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.
We currently don’t have any available dates for this project. Contact us on +971 (0) 5025 48846 to discuss future dates or alternative projects.
Team Trips - Become part of a set team and tackle a new challenge together
Botswana > African Bushveld Conservation
Fixed dates throughout the year
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organised weekend tourism trips
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
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.
What will I do on this wildlife conservation volunteering project for groups in Botswana?
As part of your volunteer work for groups in Botswana, you’ll contribute to our ongoing conservation efforts at the Wild at Tuli reserve. Here are some of your main tasks:
- Collect data on birds, elephants, and other African wildlife
- Build waterholes to sustain the animals during the dry season
- Remove poaching snares during anti-poaching patrols around the reserve
- Set up camera traps to monitor how animals behave in their natural habitat
- Work closely with a group of volunteers your age
Your work will cover five main tasks:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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