Supporter for Big Five Conservation

opgericht in 2003
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Aid Africa's wildlife conservation by tracking extraordinary animals at some of the country's top game reserves, with a focus on the iconic ‘Big Five’! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+

With a focus on the 'Big Five', this project offers you a unique opportunity to participate in the conservation of Africa's endangered species. Witness the unparalleled diversity of South African wildlife on some of the nation's top reserves!

About The Project 

As a volunteer, you will track and monitor an array of vulnerable wildlife species, working closely with wildlife monitors to track these animals and collect data on them. You may witness rhinos, wild dogs, elephants and more during your time spent as a volunteer, but one thing is for sure: your time here will certainly be memorable!

Zululand's biodiversity is renowned, and the lands are of the most productive in the world. Sadly, conservation efforts face tremendous challenges such as rapid fragmentation of organic habitat due to human intervention, inadequate funding for monitoring and research to aid conservation, and of course, the detriment of poaching activities in the area. 

For the duration of the project, you will work in close groups of no more than 5 per reserve where you will cultivate intimate bonds with expert monitors, witnessing professional wildlife conservation experience in action. This project is the only conservation organisation in South Africa to boast support from the WWF, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, and other world-famous conservation authorities - so why not become a part of their efforts?

Prior To Arrival 

You will need to arrive into Richards Bay airport (via Johannesburg) the day before your project begins. We recommend booking a B&B near the airport as you will need to return there on your project start date by 12pm for your transfer. If it is not possible to fly in a day early, then you will need to ensure you arrive on a flight that arrives into Richards Bay by no later than 11am, as to allow time to collect your bags before being transferred at 12pm.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

First Day 

If you arrived one day prior to the project start date, you will need to return to Richards Bay Airport from your B&B as to meet the project coordinator and to begin your journey to the project site. After you arrive, you will be given time to settle in and meet your fellow volunteers! 

Project Days

On a regular day, you can expect to leave camp at sunrise in an open 4x4 vehicle to track collared wildlife on the reserves. You will observe and record data on these animals. After a relaxing lunch back at camp, you will head out to do it all again, keeping your eyes peeled for countless species along the way. 

You may take part in the following activities throughout the duration of your stay:

Wildlife Monitoring And Tracking 

Work alongside expert wildlife monitors assisting them in a number of activities, such as the daily tracking and location of priority species - from wild dog to cheetah, rhino to vulture, there's so much to learn about the wildlife here in South Africa!

Data Collection

As well as monitoring the animals on the reserve, you will be taught how to map their locations using GPS equipment and telemetry. You may also record information on their group composition and behaviours, such as feeding patterns, retaining information for research purposes.

Wildlife Photography

You will be asked to take photographs of the animals, and when necessary, create identikits for reintroduced or relocated animals. Camera traps are a key part of the research carried out by the project for collecting data and observing wildlife in specific areas, so you may help to set up such devices at watering holes and game trails. 

Data Analysis

You will spend at least one day per week putting all gathered information into the project's own computer database allowing them to analyse all findings: the more the project knows about its animals, the more they can do to protect them.

Other Activities

From time to time, you may be invited to help out with additional activities, such as animal releases, collaring, and notching (a form of identity marking on species such as rhino). These activities are entirely dependent on necessity, so are not a given, but should you have the opportunity to assist you will gain a unique insight into the nature and importance of conservation work.

PLEASE NOTE: Itineraries are subject to change and the information provided is simply a rough guideline. 

The Final Day

Sadly, your final day has arrived, so you will be transferred back to the airport to fly home or to commence your onward travel plans!


During the evening your time will be spent at leisure. Spend time socialising with your fellow volunteers, building life-long bonds and sharing unforgettable memories, or simply relaxing after your delicious evening meal. 



Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (gemiddeld niveau)
Vereiste documenten
Health Declarations
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Moderate Level Of Fitness
Hardworking And Passionate Member Of A Team
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, vrijdag, zaterdag en zondag

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door The Great Projects

Where Your Money Goes

  • Accommodation, food and volunteer activities
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • A conservation donation to the project to help support the animals
  • Project development to ensure the best project for all involved
  • Administration fees and additional company costs

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op O.R. Tambo International Airport

Your transfers from the airport to the project site and back again will be arranged in coordination with the project site. 


The project accommodation is situated right within the project site, where you and one other person will share a room with beds, mattresses bed linens and pillows provided for each volunteer. A shared kitchen area is home to various cooking appliances with an outside seating, dining and BBQ area. The accommodation is fit with running hot water, flushing toilets and electricity. 

Slaapkamer (Dubbel)
Eten & Drank

Food and drink will be provided for 3 meals a day, and volunteers will alternate preparing meals in the shared kitchen area. 

Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Zuid-Afrika.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Zuid-Afrika biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Zuid-Afrika dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Zuid-Afrika.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

This project takes place on every other Monday throughout the year. Please contact us to see if your preferred start date is still available.
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
2 - 12 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 weken (min. verblijf)
4 weken
6 weken
8 weken
10 weken
12 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$702 /week

De organisatie rekent haar tarieven in GBP. De prijstabel in USD is onderhevig aan valutaschommelingen. The Great Projects zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door The Great Projects gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

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Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als The Great Projects jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door The Great Projects

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Aid Africa's wildlife conservation by tracking extraordinary animals at some of the country's top game reserves, with a focus on the iconic ‘Big Five’!


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