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Volunteer Reviews

Name: Eva
Country: Italy
Date: May 2014

An unforgettable experience, which I suggest to all lovers of nature who want to hear the sound of silence and breath pure air. As a volunteer you are a significant part of the LEO Team, everyday is a new adventure. Monitoring, research and data filing are the main duties but there are lot of other works to be done while a Game Drive on the Selati Reserve, than you never know what happens next. Maybe a tree removal from the road or the exchange of a flat wheel on the pickup? ...Your flexibility is in any case requested. Once the Game Drive is finished you might be called for other works like rock removals, looking for some wood in the bush and so on. The simplicity has an important role on everything and this makes it even more exciting: You live in a simple house together with other volunteers coming from all-over the world -cooking, doing dishes and other small duties needs to be done. Together you are a perfect team and new friendships can be established with people sharing your same experiences. I took a piece of the Selati Reserve with me than when I close my eyes I see plenty of images of magic moments which make me feel particularly serene and proud of my contribution as a volunteer. I spent only 10 days at LEO and I'm already thinking about a second trip in a near future. I would like to thank all the LEO Staff for all emotions you gave me while my stay. Lot of nice drives and take care, Eva

Name: Michele
Country: Italy
Date: May 2014

Ciao Leo vorrei ringraziarti, mi hai fatto trascorrere 10 giorni indimenticabili, pochi ma intensi ho visto e fatto cose veramente belle semplici ma piene di emozioni, grazie.

Name: Walter
Country: United Kingdom
Date: May 2014

Back home again it's time to remember! It's time to remember one of the most exciting and beautiful experiences in my life. It's time to remember Koos, Sabrina and all members of the team, their outstanding performance in the field of wildlife and nature conservation. It's time to remember my fellow volunteers from all over the world when even language barriers could not hamper their enthusiasm and readiness for Action. Thank you LEO Africa.

Name: Julie
Country: France
Date: 2012, 2013, 2014

Looking for an eco-volunteering experience in South Africa ? I've got what you need ! I volunteer at Leo Africa . This association do a monitoring activity for Lions , Rhinos , Elephants , Leopards , hyenas and many other animals ! The goal is to keep an eyes one the balance of this large private reserve of 30,000 hectares. Volunteers go on drive twice per day to look for these majestic animals , especially lions. Our most precious ally is the telemetry ( antenna who lets you know the position of animals) ,so all volunteers learn how to use this tool to monitor lions, elephants and leopards who wear a collar. Volunteers have also the opportunity to spend a full day in the bush to check the condition and the location of Black Rhino ( endangered species ) . The day on the quad is an opportunity to discover the most remote areas of the reserve but also to discuss with your guide every aspect of wildlife that interests you. The two classic safaris are an opportunity for the staff of LEO to teach us a lot of things on vegetation , animal behavior ( predators, antelopes, rodents , hyenas, monkeys , birds ...... ) . Volunteers can also assist in the maintenance of the reserve ( repair roads, remove trunks blocking roads in the reserve ( dead tree or victims of the elephants) . LEO 's staff can also arrange for you a sleep out and bushwalk (experience to live once in your life) . So even if the safari ended in failure because we don't always find the animals, we always come back to base knowing a little more about the bush before our departure. Selati is a private reserve which offers luxury to LEO volunteers to be almost the only people allowed to drive in 30,000 hectares of bush . It allows us to observe the animals without being pressed by other vehicles. Last but essential ! If you are not very comfortable with English Leo is happy to have guides who speak Italian, French , German and everyone is full of goodwill to help you to be more and more comfortable. I share my experience with you because I took a long time to find a project that I was looking for. I finally found it, and I came to spend 2 months in Leo in November and December 2012. This experience was so great that I have been back other 2 months in June-July 2013 and planning to go back for a longer period in 2014!

Name: Matthew
Country: Northern Ireland
Date: 2013

LEO Africa provides a perfect balance between serious conservation and a fun, hands-on volunteer experience. Two drives a day are spent tracking a number of collared lions using telemetry and logging their positions and behaviour. On drive, volunteer duties include operating the telemetry equipment, filling in data sheets, spotting rare birds and mammals, occasional road repairs and more than occasional removal of trees that elephants have knocked over into the road! Some days will be spent tracking black rhinos on the back of a quad bike, with the chance of seeing one of these beautiful endangered animals! Free time in the middle of the day is usually spent relaxing on the deck or in the pool, reading up on birds and mammals or (most likely) playing cards with volunteers and staff! all the while you are living on a perfectly secluded game reserve, away from cars, tv, towns and tourists. You are also contributing to important conservation work and helping to protect endangered species. A worthwhile and really enjoyable experience, I would recommend it to anyone!