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Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme

Certificate of Excellence
Pidwa Wilderness Reserve, Gravelotte 0895, South Africa
Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My two week stay at Askari was the most enjoyable experience ever. You really do feel like you have contributed and helped the programme with everything you do. Katie and Ed are both amazing hosts, very friendly and they will certainly teach you a heck of a lot about the bush. My only regret was having decided to do 2... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We have just had the most incredible start to life in retirement with a month at Askari. The Askari Wilderness Conservation program provides an excellent opportunity to learn about life in the South African Bush and conservation in practice. The staff (Katie and Ed) make everyone welcome and manage to provide an excellent mix of education, hands on experience and... More 

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Askari W, Owner at Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme, responded to this review

Thank you so much to you and Rick for being with us this past month and all your work on the reserve. And thank you for choosing Askari to kick-off your retirement.....we look forward to next time More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I had been wanting to join a volunteering project in Africa for years and following some research and reading some amazing reviews on this site I decided that Askari was the place I would most like to go to. And everyone that wrote a review on here was not wrong. I honestly had the best and most valuable month of... More 

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Askari W, Owner at Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme, responded to this review

Thanks mattb for all your work at Askari. I know it wasn't all glamorous, especially during month 1! Was such a pleasure to have you with us and we look forward to your next visit! More 

Stafford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Words do not do justice to my time at Askari. After working in the communications industry for the past four years, I decided to take a mini career break and throw myself into a conservation project in South Africa for two months, before I found myself tied down to a mortgage, career, etc. Askari proved to be the perfect fit.... More 

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Askari W, Owner at Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme, responded to this review

Hyaena boy! Thank you for your review.....who is going to want to sit at the hyaena den for as many hours with me now that you're gone :( Thank you so much for all your hard work at Askari and amazing contribution to the team. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

My 4 week stay at Askari was the most amazing time of my life. I wish I could have stayed longer. Learning about conservation in South Africa along with doing activities that will help towards conservation was an absolutely amazing experience. Ed and Katie are amazing leaders and teachers. Once you go you will want to keep going back!! I... More 

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Askari W, Manager at Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review Nadia S. It was such a fun month having you with us.....who is going to spot the prickly pears now and build fortresses on sleep out?! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I had the experience of a lifetime during my month volunteering at Askari. We participated in a wide range of exciting and worthwhile activities on the reserve during our stay, with every day bringing something new and unexpected! Some highlights included darting a sable, receiving deliveries of zebra and buffalo, learning how to drive a 4x4 and having hyaenas visit... More 

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Askari W, Manager at Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme, responded to this review

Thank you so much to you and Merric for being with us for the month at Askari, it as so much fun. Thank you to you both for your contribution to the reserve :) More 

Lindsay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is beyond an Africa adventure; it is a multi- dimensional experience. You learn about and become part of the South African Low-veld environment. By giving back to the land that supports the fantastical wildlife that comprises our African dreams, your interactions with the wildlife are more meaningful and experiential than just paying to view the wildlife in a museum-like... More 

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Askari W, Manager at Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your leadership of the 2014 Fleming college team to Askari - it is always a great pleasure to work with such an amazing group of committed and passionate students More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Askari is not a book of wildlife pictures, it is not a video, and it is not a zoo. Askari is real. The moment you arrive in Hoedspruit your amazing guides Katie and Joe will welcome you with open arms into the life at Askari. You will learn the vision of this benchmark reserve, and what may seem so simple,... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Askari was a wonderful, one of a kind experience. Volunteering here at Pidwa was so incredibly humbling. It was so refreshing to experience the wilderness here as nature intended and 100% uncensored. Askari is a phenomenal experience because you get the chance to help something that is so much bigger than any one person. Askari and Pidwa is as real... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

"The amount of knowledge and experience that I have gained at Askari in 2 weeks, I could not gain from 2 years of college or university. Askari is hands-on and practical. Everything is done for a reason and that reason is conservation. Truly a benchmark reserve of not only South Africa, but the world."

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