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I was with Askari for eight weeks. While participating in all the programmes activities, I was also able (and helped) to collect samples for my MSc thesis. Overall the time with Askari was the best time of my life. I enjoyed every single moment of it. From the encounters with all the majestic animals in the reserve, to digging the waterholes, controlling alien plants, bush walking and the braais! The team is unbelievably talented and caring, sharing their knowledge with us at all times and helping us whenever it was needed. Thank you Wellex, Lindiwe and Thandi for making sure we are comfortable at the Askari house and thank you to Katie, Bronwyn and Stuart for making us feel at...

Askari is an amazing place! All the staff have an immense knowledge and are passionate about wilderness conservation. You can’t help but be ignited by it and it makes you feel good that you have contributed in some small way. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and will do anything they can to assist in anything you may need or want to know. Katie, the manager of the Askari Programme is sensational and the cornerstone of creating a family culture that you know you will always belong to. If you have a passion for wilderness and a thirst for knowledge, I can’t recommend this place enough. I can’t wait to come back!...

Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme is run by an energetic, passionate team of people on Pidwa Reserve, a 17500 hectare reserve diverse in animals, birds and flora. I was a second time volunteer and loved my month-long stay just as much as the first time. The accommodation is comfortable, the food is tasty and filling, our duties as a team were easy, our work on the reserve was safe, manual, rewarding and our guide worked along us. We looked forward to the exercise after spending hours spotting the antelopes, lions and eagles in the game viewer. What we learnt from our guides was incredible; tracking animals, plants, snakes, spiders, safety bushcraft etc… And we had fun! With our team, with the...

My third time at Askari and the project goes a little deeper into my heart again. I love this place, I love the ethos, the authenticity, the genuine conservationists and I love how I feel when I’m here. Every part of the project, from the boots on the ground labour activities to the plethora of wildlife focussed day trips and on site game drives, fulfils my need to be out in the bush contributing to conservation. Stu and Bron have stepped into Katies’ shoes while she’s been on maternity leave and have done her proud. I leave a piece of my heart here once again as I fly home....

Don’t hesitate for a second to come here! It’s a crazy experience at every level. First, you stay in such a gorgeous place and have amazing sightings. Then, you be with dedicated and amazing guides, they will be your family. Finally, the human adventure, this is the most amazing one! You will live the best moments of your life with unbelievable encounters! In one word, just go! It is the most amazing experience of a life! Thank you very much for what you made me live!...

I will leave Askari in less than 36 hours and my heart is really heavy and sad. I’ve been here for three months and I have the impression that I arrived only two days ago. Every day at Askari was just magical and amazing. Before coming, you think you will have a nice experience but never can you imagine what you are going to experience. Askari is more than a volunteering project, it’s a way of living, of learning, of understanding. Your heart will beat every day, every hour, not only because you will see wild animals but also because you will meet amazing and passionate people. You will get involved in wildlife protection, you will learn so many things...

My stay at Askari was a wonderful experience. Life in the bush was an amazing experience and it was nice to join like-minded people in this adventure. This is a great , reasonably active way to see nature and the bush in an enjoyable, extended way, while doing a little bit to help the planet and wilderness. Recommended for all!...

I really enjoyed my stay at Askari. The Askari team mainly consisted of Katie, Bron and Stuart. I really appreciated their approach, their passion for animals and wildlife conservation. They are very passionate about their work and are always willing to share their knowledge and anecdotes. As a wilderness enthusiast since my childhood, I came out of this experience enriched! The outings (museum, boat, Kruger National Park) enhance the enriching stay. I strongly recommend to people who want to learn and understand more about African wildlife. It was a great star at Askari!...

This internship/volunteering has been the best experience of my life! This was the first time that I travelled alone for my vet studies and I was just amazed day by day by the animals we discovered. I have got so many great moments that I will always remember, from seeing the lions up close, to seeing such young hyaena pups on our trip to Kruger (so curious and cute!) to having an elephant herd surround us, it was so beautiful! In the final week, we had an unexpected visit from a wildlife vet to assist with an injured cheetah, I am so grateful for that! I made new friends, we had lots of hilarious moments. The braai rendez-vous around the...

I have no words to say how amazing the experience at Askari was… Being in the bush every day with three passionate guides, learning about animals, birds, trees, South Africa, tracks etc is exceptional! I also learnt so many things about reserve management. How hard it is to maintain a good balance. Even at the house, everything is done to keep us comfy, safe and happy. More than animal sightings, it is a human experience! Thanks again for all you’ve done for us, the thought, teaching, the bush stories, the braais!! I felt really involved in the wilderness conservation programme at Askari. I didn’t expect that much! It’s an amazing experience and I recommend this programme without any hesitation! Thank...

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