Testimonials

I didn’t really know what to expect when I booked my trip to Askari, but after 2 days in the reserve I knew I made the right choice. Pidwa is amazing in so many points and particularly for its principles conserving wildlife. It comforted me in my desires to seek further in nature conservation and environmental protection. It made me discover a whole new world where I found purpose to my actions. More over, the staff is incredible. Always open minded, amazingly knowledgeable, really good teachers, funny….I can’t thank Askari enough for this wonderful project and I truly hope to come back soon....

I came for the first time to Africa. It was a dream…thanks to Askari Wilderness programme, it became a passion. All the activities I participated in were filled with knowledge, I learnt a lot here and I will continue to work for programmes like Askari. Katie and Robbie are amazing, kind, patient and passionate. It was a pleasure to discover Africa and this programme with them....

Staying at Askari was a fantastic adventure… Unlike travel or safaris, we are here to help, to learn and to make a difference for the south African wildlife and environment… while having as much fun as we would during a travel/ safari…! Askari purposes are noble and ethical, and the staff make us feel like we are a part of this big project… Every day is a new adventure, you never know what wild animals you’re gonna encounter on the road, but you can see a big part of the south Africa wildlife! The staff is very nice, involved and passionate and transform a lot of activities into fun games and little contests… Thank you so much Katie and Robbie (and...

Askari has been a great experience for me and I am delighted to have been able to help with this wonderful project. I met incredible volunteers and all the staff were great with us. I learned a lot from Katie and Robbie and I want to thank them a thousand times for their patience and knowledge. I hope that other reserves in South Africa will take the example of Pidwa for the protection of wildlife....

At Askari, I have spent an amazing 4 weeks contribution to conserving and protecting the local plants and animals. All while learning a lot and having an absolute blast with the group of volunteers and the lovely staff. A month truly flies by but at least we’re going home with a wealth of new knowledge, experience and friends. It’s an incredibly rewarding and fun experience, I cannot recommend it enough....

The days feel long, but the weeks go by way too fast. This coming from someone who couldn’t go to a friends house for a sleepover without getting homesick. I think I can safely say that I have never felt so comfortable away from home being here. Katie, Robbie and the rest of the staff here are so unbelievably knowledgeable, in an area that even as environmental student, goes far beyond what we know, and yet they see us and treat us as equals. They seemed just as eager to learn from us as we did from them. I felt completely safe during my time here and would happily come back in a heartbeat. Thank you for sharing this beautiful place...

Askari really provided me with the basic knowledge of the South African bush. All of the staff were knowledgeable and approachable. My time spent here was extremely worthwhile and I would do it a million times more ! Words really can’t describe how surreal this experience was for me...

Askari was, you can say, "a dream come true". The early mornings were nothing in comparison to the joy I felt making a difference. The satisfaction received when doing the smallest of tasks was unlike anything I've done before. All staff, Robbie, Katie were so helpful. I feel like I've learned more and made more of a difference in my 2 week stay than I have through my career thus far. I love this place and will definitely return....

I knew my time at Askari would be incredible, but I never imagined it would change the course of my life. Feeling inspired and commited to conservation above all other paths....

Dr. Ian player describes "Wilderness as a blueprint of what creation was about in the beginning. When all the plants and trees and animals were magnetic, fresh from the hands of whatever created them". Askari is the window between civilization and wilderness. They give you a glimpse of beauty in a safe confortable and informative environment. When working with Askari you build a connection or bond, not only with your team but also with the landscape. No words can describe the emotions felt with each sunset or the excitement of a mammal sighting. From my experience, Askari will be a lifetime memory....