Africa is a beautiful place and it a popular destination for thousands of tourists year upon year, especially for safari trips. With so many tourists flocking to this country year after year and with hunting still a very popular sport, it is no wonder than the country is crying out for volunteers to help maintain and improve the conservation areas.

As the great Nelson Mandela once said: “Ultimately conservation is about people. If you don’t have sustainable development around these (wildlife) parks, then the people will have no interest in them, and the parks will not survive”.

As a conservation volunteer in Africa you can expect to be monitoring the populations of animals such as rhinos or tigers, combating illegal poaching and helping with animal breading programs and introduction back to the wild.

Although the pay is not great, you will often live there free of charge and have meals provided for you, and no money can give you the satisfaction that being a volunteer for a conservation programme can.