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African Conservation Experience was established in 1999 by Rob and Marion Harris, when their son Mark and several of his school friends were seeking opportunities to spend their gap year helping out in a wildlife reserve in South Africa. Having been keen supporters of conservation work in South Africa for many years, it gave them the idea that there was an opportunity in generating financial and practical support for worthwhile projects while facilitating an amazing experience for wildlife enthusiasts!
17 years later, African Conservation Experience have organised several thousand placements for conservation travellers of all ages and from all over the world. We have formed close partnerships with a range of amazing wildlife projects and conservation professionals and are currently supporting work in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
While the scope of African Conservation Experience has grown considerably from a group of young lads heading out on an adventure to well-organised and fully supported placements for around 500 travellers each year, our focus and ethos has not changed. We are proud to be wildlife conservation specialists and we use our collective experience to facilitate authentic, rewarding and safe conservation placements that make a real difference.