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Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme

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Pidwa Wilderness Reserve, Gravelotte 0895 South Africa
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Askari is set within the 25000 ha of Pidwa Wilderness reserve in the heart of South Africa. Volunteers live in a fantastic house accommodating up to 10 volunteers. There are two spacious rooms with shared, dormitory-style sleeping arrangements and a double room available for couples. Rooms have their own bathrooms and the house has a lounge, dining room, office, kitchen and outside area with barbeque facilities. All linen and a laundry service is provided.
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Pidwa Wilderness Reserve, Gravelotte 0895 South Africa
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Vicki Baker wrote a review 12 Aug
Waikawa, New Zealand1 contribution
An amazing experience for a number of reasons. Well thought out and set up, and awesome organisation of all activities. The work is interesting and fun, much is learned about African wildlife and reserve management, and there is huge variety in the experiences. The manager is exemplary in her role, sets a perfect culture and reads her audience perfectly in terms of the level of detail they’re seeking. Can’t recommend it highly enough.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Solenn CHALLARD wrote a review Apr 2022
Reims, France1 contribution
This volunteering was for me a way to get involved in environmental conservation and to understand the impact of our life and decisions on biodiversity. In one month, I learned so much about nature and its conservation, it was incredible! Katie & Donald are exceptional guides and people who always make sure you get the most out of your stay and really feel involved in the management of the reserve. I am and will always be grateful in many ways for my time at Askari, and leave this experience with a better sense of myself and a better sense of life.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Chloé Tessier wrote a review Apr 2022
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My stay at Askari was wonderful, I enjoyed everything in the bush, the sessions of work, the animals, the tour trips and the house. Askari is a real serious programme that really aims at working on the conservation of a reserve in Africa. I felt so happy and proud to have been part of such an amazing project. Each people I met were nice, helpful and available when we needed it. Katie is doing an amazing job as the manager of Askari and she is really passionate about it. It is such a pleasure to share this passion with her. Same for Donald, he is also passionate and involved in his mission here. The house of volunteers is also really nice and the food really good. To conclude, I spent an amazing time at Askari, I will never forget it and I am actually wondering when I am going to come back! Thank you for everything and congratulations for the great job you are doing, keep it up and never change!!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Lorenza D wrote a review Nov 2021
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My two months at Askari were some of the best weeks of my life. The place is incredibly beautiful and the team is super nice and welcoming. I learnt so much about everything from the amazing effort for conservation in Pidwa to animal tracking and just really enjoyed every moment I spent there. I would recommend Askari without a doubt to anyone who's interested in wilderness conservation.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Paul M wrote a review Nov 2021
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This month at Askari was completely awesome, from the beginning to the end. It was a beautiful experience and thanks to two incredible guides, Ed and Katie, we have learned a lot about the bush. I recommend Askari, you can go there with your eyes closed. Thank you Ed and Katie, thank you Askari.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Nathan B wrote a review Oct 2021
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The month I spent at Askari was a life changing experience. Even though our planet is facing a huge environmental crisis and a 6th mass extinction, there are still very few people that are willing to work hard to change the way we’re dealing with biodiversity. The staff of Pidwa and the Askari team are some of these few Earth guardians that are entirely committed to environmental conservation, and whose decisions are always made in the best interest of the bush and its biodiversity. Ed and Katie are amazing guides and mentors who will make sure that you make the most of your stay and feel really involved in the management of the reserve. Of all the environmental projects I was involved in, Askari was by far the best.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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mariana wrote a review Oct 2021
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My time here in Askari has been very special. I learned so much about nature. Being here helped me change my perspective towards life. I feel like now I have even more respect for nature. I am not only taking pictures and knowledge back home but also a big commitment to take care of this planet. I am also super thankful that I got to share this experience with very special people. I loved every second here in Askari and I hope I can be back soon.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Alicia wrote a review Oct 2021
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I spend a month at askari and I wanted to stay longer because it was my best experience ever. The team is really welcoming and they share their knowledge a lot. We did a lot of different activities : safaris, birds lessons, sleep out, tracking… It was amazing!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Audfanjoy wrote a review Aug 2021
Annapolis, Maryland5 contributions1 helpful vote
"Askari - A magic and wild experience in the true African bush. Why magic, should you ask? Simply said - Askari is about the people, the wilderness, the knowledge, and the moments. All together they form this incredible and unique harmony that Askari is. The People - Let’s start with our mentors, Ed, Josh, Andrew, and Katie, whose knowledge and desire to share are unlimited. Their love for nature’s minutia is absolutely fascinating and contagious; their experience managing the re-establishment of a perfect ecosystem in today’s world so inspiring and unique. You will leave Askari not only missing all the wonderful African’ mammals and bird species but all the little things you did not know about, this, thanks to the unlimited stories and facts the team will expose you to – tree names and magic features, insects’ evolution and mysteries, birds nesting and courting habits… Second, our Askarians, whose friendship and purpose to make a difference will bond you forever and never fade. And finally, the Pidwa/Askari staff, whose culture, kindness, and care for us and their land will never be forgotten and deeply missed. The wilderness - Askari is about the bush as it is supposed to be. It is an ecosystem that is growing to the point of sustainability with minimum human’s interventions. It is made of the countless spines and thorns, grasses, bushes, trees, flowers, termites mounts, terrapins, spiders, gorgeous herbivores, entertaining warthogs, funny giraffes, intimidating lions, warrior cheetahs, and of course limitless birds. It is a wonderful wilderness area that too few even know could exist in nowadays society, where human encroachment and habitat fragmentation are so overwhelming. It is intriguing, it is stunning, it is growing, and it is Africa at its best. The moments – how can I even possibly describe the infinite moments and emotions you may experience while at Askari? They are filled with tears, joy and laughs and yes sometimes fears. They will keep you on your toes. They are simple, true, and sometimes unexpected. As I often describe my experience, while in the bush and in company of the Askarians, I feel like one, I feel complete. The Learning – what you will learn during your stay and encounters are limitless. It is up to you to grow this knowledge. Learning how nature behaves is mind-blowing. You will be taught about incredible behaviors such as the red billed buffalo weaver nesting and courting behaviors, the hyenas’ social organization and dedication to pass on the strongest genes, the butterflies’ mimicry, the pilo erection spectacle…Teaching never stops at Askari and will leave you absolutely stunned by the phenomenon and wonders that this world has to offer. I know I will be back at Askari soon. ‘Til next time, my dear friends, fauna and flora, be safe and be you."
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Emmanuelle wrote a review Jul 2021
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"It's always an incredible adventure and the staff is on top! Thank you for these amazing 2 months. What a life experience! The emotions are intense and I feel more alive than ever. Thanks to Ed and Josh for all their advice and endless knowledge! So happy to have been able to live this adventure a 2nd time." I'll come back soon
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme
What are some of the property amenities at Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme have airport transportation?
Yes, Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.