We’re working to create a brighter future for Africa’s wildlife. We think the best way to do this is by empowering people to gain first-hand experience of wildlife conservation. Because the better we understand Africa’s wildlife, communities and landscapes, the better equipped we are to help them thrive.
When it comes to fulfilling the aspirations of both ethical travellers and the conservation community in southern Africa, no other company is more experienced or better connected than we are.
Wildlife conservation in this corner of Africa is a close-knit community of parks boards, researchers and conservationists. We have been working among these stakeholders since 1999 and have played a vital role in many of the community’s landmark achievements. In fact, thanks to the pioneering work of our staff and customers, ethical travel is now seen as a cornerstone of the region’s entire wildlife conservation strategy.
As a result, today we are proud to offer many conservation experiences that are exclusive to our travellers. Meanwhile, on a personal level you’ll notice that many people welcome our travellers like part of the family. Because that’s exactly what they are.
Our team are not only experienced in travel management but also carry zoological and conservation-related qualifications. We remain at the forefront of developments in the field of conservation and stay up to date with developments in research, political policy and ecological issues. We have even become a leading voice in the fight against lion farming and cub cuddling in southern Africa.
This deep understanding of wildlife conservation enables us to select projects to work with that have focused conservation goals and therefore a genuine role for our travellers and volunteers. We carry out peer reviews with recognised professionals before starting to work with a new project and visit regularly to ensure our standards and expectations are continuously being met.
All of which means that none of our partner projects exist to profit financially from the growing ecotourism industry – they are all genuine, hard-working conservation projects that share our core values and ambitions.
We do everything we can to ensure your experience with Africa’s wildlife is inspirational, enlightening, even life-changing. And this journey starts long before you set foot on African soil.
As part of our service, we take the time to talk to you before you book your experience – usually over the phone – to find out about your personal goals and what you want from your time in Africa. During this conversation, we’ll also discuss a variety of options with you and answer any questions you may have.
Not only does this service help you to select the right experience for you, it helps us tailor your itinerary to your needs. Which means when you finally arrive in Africa, everything is in place for you to have the wildlife conservation experience you’ve always dreamed of.
By travelling with us, you’ll team up with genuine wildlife conservation projects and initiatives. Nothing is for show – from the moment you arrive, you’ll be making a real difference, helping to support the communities and ecosystems of southern Africa.
Depending on your choice of experience, you’ll probably join the project’s team of full-time conservationists by living onsite as well. Living and working shoulder to shoulder with some of Africa’s leading conservation professionals is an amazing way to learn about the wildlife and the challenges they face.
What’s more, you’ll be a valuable member of the team. Most of the projects we partner with are fairly small, which means your passion and endeavour will have an immediate and visible impact on their day-to-day running.
We want you to have an amazing experience in Africa, without worrying about how you’ll get from A to B, how to pronounce “zewu” (that’s “wow” in Zulu) or a thousand other questions that might get in your way.
That’s why we have a support team on the ground in Africa. We’ll meet you at Johannesburg airport, answer all your questions and make sure you have everything you need for your stay. Then we’ll see you safely to your transfer to your destination.
Throughout your stay, we’re available 24/7 if you need assistance or just want a chat. Then, as your experience comes to an end, we’ll meet you back in Johannesburg to hear all about your adventure and see you safely onto your flight home.
As a conservation traveller, it isn’t just your time and energy you’ll contribute to your host project(s). Part of your booking fee goes directly into helping build a sustainable financial future for wildlife conservation in southern Africa, empowering these initiatives to carry out their work.
From hydrophones to helicopters, money from our travellers has helped projects invest in all kinds of vital new facilities. We’ve also sponsored much-needed equipment and provided interest-free loans to help initiatives broaden their impact. What’s more, we’ve been a key partner in setting up many projects that you can visit today.
In fact, much of the marvellous wildlife conservation work that happens in southern Africa today simply wouldn’t be possible without travellers like you.
I highly recommend the Shimongwe Wildlife Veterinary Experience to anyone considering applying. You will not only gain useful veterinary knowledge and skills, you will also create amazing and unique memories in an astonishingly beautiful country.
Chipangali is an amazing family run organisation, run by Kevin & Nicky and their children and I am now best friends with the family. The centre has a great family feel and you quickly bond with all of the other volunteers and I still keep in touch with many of the other volunteers.
The work the vets do to spread the message about conservation and the multiple chances they gave me to interact with wildlife, is beyond incredible and just being able to watch them, let alone get involved, is an absolute privilege.
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.
I spent two weeks at Mangetti and two at Phinda and it was such an amazing experience! Both taught me so much, including how to use telemetry gear to track animals such as lions and elephants.
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.
I have travelled with ACE 4 times now and each time it just gets better and better. The hands-on experience on the Shimongwe veterinary project is unparalleled and I am already planning my next trip.
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.
For me, it was the ‘team effort’ that really cemented the experience and made it so much more than a just a safari. I felt, I was contributing in some small way, to the work that is being done at Phinda; I had a sense of ‘belonging’, even if it was for only 3 weeks.