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Wildlife Conservation Training

Game Ranger Training Volunteers South Africa


The Wildlife Conservation Program is focused on giving students and volunteers the experience necessary to be able to work on a wildlife reserve while making an active difference in the future of key African species. Students are exposed to the daily running of reserve projects and will assist in conservation initiatives set out by the game reserve.

The program commences on the first of every month with arrival day spent at leisure, taking time to explore Mossel Bay and adjust to the area. The second day of the program is allocated for orientation with team and project introductions as well as more information pertaining to daily tasks and schedules, day three in South Africa signifies the first day in the field.

Each weekday students travel to the reserve to complete training and reserve field work, Fridays are set out for lectures and workshops which will take place in town. Weekends are allocated to leisure that is be spent in the coastal town of Mossel Bay, where students are free to explore and take advantage of the local culture and tourism activities.  The duration of the program is one calendar month, however, stays for up to six months are available.


Daily activities during field work include working on the conservation projects and include Lion monitoring, White rhino gestational behavior, and Elephant uitilization of fynbos. Volunteers will also take place in Dangerous Game Training where they will learn to read animal behavior and how to react depending on the situation. This includes warning signs, potential dangers, bush survival skills and more. 

After hours and on weekends volunteers are able to choose from a myriad of extra activities (available at their own cost) in and around the Mossel Bay area. There are nearly 100 activities for them to choose from but include whale watching, surf lessons, horseback safaris, Garden Route Tours, Sandboarding, hiking, and more. 


The only WILD conservation program where volunteers live at the beach and work in the bush. The accommodation is a three minutes walk from the beach. Volunteers will be assisting in conservation efforts on the only free roaming Big-5 Reserve in this biome. They are able to view and protect some of Africa's best wildlife and see them in their natural habitat.

The difference that the project or volunteers make

Without our volunteers we are unable to collect the data necessary to continue the protection and further understanding of these incredible animals. The studies they assist with serve to better anti-poaching knowledge and the health statuses of wildlife on free-roaming reserves to better understand how real wild animals actually live. 

Key Info

18 years or older



Field conditions

All field work is supervised my an Nkonzo Team member at all times. Most work will take place in a vehicle however some hiking and on foot work will be done if needed. We always take the upmost precautions in regards to safety but volunteers must understand that they will be in the presence of wild animals and that there will not always be protection in the way of fences or buildings, etc.


Location description

Based out of Mossel Bay, South Africa volunteers wake up on the beautiful beach overlooking the bay and can enjoy safe backpacker style accommodation that gives them access to the local night-life and day activities during their free time.

Couples, Friends, Groups, Solo Traveler

What’s included and what’s not included?

  • Included with program fee
  • Shared accommodation (dorm style)
  • Breakfast 7 days per week
  • ​Lunch Monday-Friday
  • Conservation fees
  • Daily access to game reserve
  • Work related transported
  • 24/7 emergency standby team
  • Guided research and management activities
  • All training and training material
  • Bush Academy text book

Not included (available at student’s own expense)

  • All dinners (fully equipped self-catering kitchen available with grocery stores within safe walking distance)
  • Curios and other souvenirs
  • Weekend activities
  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Anything not stated

Dates & Costs

The Conservation Program begins on the 1st of each month (day of arrival) and concludes on the 1st of the following month (day of departure). For example, a volunteer will arrive 1 May, have orientation on the second, field work etc the remainder of the month, and fly out on the first of June. The cost for one month of the program is $2299 USD. Discounts are given for groups bookings (3+persons) and the discount will be given depending on the group size etc.

Contact Project: Wildlife Conservation Training

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