BOTSWANA: Community Volunteering Safaris

Botswana volunteering safaris
Botswana volunteering safaris

There are so many unique community volunteering safaris in Botswana where you can give back and experience the highlights of this beautiful country. Go Volunteer Africa offers exciting and meaningful Botswana community volunteering safaris from 7 days stay or more along with weekend excursions for the volunteers. For many, a highlight of their elevate safari is the chance to get involved locally and lend a hand.

Go Volunteer Africa’s participants will explore some of the attractions Botswana has to offer during their stay with us. Volunteers will discover Botswana at its best and go on a trip to some of the most famous spots of cultural and historical significance in Botswana.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Work with lions, elephants, leopards, rhino and  buffaloes and more
  • Save, rehabilitate and help wild animals back into the wild.
  • Learn more about wildlife and conservation
  • Live right in the middle of the game reserves, surrounded by wildlife
  • Enjoy night game drives and endless Botswana safaris
  • Work with a conservation project
  • Work with a construction and building project
  • Get involved with childcare project
  • Participate in our education and teaching project
  • Work with the agriculture project
  • Work with medical/healthcare project
  • Volunteer with a women empowerment project
  • Volunteer with a youth empowerment project
  • Volunteer with a sports development project
  • And so many other projects

Embarking on a Botswana community volunteering safari organized by Go Volunteer Africa allows you to experience two sides of a fascinating country – its local people and its world-renowned safari offerings. You’ll get involved with meaningful grassroots projects then unpack your binoculars for a first-class, eco-safari experience.

PROJECTS LOCATION:

Maun is a town on the Thamalakane River in northern Botswana. Maun is the “tourism capital” of Botswana. It’s the jumping-off point for the vast inland Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush wildlife habitat during the seasonal floods. In the delta, safari camps dot the Moremi Game Reserve, which is home to hippos, lions and rhinos. In the town, the Nhabe Museum features local art, plus history and culture exhibits about the surrounding Ngamiland region.

AIRPORTS FOR ARRIVAL:

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Maun International Airport in Maun City. A member of staff from our local partner organization from Maun will meet you on arrival at Airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Botswana has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

ORIENTATION:

On the second day, our Coordinator will give an orientation about the project you will be working on. You will be using your talents and skills to promote the sustainability of threatened and endangered species and their habitats in Botswana through education, applied conservation research and effective management while learning about the culture and customs of the local Batswana people. You will surely be assisting with on-going programs in need of a helping hand.

PROJECT DETAILS:

This volunteer travel Program in Botswana is exclusively designed for those who have limited time to safari and volunteer in Botswana. This is a combination of volunteer work and long weekend safari to Moremi Game Reserve, and a very flexible volunteer program suitable for any type of volunteer traveler, from solo, groups, family and business-focused traveler who would like to make some positive contribution to the life of people.

Botswana community volunteering safaris offer an amazing experience and volunteers will have to teach, arrange recreational activities, support childcare projects, get involved in women empowerment programs, wildlife conservation, getting involved in renovations/building programs, teaching basic computer skills to children & youth and or get involved with our healthcare services program for the nursing/dental/medical professionals.

Volunteers are placed in secure and breathtaking locations for the duration of their Botswana volunteer safari trip. Bring your enthusiasm, team spirit and flexibility to work where needed while volunteering and living at the heart of a community. Go Volunteer Africa welcomes volunteers from all walks of life to be a part of this incredible special travel and volunteering journey in Botswana where one can work with children in local schools and support homes and get involved in various community outreach development programs.

GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:

Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Botswana wildlife conservation volunteering project.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteer work in Botswana. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.

RESEARCH WORK AND SURVEYS:

Contribute to a greater understanding of this wilderness area by conducting mammal and bird surveys, learning about the migration of different species at different times of the year, and building knowledge about resident individuals and herds. Monitor camera traps and document nocturnal activities. All of this data feeds into the broader management planning of the area and contributes to the ultimate goal of a larger conservation area.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

For volunteers working in Maun, accommodation will be provided in safari tents or volunteer dorms/hostel which are both basic but comfortable. At some point volunteers might be on the move throughout the entire game reserve and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures.

Bathrooms are usually shared and you have access to a kitchen to prepare your meals. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies. At the volunteer camp site, you will live in the middle of nature and wildlife, a very memorable experience. At night, lions can be heard roaring accompanied by the patter of herds of animals roaming outside your tent.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves nature, wildlife and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

VISAS:

Visitors to Botswana must obtain a visa from one of the Botswana diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for visa on arrival. All visitors must hold passports valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date. Holders of passports of the following jurisdictions do not require a visa to visit Botswana for up to 90 days (within a 12-month period): All European Union citizens, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Iceland, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

INSURANCE:

You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.

WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:

Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Botswana has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability: All Year round
Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age:  Families are welcome
Start Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Host Family or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Maun
Language: English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

7 Days
$860
Volunteer & Safari
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
4 Days Volunteering
3 Days Wildlife Safari
In-country Emergency Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off
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14 Days
$$1,720
Volunteer & Safari
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
8 Days of Volunteering
6 Days Wildlife Safari
In-country Emergency Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off
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APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:

Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us