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Volunteer Reviews

Name: Carolyn
Country: UK
Date: 29 November 2016

Do you yearn for an adventure &, at the same time, to do your bit to help save endangered animals & the environment?

I have just come back from my 4th visit to LEO in South Africa (2012- 2 weeks, 2013- a month, 2015- 3 weeks & 2016- 3 weeks) which probably says it all!

This passionate conservation team have just started on a new reserve for them in the Limpopo. The Marataba reserve is visually stunning & you can volunteer to help them with their work which includes two game drives a day!

You will meet volunteers of all ages from all over the world &, if you are good at mucking in with a team & doing your bit, you will love it.

My visits have always been a real adventure, each one has been different & you never know what the next day is going to bring!

A truly wonderful & exciting experience which I thoroughly recommend.

Name: Walter Lenger
Country: Austria
Date: 25 November 2016

My time with LEO Africa went past like a thunderstorm in the African summer, thrilling, stunning and frightingly beautiful. Rewarded with the wonder of wildlife and nature I was happy and my mind at ease at the end of the day.

Last but not least you live with a "family" who want you in their life and would do anything to see you smile.


Thank you!


Name: Lesley Oliver
Country: Australia
Date: 17 October 2016

LEO Africa offers an amazing educative experience for volunteers if you want to learn about conservation & encounter a large variety of animals including the big 5 in their natural habitat. I have participated in 7 different volunteer projects & in my experience LEO has been the most rewarding. This is why have have returned 3 times- 2013, 2015, 2016- & will return again.

Name: Louise
Country: Scotland
Date: 11 October 2016

I am not long home from having spent some time in Africa.  Whilst I was there I was fortunate enough to spend a week with the LEO team........ WOW, what an amazing experience that will stay with me forever.  Yes you can go to Africa, take a tour and snap away with your camera at the wildlife, but with these guys you get to experience and learn so much more!!!

How about moving some buffalo on the back of trailer?

Getting out the vehicle and doing some bush clearing...... oh, is that a lion foot print right where I’m walking.... amazing!

Fixing roads using wood and old termite mounds, faster than any council repair in the UK that’s for sure! 

Tracking spotted hyena on foot.  Honestly the skill and knowledge of the guys at Leo is just awe-inspiring!


I learnt a lot, not just about the wildlife but about the different habitats and the importance of conservation. The work that the team at Leo do towards the conservation at Marataba is amazing.


To sum up, if you are interested in African wildlife and contributing towards its conservation, don’t just book a trip to Africa.... book a trip to Leo, help make a difference and learn from their amazing team.

Name: Benjamin
Country: Italy
Date: April, 2016

After finishing high school I’ve decided to take a gap year and to travel a little bit around the world to have abit of experience before starting university. Africa has always fascinated me for its landscape and the animals that I’ve seen millions of times on television. I decided that I wanted to visit an African country, but not just to go on holiday as most of the people do when they go to Africa, but to do something special, like volunteering on an reserve. Whilst I was searching on internet I found LEO Africa, which offered me exactly the type of experience I was looking for, in South Africa (in a malaria-free zone).

I had the opportunity to do a lots of things while I was in a section of the Marakele National Park; things that you don’t normally do when you go on just a safari. It was hard work but fun too. They also taught me alot of things in the bush about animals and plants and also they made me understand the meaning of conservation.... what it really consists of.

I had a great time with LEO Africa Organization and during my 7 week stay I made a lot of new friends. It's an experience I'd recommend to everyone. I hope one day I will be able to return, to contribute again to the conservation of a place that I love - South Africa.