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Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme

Pidwa Wilderness Reserve, Gravelotte 0895, South Africa
Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme
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Lindsay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment I arrived, I knew I would never want to leave. Two weeks was not nearly long enough! Katie and Ed are both amazing hosts and wonderful people. Not only are they welcoming and friendly, but they're also incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. During a great animal sighting you can tell that they're just as excited as the volunteers.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I participated in the Askari 2 week programme with a group of students and teachers from my college. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was blown away by everything when I arrived. The hosts, Katie and Ed were such passionate, knowledgeable and hospitable people. The food was great, the volunteer house was comfy and had everything we needed, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The depth of knowledge, enthusiasm and passion were inspirational moments throughout my stay. Both Katie and Ed demonstrated leadership qualities that really formed the glue for a teamwork atmosphere. The education I received here with regards to conservation has really opened my eyes to the utmost need for sustainability for both the wildlife and the ecosystem they inhabit. Being a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Askari is as much fun, excitement and adventure as you can ever hope for! Every day is different, with a new set of activities, both planned and unplanned. The incredible animal sightings are just one part of the experience - getting involved in all the other conservation work is just as enjoyable and rewarding. The Askari team are fantastic and... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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 

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