Review of Big 5 Reserve with Lion and Tiger Conservation

Recent feedback from wildlife volunteer Emma, 22 years old, from her trip to the Big 5 Reserve with Lion and Tiger Conservation project:-

The overall experience was outstanding. I thought three weeks would be enough, but I could have stayed out there longer…..

wildlife volunteer with lions in South Africa
The most adorable white lion cub

From the start, the booking experience with Amanzi Travel was very helpful and hassle-free and all my numerous questions were answered quickly, thank you Gemma!

The staff at the reserve itself, were so easy to get along with, and went out of their way to make your trip a wonderful one. They were also very knowledgeable and I learnt some very odd and interesting facts. The work was very conservation based, and tough sometimes, but you felt like you were really making a difference, which made getting up in the morning easy!

The accommodation was fantastic and the housekeepers were super friendly and went out of their way to make everything clean and comfortable for you.

wildlife volunteer with rhinos in South Africa
Helping to conserve the rhino

I think the volunteer projects were very valuable to both the community and wildlife, especially the fence clearing and fence removal, as these actively make a difference to what happens to the wildlife within the reserve.


The Best Bits

I had a lot of fun, but by far the best was game capturing Blesbok and babysitting the baby white lion cub. She was the most adorable thing in the world.

The weekend excursions were always fun, and your in-house coordinator at the reserve will help you to do anything you wish to do. For instance I did the world highest bridge bungee jump, went horse riding and great white shark diving.

wildlife conservation with elephants in South Africa
Wildlife conservation helping this baby elephant

I would recommend trying to experience as much as you can whilst you’re over there, because South Africa is a beautiful place.

It was an amazing experience that has made me eager to volunteer again. I met some amazing people and did some amazing things whilst in South Africa. I will get saving and I will be visiting again. Thank you so much for all your help.”

So, if you would love to be a part of this amazing project to help conserve African wildlife, please give the Amanzi Travel team a call on +44 (0)117 253 0888 or email

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A truly life changing experience, working on wildlife and community volunteering projects in Africa over eight years ago, convinced Gemma Whitehouse to give up her job as a Marketing Manager for an international organisation and use her skills and expertise to set up a company that would offer others the same amazing opportunities with a service second to none - thus Amanzi Travel was born.

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