Shamwari Conservation Experience

Shamwari Game Reserve is best known as an award winning luxury safari destination. Additionally, we offer exhilarating opportunities for volunteers, to get behind-the-scenes and involved with various conservation efforts of the game reserve.


The Shamwari Conservation Experience unit offers volunteers, gap-year, adult sabbatical and adventure seeking travellers a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in various tasks, with a key focus on the conservation of wildlife, ecological and community work.

As a pioneer and leader in demonstrating how the sustainable conservation of wildlife, fauna and flora can be achieved through Eco Tourism, individuals and school, college and university groups from the world over, come to join our team of dedicated individuals who are passionate about nature and all it has to offer.

Tasks vary from physical work to interesting and interactive lecture based content on a host of wildlife management related subjects. There are several monitoring projects which assist in capturing vital information used in the research and management of species on reserve.

Hands-On Help

Behind the scenes, exposure through visits to the Born Free Foundation’s Big Cat Rescue and Education Centre for Lions and Leopards and Shamwari ARC (Animal Rehabilitation Centre) are undertaken. Additionally, with several other tasks, which range from tracking and monitoring large predators and herbivores to capturing information about smaller creatures.

Community Interaction

Furthermore, an important part of our social responsibility is incorporating the local community. We aim to improve the lives of those living in and around the reserve through education and work opportunities.

Our conservation work generally runs from Monday to Friday. Weekends are at leisure with a host of extra mural and adventure activities available for those who wish to opt for several off site activities. These can range from cultural tours to adventure activities, including canoeing, quad biking and horseback riding on the beach, to the likes of great white shark marine tours. These off-site activities are undertaken on an elective basis and at financial cost to client.

Conserving a Vanishing Way of Life

We’d appreciate your support and assistance through participation, without which our award winning achievements, past, present and for the future, would simply not be viable and sustainable.

Should you be interested in joining us or learning more about what this unique experience has to offer, please refer to our website on and follow us on Facebook on to engage with our team and gain insight from present and past-participants.