Enkosini Eco Experience
Enkosini Eco Experience Programs
Join the Lapolosa Wilderness program of Enkosini Eco Experience. Lapolosa is a bushveld haven designed to restore the land to its original state as wilderness. Volunteers...
Enkosini Eco Experience Reviews
A Highly Recommended Volunteer Experience
Submitted by KC | June 17, 2017
If you are into conservation or just an animal lover, this is an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of African animals, and to learn their plight and what is being done to protect them. Plus, you get to work with people from all over the world and form wonderful friendships that will last beyond your time on the project. Depending on the length of your stay, you will also have time to explore a bit of the country and learn more its people and culture.
Program: Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary
Submitted by Kenzie C - Petaluma United States | November 19, 2016
I spent 2 unforgettable weeks (late October to early November) with Siyafunda, and left teary-eyed wishing I had more time. It is the kind of experience for those who really want to be in the authentic South African bush. We went on game drives to collect data twice-a-day that were always incredible-- we managed to see the entire Big 5 (and many more) in my first two days! Aside from the breath-taking wildlife, the staff and guides were exceptional. Their ability to connect with the volunteers, all while constantly educating us on everything in sight and making us feel safe in our surroundings made me feel immediately at home at Siyafunda. I was fortunate enough to spend some time at both the Bush Camp and the Research Base Camp, and I recommend doing both. Bush Camp is as authentic Africa as it gets, and it worth the experience. There is truly nothing like sleeping with Hyenas howling right outside your tent at night, which will inevitably happen at bush camp. Though you do maintenance or a project at least once a week, it is still something to look forward to, knowing that you are helping maintain the reserve for both people and animals alike. One of the best things Siyafunda is their drive to educate and immerse you with the wildlife around you. Unlike fancy lodges where you arrive at a sighting and spend maybe 2 minutes with an animal, Siyafunda guides let the volunteers determine how long we stayed at a sighting to watch the animal, which lended to some incredible sightings. Because we were able to stay at sightings, we were able to see things like a two lions and leopard fight over a warthog kill, and hyenas bravely stealing a kill from a male lion. Siyafunda leaves you feeling as though you made a difference and are connected to nature. There is no doubt that I would recommend this program to anyone of any age, and I know that you will leave with indescribable memories, lasting connections, and wishing you had more time.
Program: Makalali Game Reserve
An amazing experience for my family!
Submitted by JillW - Hong Kong | January 25, 2016
My husband, myself and our two daughters, ages 11 and 10, spent a week volunteering at Bambelela and loved every minute of it! The monkeys were amazing, the people were awesome and the work was rewarding. There were many tears when it was time to leave (I was going to say from my daughters, but who am I kidding?!?!). If you've got a good work ethic, a willingness to get dirty and have a soft spot for animals, this is the place you're looking for.
Program: Bambelela Wildlife Sanctuary
Magali , such a great volunteer project and amazing experience
Submitted by danielle rubens - Liege | January 03, 2016
Hello , My name is Dani and I live in Belgium . I want to take a few minutes to share my experience of volunteering in Makalali .
I was 52 years old when I went to Makalali and it was my first time to volunteer. I love Africa and wanted to live something different than going on safari, " Do " something to help Wildlife and conservancy.
Pick-up in Hoedspruit and first the volunteers go to the shopping center to buy some personal items so as soft drinks , candies , chips etc ; Arriving in Makalali , welcome by the staff and explaining the organisation in the camp . Accommodation is pretty nice , double shared rooms and bathroom , all located in the middle of nature , no fences .
I did 2 weeks there and it has been a wonderful experience . Go out early morning with the 4X4 for animal observing , data base of the different animals , do Bush walks , bush clearing , surviving experience with a Zulu member ( amazing and lovely man ) . The work in the camp is shared , some people make the food , other do dishes , etc , following a day plan and menu to prepare the food.
You can expect to see the big five . Some days are hard work but it is so rewarding , having the opportunity to be there , have time enough to make pictures during the daily game drives for data base .
I would definitely recommend this amazing project , wonderful experience and eye opener to protect and respect wildlife .
Thanks to the staff and other volunteers to make this experience unforgettable , Dani ( Belgium )
Program: Makalali Game Reserve
White Shark Projects
Submitted by Alex Kurth - Seattle, WA | December 03, 2015
WSP is amazing – the staff and crew are friendly and supportive, the volunteer house is cozy, the landscape is gorgeous, the no-sea days prove fun for exploring, and the sharks are everywhere!
I stayed with the program for two weeks (in September) but I wish it could’ve been longer. Getting eye-to-eye with Great Whites has been at the top of my list for years and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. My fellow volunteers were from all over the world and we had a great time bonding over volunteer work and yummy food. Along with the dive trips my group traveled to the southernmost tip of Africa, went on safari, visited an ostrich farm, participated in the Hermanus art walk (spread awareness ocean conservation), and went to the South African Shark Conservatory. I will definitely be returning in the future.
Program: Great White Shark Project