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Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme

Pidwa Wilderness Reserve, Gravelotte 0895, South Africa
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I was recommended this programme by a friend. Has a really good mix of giving you so much knowledge and insight into the South African bush. Yet makes a real difference as well. Ed & Katie took the time to give us the tools to develop our own knowledge, and really see how the animals live and interact. While on... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Askari is a unique volunteer project that has real, meaningful conservation goals. Whilst volunteering I learned so much you would never learn in another safari type experience. At the same time staying in a beautiful place with wonderful people, made great friends, had lots of fun, and contributed to the real conservation of South African ecosystems. The staff are friendly... More 

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Valkenburg, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

I got picked up at the airport by Katie, Ed and all the others, not really knowing what to expect and immediately we were Askarians! Within no time we, new arrivals, were part of the team. Everybody helped each other. I learned so much about animals and conservation and the idea of Pidwa. I am so happy that I have... More 

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Thank Janneke v
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Volunteering at Askari put me right in the middle of the reserve management experience. I learnt so much about what conservation means today and i could clearly see how our activities were contributing to that. Though it was sometimes hard work, everyday out in the bush with friendly, smart people was a joy. As well as feeling very useful for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

It has been a really nice experience to live and work next to wild animals. To see them in their natural environment was one of my best experiences I have ever had.Our group was so pleasant and it was a pleasure to meet every single one. We had a mad time. I learnt a lot of interesting things on the... More 

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Thank Fabian M
Lyon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

I expected nothing precisly before I came to South Africa, booked the trip only one month before, and what a amazing experience I got ! Thank you Ed and Katie for your passion, well transmited to us, nice group of international young guys. We got some very enjoyable moments in the bush, in the house ( soooo confortable ) and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Before coming to Askari I was very nervous but excited and I didn’t really know what to expect. But as soon as I arrived Ketie and Ed were so welcoming and I felt at ease straight away. Over the past month has been the most amazing experience. I’ve had opportunities to see Lions, Elephant, Honey Badgers and many more. I’ve... More 

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Thank Sinead G
Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

People often ask me what my experience with Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme, Pidwa Wilderness Reserve was like and I find myself speechless. The indescribable natural beauty, talented staff, comfortable accommodations, and unwavering amazement of the surroundings made it an unforgettable experience. Always feeling safe with our hosts Katie and Ed every moment was an incredible learning experience. In after two... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Me and my partner participated in the Askari Program for 3 weeks. Actually our plan was to stay for 2 weeks but we both liked it so much that we just could not leave after 2 weeks and we extended our stay. What I liked most was the passion, enthusiasm and deep knowledge of our hosts Katie and Ed. Plus... More 

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

Thanks so much to you both for being with us. So glad that Natalie brought you to join Askari and that now we've captured both of you! And so nice to hear that Askari can be a highlight of a year's travelling round the world! Hope to see you both again soon More 

Lindsay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

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

Thanks for the review Erin. We love having the Fleming team here and it was a great 2 weeks of work and sightings More 

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