Endangered Species Project in South Africa

Endangered Species Project in South Africa

Endangered Species Project in South Africa

Trip Details:

Operator:   SAVE Volunteering
Price From: 2,130 USD
Ideal Age Range:  19 to 30, 31 to 50
Fitness Needs:  Moderately Fit
Program duration: 2 weeks

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About this program

Learning more about endangered species is the only way to be able to provide the appropriate conservation methods to save them. This project allows you to take a hands-on approach to monitoring Africa’s endangered species, including rhinos, cheetahs and the Southern Ground Hornbill. 

You’ll have the opportunity to experience the African bush, as the program is located on a game reserve that is home to the Big 5. You’ll have amazing opportunities while out on drives and monitoring trips to see elephants, rhinos, cheetah, leopards, buffalo and lions! You’ll witness these beautiful animals in their natural habitats, while participating in efforts to conserve their populations through learning and understanding their behaviours. 

Also during your stay, you’ll learn bush survival skills and navigational skills, which are highly beneficial as you navigate wild Africa. Take part in on-foot tracking, data collection, data entry, habitat restoration and so much more!

There is no doubt that this life-changing program will get you invested in learning how to better protect wildlife and conserve endangered species. 



Today is your project start day! You'll be picked up in town and brought to the endangered species project center!

Tuesday - Friday

While on the project, the needs of the program may vary. This is an example of what to expect:


Your mornings will generally consist of rhino and cheetah location walks. You'll learn how you can determine their whereabouts using their tracks, and how you can record this information. When you have located the animals, you'll have a chance to observe their behaviour, interactions, environment, in an effort to better understand them. 

You'll enter the data collected into the computers upon return to the camp. During the week, you'll take part in talks about bush skills, data collection and even a Zulu lesson. 


Afternoons you'll head out on drives in order to monitor and locate areas of the cheetah, rhino and Southern Ground Hornbill. After you discover tracks, you'll continue to track on foot. These drives often give you access to see the Big 5 in their natural habitat!

Friday afternoons, you'll meet the research group and overnight under the stars!



Saturday mornings you'll spend assisting with bush clearing, erosion control, road maintenance, and habitat work. Later in the day, you'll take a monitoring drive followed by a cool beer at a local pub or a South African BBQ!


Today is a free day, but there may also be a planned outing you can participate in. If you choose, you can also take a different excursion or tour. 

Between activities, you may also receive presentations of the project work, how to approach dangerous game, and more. 


Country Fast Facts

South Africa

Flag Flag_of_South_Africa.svg
Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) 11 - Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital: No official capital. Three branches of government split between Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein
Population 54,956,900 (2015)
Climate(s) Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean (Warm/Temperate), Humid Subtropical, Oceanic (Subtropical/Warm/Temperate)
Major Airport(s): Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Durban (DUR)
Economic Driver(s): Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism

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