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Motse Eco-Volunteers

Wildlife Rehabilitation & Monitoring Supporter

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….

Suitable for


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

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).
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

Any questions? Just ask. We at Motse Eco-Volunteers are happy to help you.

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). 


Included Services

What's included?
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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

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.
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Botswana

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Botswana. Please check the visa regulations for Botswana.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Botswana and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Botswana.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Botswana.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Oliver Reginald Tambo International (Jan Smuts International) (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Botswana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Botswana.
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