Our Mission Statement

African Conservation Experience establishes, maintains and supports conservation projects in Southern Africa.

Projects are selected on the basis of real conservation value, the genuine wildlife experience that they are able to provide to enthusiastic volunteers, and their contribution to the local environment and community.

We are driven by two specific aims;

  • To give volunteers the opportunity to experience conservation work in southern Africa.
  • To provide financial support and information exchange for conservation projects in southern Africa.

African Conservation Experience has excellent links with some of the foremost game and nature reserves in southern Africa. Our South African heritage means that we know the reserves and the work they do. Our local facilitators know the local tribes and communities well. We also understand the challenges and demands that conservation volunteers face. All ACE staff share a passion for conservation and have first hand knowledge of all the reserves we work with.

Why Volunteer With ACE?

  • We are a long established organisation in our second decade of working with projects in southern Africa.
  • Up to 60% of your placement fee goes directly to the projects and your travel expenses.
  • Our responsible travel policy ensures you travel with the highest standards of environmental responsibility.
  • All our staff are qualified experts in their area, including marine biology, zoology and conservation.
  • Much of our effort goes into matching each volunteer with a project to ensure that the experience is, as far as possible, right for you. This high level of personal care is consistent throughout your placement.
  • Our flexibility means that you can chose what time of year you go and for how long. Even once you have booked on, should you wish to change anything about your placement we will do our utmost to meet your needs.
  • There are many communities and conservation initiatives in southern Africa that carry out important work but cannot accommodate volunteers. We support these projects by allocating a portion of the funds raised for your placement to them.