UGANDA: Wildlife Volunteer Program

Uganda Wildlife Volunteer Program
Uganda Wildlife Volunteer Program

You want to go on a safari in Uganda? How about volunteering directly our Uganda Wildlife Volunteer Program! Wildlife conservation volunteer work will give you the opportunity to learn more about African Big 5 (leopard, rhino, lion, buffalo and elephant), protection measures and efforts and also to give the best opportunity to participate in rehabilitation programs in the bush.

The Uganda Wildlife Volunteer Program organized by Go Volunteer Africa rotates around rehabilitation of the big five in bush. If you are passionate about wild animals, this is your chance to give something back to the wildlife and make a difference in their lives.


  • 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 Ugandan safari for free

The wildlife conservation volunteer projects takes only 10 volunteers per intake, so always try to book way in advance. Volunteers can stay from 1 week to a maximum of 12 weeks on this Uganda Wildlife Volunteer Program.


Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre – set on a 72 acres piece of land, is located in Entebbe Town on the shores of Lake Victoria. The centre was established in 1952. It has over 400 indigenous wild animals, over 500 plant species and over 250 bird species in natural setting which depict three of Uganda’s ecosystems that is the wetland, the savannah and the forest.

The most of the animals in UWEC have been rescued from smugglers, poachers or the community. Many are released into the wild after a successful rehabilitation period, while others are given a new home for education purposes or due to loss of habitat in the wild which reduces their chances of survival. ‘The mandate of the centre is to rescue and rehabilitate injured, confiscated and/or orphaned wildlife.


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


Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site.


Due to human encroachment and illegal practices such as poaching, habitats and wildlife are under serious threat. Wildlife conservation volunteer projects are vitally important in the effort to keep wildlife protected and healthy. Volunteers are key in this effort, and can help enormously by mapping habitats and working with local communities to ensure conservation efforts are put in place.

This Uganda Wildlife Volunteer Program gives you a real and unfiltered look into Africa’s incredible iconic wildlife. But unlike a tourist safari, you play an active and meaningful role in the research and long term conservation of Uganda’s natural resources in this stunning region of the world.


No special skills or qualifications are required to join wildlife conservation volunteer work, as all training will be provided by our fully qualified field teams. All we ask is an enthusiasm to learn and become fully involved and immersed in this unique opportunity.


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 Uganda volunteering program.


Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering program in Uganda. 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.


For volunteers working with our wildlife conservation project in Uganda, accommodation will be provided in game reserve 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.


Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves children, youth, women 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!


Visitors to Uganda must obtain a visa on arrival to Uganda or from one of the Ugandan diplomatic missions, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months. Uganda began issuing electronic visas (e-Visa) on 1 July 2016. Passengers who have been issued an e-visa must travel with a printed e-visa confirmation

Electronic visas are expected to replace the visa on arrival facility. As a temporary measure, passengers who have not applied for an e-visa on line, will still be able to apply for their e-visa on arrival in Uganda. However, facilities will be very limited and passengers may experience delays. The 90-day East African Tourist Visa is also available on arrival, which is valid for Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda if first used in the country that issued the visa.


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.


Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Uganda 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!


Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: ——————
Start Dates: 2nd or 16th of the month
Arrival dates: 1st or 15th of the month
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: Wildlife Hostels / Game Reserve Hostel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Game Reserves
Language: English


Per Day
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
2 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Support
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged on request)
Apply Now
2 Weeks
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
2 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Support
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged on request)
Apply Now


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