Animal Conservation


2 weeks

Runs from

January to October


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Welcome to South Africa, the world’s most diverse safari destination, offering the Big Five (Lions, Leopards, Buffalo, Elephants and Rhinos) as well as stunning palm-fringed powdery beaches, star-studded desert skies and a truly authentic culture.

Always dreamt of that South African summer of a lifetime but your bank balance just won’t allow for it?

Maybe you’re studying animal conservation,veterinary science or just want to make a real difference caring for the world’s most stunning wildlife! Well, our 14-day cultural exchange Camp South Africa Animal Conservation programme really does have it all!

Expand your knowledge, enhance your CV and get involved with some epic optional activities! Did someone say game reserve rides, canoeing, watersports and surfing, horse-back rides along the beach or a SKYDIVE?!

  • T-shirts
  • Airport Pickup
  • 75% of meals
  • Program Coordinator
  • Animal Conservation Projects
  • Accommodation
  • Stated Activities
  • Inbound Transport
  • Pre-Departure Support

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • DBS
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal Expenses
  • Extra Excursions


Day 1 – Arrival Day

Welcome to South Africa! Upon your arrival to Port Elizabeth Airport, you’ll be picked up and transferred across to your new home for the next 2-weeks – Kwantu Game Reserve! Spend the evening getting to know your fellow campers and keeping your eyes peeled for the famous South African Big Five!

Day 2 – 5 – Animal Conservation & Reserve Maintenance

Rise and Shine, you woke up in South Africa! Time to get to know some of the most impressive and diverse wildlife in the world!

Your experience is diverse and structured, yet not pre-scheduled as a result of the nature of working in and around wildlife. Conditions change daily and so you may not know until the day what you could be working on! The game reserve is home to all of Africa’s Big Five animals (the Lion, the African Elephant, the Buffalo, the Leopard and the Rhino) as well as many others.

Conservation tasks may vary from physical work to interesting and interactive lecture-based content surrounding the life and history of a range of South African wildlife. Your main physical duties will revolve around the maintenance of the reserve and the feeding/care for certain animals.Visits and tasks at the on-site welfare foundation ‘Big Cat Rescue’ and ‘Education Centre and Animal Rehabilitation Centre’ are undertaken according to the requirements of the host, dependent on the animals that are deemed to have a chance of being saved, rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

A typical conservation day runs from 9am – 5pm. The evenings throughout the week are yours to fill your time as you wish! Chill at the reserve after a day of hard-work, travel into Port Elizabeth centre to do some exploring or get involved in some epic optional activities! Be sure to talk to our onsite team about their favourite recommendations for local tours, restaurants and activities!

Day 6 & 7 – Weekend Activities

Weekends are available to enjoy at your leisure! We can advise on a range of local
adventure and leisure activities. These range from cultural tours to adventure activities including canoeing, quad biking and horseback beach rides!

The beautiful city of Port Elizabeth is just a short drive away and boasts one of the most beautiful shorelines in all of South Africa. Why not try your hand at surfing? Or really step outside your comfort zone and do a Skydive!*

For those less adventurous why not spend the day topping up the tan on the local palm fringed beach? If you prefer, you can choose to spend the weekend relaxing on-site, relishing in the peace and tranquillity that living on a game reserve has to offer. See a list of our very own recommendations below*:

  • Visit Kragga Kamma Game Reserve
  • Visit Bayworld Natural-History Museum
  • See Wild Penguins on the beautiful beach of Cape Recife
  • Watch the sunset over Sardinia Bay Beach
  • Storms River Bridge
  • Visit BayWest Mall
  • SkyDive

*All weekend activities are optional and come at an additional cost. Our team are happy to help barter for a great deal and arrange transportation for activities.

Day 8 – 12 – Another week of Epic Animal Conservation

Time to get back to work! Continue with your reserve maintenance tasks, animal feeding and animal health and welfare education on a daily basis from 9am – 5pm. How many of the Big Five have you ticked off your list so far?

In the afternoon/evenings, why not get involved in our reserve group activities?!  We’re talking game reserve rides to go animal spotting, quiz nights and even a spot of karaoke!

Day 13 – It’s the weekend! Time for some exploring and epic activities!

Use your final weekend in South Africa to tick some epic activities or local tours off your bucket list! What will you try today? Anyone brave enough to try a Skydive?

*All weekend activities are optional and come at an additional cost. Our team are happy to help barter for a great deal and arrange transportation for activities.

Day 14 – Departure Day 🙁

Your trip of a lifetime is officially over! If you’re planning on doing some onward travel, be sure to speak to our dedicated reps for some epic travel tips and tricks! After breakfast, transfer by vehicle to the airport for your departure. It’s been a real pleasure x

Camp Location

Our Animal Conservation project is based near Port Elizabeth

The main facility is an area locally known as Pote, which is on the wildlife breeding area of the reserve.

General game including zebra, kudu and waterbuck can be found along with buffalo on the adjoining property.

Currency: South African Rand

Top Attractions: Wildlife, private game reserve, unique location, animal welfare

Animal Conservation Gallery

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Room sizes will vary and you will be in a shared dormitory.

*Please note the accommodation is subject to change due to availability*

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2024 dates

05 Feb – 18 Feb
04 Mar – 17 Mar
01 Apr – 14 Apr
06 May – 19 May
03 Jun – 16 Jun
01 Jul – 14 Jul
05 Aug – 18 Aug
02 Sep – 15 Sep
07 Oct – 20 Oct

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