Wildlife Conservation Volunteering for Groups in Botswana

Protect the majestic animals of the Wild at Tuli reserve in the heart of the African bushveld

At a glance

  • Team up with a group of like-minded volunteers and contribute to valuable conservation volunteer work in Botswana. You’ll live and work in the heart of the Wild at Tuli reserve. Surrounded by vast savannahs teaming with an array of species, this is the perfect opportunity to experience the wilder side of life!
  • You’ll work to protect animals like leopards, elephants, and zebras. You’ll get to observe them in their natural habitat and collect data on their characteristics and distribution. This research will help tailor conservation policies to better protect this breathtaking ecosystem.
  • You’ll live in shared same-sex volunteer accommodation at the reserve. Over a game of cards under the stars or chats and laughs around a campfire, you’ll have the chance to bond with your group and build friendships to last a lifetime. Our staff will be on-hand 24/7 throughout your trip to ensure you’re fully supported.
  • On the weekend you'll go on a walking safari and learn about local handicrafts.

Start Dates: 

Throughout the year

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

One Week


18 or over

Is wildlife conservation volunteering for groups in Botswana right for me?

Looking to do something meaningful on a gap year, during university, or after graduation? Love wildlife and eager to experience a completely different way of life? Then wildlife conservation volunteering in Botswana is perfect for you!

You don’t need any specific skills or experience to join. Our local professional staff will be there to guide and support you throughout your trip. However, if you’re studying botany, zoology, or environmental studies, this is the perfect launchpad for your career. You’ll gain practical skills that will boost your CV.

This project is also ideal for adventure lovers. You’ll need to be ready to skip a few home comforts, like regular Wi-Fi access. But this gives you the chance to really immerse yourself in the nature that surrounds you.

You’ll have a set itinerary filled with activities to do with your group. This makes this wildlife conservation volunteer opportunity in Botswana a great way to travel without having to worry about planning your activities. It’s great for first-time travellers, anyone who’s nervous about travelling alone, or if you have limited time to go abroad.

Projects Abroad wildlife conservation group volunteers in Botswana remove alien plant life

Your work will cover five main tasks:

Wildlife surveys

One of your main tasks will be wildlife surveys. During game drives, you’ll collect data on the characteristics and distributions of different species, like birds and elephants. By researching these creatures, we can develop a better understanding of how they live. This in turn can help us concentrate our conservation efforts where they’re most needed.

Water conservation

During the dry season, animals at the reserve struggle to find natural sources of water. This impacts their population numbers. You’ll help keep them thriving throughout the year by building or repairing waterholes, dams, and rainwater tanks.

Anti-poaching initiatives

Poaching is a major threat to African wildlife. Endangered animals are hunted illegally for their meat, skins, horns, or tusks. This has a devastating effect on population numbers and pushes certain species ever closer to extinction.

One of the silent killers of this horrific practice is snares. Snares are wire traps set up by poachers to catch and kill animals. During poaching patrols, you’ll remove snares from the reserve, saving the lives of wildlife.

Camera traps

Camera traps are the ideal way to monitor animal behaviour up-close without any human interference. You’ll help with setting up cameras so that we can get a better understanding of animal behaviour.

So far, we’ve had many exciting sightings through our camera traps. For example, we’ve collected footage of a baby brown hyena, a honey badger, a leopard, and an aardvark.

Work and learn as a team

Volunteering on a Team Trip means you will work closely with a group of volunteers your age. You’ll have the chance to connect during project work and during your down time. Wild at Tuli is the perfect place to share stories of your different countries and cultures over the campfire. You’ll come away from this experience with a new group of friends from around the world.

Project Partners

For our conservation volunteering project in Botswana, we’ve partnered with Wild at Tuli, a wildlife reserve in Botswana. This gives you the chance to work in a protected ecosystem alongside highly experienced and passionate conservationists.

Where in Botswana will I work?

Wild At Tuli

Wild at Tuli is located on the banks of the Limpopo river, near the South African border. The reserve is in the heart of the African bushveld, with animals like elephants and zebra roaming free. It’s the perfect place to connect with nature and live on the wild side!

Even though there are plenty of wild animals about, we’ll make sure your trip is completely safe. The camp where you’ll stay is secure and we have a policy in place to ensure you don’t leave the camp without a staff member.

This is the perfect location to connect with your group. You’ll play board games in the evenings as the breeze carries the chirps of crickets and cicadas through the air. Or roast marshmallows around the campfire with a view of the star-speckled sky above. Volunteering at Wild at Tuli is truly the experience of a lifetime.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Botswana Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of conservation volunteer work for groups in Botswana?

The aim of this project is to protect the many plant and animal species of the Wild at Tuli reserve.

The wide range of species at Wild at Tuli is threatened by illegal hunting, drought, soil erosion, and an increase in human activity in the area. This puts species like elephants, leopards, antelopes, and zebras at risk. You can help by working on initiatives based on our long-term sustainable goals.

Ultimately, we aim to make this area protected by national law. We’re working closely with other local national parks and game reserves to make this happen.

Join wildlife conservation volunteering for groups in Botswana and help protect this beautiful ecosystem.

Interesting facts about conservation volunteering in Botswana with projects abroad

Management plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring our impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.

Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll share a tent with other Projects Abroad volunteers during your stay at our base camp at Wild at Tuli. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and share the experience of living in the heart of the bushveld together. There are shared bathrooms with hot, running water. There is no electricity, but we have charging stations running on solar power so we have light at night.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay 1195 AED, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options and fundraising advice available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01273 007 230 to see if we can offer a discount.

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