Big 5 Wildlife Conservation

The Big Five Safari Reserve began in 1999 as a joint conservation venture. Today the reserve consists of six independently-owned lodges. The lodges are owner-managed by the descendants of the original families who arrived here with the British settlers of 1820.

The Big Five Safari Reserve Volunteer Project is a unique conservation initiative that allows animals to be re-introduced to the area where they once roamed freely and so making a contribution to the conservation of our natural heritage. The challenge has been to re-establish the original flora and fauna species to the area and to return the land to nature.

Gap year students and volunteers can be part of this bigger picture and work and live on this reserve and help with all the aspects of running a safari reserve in Africa.

per adult from




14 days


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No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • Accommodation, meals, a cleaning lady and a once-a-week laundry service.
    • All the training programs you need for your work at the project are also included.
    What's excluded :
    • The price excludes the transfer, ticket to South Africa, vaccination and visa costs.

  • As a volunteer at the Big Five Safari Reserve, your primary responsibility is managing the free roaming lions, with the rest of the day filled with tasks and duties based around the reserve.

    The list below provides the details of various projects experienced by past volunteers. Please note that duties may change at any time, which means no week at the reserve will be the same!


    Game capturing, counting and monitoring
    Medicinal use of plants and vegetation biomes
    Guided walks, tracking and trails through the reserve
    Nocturnal predator monitoring

    Game counting
    Animal tracking using telemetry sets
    Territorial ranges and feeding range monitoring
    Lion health and breeding monitoring
    Giraffe movement and breeding monitoring
    Local community sustainability
    Assisting vulnerable children and AIDS orphans
    Birds in reserves project

    Erosion control
    Fence patrol and maintenance
    Alien plant control
    Bush clean and clear up
    Road and boma maintenance

    Stop At:

    • Addo Elephant National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Greater Addo, Eastern Cape
  • Departure Point :
    1 Carlton Rd, Paterson, 6130, South Africa
    Traveler pickup is offered
    The transfer will depart from Port Elizabeth Airport at 2pm on Mondays. For departure the transfer will drop off volunteers at the Port Elizabeth airport at 8 am on Mondays. Transfers on other days can be arranged but will be quoted on request.The project starting dates are on Mondays when transfers are done from Port Elizabeth.Airports
    • Port Elizabeth Airport, Port Elizabeth South Africa
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 1/1/2021 - 2/1/2021
    Monday - Friday:08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
    1/1/2022 - 2/1/2022
    Monday - Friday:08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Go With Khaya

Activity ID: V-225689P1

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