Wildlife Conservation Roadtrip

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If you’ve been searching online for wildlife volunteering opportunities, you may be overwhelmed by the options out there. For this reason, we’ve designed an exclusive package just for you. It’s built around a unique Wildlife Conservation Partnership involving several exceptional projects in South Africa. In fact, these are the most ethical and successful wildlife conservation projects we’ve visited over the past 10 years.

Why choose The Expedition Project for Wildlife Volunteering?

You can choose to go direct to any of our partnering projects – the cost is the same and the outcomes will be too. However, with us, you join a network that focuses on collaboration, transparency, and responsible travel. As a social enterprise, we are unique in our community partnerships and project spending. Additionally, our expeditions include donations and community support, carbon offset via tree plantings, and local business partnerships. Where your money goes is very important to us!

Dates: Currently paused for route redesign

Join us for anything from 2 to 8 weeks with airport pick-ups and drop-offs available.

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2 to 4 weeks available at all projects

Our roadtrips focus on sustainable community & conservation projects, inspiring towns & people, and hospitality partners that support their local communities.

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Plan a road trip with us to all or any number of the below:

Dyer Island Conservation Trust

Project USP – Marine research and conservation

Programme summary – Marine wildlife & conservation | Research, rehabilitation, ecology, biology and veterinary medicine. More details here.

Airport pick up – Cape Town (International)

Nearest town – Gansbaai

Accommodation options – Gansbaai

Nkonzo Wildlife Research

Project USP – Hands-off wildlife research and monitoring

Programme summary – Big 5 Wildlife & conservation | Tracking, animal behaviour & wildlife management training. More details here.

Airport pick upGeorge (Domestic)

Nearest townMossel Bay

Accommodation optionsMossel Bay

Nature’s Valley Trust

Project USP – Coastal & forest conservation and birds

Programme summary – Conservation education | Ecology research. More details here.

Airport pick upGeorge (Domestic)

Nearest townNature’s Valley

Accommodation optionsNature’s Valley, Tsitsikamma and Plettenberg Bay

Amakhala Foundation

Project USP – Community conservation education

Programme summary – Darting and relocations | Herbivore monitoring | Predator monitoring | Wetland And watering hole management | Alien plant control | General reserve maintenance | Erosion control | Plant monitoring | Conservation education. More details here.

Airport pick upPort Elizabeth (Domestic)

Nearest townGrahamstown

Accommodation optionsAmakhala Reserve and Grahamstown

Zululand Rhino Orphanage

Project USP – Rhinos and Hippos

Programme summary – Rhino conservation | Wildlife rehabilitation | Anti-poaching projects | 24-hour rhino and hippo care. More details here.

Airport pick upRichard’s Bay (Domestic)

Nearest townMkuze

Accommodation optionsMkuze and more.

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Project USP – Wildlife rehabilitation and cheetah breeding

Programme summary – Monitoring and care of Cheetah, Wild Dogs, White Rhino, Lion, African Wild Cats, Ground Hornbills, Sable Antelope and more | Cleaning, feeding and assisting with or observing veterinary activities. More details here.

Airport pick upHoedspruit (domestic)

Nearest townHoedspruit

Accommodation optionsHoedspruit

Mogalakwena Research Centre

Project USP – Giraffe research and bush living

Programme summary –  Feeding ecology, social behaviour, and movement patterns of animals | Alien plant species impact studies | Community support and education projects | Research methods, planning, statistical analyses, writing | Data collection and species identification | Bird ringing, nest box competition project | Social enterprise projects  – Craft Art Centre and Botanica Natural Products. More details here.

Airport pick up (if available) – Hoedspruit (domestic)

Nearest townAlldays

Accommodation optionsAlldays

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