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Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme

Pidwa Wilderness Reserve, Gravelotte 0895, South Africa
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Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the opportunity to take some time off work and finally fulfil a dream to live in the wild for a month. I was recommended Askari by a friend – and I’m so grateful to her that she did. I had never volunteered in this way before, so really didn’t know what to expect. Katie was incredibly helpful answering... More

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Queenstown, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

"Askari,” they tell us, is a term for young male elephants who, upon reaching 12 years of age, venture out alone for their maternal herd to join up with old experienced bulls in order to learn bush techniques these wise older bulls have spent their entire lives perfecting. As a one month Askarian, the parallel now seems almost uncanny. Here... More

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Askari is a wonderful initiative on a beautiful reserve. Askari offers you an amazing opportunity to see and learn everything about conservation. Every day brings something new, exciting – you’ll never know what you’re going to get. The respect for mother nature – the wilderness, bush and animals is the most important thing on the project and if you didn’t... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Askari was everything I wanted it to be and more. For a short stay (2 weeks) I really felt like we were thrown into work and hit the ground running. It was physically challenging but always to your own limit, and in a way that left you feeling satisfied that you had actively contributed to the upkeep of the reserve... More

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Glasgow
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Wow! What a fantastic time I had in Askari. I was there for 2 weeks from 21 October 2013. I was blown over by the reviews I had read and thought I was going to have a fun time but I had no idea how much fun I was going to have. And I learnt so much as well! Katie... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

I had a brilliant time at Askari! Unforgettable! From the moment I landed to the moment I left we were immersed in what it is like to live in the African wilderness and the hard work that needs to take place to return the land to its normal state from its previous farmland use. You will not find two more... More

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

Thanks WindsweptDragon, we certainly did have a good month with the lions! We will try our hardest to find that leopard for you, hopefully on your next visit to Askari! Thanks for all your hard work with the team. More

Toledo, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

"Askari! What an amazing place. I can say with confidence that this is the best way to EXPERIENCE THE BUSH of South Africa. My girlfriend and I did a two week stay and although brief, worth every penny and exceeded my expectations in every way. The accommodations were excellent. Staff is extremely knowledgeable as well as kind and welcoming. Not... More

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

Thanks Victor V, we certainly managed to squeeze a lot into your 2 weeks and SO glad we succeeded with the 'Jaggedy' darting! Thanks so much to you and Sam for your contribution to the project and hope to welcome you again someday. More

Northampton
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

On planning a conservation based trip I stumbled across Askari. Reading through the reviews I couldn't believe the programme could possibly live upto the things previous volunteers wrote.. It did. As soon as you arrive you feel part of a team and feel so welcome. Being at Askari and being part of a small team you really feel like you... More

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

Thaks Sophie P, really glad you stumbled across us! It was a great month with all the burning but my personal highlight was the succesful removal of Jaggedy's collar! Thanks for all the nights sat at the boma waiting....and for all your work on the team. More

Saskatoon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I had the privilege of spending 6 months at Askari. From the first day I arrived it felt like home. Everyone here always has a smile on their face and are willing to answer any questions you have. I have learned so much in the time I've been here and have found a passion for birds which surprises me since... More

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

Thanks Cally R, your contribution to Askari over the 6 months is hard to even put into words. It was so great to have you with us and we're very proud of your bird skills. Be sure to take them with you wherever you go and keep adding to that bird list! More

Monaghan, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Askari Wilderness Conservation has the perfect balance of work and play. It is the ideal way to experience the South African bush, with rewarding and fun activities during the day, and ample relaxation time in the evening. You go to bed each night feeling tired in the best way and looking forward to the next morning. Quickest and most enjoyable... More

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

Thanks Ellenelle, thanks so much for your contribution to the team, it was great to have you with us. More

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Additional Information about Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme

Also Known As:
Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme South Africa/Gravelotte
Address: Pidwa Wilderness Reserve, Gravelotte 0895, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Gravelotte
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty lodging in Gravelotte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Askari is set within the 25000 ha of Pidwa Wilderness reserve in the heart of South Africa. Volunteers live in a fantastic house accommodating up to 10 volunteers. There are two spacious rooms with shared, dormitory-style sleeping arrangements and a double room available for couples. Rooms have their own bathrooms and the house has a lounge, dining room, office, kitchen and outside area with barbeque facilities. All linen and a laundry service is provided. ... more   less 

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