At a glance
- Live on a beautiful wildlife conservation reserve, close to the Limpopo River
- Join efforts to help protect vulnerable species, including elephants, lions, and giraffes
- Work directly with conservation experts and fellow wildlife volunteers
- Immerse yourself in Botswana's incredible rural culture
Throughout the yearSee Dates
50 or over
Maintain waterholes and dams
Botswana’s national motto of Pula! (let there be rain) reveals just how much water means to the country’s people and wildlife. Water is the source of all life, but it is often scarce in Botswana.
You’ll help by drilling boreholes, repairing water tanks, building dams, and digging waterholes. These will collect water during the wet season and store it to keep animals hydrated during the dry season.
As a Wildlife Conservation volunteer in Botswana, you'll be helping animals survive droughts by providing life-saving water.
Track and survey wildlife
Botswana is home to a large and diverse range of animals. The most exciting part of traveling to Africa as an older volunteer is spotting these creatures in their natural habitat. Along with conservation guides, you'll venture out into Botswana’s wilderness to spot some of the country's amazing animals.
Look out for Africa’s greatest wildlife, including lions, leopards, and elephants.
By tracking their movements, you'll help conservation workers monitor their populations. This helps them detect the most endangered species and form action plans to protect them.
This is more than a safari: your work as an animal conservation volunteer will contribute to the protection of keystone species. These are the species that have a large effect on their ecosystem, meaning their survival is essential for other animals in the region.
Join anti-poaching patrols
Our volunteer programs analyze and attempt to redress global issues. In Botswana, illegal poaching for bush meat is a widespread problem. Through this conservation volunteer opportunity for older adults, you will become part of the solution.
You'll spend some of your time in Botswana on anti-poaching patrols. Along with other wildlife volunteers and staff, you'll find and remove snares. Over the course of your project, this could save hundreds of lives.
Set up camera traps
Many animals are active at night and wary of humans. The best way to monitor wildlife is through the use of camera traps. You’ll install these camera traps in key locations and collect the footage. This will allow you to observe animals without disturbing them.
This footage will be passed on to local conservation workers so that they can better understand animal movements and behavior.
Where in Botswana will I work?
The Tuli Block
Located on the banks of the Limpopo River, you’ll find yourself in the very heart of the Botswanan bush. You’ll live on a reserve in Tuli, the wild home of elephants, zebra, crocodiles, hyenas, and more.
This reserve spans over 20,000 hectares of vast and unspoiled land. Prepare to explore the untamed African wilderness.
In the evenings, you can connect with staff and fellow travelers around the campfire. You can also explore beyond the campsite with the guidance of local staff.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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