You’re short on time but looking to experience Africa’s wildlife. But you also want your experience to be meaningful. To play a positive role in the story of Africa’s nature and communities. To take you off the beaten track into the real heart of Africa.
Our shorter trips offer big experiences, giving you the chance to see Africa’s wildlife through the eyes of local conservationists and expert guides.
Come face to face with Africa’s wildlife as you experience life behind the scenes at real conservation projects.
Have a lasting impact on Africa’s wildlife, by supporting initiatives that fight to ensure their survival.
Discover the real African bush and the relationship between its wildlife, people and landscapes.
Follow one of our professional guides deep into the African wilderness. With expert tuition in a variety of wildlife conservation issues, you’ll return home with new skills as well as amazing memories from your time in Africa.
Lead by experienced rangers, learn how to track animals, master bushcraft and understand wildlife behaviour
Accompanied by experts, learn about rhino in the field and care for orphaned rhino at a specialist centre
What an experience that was! Bottle-feeding baby rhinos was simply amazing. Looking into their eyes, I saw their beautiful souls each and every time I fed them. “And I get to do this every day for two weeks”, I thought to myself.
Life changing, inspirational and heart-warming are just 3 words to describe Care for Wild, but in all honesty, words cannot describe this experience, it’s phenomenal! Waking up to the sound of the resident lions and hippos helps with the early morning starts and the views from site are sensational.
Being able to work so closely with rhinos was incredible at Care For Wild Africa, whilst Phinda was one of the best experiences of my life.
I am a qualified veterinary nurse who decided to go to Africa to volunteer because I wanted to make a difference. I worked at Care for Wild for 2 months and Chipangali for 1 month. Whilst you are there it is important to remember to take a moment and appreciate where you are and how lucky you are to be there.
My time at Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary can best be described as life changing! It is a magical place.
The people and animals I met while I was there will always have a special place in my heart and I’ve done things I never thought I would like; help raise a baby squirrel, hold a baboon spider to get over my arachnophobia and see a white rhino in the wild.
Work hard and you maybe given more responsibility with special cases – teaching vultures to fly to the glove, looking after the baby bush pig and assisting with the cheetahs were some of the extra cases I had. I have so many amazing memories from being at Moholoholo.
On my first day at Moholoholo I was involved in a rhino walk, which is as incredible as it sounds. We chaperoned a young rhino on a walk through the bush, providing him with exercise, mental stimulation and a bit of fun. This is just one of many unbelievable things that I was able to take part in.
You won’t quickly forget a bushbaby landing on your shoulder on your way back from dinner, a fearsome honey badger lying on its back without a care in the world or falling asleep at night to the sound of lions roaring and hyenas laughing outside your window.
Sunset on the Okavango while watching the maribou storks and cormorants settle at the heronry for the night was awesome. We watched the sun’s rays slanting across the water colouring everything with its red glow and then fading as the sun dipped below the grasses and out of sight leaving us in gathering gloom and heading back to our island abode for dinner.
Nearly every morning we would get up at around 5:30am, gulp down a quick cup of coffee, and be out of the door by 6. We would drive through the morning mist, watch it diffuse into shimmering light as the sun rose, in search of an elephant herd, a lion pride or to check on the animals in the boma enclosures.
I decided to get involved with a conservation organisation. ACE has given me the opportunity to be part of dedicated teams helping preserve wildlife and the habitat. It has been a wonderful experience and I will continue to volunteer my time to conservation programs.
I could talk for hours and hours about the many adventures I was lucky enough to undertake during my placements with ACE, I still haven’t finished telling my friends and family everything! The amazing sense of accomplishment and pride I feel whenever I look back at what I’ve learnt and been privileged to be a part of is unfathomable.
The ACE team and the Phinda locals have provided me with memories that will last a lifetime and an endless amount of stories that I will forever treasure.
As the name suggests, conservation travel brings together travellers and the conservation community. It is a forward-thinking approach that offers a more meaningful travel experience and a vital source of support for conservation projects.
How does it work? Well, when you choose to travel with us, you’ll be visiting and staying with real wildlife conservation projects. This means you’ll get a true behind-the-scenes experience of Africa’s wildlife. You’ll get to see the animals up close and maybe even work hands-on with some species. You’ll also get the chance to learn about the animals from some of the most experienced and skilled conservation professionals in southern Africa.
All this is a very long way from the idealised tourist-friendly image the safari industry works hard to create. In fact, we’d go so far as to say our experiences are some of the most authentic, ethical and responsible travel options available for anyone interested in southern Africa’s wildlife.
In return for these behind-the-scenes experiences, your trip will help to provide the financial support these important conservation initiatives require to fight on behalf of Africa’s wildlife. Depending on your choice of experience, you may also support the projects by getting involved in their day-to-day work.
We believe conservation travel is the future of ecotourism in Africa. It is environmentally, financially and socially sustainable. It gives travellers a chance to experience the real story of Africa’s wildlife and communities. And it fits into a broader strategy for African wildlife conservation.
The experiences on this page are for the traveller who seeks out a life-changing experience rather than a typical holiday. The person who wants to have a positive impact on Africa’s wildlife and the world in general. The individual who isn’t afraid to take on a challenge when the rewards are this great.
If this sounds a lot like you, then maybe you’re ready to experience the world of conservation travel for yourself.
Immerse yourself in the world of African wildlife conservation by joining a working project as a volunteer.
Join Hanchi, patrolling the South African bush on horseback
Help save the rhino at the largest specialist rhino care centre in Africa
Go behind the scenes on a ‘Big 5’ reserve and join one of the biggest conservation success stories