Experience Africa like never before and become part of our day to day work in the African bush with some of the worlds most iconic animals!
Modisa Wildlife Project has developed a unique volunteer program, allowing
you and other volunteers from all over the world to get firsthand, real-life
experience in the African bush. Whether you come to Modisa Wildlife Project for your studies or simply a
holiday — it’s a unique way to make a real difference.
About the Project
Modisa’s vision is to develop a sustainable project which can stop conflict and unite local farmers with wildlife. During the past few decades, wildlife in Botswana has experienced a significant decline – a drop of more than 60 percent – caused by people taking over wild land, the decline of prey species, and poaching. Lack of attention to the problem locally and internationally has also contributed to this severe decline. Modisa aims to use education and awareness campaigns to implement sustainable changes in the area.
Modisa Wildlife Project is located on the 25,000 acre Grassland reserve, thirty kilometres west of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR ) in Botswana. Grassland provides a beautiful landscape for Kalahari’s diverse wildlife. The wide open space and untamed wilderness provide ideal conditions for a wide range of animals to thrive. The space also offers incredible wildlife viewing.
Modisa and the Grassland Safari Lodge are working together towards a common goal of protecting Botswana's big cats and surrounding wildlife. Grassland is situated between many cattle farming areas, where the farmers are still allowed to shoot predators like big cats. All the captive predators at the Modisa Wildlife Project were relocated out of farming areas around the reserve, after conflict with farmers protecting their livestock and property. Rather than getting shot or poisoned, the predators were relocated to Modisa. At Modisa, they are given the best possible life with as natural an environment as possible. They have space to roam while they serve as "ambassadors" for educational and awareness purposes. Modisa’s long-term goal is to find suitable locations for these animals to be relocated and released.
Modisa Wildlife Project runs exclusively on natural power, sustainable materials and products from local suppliers.
The Modisa program offers a truly authentic learning experience for people who want to make a difference in wildlife preservation and experience the habitat and culture firsthand.
During your stay at Modisa you will participate in a mix between daily work on the game reserve and a variety of activities and lectures. Daily work includes everything from helping to build and maintain facilities to cleaning predator enclosures after the animals are fed. Activities include game drives, bush walks, and basic tracking in pristine African bush. These experiences will bring you up-close and personal with African wildlife. These trips and adventures will allow you to truly experience the Kalahari.
All experiences at Modisa – from farm work, bush walks and lectures to feeding full-grown lions, leopards, and African wild dogs –will challenge you both physically and mentally. You will have a more unique and adventurous time in the African bush than you can imagine.
*Once a month during the dry season (May - October) depending on weather. To be guaranteed this experience you need to books minimum 4 weeks.
The Modisa campsite is 4 km from the Grassland Safari Lodge. We have safari tents for volunteers, which hold four beds each and are separated by gender. At the camp, you will live side-by-side with nature and its inhabitants, an experience that is hard to find in the increasingly busy world we live in. At night, lions can be heard roaring accompanied by the patter of herds of animals roaming outside your tent. The campsite has two bathrooms and showers, with hot water and a great view into the Bush. The facilities, coupled with the chance to live with nature in the truest sense, will give you the ultimate African experience.
In our roofed sitting area you will have three meals a day from our fully equipped kitchen and be sheltered from the burning sun or the occasional rain storms in the wet season. The space has wide-open sides so you can still enjoy the outdoors while keeping cool or dry. Animals might be grazing within a few meters, and honey badgers, along with other smaller mammals, occasionally pay a visit after sunset.
At our camp fire you will enjoy braai (barbeque) evenings. During the cold winter nights, you will be able to watch the amazingly clear African sky while the soothing heat of the campfire provides enough warmth to keep you comfortable.
Every evening, the group will meet to watch the sunset over the Kalahari and sit together to share their personal stories and experiences.
Electricity is provided to our camp through solar panels and will therefore only be available during the day for charging cameras, computers, flashlights and other assorted goods. The tents do not have electricity so we recommend a good head torch for reading at night.
The entire camp is set up to make you feel safe and comfortable without changing the nature around you. This allows you to experience the African Bush and animals every second of your stay without harming them or disturbing their natural habitat.
Volunteers should fly into the Maun International Airport (MUB) in Botswana on the Sunday before their scheduled Monday start date. Most volunteers fly to Maun via the Johannesburg (JNB) or Windhoek (WDH) International Airports.
On arrival to Maun Airport, the Okavango River Lodge will arrange your airport pick-up and transfer to the Lodge for Sunday night stay (+/- $40 for food and accommodation).
On Monday morning, a 4x4 minibus shuttle will pick you up at the Okavango River Lodge and transport you straight to the Modisa camp (departing Lodge at 8am, arriving Modisa mid-day). The shuttle costs +/- $50 each way, and payment can be made directly to the Modisa team on arrival.
On the returning Monday, you will depart Modisa mid-day by shuttle, back to Maun by around 6-7pm for another night at Okavango River Lodge. We strongly recommend that you book your return flight on Tuesday (NOT Monday evening) as road delays are common.
Some volunteers choose to arrive earlier than Sunday to relax for a few days before the program starts. Just let us know your arrival date so that we can arrange transfers accordingly. Volunteers can exchange currency to Botswana Pula at the Maun airport.
The transfer to and from Modisa Wildlife Project departs from Okavango River Lodge in Maun every MONDAY morning. It is crucial that you book your flight with arrival in Maun airport on a SUNDAY (latest) and departure from Maun on a TUESDAY (earliest). However if you can’t make it to the beginning of a program and still want to join us, we would be happy to accommodate you. Please be aware that an extra charge for transportation will apply. You will receive a special orientation so you can join the rest of the group as soon as possible.
We do have a volleyball field you and your fellow volunteer's are welcome to use. Riding can sometimes also be possible, but not guaranteed due to weather and their health.
We do provide airport pick up, but it is not included in the program fee. Calculate 10USD for airport transfer to and from Okavango River Lodge.
You will enjoy your stay in our comfortable dome tents. All tents are secured with a natural barrier of thorny branches to prevent unexpected encounters with the animals around you. The tents can house up to four people, divided by gender.
Each tent is equipped with four beds, along with linens, pillows, duvets and comforters. The washing block is nearby with fresh, running water from the borehole. Toilets and showers are fully equipped and hot water is provided. Washing powder is provided for washing clothing by hand.
We offer three meals a day. Our chef will cook traditional dishes but also more familiar food over the fire. Once a week we will have a braai where you will cook your own food at the campfire. In addition the kitchen is equipped with snacks free of charge and complimentary tea and coffee during your stay.
Other snacks and candy will be available for purchase as well as beer, soft drinks and cider. We will provide occasional trips to the nearby city of Ghanzi, where many goods are available for purchase including more snacks and traditional cloth.
If you have a particular diet we are happy to accommodate you. We can easily cook vegetarian food, but vegans will be charged extra due to the added cost of providing such meals.