Whether you’re an animal lover, a conservation warrior, or someone who wants to explore the real Africa, we have the perfect experience for you.
Immerse yourself in a real wildlife conservation project, working alongside professional conservationists to save Africa’s animals and their natural habitats
Create a meaningful travel experience, where you’ll learn from conservation professionals and have a positive impact on Africa’s wildlife
I would advise anyone with a sense of adventure and willingness to work in a team to have a look at volunteering on any of the ACE programs.
I’ve been back four times and each time my experience has been unique and exceeded all my expectations.
My days with the vet were always full and exciting, with a new unexpected challenge each day; this could be a day trip to de-horn rhinos, capturing giraffe or staying back at the clinic looking after some cheetah cubs.
Stories, tips, recommendations - they're the glue that binds the traveller community together. So if you're planning a trip, why not hear what previous travellers have to say about their experience? And if you're just returning from Africa, we'd love it if you shared a few words for travellers who might follow in your footsteps.
At African Conservation Experience, we give people with a passion for wildlife the chance to volunteer with animals in Africa. We are driven by the desire to support and enable worthwhile wildlife conservation work and create worldwide ambassadors for conservation. To accomplish this mission, we provide each traveller with a vital role to play in the story of wildlife conservation.
As a wildlife lover, chances are you’re already aware of major conservation issues such as climate change, animal poaching and habitat loss, which threaten the survival of thousands of animals across Africa. Through wildlife volunteering and responsible travel, you can do something meaningful to stop this widespread damage and improve the lives and wellbeing of many important species.
When you compare sustainable tourism with other types of travel, it’s easy to see why wildlife volunteering and conservation travel are growing in popularity. For centuries, people from around the world have visited Africa to see the wildlife. But being a major international attraction hasn’t always been advantageous for the animals themselves. From hunting to exploitation, Africa’s wildlife have often suffered as a direct consequence of people’s fascination with them.
As a conservation volunteer in Africa, you can help to reverse this trend and combine unforgettable wildlife encounters with a truly positive impact on the animals. By engaging with Africa’s wildife through sustainable travel, you’ll provide invaluable financial and physical support to the conservation projects we work with. And by joining together with other like-minded animal lovers and conservation volunteers, you’ll continue writing a bright new chapter in the story of Africa’s wildlife.
We cater for travellers of all ages, from all walks of life and every corner of the globe. Many of the conservationists and responsible travellers we work with have held a lifelong ambition to volunteer with animals in Africa. Others see conservation volunteering and ethical wildlife travel as a natural next step towards a career in biological sciences, animal management and other similar fields of work.
People at the start of their careers, whether they’re students, taking a gap year, or embarking on an educational field trip, often choose wildlife volunteering for an immersive and meaningful way of working with Africa’s animals. Likewise, people taking work sabbaticals and career breaks, many of whom are over 50, regularly choose ethical wildlife travel and conservation volunteering as a way to fulfil their lifelong dream of working with Africa’s wildlife and making a difference.
We understand that a great many people would love to work with Africa’s wildlife in a positive way but are limited by time, work and other commitments. So we are proud to now offer ethical wildlife travel and volunteering opportunities that last just two weeks or less. This is a major step forward for wildlife conservation and sustainable travel in southern Africa, opening the door to more people than ever who want to help protect Africa’s animals.