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Volunteer Reviews

Name: Rachel Dyer
Country: United Kingdom
Date: 25 October 2017

I visited Leo with my daughter for 2 weeks in September. I can't really put into words what a fantastic experience it was. We loved it! The Marataba section of the Marakele national park is breathtakingly beautiful. We saw so many animals every single day. I was hoping to see a lot but I was blown away by the sheer volume of animals as well as the variety. All the ones you'd hope to see including elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes and so on. You get so much time observing the animals in the park- it's amazing!!! The Leo staff are lovely, passionate, knowledgeable people. I learned so much from them. Then there's all the other volunteers- what a great bunch of people to work alongside! The days are long and sometimes the work is tiring but totally worthwhile. If you love animals and don't mind being with a small group of other people who love them too (virtually 24/7), then this is an experience well worth diving into! I will never forget my time at Leo and hope to go back there someday!

Name: Elizabeth Brookes
Country: England
Date: 28 September 2017

You will never have an experience like it anywhere. So much so you have to keep going back. I would definatly recomend this experience of a lifetime. The people you share your experience with become your friends

Name: Sharon Strauch
Country: USA
Date: 13 October 2017

I recently volunteered for the third time with Leo Africa and had the best time.  Can't find a better organization who is more dedicated than Leo Africa to conservation and saving wildlife.  Each time I've been to Leo, it has been a different and unique experience.  You just never know what you will see or do.  From observing wildlife to data collection and Reserve maintenance to helping with a controlled burn, seeing animals up close, helping with wildlife capture for transfer to other reserves, to camp outs, flying over the reserve in a Microlight, and meeting and making friends from around the world who share the same values and concerns for protecting our environment and wildlife.  The experience and knowledge of Koos and Sabrina and their dedication to the project can’t be beat.  Volunteering with Leo Africa is an amazing experience.

Name: Diana Nguyen
Country: Australia
Date: 1 October 2017

I had volunteered at LEO for almost 2 weeks (I wish I had stayed for much longer).

Being my first time volunteering and also doing it solo, I was definitely nervous as to how things were going to turn out. I had to do a lot of research as I was big about the whole ‘ethically volunteering’ situation. Lets just say, it was one of the best experiences I’ve had!

Although we were going on drives every morning and afternoon (unless on house duty), every single time was different. The days were long, but it eventually felt like time was flying so fast because I didn’t want to leave. Words cannot explain how truly extraordinary it was. Everything was so breathtaking, the park itself, the beautiful animals, the daily sunsets and sunrises - it was gratifying.

The staff/guides (Koos, Sabrina, Veronica & Caroline) at LEO were aaa-mazing and so passionate! Not only were they friendly and cheerful, they were always willing to help and answer any questions I had. I’ve learnt so much from all of them - thank you guys!

I had also made such beautiful and unforgettable memories with people who I now call my friends over such a short period of time, and honestly, it felt like I’ve known them for so long! It’s great because you get to be around those who has very similar interests/goals to you so it doesn’t feel awkward at all!

It has only been a week since I’ve returned to Australia, but it feels as though it’s been ages and I’ve been missing the people and the animals every single day!

Thank you for everything LEO! 

Name: Maria Astcheulova
Country: France
Date: 10 October 2017

I've volunteered in Leo Africa for three weeks and I wish I could have stayed for longer ! It is truly an amazing experience for the wildlife lovers. You will not only see astonishing nature and animals but will also help to maintain this beauty. Thank you, Leo !