Shared Universe Foundation (UK)

Volunteer South Africa

Extinction - inevitable? Not if we can help it! 

Be part of the journey, be part of the solution

Volunteer - South Africa

a life-changing adventure you will never forget

fOR A donation of only £499 per week* (plus travel)

* Limited places available (plus Gift Aid)

An amazing, unique and completely unforgettable experience
— Domonic White, Conservation Volunteer 2016

Our international Volunteer Programme offers varied packages to suit your preferences and interests

What to Expect?

You will live and work alongside our team of experts and volunteers on the Mapesu Private Game Reserve, where, as a conservation volunteer, you could find yourself:

surveying and species cataloging (including monitoring elephant and rhino populations as well as identifying and recording birds, trees and shrubs) - constructing roads, bridges, fences and dams - assisting with general reserve maintenance -  helping to combat poaching -  photographing life on the reserve - and so much more ...

 A malaria free zone, we are in one of the only areas to be malaria free and have the Big 5 - elephants, buffalo, rhinos, lions, leopards - on show.

Early morning elephant monitoring on the reserve

Take a look at the international volunteer Programme to gain a flavour of what you will be involved in

           Click on the image to view

           Click on the image to view

Let the animals come to you.  Unlike the larger national parks, you won't share spectacular animal encounters with twenty other vehicles. (Leopard photographed November 2016)

travel tips

travelling To the reserve

Once you've arrived at Polokwane airport, via Johannesburg (50 minute domestic flight), we'll be there to greet you. You will continue the final leg of your journey via minibus to the reserve, and then we'll take it from there. To help you get started, we've put together a few 'insider tips'. 

what's included

Shared board and lodging, and bathroom facilities are included, as well as an initial visit to Mapungubwe National Park. Your package also includes emergency medical and evacuation cover (SATIB).

For £499 a week, our one week expert-led programmes run Saturday to Saturday. You'll be based at Nekel Farm on the Mapesu Private Game Reserve – neighbours to Mapungubwe National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

you can be guaranteed your week will be full of new experiences and adventures. no two weeks are the same!

Programme Dates

Please get in touch for available dates for 2017 and 2018.



Don't forget

To bring a sun hat, plenty of sun block, a sleeping bag if you opt to spend nights under the stars (option to rent), and a camera (option to rent).  Key essentials you may have forgotten to pack are available to purchase/rent.



What's Not Covered

  • Flights and taxes
  • Airport and reserve transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra local excursions
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Visa costs (where necessary)






Optional extras

Single room or luxury tent occupancy; single person transfer from Polokwane; nights under the stars; option to stay at Mopane Bush Lodge; excursions to Mapungubwe; a guided tour of the finest rock art of the Khoi San tribe; weekly laundry.

For more information on the amazing parks and places to visit in South Africa take a look at Live Once Live Wild