Volunteers at Motse work to rehabilitate reserve to a more natural state and help monitor the diverse wildlife.
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….
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.
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.
3 meals a day included.