You would like to experience the South African wilderness and at the same time contribute to wildlife conservation efforts in the country? Then become part of a fascinating volunteer project and help preserve endangered wild animals and ecosystems in South Africa! 


As a volunteer you’ll be involved in various theoretical as well as practical units. Theory lessons teach you valuable species conservation knowledge –practical lessons give you the chance to gather hands-on experience in data collection and analysis while being out in the field. Together with your team of international volunteers and experienced conservationists you’ll dedicate yourself to intense research activities, working in a 11.000 ha free-roaming reserve. You’ll be involved in fence and wildlife monitoring, reserve maintaining, amphibian research as well as White Rhino dominance and territoriality research. Moreover, you are given the chance to acquire crucial “bush skills”, important for living and surviving in the wilderness, as part of special training units.

Take part in a dedicated volunteer project in the wilderness of Southern Africa, experience real conservation work and go on a journey you’ll never forget! 


You and the other volunteer stay together at a hotel at the Hartenbos Seafront, not far away from Mossel Bay. The accommodation is apartment style with two bedrooms and additional bunk beds in the common area. Each apartment also has a self-catering kitchen with cutlery and cookware available as well as satellite TV with limited channels. Volunteers are usually separated by sex.

The accommodation also provides daily housekeeping, security, WiFi, a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool. At the nearby Hartenbos Seefront you can find additional restaurants, shops, a gym, bars and other amenities are located. A laundromat is available on site.


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About us

NATUCATE is a German agency, specialized in voluntary work, field guide training, nature-oriented educational courses and internships with a focus on nature and species conservation as well as animal protection. Moreover, we create and organize individual sabbaticals; commitment for nature conservation and personal development being in the centre. Sustainable and responsible traveling, so-called ecotourism, as well as nature and adventure travel are further areas of expertise.

Our projects, courses and tours, fulfilling high sustainability standards, enable people – from graduates to best agers – to make an active contribution to protecting and conserving endangered species and ecosystems and, at the same time, to broaden their personal horizon. 

Dates, Service, Cost


The project runs all year round, with a break over Christmas and New Year. Starting dates are very flexible. You can start any day of the week.


  • Placement in the project
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Risk coverage certificate
  • Airport transfer
  • Project handbook
  • Accommodation throughout the project
  • Breakfast
  • Mon – Fri: Lunch
  • Conservation fees/reserve entry fees
  • Excursions
  • Training
  • Project-related transfers
  • English-speaking instruction and support by long-term experienced conservationists
  • 24/7 support throughout the project


  • 2 weeks: 1.400 EUR
  • 4 weeks: 2.650 EUR

Find out more or reserve your place