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Testimonials

I enjoy very much my time at Askari. It was amazing to live in the bush during one month with Katie & Robbie and my great team of volunteers. I saw lots of animals and I learned a lot of things everyday. I will never forget my experience at Askari. Also, I found a lot of friends and I improve my English. The activities are very varied and interesting. Katie & Robbie take time to explain very good a lot of things about the bush & wilderness. The night outside was a really fun and amazing experience. I thank them a lot for their generosity, their knowledge, their good mood and their kindness. I wish the best to Askari, Katie...

This trip was absolutely amazing. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and definitely knew a lot about everything to do with the reserve. It was amazing to see all the different animals and their behaviours. It was also interesting to learn about the different ecosystems and observe how different the topography was here compared to back home. Overall, this was an absolutely incredible trip that I will always remember....

I went into this trip without really doing any research but always knew it was going to be a once in a lifetime experience and it sure did deliver that. I knew it was going to be extra special when we had an elephant come close to the game viewer on our second day in. And after spending 2 ½ days at Kruger it really hit home how lucky we were here at Askari and Pidwa and the seeing the animals here in our day to day activities. Absolutely loved the hand on approach, whether it was the jobs we had to do or being involved with darting a sick animal with the vet or setting up a camera trap...

I came here with the hopes of expanding my knowledge and education around conservation and wildlife/ecosystem management. I never expected the programme to go above and beyond everything I hoped for, not only allowing me to not only expand my knowledge but also now very close with a group of individuals I have been here with....

I had an amazing time here and learned so much more than I could have ever expected to. I loved how hands on all the activities were and how knowledgeable and easy to get along with the staff are. I have definitely had some of the best days of my life in these last couple of weeks at Askari!...

Askari was an amazing experience! I really enjoyed this project which is very well organised. I have learnt a lot of information about reserve management and wildlife thanks to Katie & Robbie who are very welcoming and knowledgeable. I have also discovered a lot of different activities. Every day, which was very enriching. I highly recommend this project for anyone who wants to discover life in the bush. Thank you very much Katie & Robbie for your kindness, your good mood, your jokes, your patience and all very interesting information you taught me! I couldn’t hope for such a rewarding experience!...

Askari has been the absolute best experience of my life. It has been a dream of mine to work in South Africa since I could ever remember and to have been able to live out that dream here with Katie and Robbie has been extraordinary. The programme consists of some very hard conservational jobs but is made all worth it when you get to see the wild animals enjoying the wilderness being saved by the hard work and dedication. Another amazing aspect to this programme is that I feel like I have made friends for life in such a short spaced of time. We become such a team that it allows you, even people who are introverts, to flourish and...

I really liked my stay at Askari, the work you do for the nature and animals to fix stuff gives you a really good feeling. Also the purpose of Askari, is really nice. Become one with all of the things here all the people are so nice and friendly they make you feel at home! If you can I would really go here. I hope I will come back sometime here....

Volunteering at Askari has been, perhaps, the most rewarding experience of my life. I’ve seen so many amazing things and on top of that I’ve been a part of a huge, unique and very important (I believe) project concerning environmental initiatives. Being an environmental student, it has been exhilarating to see the work being done in Pidwa. I hope to see more places use the same approach as Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme. Our wild places are disappearing at an alarming rate, but Askari seems to be on the fore front of the battle against the loss of the wild. It’s been such a pleasure to be part of this. Conservation really came alive for me here. Such an inspiration. Thank...

Askari has been truly a life changing experience that’s made me reflect on my own career and future efforts in conservation. Askari has wonderfully knowledgeable staff and truly work hard to ensure that they have the ecosystem structure and function in mind within all aspects of the work day. From every level of ecology, individual, population and community and how their actions affect the environment. Askari truly cares for the restoration and conservation of the South African bushveld. I would highly recommend this volunteer opportunity for environmentalist students to expand their hard and soft skills here....