Big Five monitoring in South Africa


Live a great life experience, by committing to a game reserve in South Africa.
🐃 South Africa
🐃 Big Five
🐃 From 18 years (16 years accompanied by an adult)
🐃 From €1470 for 2 weeks
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Volunteering with pets in South Africa

Pet volunteer

Get involved with pets in South Africa. Rescue dogs in rural areas, and help educate children.
🐕 Pets and education
🐕 South Africa
🐕 From 18 years old
🐕 English
🐕 €880 for 2 weeks
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Nature guide training in South Africa

Wildlife training in South Africa

Nature guide training in South Africa. From discovering a profession to graduating.
🛖 From 4 to 52 weeks
🛖 Training leading to certification.
🛖 From age 18.
🛖 From 4490 €.
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South Africa, a land rich in biodiversity

Biodiversity in South Africa is exceptionally rich due to the country's wide variety of climates, landscapes and ecosystems, including savannahs, forests, wetlands, deserts and coastal zones. Coastal ecosystems are particularly important for biodiversity, home to marine species such as Cape penguins, fur seals and dolphins.

The Big Five

South Africa is famous for its iconic wild animals, such as the "Big Five ": lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard and African buffalo. These animals were traditionally the most sought-after by hunters, but today they are mainly seen as part of safari tourism.

Among the famous wild animals present in South Africa we find :

  • Giraffes, which can be seen in many nature reserves.
  • Plains zebras are commonly seen in national parks and hunting reserves.
  • Cheetahs, the world's fastest land animals.
  • Hippos in South Africa's rivers and lakes
  • Crocodiles found in rivers and lakes in certain regions.
  • The springbok is South Africa's national animal. The springbok resembles an antelope.
  • The black and white rhinoceros, currently under threat
  • Jackals are nocturnal predators found in a variety of habitats in South Africa.
  • Numerous bird species 
  • Reptiles: There are many species of reptiles, including venomous snakes, lizards and turtles, in South Africa.

Wild animals threatened by urbanization and poaching

These wild animals can be seen in various safari reserves, national parks and conservation areas across South Africa. National parks such as Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Table Mountain National Park and many others offer opportunities to observe African wildlife in its natural habitat. Unfortunately, South Africa's biodiversity faces many threats, including habitat loss due to urbanization and agriculture, poaching (particularly of rhinos and elephants), invasive species and climate change.

Conservation measures

To combat these scourges, the country has introduced conservation measures such as the creation of national parks, hunting reserves and private conservation areas. The country is also striving to combat poaching, particularly of rhinos, by setting up security teams and strengthening legal sanctions against the trafficking of wildlife products.

Numerous volunteer opportunities in South Africa

The country offers many opportunities to get involved as an eco-volunteer. In one of the many reserves you could take part in activities such as wildlife monitoring, habitat conservation, environmental education and anti-poaching. Some wildlife rehabilitation centers in South Africa welcome volunteers to help care for injured, sick or orphaned animals. You could be working with a variety of animals, including lions, elephants, rhinos, birds, Vervets monkeys...