Motse Eco-Volunteers

Wildlife Rehabilitation & Monitoring Supporter

Tsetsebjwe, Botswana show on map
founded in 2011
Motse Eco-Volunteers
Coordinator | Ilisma
Coordinator | Ilisma
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:

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 Limpopo-Lipadi Game Reserve in which the volunteers stay on the reserve and get hands on with reserve activities everyday. This includes tracking the African Wild Dogs, monitoring the lions, leopards, elephants and other important species, farm-to-wild rehabilitation work, collect data on vegetation and animals for university science projects and wildlife recovery, visiting the local villages to participate in community conservation and learning about wildlife and wildlife science.

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

  • Field trip with the anti-poaching unit, in house lecture on field data collection.
  • Wild Dog tracking, identifying individuals and other observations.
  • Introduction to the on-going leopard research and lecture on identifying big cats and wild dogs, taking photographs of lion leopard and cheetah for research purposes
  • Early morning vehicle Trip using the Cybertracker unit to collect tracks of animals on the road spoor survey
  • Day trip to collect vegetation data on trees and grasses, with emphasis on bush encroachment management techniques.
  • Field work on construction of burms to slow erosion
  • Lecture on elephant monitoring – focus ethology and feeding ecology
  • Lecture on Community conservation and poaching, identifying weeds
  • Night spotlight drives.
  • Weed control (seasonal :queen of the night, prickly pear, thorn apple, water hyacinth, grass by electric fences).
  • Elephant monitoring.
  • Village cultural visit – Tsetsebjwe or Mathathane.
  • Wild dog tracking and monitoring, elephant herd and lone bull observations.
  • Bushman experience, walk and spoor tracking introduction. lighting a fire etc.
  • Cybertracker spoor survey. Birds survey sighting vs calling survey.
  • Small animal research, such as butterfly, dragonfly, gecko.
  • Inspection of beehives and other measures to protect infrastructure from elephants.
    • `and lots more

Free-time activities

Hiking - long walks along the Limpopo river offer great views, a chance to observe crocodile, hippo and impressive bird life. 

Safari - volunteers can expect to see lion, wild dogs, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, zebra and much more on safari and while working on the reserve. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to go on night drives, spotlighting for rare creatures such as bush babies, aardvarks and bat eared foxes. 

Climbing - Lipadi Hill for which the reserve is named towers about 300m above the reserve, offering breathtaking views and a good workout to climb. No climbing gear required. 

Nearby village visits can also be arranged.

Set in a spacious farmhouse, we provide the volunteers with a TV and lounge area, and free WiFi is included (although it can be slow in a remote location). 


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 (basic level)
Education Requirements
Environment at High School 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, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 07:30 - 14:30

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Motse Eco-Volunteers (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 Motse Eco-Volunteers

Fees include everything you will need for your stay:

  •  Transport around the reserve
  •  Accommodation in a spacious comfortable farmhouse including linen, but not a towel. Maximum of two people to a room, some rooms contain bunk beds.
  •  3 meals a day are provided


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. 

Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

3 meals a day included.

  • Cooked breakfast and dinner. 
  • Lunch packs with juice boxes provided daily. 
  • Catering for vegetarians and vegans. 

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.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,450
3 weeks
$ 2,138
4 weeks
$ 2,827
5 weeks
$ 3,516
6 weeks
$ 4,205
7 weeks
$ 5,546
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 8,337
Average fees
$ 710 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Tsetsebjwe/Botswana between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. 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.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Botswana.
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.
  Africa Southern Africa Botswana  Tsetsebjwe, PO Box 204
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