Everything you need to know about the Volunteer Programme...

Our research work relies on the support and financial assistance of passionate individuals.

The Selati Research Volunteer Programme invites high-school and tertiary students, GAP year individuals, and researchers to join us on a quest to understand how to protect and manage this closed ecosystem. We also, keep one space open for a digital marketing/fundraising/multi-media volunteer, who can assist us with our social media and assist with educating the public about our fantastic projects. By getting involved in our ongoing research projects and monitoring programmes, you will enjoy an uplifting, conservation-based wildlife experience, including:

  • Hands-on fieldwork (monitoring wildlife and collecting data)
  • Authentic engagement with a small group of passionate people
  • Exposure to wildlife experts and day-to- day wildlife management practices
  • An opportunity to contribute towards building a conservation legacy, and to explore the role of conservation within a complex developed world.

The Programme also caters for those who have their own personal projects and need to do practical field work as part of their post-graduate course requirements. If you are interested in seeing if we can accommodate your needs please get in touch at [email protected].

Programme Dates



We plan the programmes around two, three and four-week “cycles”, however, we can accommodate long-term stay volunteers too. We do, however, recommend a stay of at least two weeks to get the best benefit form the experience.

Programme dates are set each year and we advise you contact us for more information. 

The programme is based on small groups of individuals. Participants are accommodated in a comfortable rustic tented camp. 

The camp accommodates ten individuals in 2 twin bedded tents. The sleeping arrangements consist of two people sharing a room. There is a single-supplement charge for volunteers not wanting to share accommodation. 

Women and men do not share rooms unless booked as a couple. 

The rooms are serviced and all bedding and linen are included. A once a week laundry service is also included.



The project caters for three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner is prepared for you, whilst breakfast and lunch are on a help-yourself basis. 

Snacks and extra’s are not included but can be purchased during the weekly shopping excursion.

  • Breakfast – an early morning wake-up (tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and cereal, with cooked breakfast on Sundays)
  • Late Brunch/Lunch (salads and sandwiches with various fillings)
  • Dinner (balanced, warm, plated meal, served with meat, vegetables and/or salad)


We can cater for specific diets, but this can only be done by prior arrangement and may result in an additional cost. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can apply?

    Anyone over the age of 18 years old is welcome. No previous experience in conservation or research is required. We aim to teach and share.

  • How do I get there?

    Various shuttle services are available from the O.R Tambo International Airport. Alternatively, there are direct flights to Hoedspruits’ Eastgate Airport from O.R. Tambo International Airport and a shuttle can bring you to the reserve. Please contact us should you need assistance.

  • Do I need a visa to visit South Africa?

    Depending on which country you come from you may or may not be required to have a visa. We suggest you check with the South African High Commission or Embassy in your home country for visa requirements.

  • Do I need to be on anti-Malarial medication?

    We recommend you consult a doctor for the appropriate advise hereon, as Selati is in a Malaria area.

  • Is there access to the internet at the volunteer camp?

    There is access to the internet at the volunteer camp in the central area but not in the tents.

  • Do I need Travel Insurance?

    Both Travel and Medical Insurance is required to volunteer at Selati. Proof hereof must be submitted before your arrival.

  • Are there laundry services?

    A free laundry and ironing service is available during your stay.

  • What is the weather like?

    Summer temperatures average around 35-37°C during the day, dropping to 20 -25°C (68 – 77°F) at night. Winter temperatures can fall as low as 4°C at night and average between 18 – 25°C during the day. Occasional winter showers prevail but are unusual. Rain in the summer takes the form of heavy thunder-showers or frontal rainfall over longer periods of time.

  • What should I bring with me?
    • International plug converters
    • Warm jacket/clothes for Winter, and shorts and t-shirts for Summer (no bright colours but rather something that will blend with the natural environment)
    • Sunscreen
    • Hat
    • Comfortable walking shoes and open shoes
    • A South African sim card is recommended – you can get this at the airport in South Africa or at our local shops
    • Mosquito repellant
  • What meals are provided?

    Three meals a day are provided. The breakfast and lunch you make yourself with various options available. Dinner is a cooked meal.

    We can cater for vegetarians, but any speciality diets would need to be discussed with us in advance, and may result in an additional charge.

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