African Conservation ExperienceYear Out Group member since 2002
About African Conservation Experience
African Conservation Experience are the most well-established conservation travel company operating in southern Africa today.
Since 1999, we have enabled thousands of gap year travellers fulfil their ambition of working hands-on with Africa’s iconic wildlife.
As experts in the fields of conservation and zoology, we take great care to match each traveller to the most suitable experiences for their personal ambitions. This can make all the difference if you’re thinking about a university application or future career, as well as enjoying your gap year to the full.
We’re working to create a brighter future for Africa’s wildlife. We think the best way to do this is by empowering people to gain first-hand experience of wildlife conservation.
Step off the beaten track and into the heart of real wildlife conservation
Experiences for everyone
African Conservation Experience cater for all types of gap year traveller – animal lovers who want to help save Africa’s wildlife, challenge-seekers looking to discover a fascinating corner of the world, and individuals pursuing a career in wildlife-based professions.
To help you find your ideal experience, we offer a personal consultation service before you book, to talk about your unique goals and ambitions for your gap year.
Safety and support
As gap year specialists, African Conservation Experience understand the importance of peace of mind to younger travellers (not to mention their families back home!). Thanks to our experienced staff and safety procedures, we have an exemplary track record. We also employ a skilled support crew on the ground in South Africa to provide 24/7 assistance.
Challenge yourself… and build your CV
Volunteering with wildlife in Africa is an exciting and meaningful way to discover this amazing part of the world, make new friends, and build your confidence. What’s more, the skills and experiences you pick up in Africa can really make your university or job application jump off the page when you get home. African Conservation Experience can even provide references and organise recognised placements by universities internationally to help you take the next step in your journey… wherever it may lead.
Make a lasting difference
As a traveller with African Conservation Experience, it isn’t just your time and energy you’ll contribute. From hydrophones to helicopters, your placement fee will help projects invest in vital new facilities. In fact, much of the marvellous conservation work that happens in southern Africa simply wouldn’t be possible without conservation travellers.
“People welcome our travellers like part of the family. Because that’s exactly what they are.”
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