African Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Program

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The African Wildlife Conservation volunteer program's goal is to offer participants experience in practical knowledge and hands-on encounters with the world famous “Big-Five” animals of Africa – The Lion, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard and Rhinoceros, and many more.

The African Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Program’s goal is to offer participants the absolutely incomparable volunteer experience in practical knowledge and diverse hands-on encounters with the world famous “Big-Five” animals of Africa – The Lion, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard and Rhinoceros, as well as a multitude of other wild animals found here in Africa.

As a volunteer, you will learn numerous facets of operating a wildlife game reserve, make memories that will last you a lifetime and more importantly, you will contributing to returning some of Africa’s lands back to their original state – an African savannah teaming with wildlife.

Volunteers will be involved in creating community awareness, expanding the existing reserve and working on the successful cheetah breeding program.  Here you will experience what it’s like to work on and run a Big Five game reserve set against the majestic Langeberg Mountain Range on the world famous Garden Route Coast in South Africa.


Course Calendar

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Course Instructors

  • Hein Schoeman – Founder & Director (Bio)
  • Kim Schoeman – Managing Director (Bio)
  • Liezel – Field Specialist
  • Amanda Pontier - Field Specialist

Course Fees

  • R 26, 999/month for 2015. Click here if you plan to attend during 2014




Veterinary and biology volunteers as well as animal lovers will benefit greatly from this project and should be in good physical health and fitness because of the demanding nature of work on the reserve.


Mossel Bay, South Africa. For two weeks of the course you will be staying at the Oceans Campus, whilst the remaining two weeks will be spent living on the Garden Route Game Lodge

Cost Breakdown


Confidence that every effort is made to ensure your safety & enjoyment during your stay, rapid pre-departure support & information, introduction, orientation to projects & colleagues, thorough orientation to area, continuous project support & feedback sessions, accommodation, 3 meals per day, travel arrangements to and from projects (on allocated days), project related transport, assistance with optional activities & tours, 24/7 emergency support, phone sim card, t-shirt, survival course (camping), post-project involvement & updates


Flights & visas, travel insurance (necessity!), optional excursions & activities, post placement transport



Game tracking & relocation, tracking & monitoring released cheetah, managing & maintaining the cheetah breeding project, elephant interactions & upkeep of elephant boma’s, lion monitoring, training on approaching wild animals by foot, basic weapon handling including dart guns, mineral & medical darting, e day survival camp, snake handling course & reptile park upkeep, community workshops, community involvement & partnerships, wildlife nutrition & feeding, wildlife immobilization, game counts & species recording, marine education, general reserve duties


Animal immobilisation, Basic rifle handling, Tracking, Bird, insect & plant ID

Please contact us for costs, applications and enquiries

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"Great time! Where else to you get to feed elephants by hand, play with tame cheetahs and watch their wild brothers hunt spring bok! "
Amber Gerber

Amber Gerber

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African Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Program

Based in Mossel Bay, South Africa, Oceans Campus is your gateway to wild Africa. We host a wide variety of courses which are designed to bring aspiring adventure and discovery enthusiasts as close as is safely possible to the amazing wildlife of South Africa. From courses focussed on the study of and interaction with great white sharks, elephants, whales, dolphins, to internships based on education, adventure racing, environmental conservation and sky diving. We also offer facilities to make our guests and students stay as pleasant and worthwhile as possible, including a dedicated research centre, spa, lecture room, business centre, conference room, lecture room, restaurant and bar, adventure centre and more. This variety of courses and facilities makes Oceans Campus one of the most broad and exciting places to be, and your gateway to wild Africa.