Wildlife conservation holidays. Tours & holidays in 2015 & 2016

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Thailand wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
Volunteering break at a wildlife sanctuary in Thailand, from £839 (14 days) ex flights
Tiger conservation in India
Help protect the magnificent tigers of Kanha National Park, from £2495 (14 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
Lynx, wolf & bear conservation volunteer holiday in Slovakia
Wolf, lynx & bear conservation volunteering in Slovakia, from £1290 (7 days) ex flights

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South Africa wildlife reserves conservation expedition
The Big 5 game reserve expedition, from £730 - £2920 (14 days) ex flights
Belize wildlife conservation holiday
Assist caring for over 150 animals native to Belize, from £795 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Volunteer at an inspiring bear sanctuary in Transylvania, from £895 (7 days) ex flights
Endangered wildlife conservation in South Africa
Some of the most exciting conservation work in Africa, from €950 - €1700 (14 days) ex flights
Wildlife volunteering in Malawi, with Zambia safari
Experience the wild side of Africa, from £1400 (15 days) ex flights
Research volunteering with leopards in South Africa
Wildlife volunteering with African leopard research team, from £800 (4 weeks) ex flights
Volunteering in Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
Work with rescued tropical animals such as monkeys and bears, from £549 (7 days) ex flights
Leopard volunteering holiday Western Cape, South Africa
Leopard & caracal conservation volunteering in South Africa, from £1790 (13 days) ex flights
Game Reserve conservation in South Africa
Exciting and rewarding conservation work at game parks, from £1595 (14 days) ex flights
Borneo wildlife volunteer project
Encounter orangutans and elephants in the Bornean jungle, from £1095 (12 days) ex flights
Lemur conservation project in Madagascar
Work alongside an award-winning NGO in Madagascar, from £795 - £2495 (14 days) ex flights
Thailand elephant conservation holiday
Thailand elephant conservation: a new life for Thai ellies, from £585 (7 days) ex flights
Sailing & conservation holiday in Greece
A unique wildlife & sailing adventure, from €774 - €860 (7 days) ex flights
Animal rehabilitation project in South Africa
Hands on rehabilitation work in South Africa, from £945 (14 days) ex flights
Shark conservation in South Africa
Volunteer with sharks above & below water in South Africa, from £1145 (14 days) ex flights
Malawi volunteering holiday
Volunteer at Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary, from £1131 - £3588 (14 days) ex flights
Elephant conservation in Thailand
Volunteering with elephants in Thailand, from £450 (7 days) ex flights
Community & wildlife volunteering in Malawi
Volunteer with wildlife and communities in Malawi, from £935 - £2965 (12 weeks) ex flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in South Africa
Assist with conservation research in a Big 5 area, from £1395 (4 weeks) ex flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica, Pacuare Nature Reserve
1206 nesting giant turtles 1000Ha tropical forest Pacuare, from US $210 (7 days) ex flights
Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica
Family turtle conservation volunteering in Costa Rica, from £483 (7 days) ex flights
Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka
Turtle conservation and community development in Sri Lanka, from US $1600 - US $3400 (4 weeks) ex flights
Whale & dolphin research in Ligurian Sea, Italy
Whale and dolphin conservation trip, from €866 (6 days) ex flights
Chimp & Gorilla conservation in Cameroon
Gorilla & Chimpanzee Conservation in Cameroon, from £2000 - £2650 (14 days) ex flights
Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
Care for rescued animals in Namibia, from £795 - £2395 (14 days) ex flights

158 reviews for Wildlife conservation holidays4.5 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Wildlife conservation 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.

Belize wildlife conservation holiday
It was a very positive experience being in a country that treasures the natural environment and it is government policy to protect at least 40% of the land for nature. I felt that after 3 weeks I had only scratched the surface of what there is to find out about Belize and definitely plan on returning. (more)Cathy Bisset
Once in a life time experience...meeting all the wild animals was the most exciting part of the trip. (more)Kerry Sedman
From £795 excluding flights
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
It is really hard to decide of many of the memorable and exciting experiences on this holiday which one stands out the most for me. Everyday it seemed that I saw something different in the bush, unexpectedly two male cheetahs appeared one morning, then there was the cheetah with her cub, there were rhinos and rhino babies, one interesting experience for me personally was a close encounter with an Assasin Bug(reduviidae, heteroptera). (more)Cathy Bisset
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
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
Borneo wildlife volunteer project
Memorable parts? There were many exciting wildlife sightings but the most memorable part of the holiday was being with Mark, the project leader, who was highly knowledgeable about the natural world as well as organising a varied and interesting programme. Tips? To be prepared to engage fully with all the activities arranged. A pair of binoculars would also be helpful Local benefits? It definitely supported conservation and maybe made the village more aware of the importance... (more)Tessa Milne-Day
From £1095 excluding flights
Volunteering with bears in Cambodia
I loved every second of my trip - the people, the country, the bears I worked with... (more)Louise Bednarz
Meeting the bears and being able to really make a difference to their day-to-day lives with enrichment, feeding and cleaning; some of the things we were doing (such as enrichment to keep the bears active and happy) wouldn't get done unless we were there to help out! (more)Heather Reynolds
We were so close to the bears and keepers that you feel part of the project rather than just a short stay helper. I think we were really lucky... to have the baby bear (Lola) arrive when we were there too. (more)Anon
From £595 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 - £1450 excluding flights
Brown bear tracking in Northern Greece
Memorable parts? Seeing a brown bear was the highlight of the holiday but this was definitely the icing on the cake. The friendly people, wonderful mountain scenery, incredible views, amazing walks, butterflies, orchids and peace and quiet made the holiday memorable at all times. Tips? Be prepared to do plenty of walking over rough and rocky ground, possibly in high temperatures. Enjoy the local people, food, culture and scenery as much as possible. Don't expect to find bears, just... (more)Liz Pitt
From €559 excluding flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Excellent....Yes - money definitely went into the local economy and I hope my efforts helped in some small way towards bear rescue (more)Desna McAll
Bears! Bears ! Bears!......absolutely amazing to spend time with these wonderful creatures. (more)Sarah Burman
I have volunteered with other organisations in conservation and animal welfare and found in comparison the co-ordination for this was exemplary, the time working was balanced by time I had to wander the sanctuary or explore the surrounding area. Highly recommended! (more)Clanci Ferguson
From £895 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
Volunteer & holiday in Costa Rica
Releasing newly hatched turtles into the sea. Walking up Cerro Chatto and swimming in the extinct volcano were the most memorable parts of this holiday. (more)Ian Spilsbury
10/10. A great holiday, very easy, no hassle, various options available whilst at destinations. The most memorable parts of the holiday were ziplining through the rainforest, night hike in Monteverde and the group of people I met. (more)Tracy Suff
I enjoyed the tour, had a great tour leader and was with a good bunch of people. (more)Sue Sanders
From £849 excluding flights
Orangutan volunteering in Borneo and Malaysia
Memorable parts? Helping to catch a Crocodile, and a 13 foot long python that had eaten a monkey.... Definitely not your average holiday, which is nice... Tips? Go with an open mind, and be prepared for some physical work… Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? Very enjoyable, thanks for having me. (more)John Broome
From £1795 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
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica, Pacuare Nature Reserve
A fantastic experience where we met like minded people who we have continued to stay in touch with. I would definitely do it again. (more)Anna Hulton
10 out of 10! Pacuare Nature Reserve in Costa Rica is an amazing location with lots of opportunity for viewing wildlife. I felt very fortunate to get up close and personal with the Turtle Conservation work they do. (more)Vanessa Jones
From US $210 excluding flights
Wildlife volunteering in Malawi, with Zambia safari
My time at there was fantastic - I would recommend the Center in a heartbeat to anyone wishing to have a conservation-oriented holiday. Work is not too difficult on the whole, and you will have enough spare time to develop solid relationships with other volunteers and otherwise enjoy your time. (more)Ben van Haeringen
Working with the young orphaned animals, helping to provide their day-to-day care, was a truly unforgettable experience. Seeing wild Lions, Leopards, Elephants (and many more) up close on safari was fantastic, surpassing all my expectations. (more)Philip Toole
From £1400 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
Malawi volunteering holiday
A great experience. I got to know some local people and volunteers from different countries and I learned about animal conservation and the social/ economic situation in Malawi. (more)Steve Boud
The most memorable part of the holiday has got to be the people. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly throughout my stay. You were made to feel at home as soon as you arrived which is just what you need after a long flight and arriving in a new country! The most exciting part was riding in the local buses, you get to see the city, meet local people and really immerse yourself in Malawi! (more)Emma Daw
It was so good to get the chance to meet so many local people and the most exciting part of the whole thing for me was helping to bring in an orphaned yellow baboon who was being sold on the street, and she was later named after me! (more)Diana Fentiman
From £1131 - £3588 excluding flights
Conservation & community volunteering in Uganda
The most memorable part of the holiday was being in a community without feeling like an outsider. Everyone was willing to help and also be open about their lives. I loved everything about the experience. (more)Christina Hanazawa
The most memorable parts were the women I met and worked with as a volunteer in Uganda. The women were strong, resilient, courageous, determined and inspirational. They were also welcoming of a white woman from Australia - making me feel one of them as we walked or sat in a circle to meet and explore opportunities. (more)Cheryl Phillips
Our two weeks voluntary work in Uganda flew by with so many highlights, it is impossible to name even a few. The people, their positive attitudes and their willingness to learn, the scenery and of course the gorillas. (more)Jennifer Soddy
From £995 excluding flights
Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
I had an amazing time!!! I felt like I was really making a contribution to the functioning of the wildlife sanctuary with food prep, cleaning enclosures, feeding and caring for animals and being responsible for the environment and impact on the ecosystem with recycling and conservation efforts . (more)Naomi Soffa
The most memorable part of the holiday was being able to be near, feed and touch some majestic animals - lions, cheetahs, baboons. (more)Catherine Armstrong
From £795 - £2395 excluding flights
Volunteering in Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
I went to the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Thailand, this was a fantastic project helping animals who had been mostly kept as pets. It’s hard to say what was the most memorable part of this holiday as there was so much variety and different experiences, it’s difficult to decide what was the best part of it. (more)Cathy Bisset
I had so many fantastic experiences, and the centre itself was in an idyllic area, on the grounds of a Buddhist temple. One highlight was spotting wild elephants in a nearby national park, after dark. (more)Olly Carney
From £549 excluding flights
Orangutan conservation holiday in Borneo
Staying with the local tribe in the jungle was the most memorable part of the holiday...10 out of 10. (more)Jennifer Beard
Learning about and working with the animals at the wildlife centre at Matang; tribal-style living deep in the rainforest, and the guides' ability to source food from nature with fishing spear and machete - and much, much more. (more)Hanne Samson
From £1095 excluding flights
Sailing & conservation holiday in Greece
The whole experience was wonderful. Sotiris, our skipper was fantastic , very professional, kind and fun. This holiday was could not have been better...we should have stayed longer. It really was a very unique experience, very special to me. (more)Joanne David
Excellent! Every aspect was amazing. My partner and I are both deeply grateful to everyone who works for the operator for making such a special and memorable experience. We will almost certainly be booking up again! (more)Alison Crawford
A fabulous holiday. Sotiri and Melita were delightful and knowledgeable hosts. Annie who did the reservations was efficient and friendly. The boat was well equipped, safe and comfortable and the fellow guests good company. (more)Susan Sargeant
From €774 - €860 excluding flights
Whale & dolphin research in Ligurian Sea, Italy
Saw species of Whales that I had not seen before! (more)Ian Hunt
It was definitely one of my best two trips ever. Loved the people in the group, the activities, the animals and the overall experience. I would definitely recommend it. (more)Tania Fernandez
Excellent - fun, friendly and highly knowledgeable team made it a very worthwhile experience. (more)Rebecca Pagnucco
From €866 excluding flights
Whale & dolphin conservation in the Hebrides
One of the best travelling experiences I have ever had. Thanks to the competence of the staff, the kindness of the other participants and the wonderful beauty of the Hebrides isles. (more)Federico Spinucci
There was so much crammed into this voyage that it would be hard to pick out the most memorable. Breathtaking views and scenery, exhilarating sightings, knowledgeable crew, gourmet cooking. (more)Petrina Hines
Most memorable? I’m not sure if it was the sight of a pod of dolphin surging towards the boat and bow-riding or the excitement and happiness of my fellow volunteers and the crew. (more)Hilary Morley
From £895 - £1395 excluding flights
Orangutan volunteering in Borneo
I enjoyed the time in Batang-Ai in the longhouse most. A natural paradise- the tribes people were wonderful and our guide also...Overall, an excellent trip (more)Katie Beckwith
Working with such amazing animals and finding out how intelligent and human like they are....Brilliant once in a life time experience. (more)Holly Ferguson
The opportunity and privilege to work so closely with magnificent animals such as the Orangutan and Sun Bears ...A wonderful and moving experience (more)Lynne Parish
From £1280 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 £945 excluding flights
Elephant conservation in Thailand
Loved each second of it. 10/10. (more)Sarah Marsden
My holiday was the best experience of my life, so much so I wasn't ready to leave and got very upset when the time came to leave. I fell in love my elephant Campion and Boonma and his family welcomed me with open arms. Such good hearted people. The experience with them added to my amazing experience and I would recommend anyone try this experience. I would give this experience 10 out of 10 there was nothing I feel could of been better except for me booking longer! (more)Debbie Field
Thoroughly enjoyed - The baby elephant playing-a real privilege to see! (more)Amanda Patrick
From £450 excluding flights
Lynx, wolf & bear conservation volunteer holiday in Slovakia
Memorable parts? To made more than 30 kilometres surveyed in a deep snow following lynx, wolf and bears in a complete wild mountains. Tips? To sense a wild nature, tracking along the mountains with snow shoes where nobody runs and take the exciting moments when your are following a fresh track of bear or lynx. Local benefits? Yes, the people who work in a mountain refuge, on the restaurant and it's very useful for scientific team and to open the eyes of the governments about... (more)David Guixé
From £1290 excluding flights
Volunteer at orangutan & wildlife rescue centre in Indonesia
Memorable parts? Defiantly my most memorable part was the interaction with the local people, especially the kid’s classes. The animals were great, however it’s the people that made it special. Tips? If you enjoy a beer after a hard day's work, make sure you organize in advance! You can get beer but it’s in town and about a 15min drive, so suggest being organized. Local benefits? I defiantly feel that we made great progress with the local people. We are still in regular contact... (more)Lauchlan Leishman
From £760 - £1525 excluding flights
Tiger conservation in India
Memorable parts? Seeing tigers on seven occasions, hearing one roaring close by and then greeting cubs, smelling a kill in near vicinity, spotting tiger pug marks and claw marks on trees. Catching a leopard in our camera trap in area close to our bungalow. Visiting local villages and schools and a market and meeting so many local people. Tips? Be prepared for early rises, cold drives to park in open vehicle, stamina is required. There is an ATM machine in nearby village. Do not... (more)Susan Groves
From £2495 including domestic flights only

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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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