Shamwari Conservation Experience

We offer the ultimate experiences for volunteers, gap-year, adult sabbatical and adventure seekers on offer!

Participate to conserve a vanishing way of life!

The Shamwari Conservation Experience is supported by a very diverse support base, including volunteers, gap-year, adult sabbatical and adventure seeking travellers and takes participants behind the scenes and exposes them to the several daily aspects involved in the conservation management of Shamwari Private Game Reserve.  Participants are exposed to short and long-term projects which are by outcome, intended to create sustainability for generations to come.  Tasks may vary from physical work to interesting and interactive lecture based content.  There are several monitoring projects which assist in capturing vital information used in the research and management of all species on the reserve.

The experience is diverse and structured, yet not pre-scheduled as a result of the nature of working in and around wildlife and a reliance on prevailing conditions.  Visits to the Born Free Foundation, Big Cat Rescue and Educational Centres and Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (WRC) are undertaken to educate and expose participants as to these initiatives and what they are attempting to achieve.  

This is carried out in accordance and to suit the requirements to manage and host the big cats and other animals deemed to have a chance of being rescued, rehabilitated and released back into the wild.  With a core drive and focus on conservation and keeping wildlife in the wild, we operate with a no-touch policy for animals unless approved under incumbent veterinary procedure and otherwise as part of the professional animal care of non-predators, under the watchful eye of qualified vet nurse. Participating in activities at the centres is not guaranteed.

Our facilities include accommodation with twin-bedded, en suite rooming (shower, toilet and basin) dining and common lounging areas, with swimming pool and boma (an outdoor enclosure often used for communing around a fire) areas.  Average stays vary from between 2 to 12 weeks, with recommendation of a longer stay on request for availability.  Although uncommon and room or facility changes are averted, participants may be moved during their stay as a result of operation requirements.  Large groups will be accommodated with 3 or 4 per room.  Individuals and smaller groups are accommodated with 2 people per room at Madolos.  

With a minimum stay of two consecutive weeks, start dates are any Monday, on availability and by time schedule.  Operations run from approximately 9am to 5pm daily.  Evenings are at leisure, with any need for early morning or late-night activities dependent on the tasks at hand.  Our conservation work generally runs in-week from Monday to Friday or as is required by the operations of the reserves’ conservation efforts, therefore participants may be asked to assist and conduct related weekend activities from time to time. 

Weekends are at leisure with a host of extra-mural activities and adventure activities available.  We can advise and supply information on locally registered adventure and leisure operators, who can offer you a host of great off-site extra mural activities.  These range from cultural tours to adventures activities which include canoeing, quad biking, and horse riding on the beach, to the likes of inter-tidal coastal and marine tours.  These offsite activities are undertaken on an elective basis and at cost to the client.  Should our guests not elect to travel off site, they are welcome to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that living on a game reserve has to offer.  We even offer spa treatments from a therapist we have trained as part of our community enrichment programmes!