spotlighting for rare creatures such as bush babies, aardvarks and bat eared foxes. 

Nearby village visits can also be arranged.

Set in a spacious farmhouse, we provide the volunteers with  a lounge area. free WiFi is included but NOT at the house, only at the main office. we will go to the office every two or three days were wi-fi will be available.  

For those interested, there will be the option to use the facilities of the close by lodge for an extra cost, and take a free weekend to stay at the river lodge, use the swimming pool area, and go out on safari



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)
Education Requirements
Environment and conservation at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Right attitude and being keen to learn about the bush, the reserve and the dynamics of this conservation project
- Accommodation is provided in single, double or triple rooms, so volunteers might need to share
- adapt to the most urgent needs of the reserve and the schedule
- being positive and keen to help with both physical and computer-based activities

volunteers need to remember that they are not here to go on safari!!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 06:00 - 12:30

What's Included

Services by Motse Eco-Volunteers

Fees include everything you will need for your stay:

  •  Transport and activities around the reserve
  •  Accommodation in a spacious farmhouse including linen, and towels
  • Single to quadruple same sex rooms.
  •  Breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee break included
  • Wifi at the main office free of charge
After expenses, further funds cover for :
  • the salary of our local staff, helping four families of the local village
  • cover the university cost of a local student
  • provide help to the village primary school
  • when something is left... improve the volunteers house
  • buy research equipment


Youth Hostel is the best way to describe the accommodation, although only Motse volunteers stay at the house.

 The house can accommodate up to 10 volunteers at a time. the house has indoor shower rooms and toilets, a kitchen, a lounge and a dining area. Outside, there is a veranda and a small roof top. the garden has a "beach" area built by previous volunteers, and plenty of space to relax outside

Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

3 meals a day included.

  • Cooked breakfast and dinner 
  • Lunch can be packed or at the house, depending on the schedule 
  • Special food requirements are welcome but need to be communicated in advance. 

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. 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.
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

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,500
3 weeks
$ 2,250
4 weeks
$ 2,950
5 weeks
$ 3,750
6 weeks
$ 4,350
7 weeks
$ 5,200
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 8,900
Average fees
$ 746 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Motse Eco-Volunteers 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 Motse Eco-Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Wildlife Rehabilitation & Monitoring Supporter

Volunteers at Motse work to rehabilitate reserve to a more natural state and help monitor the diverse wildlife.


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