Volunteer with elephants in Botswana

Volunteering with Animals in Botswana for Over 50s

Help protect wildlife in the wild heart of the African bush

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

Start Dates: 

Throughout the year

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks

Age: 

50 or over


Is Wildlife Conservation in Botswana right for me?

Do you dream of seeing the world's most spectacular scenery? Do you want to spend your days volunteering with wildlife? If you're over 50 and answered yes, then volunteering with animals in Botswana is for you!

Imagine living deep in the heart of the African wilderness, surrounded by the sounds of nature. 

You don't need any experience to join this project as an older volunteer. Conservation workers will guide your journey, helping you spot and protect endangered animals in Botswana.

We've designed this project for over 50s. You'll follow a structured itinerary with set activities. Staff will be on hand to help and support you, 24/7. They can also recommend trips if you'd like to explore beyond the reserve.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse yourself in Botswana's wilderness. There are few things more rewarding than staying in stunning surroundings while helping to protect vulnerable animals.

Volunteer with animals in Botswana, including lions

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 travelling 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 programmes analyse 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 behaviour.


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 travellers around the campfire. You can also explore beyond the campsite with the guidance of local staff.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Botswana Arrival Procedures page.


What are the aims of Wildlife Conservation for over 50s in Botswana?

The aim of this project is to preserve the ecological wellbeing of the area and ensure the survival of precious wildlife species. In particular, you’ll monitor keystone species like elephants, leopards, and hyenas.

Over the last few years, wildlife populations in Tuli have decreased. This is largely due to growing human activity in the region. Increases in illegal hunting and poaching, as well as land degradation, have also contributed.

As an older volunteer, your research, construction work, and anti-poaching initiatives will help protect and preserve local wildlife.

The ultimate goal of Wildlife Conservation in Botswana is to create a conservation area protected by law. We are working on this with other game reserves and national parks in the area.

A Wildlife volunteer in Botswana

Management plans

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.


Food and accommodation

Accommodation

Where you’ll stay: For an off-the-beaten-track adventure, you’ll stay in a shared tent at our Tuli base camp. Prepare to experience the thrill of camping in the African bushveld. The campsite is within walking distance of your placement.

Comfort level: Embrace modest, simple living. The campsite is clean with hot showers and electricity from solar-powered charging stations. There’s no Wi-Fi, so connect with nature and your fellow travellers instead!

Who you’ll live with: You’ll share your tent with other Wildlife Conservation volunteers. By sharing with like-minded travellers, you can bond over your passion for wildlife and form friendships during social activities.

Learn more about our accommodation.

Food

Daily meals: Your programme fee includes three meals a day. Out in the bushveld, you can expect basic but satisfying dishes. Be sure to eat enough because you’ll need your energy to explore this vast and rugged landscape.

Dietary requirements: Local staff can cater to a wide range of dietary preferences. We can provide vegetarian, vegan, and halal food. We’ll do our best to ensure you have a wide variety of delicious food, no matter what diet you follow.

Botswanan cuisine: You’ll eat like a local as you sample traditional food from Botswana. The national dish of Botswana is Seswaa. This beef stew uses every part of the cow, ensuring that nothing goes to waste. Cooked low and slow, it gets maximum flavour from the cheapest cuts, making it perfect for celebrations. Staple foods include maize, rice, and porridge.


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.


This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options, fundraising advice, and scholarships available.

Looking to do more than one project? Get discounted prices when you combine projects or destinations!

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