There are three large, malaria-free, Big Five game reserves in North West Province. Pilanesberg National Park, set inside an ancient volcanic crater, and family-friendly Madikwe Game Reserve further north are situated in a transition zone that attracts a large variety of wildlife that is not often found side by side. The Kalahari Conservation Area is characterized by Kalahari bushveld and offers volunteers the opportunity to work on conservation projects with some of Africa's most threatened and endangered species.

Located inside the crater of an extinct volcano, Pilanesberg National Park is situated in an ecological transition zone between the dry Kalahari bushveld and lush Lowveld. Besides the Big 5, much of the wildlife native to southern Africa can be found here, including the rare African wild dog, Sable, Roan and Tsessebe antelope and more than 360 species of bird.

Madikwe, one of South Africa's largest Big Five private game reserves, is a popular malaria-free destination for families and small groups who want to avoid the crowds. Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles and the diverse landscape which ranges from grasslands and thick riverine bush to wooded koppies and thorny bushveld scrub sustains a wide variety of wildlife. Some of the mammals you're likely to encounter on your game drives are lion, elephant, rhino, African buffalo, leopard, giraffe, zebra, kudu, impala, springbok, oryx, brown and spotted hyena and African wild dogs

Those who want to break free from the tourist mould and experience Africa's unique wildlife while contributing to conservation efforts can volunteer at the Kalahari Conservation Area. There, they can explore the wilds of the Kalahari, get involved in wildlife research activities and enjoy some of the best opportunities throughout South Africa to encounter cheetah, African wild dog, black rhino, brown hyena, bat-eared fox, Cape fox, aardvark, aardwolf, pangolin and the iconic black-maned lions of the Kalahari.

We recommend spending at least two nights in one of the province's game reserves. Speak to us about your wishlist and we'd be more than happy to design a custom tour to suit your budget and requirements.

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7 Day Wildlife Volunteer Safari
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Our 7 Day Wildlife Volunteer Safari takes you to a sprawling tourist-free Big Five private game reserve in South Africa's untamed Kalahari. Sleep in comfortable safari tents on raised platforms under millions of stars at night and participate in hands-on wildlife conservation activities and fieldwork with qualified rangers and conservationists during the day. This is an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime, malaria-free, eco-safari experience.