Wildlife Volunteering

Wildlife Volunteering

If you dream about learning English and getting to know more about wildlife in South Africa, this is your programme.

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students and recent graduates who would like to contribute to the preservation of South African wildlife while learning English.

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What is this programme about?

This programme is designed for volunteers that are interested in having a truly African experience while making a difference to the local wildlife and environment. Activities for this programme vary on a day-to-day basis and are dependent on weather and various other factors.

The game reserve is situated outside Port Elizabeth. The reserve is a host to a variety of wildlife including the Big 5. In addition to the mixture of grasslands, sub-tropical vegetation,
fynbos and bushveld, it also has naturally formed pockets of water, amazing rock formations and splendid flora.

Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Removal of alien vegetation in and around the reserve
  • Lion tracking and monitoring
  • Wildlife structures
  • Tree planting and landscaping
  • Elephant sanctuary
  • Fauna and flora work in the nursery
  • Wilderness trail walks and patrol
  • Fence patrol
  • Game Counts and Captures

What is included?

  • Return schedules transfers from airport in Port Elizabeth
  • Trip to nearby shopping centre
  • Guided wildlife tour
  • 1 Reserve T-shirt
  • 1 Reserve peak cap
  • Orientation on arrival
  • Meals whilst on Reserve
  • Shared accommodation

What is not included?

  • Transport/flight from and to Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
  • Insurance

Extra Inclusions


  • Shared accommodation: Males and females will be separated
  • Check in: Monday by 4pm | Check out: Sunday at 6pm from the reserve
  • For arrivals before Monday and departure after Sunday, student shall make his/her own accommodation arrangements.


  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (At the Reserve, 7 days per week)

Scheduled transfers

Scheduled transfers normally run as follows (times may change slightly to accommodate volunteers)


  • Monday: Port Elizabeth to Reserve (departs 4.00pm)


  • Saturday: Reserve to Port Elizabeth (departs 9.00am)
  • Sunday: Reserve to Port Elizabeth (departs 6.00pm)

*Please ensure that you take into consideration the schedule above when you book your inbound and outbound flights.


  • You have to book at least one week’s tuition before the Wildlife Volunteering programme.
  • You have to be able to converse in English.
  • Your acceptance will be dependent on issuing officer at the local home affairs office in the applicant’s home country.
  • Visas may not be extended.

Why LAL?

  • We offer a quality volunteering experience set in the scenic beauty of South Africa.
  • We have a wide range of projects in different social sectors.
  • We provide you with the opportunity to take part in a variety of tours and excursions.
  • We give you placement inventory information prior to arrival in South Africa.
  • Although tours and activities are not included, we can arrange them for you!


Key Facts

English Tuition:
Student must attend minimum one week English tuition at LAL
Minimum English level:
Intermediate (B1+)
*Older participants are welcome to apply.

Lesson Schedule

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