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Greater Kruger Conservation Project

This project is a fantastic opportunity to assist with real African conservation effort no matter your experience. The project provides conservation management and maintenance in Balule Nature Reserve and so volunteers are necessary to assist the rangers with their daily tasks.


Based in the northern region of Balule Nature Reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The camp is situated in the heart of ‘Big 5’ country and wildlife moves freely between the Greater Kruger and Kruger National Parks covering over 32000km2 meaning that you gain real exposure to a functioning open wildlife system.

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This project is suitable for persons over the age of 18, who have an interest in or have studied in the field of conservation, environment science, wildlife management, ecology or wildlife biology, wildlife journalism & photography, eco-travel, animal behaviour studies or just a sense of adventure. Volunteers need to be in good health with a moderate level of fitness. Personal qualities such as flexibility and adaptability are a must, as “African Time” and or unforeseen circumstances can lead to program changes at short notice.


The Greater Kruger Conservation Project is open yearly from the 15th January to 15th December.


Arrivals to the project occur on the 1st and 16th of every month. Contact us with your preferred dates and we will do our best to accommodate them (availability pending).


This project is all inclusive and requires a duration of 1 to 4 weeks, We would like to recommend a minimum 2 week stay wherever possible, but it is not essential.


Prices are shown in South African Rand. For your local currency conversion rates check out

*Priced based on a 2 week stay with no extras, for longer stays please request a quotation.


  • All Accommodation whilst on the project

  • 3 meals a day

  • Wi-Fi

  • Laundry (Self Service)

  • All Transport within the program.

  • All Project activities as described.

  • All project services as described.


  • All Flights and/or road transfers except those mentioned within.

  • Conservation Levy's

  • All drinks such as Alcohol and soft drinks (Safe drinking water is provided)

  • All personal snacks and any other luxury items you can’t live without.

  • Social events, Eating out (any meals at restaurants is at your own cost)

  • Any additional Excursions offered by the project

  • Extra activities on excursions

  • Medical Expenses

  • Travel & Medical Insurance

  • Any visa related expenses

  • Any vaccinations

For an additional fee of R700/night, Scales Volunteers can provide overnight accommodation in Johannesburg between flights on your arrival or return from your project, including a return airport shuttle to transport you between OR Tambo airport and your accommodation.


Should you prefer a cheaper alternative to flying between OR Tambo International airport to Hoedspruit Domestic airport, Scales Volunteers can also provide you with a road transfer for only R1,600 return. (Please note this shuttle service has set scheduled departure times)

*Please note that any bank charges for payments will be for your account.

**A 50% non-refundable deposit is payable to confirm your booking and full payment is due no later than 30 days prior to your arrival. You are welcome to make one full payment should you wish to do so.

***Any payments made via PayPal will incur an additional 1.5% Service fee.

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