Volunteer Experience

Have you always wanted to work with wildlife, learn how to be a field guide, work with underprivileged children, manage a game reserve, or just spend some time in Africa?

You can do all of that with MCCVE and more!

MCCVE will provide you with not only incredible experiences and memories, but also the satisfaction that you’ve picked up new skills and made an invaluable contribution to conservation and community. And all while soaking up the beauty and adventure in a malaria-free game reserve in the South African bush!

All of our projects are created with the greater good in mind. We incorporate environmentally sustainable practices in our work and make sure that everything we do has an end goal of improving our world in one way or another, in small ways or big ones. Whether it’s saving endangered rhinos and cheetahs, conducting and providing important research to top NGOs, rehabilitating the area’s unique natural landscape, empowering and educating local communities, or creating innovative and sustainable land and wildlife management practices, we live by the idea that we should think globally and act locally.

Why volunteer with us?

Well, besides the satisfaction of doing great work, making a difference, and having an unforgettable time in the African bush, you will also learn about:

  • Animal tracking
  • Bush survival skills
  • Game reserve management
  • Field guide training
  • Plant propagation and rehabilitation
  • Community building and education
  • Sustainable waste management and carbon offsetting
  • 4x4 driving
  • Wildlife photography

We fully understand the importance of having a good time, so we make it our priority to work hard and play hard. There are plenty of opportunities for fun both on and off the reserve.

Wildlife management

  • Tagging, tracking and monitoring priority species (including cheetah, rhino, Cape Mountain zebra)
  • Bird and predator counts
  • Predator call ups
  • Reintroduction and relocation of wildlife
  • Creation of animal identification kits
  • Rehabilitation of injured animals (including cheetah, rhino, caracal, serval, bat-eared foxes, aardwolf, and aardvark)
  • Sable antelope and Cape buffalo breeding

General reserve management

  • Alien/invasive species removal
  • Landscape rehabilitation
  • Fence/road monitoring and repair
  • Vehicle maintenance

Environmental sustainability

  • Endemic species propagation and carbon credit programs
  • Beekeeping and honey production

Education and research

  • Community outreach/environmental education
  • Photographic databases for universities, NGOs and research facilities

    *Our schedule and projects may change suddenly due to internal and external factors beyond our control. As with everything in the bush, the key is to be adaptable.

What’s it like being a volunteer with us?

We do our best to make sure that everyone who volunteers with us gets treated well. A large part of the allure of Mount Camdeboo is the reserve’s isolation, so we’ve limited the number of volunteers we accommodate at any given time to eight people in order to keep that feeling of remoteness. This allows us to provide a more personalised experience. Our projects are many and varied, so you’ll never get bored of the work. And volunteers only work Monday to Friday, so they have their weekends free to leave the reserve and explore the many nearby sights, activities and points of interest. We also have WiFi and DSTV, should any of the volunteers feel a need to stay plugged into the outside world. Though to be honest, most enjoy the opportunity to unplug from technology and re-plug into nature.

Additional opportunities for adventure

There are plenty of ways to tap into local life both on and off the reserve. For those who choose to explore the surrounding area, there are plenty of activities to keep visitors busy. Options include mountain biking or hiking the rugged peaks, paintballing, skeet shooting, visiting historic Graaff-Reinet’s many museums and cultural sites, or day-tripping to the coast (an easy 3-hour drive) to Jeffrey’s Bay (legendary in the surf world for its Supertubes break) or the stunning Addo Elephant Park.