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African Elephant Research Project

Volunteering Program in South Africa

The project provides a haven for a thriving herd of African elephants, with ages ranging from playful calves to wise matriarchs. They are committed to providing exceptional care to the elephants. Through their state-of-the-art facilities, it allows them to follow the innovative concept of a free-roaming environment, carefully managed to replicate a natural habitat for their elephants.

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Project overview

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Important information

  • Trip duration: 1 – 12 weeks
  • Minimum age requirement: 17
  • Arrival days: Specific dates
  • Tour add-ons available: Yes

Price information

  • Starting from: 959€ | 820£$1019
  • Included: Transfers, accommodation, and all volunteer-related activities.
  • Excluded: Flights, insurance, and meals.

What you should know

This South African elephant park prioritizes the well-being of its rescued herd. Unlike some Asian parks, the focus here is on natural behavior and free movement, not constant interaction. Witness these majestic creatures roam, bathe, and socialize in a spacious, controlled environment.

Become an Elephant Champion:

This volunteer program offers a unique opportunity to contribute to elephant conservation. Tasks are diverse and crucial for the park’s operation:

  • Research: Observe behavior, collect data, and contribute to elephant well-being studies.
  • Animal Care: Assist elephant guides with daily tasks like food preparation, enclosure cleaning, and (if needed) basic medical care.
  • Conservation Education: Help with workshops, information events, and educational projects for visitors and neighboring schools.

Be Prepared for an Adventure:

  • Physical Fitness: Tasks can involve long observation periods and occasional manual labor.
  • Flexible Schedule: Working hours vary depending on elephant needs, with weekends sometimes required.
  • Unforgettable Experience: Witnessing elephant trust and forming a bond with these intelligent creatures is an unparalleled reward.

This program is ideal for passionate individuals who want to contribute to elephant conservation through responsible interaction.

Accommodation:

  • The accommodation is located right within the park, offering five bedrooms (sleeping 2-3 guests each) with private bathrooms.
  • Relax in the on-site library featuring a TV and fireplace, or get some work done in the dedicated office space.
  • Wi-Fi is available for you to share.

Meals:

  • For meals, you can prepare your own food in your private space, or visit the park’s on-site restaurant, open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

2024: 1-week program:

 

Month Date
May 19th
June 09th
July Fully booked
August 11th
September 22nd
October Fully booked
November 24th
December Fully booked

 

2024: 3-week+ program

Month Date
May 27th
June 17th
July 08th
August 19th
September 09th & 30th
October 21nd
November 11th
December 02nd & 23rd

Please note: 2025 intake dates available on request

How our booking process works:

Ready to start planning your adventure? We’re thrilled to have you on board as a travel partner! To get started with booking your trip, simply complete our free, no-obligation application form. You can exit the process at any point before signing our final agreement.

1. Complete application form and confirm booking details

  • You complete our free application form below.
  • One of our representatives will contact you within 24 hours and confirm the details of your desired booking
  • Once all details are confirmed, we process your application and provide provisional booking confirmation.

2. Provisional confirmation, invoice, and contract

  • Once your placement is provisionally confirmed, we send your invoice and contractual agreement.
  • A deposit payment is required and the completed contractual agreement needs to be sent back to us before we can confirm your booking.

3. Booking confirmation

  • Once we receive your booking deposit and completed contractual agremeent, we’ll provide an updated invoice (reflecting your deposit payment), confirmation letter confirming your trip details, and volunteering handbook.
  • We’ll also provide guidelines on how you should book your flights and, if required, any additional transport required during your stay.

4. Balance payment, flights, and insurance

  • The balance of your invoice is payable once month prior to your arrival.
  • You also send us a copy of your flight details and insurance before you start your trip.
  • You’ll also have access to Claim Victory’s support team WhatsApp number before you depart.

Need more information? Get in touch!

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Volunteer observing the elephant at the project in South Africa
Volunteers testing elephant samples at the project in South Africa
Elephants grazing at the volunteer program in South Africa
Volunteer evaluating samples at the elephant project in South Africa
Volunteers conducting field research at the elephant program in South Africa
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