Safari for the Soul
Safari for the soul is a hub of conservation and animal reintroduction efforts in the Great Karoo basin.

On our volunteer programme you will work on ongoing wildlife research and management projects as well as assist with community development and environmental education programmes.

Come get your hands dirty in a unique South African bush experience!
Your Role
Your role:
- Cheetah monitoring and tracking on foot

- Land rehabilitation: soil erosion control including digging hollows, brush-packing and vegetation re-establishment to rectify degradation through old farming methods.

- Alien vegetation control: removing various invasive plant species and testing the most effective methods

- Vervet monkey research: helping to observe and collect data on Vervet monkeys with students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and others
to explore how our monkeys survive in the harsh Karoo environment.

- Tracker Academy: The first ever Tracker Academy in South Africa. Volunteers spend time accompanying the tracker students and Master Tracker Pokkie Benadie on their morning walks to learn about how they interpret animals’ tracks to follow them through the bush.

- Cape Mountain Zebra population research: evaluating sex and age ratios and population density.

- Rhino monitoring and tracking on foot (both desert-adapted black and white rhino)

- Community outreach with the Vuyani Safe Haven, a centre for abused and neglected children in Graaff-Reinet.

- Ad hoc lectures from visiting academics or conservationists (subject to availability)

- Other activities: hiking, game drives, night drives, camping (weather permitting), swimming in rivers (weather permitting).

- Tours of surrounding attractions (e.g. Valley of Desolation, Addo Elephant National Park) can be arranged on request and at extra cost
Is the work dangerous?
Is there a potential risk?
Dates and Duration
The programme is ONLY open during the months of June, July and August.
2 weeks minimum
- Cheetahs
- Vervet monkey research
- Tracker Academy
- Cape Mountain Zebra population research
- Rhino monitoring and tracking on foot (both desert-adapted black and white rhino)
- Community outreach
- Ad hoc lectures
- Hiking
- Game drives
- Night drives
- Camping (weather permitting)
- Swimming in rivers (weather permitting).
Minimum Age:
Police clearance:
Special skills required:
A good positive attitude
Language requirement:
Basic English
What's included:
Airport transfers
3 meals a day
All activities on the reserve
Transport on the reserve
What's excluded:
Travel insurance
Optional weekend excursions to Graaff-Reinet or surrounding
Curio shop purchases from Karoo Lodge
Telephone calls
Items of a personal nature
Alcoholic beverages
Closest town:
Port Elizabeth
Surrounding area:
Graaff-Reinet The Karoo
Game drive vehicles on the reserve
Volunteer House
The volunteer camp can accommodate a maximum of 10 volunteers at any one time, in basic single or double rooms.

Camp facilities include a kitchen, living room, braai area, outdoor seating, Wifi, telephone and laundry.
3 meals a day