CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING PROJECTS IN AFRICA

AFRICAN BIG 5 & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
Hoedspruit Airport
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
Join our field guides and wildlife conservation research team in the most beautiful game reserves in the Greater Kruger Area for the ultimate African …

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY & CONSERVATION

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
Hoedspruit Airport
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
Guided and tutored by a professional photographer, gain practical experience in wildlife photography while contributing to the conservation of South A…

BIG CAT WILDLIFE RESEARCH & CONSERVATION

Maasai Mara, Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
Join our team on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya for a rare chance to conduct wildlife research on 3 of Africa’s most iconic big…

WILDLIFE REHABILITATION: RESCUE AND RELEASE

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
Hoedspruit Airport
Impact: Animal Care
Join our rescue and release team at a wildlife rehabilitation center in South Africa where we care for rescued, injured, and lost wildlife. A growing …

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION & ECOBRICKING

Livingstone, Zambia
Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport
Impact: Environmental Sustainability
This environmental conservation volunteer program is a world-first and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Volunteers contribute to the envi…

WILDLIFE VETERINARY ASSISTANCE

Garden Route, South Africa
Cape Town International Airport
Impact: Animal Care
Get hands-on, incomparable experience in all facets of wildlife capture and wildlife veterinary procedures in beautiful South Africa. If you wish to l…

MARINE RESEARCH & CONSERVATION

Tofo, Mozambique
Inhambane Airport
Impact: Marine Conservation
Scuba dive in Mozambique and get hands-on experience in world-class field research on a marine volunteer project designed and created by leading whale…

GREAT WHITE SHARK CONSERVATION

Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town International Airport
Impact: Marine Conservation
Assist with Great White Shark conservation in Gansbaai, South Africa, and meet one of the ocean’s greatest predators up close for a thrilling adventur…

DOLPHIN RESEARCH & MARINE CONSERVATION

Zanzibar
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
Impact: Marine Conservation
Participate in our dolphin and marine conservation projects while you discover the tropical paradise of Zanzibar! As a volunteer on this project, you …

HORSE RIDING AND HANDS-ON RHINO & ELEPHANT CONSERVATION

Zimbabwe
Harare International Airport
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
As a volunteer, you will contribute to the running of an African conservancy from horseback and get involved in first-hand care of endangered rhinos a…

HUMPBACK WHALE RESEARCH & MARINE PROTECTION

Tofo, Mozambique
Inhambane Airport
Impact: Marine Conservation
Volunteer in one of the most beautiful coastal locations in Africa, getting involved in industry-leading, globally-recognized whale research. As a vol…

ENDANGERED BLACK RHINO & ELEPHANT CONSERVATION

Zimbabwe
Harare International Airport
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
Our volunteer program at Imire is for people passionate about conservation, who want to contribute their efforts to save some of Africa's most iconic …

EXPEDITION: RE-WILD THE DESERT

Namibia
Upington Airport
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
Join this pioneering wildlife conservation initiative with Oana Namibia and help turn old withered land into a place where endangered species can thri…

ISLAND CONSERVATION

Curieuse Island, Seychelles
Seychelles International Airport
Impact: Marine Conservation
Live on the sun-drenched Curieuse Island in the Seychelles and spend your days in the forests, on the beaches, and snorkeling in the warm Indian Ocean…

MARINE CONSERVATION

Mahe, Seychelles
Seychelles International Airport
Impact: Marine Conservation
Travel to the crystal-clear waters of the Seychelles in the warm Indian Ocean and contribute towards various conservation-related surveys aimed at pro…

Conservation Volunteering in Africa

Keen to get involved in Wildlife Volunteering in Africa? Here’s how you can join us!

What are the Benefits of African Wildlife Volunteering?

Joining a conservation volunteer project in Africa is the experience of a lifetime. From stunning landscapes to unparalleled wildlife, Africa is a truly magical destination for any travellers passionate about the environment.

The Need for Conservation in Africa’s Parks

Right now, Africa’s environments are facing severe threats. Above land, wildlife is being devastated by human activities like poaching and deforestation. Underwater, rising global temperatures, combined with increased CO2 in our atmosphere, are causing oceans to warm and become far more acidic. African wildlife is hurting in unprecedented ways, making sustainable conservation work necessary to ensure our stunning animals’ future.

Benefits of Conservation Volunteering

Joining an African wildlife volunteer program is one of the best ways to get involved in protecting Africa’s precious ecosystems. All wildlife conservation projects at African Impact are committed to making sustainable and long-term impacts on local communities and wildlife. No matter how long you join us, your volunteer work on a project will benefit conservation efforts in powerful ways.

The benefits of African wildlife volunteering go far beyond animals, though. This impact-driven adventure will also transform you, the volunteer! When you give your time in Africa, you receive so much in return.

All of our projects collaborate with local communities, where life-changing cultural exchanges take place. Volunteering with fellow conservation volunteers, community members, and our local staff is a beautiful experience. Here, you can grow in an incredibly inclusive environment and make relationships that will last a lifetime.

Did we mention all the action-packed adventures you’ll have as well? On conservation projects, you’ll explore some of Africa’s most beautiful national parks, where exciting travel experiences are around every corner. Conservation volunteer programs offer the travel experiences of a lifetime, from night drives through the Greater Kruger Area to scuba dives in Zanzibar’s stunning blue waters!

Why try animal volunteering in Africa?

Africa is home to some of the most stunning wildlife and natural landscapes on the planet. We believe that an African conservation experience is one of the best ways to experience everything our continent offers.

Africa is a diverse continent filled with a beautiful array of natural wonders and wildlife. From Kenya’s big cats to Mozambique’s stunning marine life, there are no shortages of incredible wildlife encounters to be had in Africa’s unmatched parks.

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa

Adventure to the Greater Kruger Area and be fully immersed in South Africa’s stunning grasslands. Here, we offer volunteer projects and internships focused on wildlife conservation, wildlife photography and animal care.

The Greater Kruger Area is stunning. Located on Kruger National Park’s edge, it is home to some of Africa’s most iconic animals, including the Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo! Whichever wildlife conservation project you join us on in Kruger, you will have opportunities to go on incredible game drives where unforgettable wildlife encounters are everywhere. Combining exciting adventures with sustainable conservation efforts, a conservation project in Kruger is the experience of a lifetime.

Zanzibar

Or, dive into marine conservation with us in Zanzibar! If you are a marine life lover, Zanzibar is the location for you. Here, we run our Dolphin Research and Marine Conservation project. As a volunteer on this project, you will go on research dives to collect important information that supports sustainable conservation around dolphin eco-tourism. Participating in marine conservation work while living on the beautiful Zanzibar coast is an unmissable aquatic adventure.

Masaai Mara, Kenya

Keen to volunteer with animals in one of the most beautiful settings on the planet? Join us on the Masaai Mara Game Reserve edge in Kenya for the ultimate African wildlife experience. Mara is simply stunning. With its rich cultural history, incredible local tribes and diverse wildlife, it is truly a wildlife conservation traveller’s dream. Here, you can participate in our Big Cat Wildlife Research and Conservation program at the Naboisho Conservancy. In the heart of a beautiful African bush, you’ll spend your days completing vital conservation work to secure the futures of Kenya’s iconic cats – lions, cheetahs, and leopards.

How to Volunteer in Africa with Animals?

Joining an African Impact conservation program is the best way to volunteer in Africa with animals. We fill our projects with exciting opportunities for volunteers to get their hands dirty in animal conservation. Here’s a little information on our conservation project focuses.

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering

Wildlife conservation volunteering is a fantastic impact-driven adventure. Spend your days on game drives in the heart of Africa’s bush, recording data on some of Africa’s most iconic animals in their natural habitat. These wilderness adventures are an incredible way to make a sustainable impact in wildlife conservation for Africa’s unique species.

Marine Conservation Volunteering

Love the ocean? Jump into one of our marine conservation volunteer programs! As a marine conservation volunteer in Africa, you’ll contribute to important conservation projects that aim to protect Africa’s coastlines. Through research dives and marine life encounters, your work will focus on collecting essential data on sea life in a given area. Marine conservation volunteering is an exciting opportunity to protect beautiful marine environments.

Wildlife Photography

Are you an eager photographer looking to use your craft to make an impact? Wildlife photography is an incredible way to use your photography for good! As a wildlife photography volunteer, your work will focus on photographing Africa’s stunning animals. You will add your photographs to critical conservation databases along with data collected by our research teams. Working alongside a professional wildlife photographer, this is an unmissable opportunity for photographers to volunteer in Africa.

Animal Care and Rehabilitation

Volunteering in Africa with animals is the ultimate animal lover experience. As an animal care volunteer, you’ll spend your days caring for injured, vulnerable and lost wildlife at an ethical rehabilitation center. Your work as a volunteer will focus on attending to these animals with the ultimate goal of rehabilitating them to release back into the wild.

What are the Most Endangered Animals in Africa?

Africa is home to some of the most magnificent wildlife on the planet. Unfortunately, many of these animals are vulnerable, endangered, or even critically endangered in the wild. To ensure the future of Africa’s wildlife and landscapes, we must take action now to protect species threatened with extinction.

Vulnerable and Endangered Species

Vulnerable species in Africa are at high risk of extinction in the wild. They include wildlife such as the African Elephant, Dugong and Great White Shark. You can support these animals’ protection by joining projects like our Big Five and Wildlife Conservation project in the Greater Kruger Area or our Great White Shark Conservation program in Cape Town. Endangered species are facing an even greater risk. These species are at a very high risk of extinction in the wild, with populations rapidly dwindling. They sadly include iconic African animals like African Wild Dogs, Chimpanzees and Sea Turtles.

Critically Endangered Species

Unfortunately, some of the world’s most critically endangered animals are native to Africa. Of these is the Black Rhino. Between 1960 and 1995, Black Rhino populations faced a devastating and rapid decline due to harmful human activity. During this period, Black Rhinos populations dropped over 98%, leaving less than 2,500 alive.

However, because of conservation efforts across Africa, their population has been on a steady incline ever since. Black Rhinos are still critically endangered and at extreme risk for extinction but have experienced their population nearly double in the last 20 years. If you are keen to support their conservation and protection, join our Black Rhino Conservation Project in Zimbabwe!

Our Impacts

Since our beginnings 16 years ago, African Impact has been committed to running volunteer projects that create sustainable and long-term impacts in the communities we visit. Here are some of the achievements our volunteers accomplished in conservation in recent years:

In 2018 we:

  • Removed 87 snares in the Greater Kruger Area
  • Took 9,636 photographs for ID kits to track and monitor animals
  • Spent 21,187 hours on projects in the Greater Kruger Area with volunteers
  • Monitored 1,377 dolphins behaviour
  • Ethically trained 15 new boat drivers.