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Reviewed June 10, 2012

I stayed at the Askari Reserve for two weeks while participating in the conservation programme. While there I got to see all the animals I was hoping for and so much more! You haven't truly seen a giraffe until you see one in it's natural habitat. We got to work everywhere within the Pidwa reserve and meet many of the workers who were very nice. While staying in the volunteer house it was a home away from home where the accomodations are five stars and you prepare your dinner and sit down each evening with your bosses as friends. It's hard work but when you're sleeping out under the stars and hears the impalas in the distance it makes it all worth your while at this incredible trip of a life time.

Room Tip: look forward to sharing bathrooms with adorable little frogs! Each room is fantastic.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Rebecca E
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

I was amazed from the moment we stepped off the plane at the friendliness and thoughtfulness of the staff. The Askari team are great, there was never a question I asked that went unanswered. If I was curious they readily pointed me in the right direction. Bongani ,the maid, and Cedric, the gardener, were both friendly and a pleasure to have around. The programme they outline for us was fantastic,hard but very fulfilling. I would recommend it to anyone interested in conservation or helping animals. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Room Tip: All the rooms are great, and the beds are so comfortable!
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank David B
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

I just got back from a month with Askari. My time at there was absolutely amazing. It’s one thing to go on a safari and see African animals but this program gives you the unique experience of actually working to help run the reserve while enjoying the same sights (and many others). The volunteer house is lovely, the staff is so friendly and knowledgeable, the activities are a blast, the experience is unforgettable! You can read about my experience on my blog at http://goingplaces.blog.usf.edu/?tag=south-africa-summer-2012

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank awwwwwwberry
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

If you are looking for a holiday with a difference, then you can’t pick a more suitable place than Askari. From the friendliness of the staff to activities planned, they’ve got it spot on. There’s a good range of activities from researching herbivore numbers to cutting down and injecting alien plants. Cheetah tracking is very exciting, to know just how close you are to the magnificent animals is just amazing. There is a huge variety of animals to see on your many trips out, and as it's a Conservation area and not just a "game reserve" the sightings are very personal, can be as long as you want them to be, AND, best of all, there are no other vehicles and people around to spoil any views or pictures, nor indeed to shorten your time watching the magnificent creates on the reserve.

Activities are broken up during the day so there is always an array of different and enjoyable tings to do. Always expect the unexpected too. You NEVER know what you will see or hear. The sleep out is lots of fun with plenty of nocturnal animals to be seen and heard.

The house itself is clean, tidy and well looked after by Bongani who will also do washing twice per week. The food is excellent, with a wide variety of choices to suit all taste buds. The staff, both at Askari and the reserve management team are friendly, very welcoming and very knowledgeable. There’s nothing that is too much trouble for them and there’s no such thing as asking too many questions, which is great. If you want an exciting holiday, whilst helping to preserve Africa as it should be, then look no further – you’ve found it!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Dawn M
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

The Askari Conservation Programme has been a life changing experience. You get to do various activities that are key to the success of conserving the Pidwa Wilderness Reserve. There is more to conservation than just collecting flora and fauna data, for instance, removal of invasive species, collecting garbage, protecting trees from elephant etc. are all key components that are important and you learn this here. The accommodations are awesome, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the area is breathtaking. The skills and knowledge I have gained here is something I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. It is rare to see successful conservation in action.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Thank macrobin
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