African Conservation Experience work with travellers of all ages, and the projects that we work with welcome the knowledge and experience that more mature conservation travellers bring with them.


“My concerns that I wouldn’t be up to the task of volunteering soon vanished … Therefore I could dedicate myself completely and with great enjoyment to looking after the animals…Having done something with purpose and dedicating myself to it completely is truly fulfilling and gives great happiness! You also learn to understand nature and to grasp how everything interacts and impacts on each other… Keep encouraging people to take on the adventure and to give their life a new meaning, knowing that they have contributed to preserving nature – if only a little bit.”

Silvia Russenberger, 66



Which projects are suitable for a mature conservation traveller?

There are no upper age restrictions and no professional requirements on any projects so you could join any of them. It really comes down to what type of experience you are looking for.

What are the facilities like?

Accommodation is on a group or twin share basis at most projects, but some projects, like the Elephant and Predator Study & Okavango Experience or the Care for Wild Africa project, offer private accommodation for couples or individuals, subject to availability, while the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre can offer upgraded accommodation at their lodge.

How strenuous are the projects?

All conservation projects involve some level of physical activity, but they vary in how strenuous the physical work that is involved can be. Joining the Wildlife Capture Team involves the physical handling of wildlife in stressful situations as well as the physical work of setting up large enclosures in the bush. Conservation travellers at the Naankuse Namibia Predator Research project often walk over rough terrain for several hours a day mapping the area and removing game-inhibiting fences, while participants at Care for Wild Africa provide round the clock care for orphaned rhino calves. Work at several other projects that focus on Wildlife Research and Management tends to be mostly vehicle based though, making them less strenuous and the Wildlife Courses & Expeditions involve more learning than physical work. To get a good comparison, take a look at our Rhino Ratings!

If you are worried about whether you’ll be able to meet the demands of your preferred project, we’ll be happy to chat to you about the project requirements in detail so that you can make an informed decision.

Will I be the only mature conservation traveller?

We work with wildlife enthusiasts aged anywhere between 16 – 70+, so there is usually a good mix of age groups at all projects. If you prefer to be matched with other conservation travellers of similar ages to you, just give us a call and we can look into who has already booked onto the various projects and try and find a placement for you where you will be with like-minded people.

Hear from past conservation travellers who have taken the plunge…

Roy Bower, The Ramblings of an Ageing Conservationist

Conrad Goosens, The Tuli Experience, Words of Wisdom from a Past Volunteer

Mark Atkinson, Discovers his African Dream

Silvia Russenberger, Herds of 93 Elephants…


Who are the ACE Travellers?

Are you thinking about planning a wildlife conservation adventure? But maybe you are not sure if it would be right for you, because you don't know what kind of person joins a wildlife project and why?

In this short clip, a number of ACE travellers tell us which project they are about to join, and why they have decided to do so.


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