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African Conservation Experience is driven by the desire to support and enable worthwhile wildlife conservation work and to create worldwide ambassadors for conservation. We do so by offering opportunities for people from all over the world to join genuine conservation projects and wildlife professionals.
Find the right wildlife conservation experience for you by clicking any of our project categories below:
Where you can go
Established in our heritage region of southern Africa, African Conservation Experience work with projects that are currently based in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia. You’ll be working in some of the most stunning and diverse ecosystems on Earth, where your sustainable wildlife conservation placement ensures long term support for vulnerable wildlife and local communities.
Conservation work takes many forms so you can get involved joining a project that matches your interests, whether you want to work with wildlife in a wildlife care centre, gain wildlife veterinary experience or field research skills, pursue a conservation internship, become a marine conservation volunteer or learn about Africa’s wildlife by joining one of our focused wildlife courses. You will find a range of projects in each category. Every African Conservation Experience project is unique in its conservation mission, the focus of its work and the responsibilities and living conditions that you’ll encounter. We will chat to you in detail about which project would suit you best after you apply to be a wildlife volunteer in Africa to help you pick the project where you’ll get the most out of your wildlife conservation experience.
We care about your travel needs and aspirations. All our travellers start off with a personal booking conversation and we keep in touch along the way.
ACE offers top-class in-country support, we meet you at the airport on arrival and departure and provide 24/7 support ensuring your trip exceeds expectations.
ACE works with genuine conservation projects. We remain at the forefront of developments in the field of conservation.
ACE staff are not only experienced in travel management but also carry zoological and conservation related qualifications.
We empower and support local conservation initiatives and provide them with interest-free loans.
ACE are pioneers of conservation travel. We have over 17 years experience supporting wildlife conservation through tourism.
WHAT OUR TRAVELLERS SAY
"It was the most fantastic experience of my life! I learnt so much and the things I did and saw were once in a lifetime opportunities. I would recommend ACE to anyone and am already planning my trip for next year!"
"The company is very thorough in pre-departure preparation and on-site support. The project was an amazing experience. In all, it is an extremely well-run company devoted to the safety and enjoyment of its clients."
Kimberly Hightower, USA
"ACE were very friendly, professional and well organised. While you’re in South Africa if anything goes wrong you know you have ACE’s support so you can relax and just enjoy your experience."
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"The more I read, the more impressed I became with Care For Wild Africa (rhino rehabilitation centre). At the same time, though, I became more upset imagining the horrific scenes the young rhinos must have witnessed as they cruelly became orphans. With these mixed emotions, I was convinced I had made the right decision to volunteer. This trip was not only something I wanted to do, but it was something I felt I had to do." Our latest traveller story is from Louis, who recently travelled to and volunteered with rhinos at Care For Wild Africa. Read all about Louis' story here - https://goo.gl/PWDIVI
Students with the Shimongwe Wildlife Veterinary Experience had the rare privilege this week of working on both leopard and cheetah!! The team darted and collared a leopard for tracking, before releasing it back out in the bush! Following this they assisted in darting a cheetah to take samples for genetic testing. What an awesome week and fantastic work experience for our vet students! If you want to gain hands-on work experience with a wildlife vet in South Africa, visit the veterinary page of our website: https://www.conservationafrica.net/our-projects/wildlife-veterinary-experience/ #wildlifevets #ShimongweWildlifeVeterinaryExperience #cheetah #leopard
A true highlight of wildlife research work when out in a truly wild environment is the sightings of the species you are working so hard to monitor and protect. The team at the Kanaan research site, part of the Naankuse Namibia Predator Research project, were greatly rewarded for their efforts when spotting a wild spotted hyena! From the project: "The wild spotted hyenas of the Namib Desert made a mystical appearance, their elusive forms glowing in the desert darkness. Witnessing the ways of a wild spotted hyena in the field - natural, free and unafraid of human presence, the way it has been for thousands of years and the way it should remain – will forever linger in the hearts of those lucky enough to observe the otherwise clandestine desert action." A fantastic experience for a well-deserved group :D #spottedhyena #Namibia #Kanaan
After 146 years the Ringling Bros. travelling circus has finally closed! After retiring their 13 elephants in 2015 following an animal cruelty in investigation, the "Greatest Show On Earth" has still been running featuring big cats among other wild animals. Without the elephant act ticket sales have declined and it's great to see that they have performed their final show - they are now looking into the laws for all travelling exotic animals http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/05/wildlife-watch-ringling-circus-animal-welfare-photography/
Happy Endangered Species Day! This day is dedicated to celebrating the importance of protecting endangered species. We work with projects that help protect many African species listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and it's important to us that we help raise awareness for travellers and wildlife lovers worldwide about conservation issues and how they can get involved to help! #EndangeredSpeciesDay #IUCNRedList #WildlifeConservation
Fantastic update from the conservation project team at Phinda! Looks like exciting times ahead! "The research team has been busy the last few days surveying the new Lulubush farm that will soon join the reserve. Conservation volunteers Daniel, Rebecca, Jen, and Conor helped build camera trap housing from old telephone poles to ensure hyenas and leopards don't walk off with the cameras. Exciting times at Phinda as the reserve grows in several directions!" #wildliferesearch #Phinda
RT @hofftoexplore: Blog: 3 Weeks in #Africa Caring for Rhinos https://t.co/EsC8aFDG0Y #savetherhino #wildlife #conservation #travelblogger…
RT @united4wildlife: ..Today is #WorldWildlifeDay! We will be sharing our favourite animal facts throughout the day! https://t.co/sUBXs5n6QX
RT @rvc_elearning: Its #WorldWildlifeDay today so #DoOneThingToday, maybe sign up to volunteer on veterinary conservation projects? @Africa…
The future of wildlife is in their hands: Celebrating young conservationists on #WorldWildlifeDay https://t.co/KIrf5avNCQ
RT @lairmoredvmdean: Do gene networks evolve and adapt to help explain evolution? #genetics https://t.co/6imI746FDd… via @BBCEarth