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South Africa volunteer travel holidays and tours, 2015 and 2016

Endangered wildlife conservation in South Africa
Some of the most exciting conservation work in Africa, from €950 - €1700 (14 days) ex flights
Shark conservation in South Africa
Research sharks above & below the water, from £1145 (14 days) ex flights
South Africa wildlife reserves conservation expedition
The Big 5 game reserve expedition, from £730 - £2920 (14 days) ex flights
7 day big five safari in South Africa
7 Day Safari with wildlife conservationists, from £1420 (7 days) ex flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
Help re-habilitate orphaned monkeys in beautiful rural South Africa, from £795 (14 days) ex flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in South Africa
Assist with conservation research in a Big 5 area, from £1395 (4 weeks) ex flights
South Africa wildlife volunteering holiday
Conservation & animal care in a South African Big 5 Reserve, from £829 (14 days) ex flights
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Work hands on with horses on the South African coast, from £1095 (14 days) ex flights
Whale & dolphin conservation in South Africa
Work with whales & dolphins in South Africa, from £475 - £920 (7 days) ex flights
Volunteer at a lion sanctuary in South Africa
Help protect and rehabilitate lions in South Africa, from £1395 (4 weeks) ex flights
South Africa conservation project
Work to ease human-animal conflict in beautiful South Africa, from £700 - £2185 (14 days) ex flights
Wildlife orphanage volunteering in South Africa
Care for orphaned animals in the stunning South African bush, from £660 - £2290 (14 days) ex flights
South Africa game ranger course
Get your game ranger qualification working with wildlife, from £2779 (8 weeks) ex flights
South Africa holiday in Zululand
Trek the African bush, experience the Zulu way of life, from £1079 (10 days) ex flights
Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa
Volunteer with orphaned animals, from £995 (14 days) ex flights
Predator conservation in South Africa
Help conserve Cheetahs and other predators, from £1295 (14 days) ex flights
Gap year volunteer teaching in South Africa
Challenging teaching and sports volunteering in South Africa, from £3415 (4 months) ex flights
Sports coaching volunteering in South Africa
Coach a variety of sports in township communities, from £795 (7 days) ex flights
Rhino Capture on a game reserve in South Africa
Volunteeer at a game capture reserve in South Africa, from £1395 (14 days) ex flights
South Africa volunteering expedition, Kruger to Coast
Kruger 2 coast, from US $3058 - US $3788 (8 weeks) ex flights
South Africa house building volunteering
Build a Future Swaziland, from US $1801 - US $3671 (14 days) ex flights
Sports coaching in South Africa
Coach your favourite sport & inspire disadvantaged children, from £1295 (5 weeks) ex flights
Animal rehabilitation project in South Africa
Hands on rehabilitation work in South Africa, from £695 (7 days) ex flights
Mozambique marine conservation & Kruger safari
Moz Marine conservation & Kruger, from US $4136 (5 weeks) ex flights
Leopard volunteering holiday Western Cape, South Africa
Leopard & caracal conservation volunteering in South Africa, from £1790 (13 days) ex flights
Teaching English in South Africa
Live & teach in a Zulu village, from £795 (7 days) ex flights
Volunteering holiday in South Africa
Track endangered animals & camp out under the African sky, from £733 (7 days) ex flights
The great white shark conservation project in South Africa
Encounter the iconic Great White Shark in South Africa, from £795 - £1245 (14 days) ex flights
Social work internship in South Africa
Social work and counselling work experience in South Africa, from £1895 (4 weeks) ex flights
Research volunteering with leopards in South Africa
Wildlife volunteering with African leopard research team, from £800 - £1200 (4 weeks) ex flights

41 reviews for South Africa volunteer travel holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent South Africa volunteer travel holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
If you love animals you'll love this volunteer work. You can't help but fall in love with them. Be ready for how difficult it is to leave them. To know these lost little ones will be able to get back out into the wild again is the best. (more)Laura Lockhard
The best 4weeks of my life, cant wait to book my next! (more)emma pound
Being so hands on with the Vervets and baboons was an amazing experience, as was helping to build the release site for the Vervet troop that was about to be set free. (more)Sara Lee
From £795 excluding flights
Endangered wildlife conservation in South Africa
The most memorable part was all the time we spent in the bush - at least 10h per day. To see the other side of the safari - i.e. not being in a traditional tourist vehicle. (more)Karin van Volen
Amazing!! Words cannot describe this adventure- over 1500 photos taken and a million memories. (more)Emma Clifford
Brilliant experience...We were in a Private Game Reserve with no tourists so it was really peaceful and secluded. The scenery was wonderful and the animals were amazing to see. I was also lucky enough to share my experience with a great bunch of people which made the trip even more memorable (more)Pankaj Bhudia
From €950 - €1700 excluding flights
South Africa wildlife conservation expedition
Memorable parts? Too many to list, but if I had to pick one it would be finding a leopard and her cub with a 4.5m python that they had just killed. The python was swollen with a small antelope that it had just killed. Working at the Karongwe Game Reserve was a truly amazing experience. Tips? Dive in. Do as much as you can. Enthusiasm will be rewarded with an amazing experience. Come prepared for the weather and some sacrifices in creature comforts, but it's all worth it. Local... (more)Ralph Perrella
From £1195 - £3745 excluding flights
7 day big five safari in South Africa
Excellent - a truly amazing holiday for all the family! We met some wonderful, dedicated people, learnt an awful lot, saw some incredible wildlife- large and small - and have returned home with some amazing memories. (more)Rachel Gray
This was one of the best holidays we have experienced. The animal sightings were brilliant, the information we received about the bush was exceptional and above all, the friendliness of all the guides and staff and their desire to consider our every need resulted in a truly memorable holiday. (more)kim plumb
Individual highlights are too many to mention but one consistent one was the look on the girls faces when we found something special on a game drive...Fantastic, well organised and great value for money. (more)Neil Wilson
From £1420 excluding flights
South Africa wildlife reserves conservation expedition
Memorable parts? Monitoring and tracking the wild dogs was a most memorable experience. We'd get up early in the morning and sit in the back of an open jeep and roar off to the last sighting. It was winter. It was cold. It didn't matter as it was a big adventure and the not knowing would we find them or not? Waiting and watching for the next time. Really great fun. Tips? For the winter, take lots of warm clothing layers as you can peel off as the weather warms up. Follow the list... (more)Keith Costelloe
From £730 - £2920 excluding flights
Shark conservation in South Africa
Memorable parts? My last cage dive. We had one large female shark who did a slow pass right next to the cage. You could see her blue eye moving and focusing as she had a good look at what was going on inside our cage. Tips? I would recommend adding a few extra days on either side of the project so that you can explore Cape Town and do any additional activities that you haven't yet had the chance to fit in. The longer you are there, the longer your "to do" list will get. Local... (more)Annabel Marriott
From £1145 excluding flights
South Africa wildlife volunteering holiday
The best part was meeting the elephants and having contact with them. They are such amazing animals and I could spend all day long observing them, which I did even on some of my days off (more)Kim Mackie
An amazing experience that I will never forget and am immensely grateful for! (more)Hugh Quigley
From £829 excluding flights
Community projects in South Africa
Memorable parts? On my last day in the village where I had been with children developing a bike track and teaching them to cycle, we had a special Olympics race day! About 100 of the locals turned up to compete! It was a load of fun and very special (and my 30th birthday). Tips? Be prepared for the impact of coming back! You'll have an amazing time, really connect with the community and things in your head will shift, just a little ... but when you get home, nothing will have changed... (more)Emma Finlay
From £1310 excluding flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with people who are dedicated, informed and enthusiastic about conservation in a practical and realistic way. And of course, seeing the wildlife as they are meant to be. Tips? Be prepared for it to change your views on life. Local benefits? Many local people were employed in the reserve and the studies that were being carried out influenced how the reserve was managed and that benefited the locals. As the research carried out was the same as the normal... (more)Louise Sexton
From £1395 excluding flights
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with experienced people who are always willing to help and teach you Tips? To bring many working pieces of clothes and leave at home fashion dresses Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Great and fulfilling experience (more)Giorgia Trevisan
From £1095 excluding flights
Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa
Memorable parts? So many amazing things happened during my stay. My top 3 were: 1) Seeing the cheetahs being fed 2) Helping to rear a meercat baby and Clarke a serval 3) All the jokes and banter between the volunteers Tips? I would recommend bringing some DVDs, although the selection is pretty good already. Additionally make sure you bring warm clothes it gets really really cold at night. Finally make sure you bring a good torch. Overall rating? 9/10 of course there will be... (more)Cecilia Stilwell
From £995 excluding flights
Volunteer with children & animals in South Africa
It was AMAZING! (more)tracy ciotti
My whole time at the reserve was so incredible with thrills everyday from hurtling along dirt tracks to see elephants, watching porcupines and honey badgers battle right next to camp to the first time you lead a class by yourself. (more)Deirdre McClean
Working with all of the animals and children, and meeting wonderful people were most memorable - the whole experience was memorable and exciting. The trip well and truly exceeded my expectations. I would happily recommend it to anyone. (more)Thérèse Hutchins
From £460 - £3390 excluding flights
Research volunteering with leopards in South Africa
Memorable parts? The entire trip was memorable: sleeping in a tent and cooking over open fire, seeing the diversity of life on a daily basis, being immersed in the bush, hearing the roaring thunder bounce off the mountain walls, and doing my part for the conservation of the Thabo Thalo nature reserve. However, I think the most impactful part of the trip for me was when Tara and I went to see a local farmer whose goat herd had been attacked. The fact that we were called at all shows... (more)Julia Luxemburger
From £800 - £1200 excluding flights
Animal rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Tips? Local benefits? Overall rating? Poor. Not much meaningful work. It was not well organized in keeping volunteers busy. There were lots of occasions when we ran out of jobs and were told to wander around and look for things to do. Myself and my grandchildren were extremely disappointed. We had a family meeting and left early. Still a bad taste in our mouth. After staying there I felt that the fee charged was excessive. John Brown. (more)John Brown
From £695 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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