"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."…
"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
It was a life-changing experience for me! The staff is amazing and it's a great privilege to be part of an effort for conservation. Living in a reserve is an amazing experience and it made me review my priorities for the better. It was my first time in Africa, but I felt completely at home at Askari and learnt so much. I can't wait to come back.
Be volonteers in Askari was like a dream. We lived in the middle of the bush with all the most fantastic animals from Africa. The team was so kind and perfect, they do everything for us . We learn so many things with them about Wildness. And we felt usefull. Each day was different, we were so excited to wake up !!!! We travel a lot with my husband but here, we fell at home like nowhere else. The place is wonderful , the expérience is crazy, the team was like a new family for us. I cry all my way back ! For sure we will come back as soon as we can . Amber (&Tristan)
It was hard to write this review because I miss Askari so much. If you're looking for an experience with unbelievable wildlife sightings, fantastic staff, and a genuine focus on conservation, you will not be disappointed. The entire trip was a wild ride from start to finish - you never know what to expect and you'll have trouble keeping friends and family at home updated with all the things you'll see and do.