Embarking on a safari in South Africa is an exciting and eye opening experience, not only do you get to spend time in some of the most luxurious safari lodges available but you are also able to learn more about the African wildlife you see and the culture of the indigenous people found in the different areas.
But if you are looking for something more... a holiday that will allow you to engage more fully with the people or animals in the wilderness area or a holiday here you will learn more intricate details about the magnificent wildlife you can view from your game viewing vehicle, then a volunteer safari may be the safari experience for you.
Break out of the mould of being a tourist and be welcomed with open arms by the locals and indigenous wildlife. Spend time on a Big 5 safari as you would on a 'normal' safari, watching the animals at the watering hole or as they interact in their family groups, absorb the sights and sounds of the bush and then step close, into the world before you.
A volunteer tourism safari will allow you to learn the difference between different Leopard tracks or Rhino tracks, or how to identify the calls that you hear at night. Learn about the different trees found in the bush and what they can all be used for or gain an understanding of what specific smells really indicate in the bush.
A volunteer safari provides endless opportunities for you to be involved in the work, community outreach and conservation of the teams at one of the lodges, making your safari experience a far more engaging and in depth experience.
Spend time with the rangers either just observing or working with them in the area that you find the most interesting be it community outreach, where you can work with the children in the area, or wildlife conservation where you can learn about and aid the rangers in the wildlife protection initiatives.