Askari WCP

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10 / 10 after 64 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
Program website: http://www.askariwcp.com

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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.
The accommodations are fantastic. The beds are comfy, the food is delicious, and there's a pool! (Which is definitely not too cold in the fall, despite what Ed might tell you).
This trip exceeded all my expectations. Every day at Askari was an adventure. Not only do you get to experience the African bush, but you also feel like you're making a difference and contributing to something worthwhile. The Pidwa Wilderness Reserve is run with integrity and dedication. They don't manipulate the environment for the sake of tourists - it's all about wildlife and conservation.
Overall - a very rewarding experience. I'll definitely be going back next chance I get!
"There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed"

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Posted: June 16, 2015
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By: eburton
Age:
25

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 maid service was excellent and of course, the landscape and wildlife surrounding us were astonishing. The activities that we participated in showed us that there is a lot of work that goes into managing a wildlife reserve and it was always very rewarding at the end of the day to know what we had accomplished as a team. Everything about Askari is inspirational, and will most definitely change the way you live your life!

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Posted: June 13, 2015
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10
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10
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10
By: khb243
Age:
23

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 part of all the projects was engaging and informative and gave you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. I highly recommend the program. Be prepared to “embrace the bush” as Katie would say! Thanks for an amazing experience guys!

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Posted: April 30, 2015
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10
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10
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10
Age:
31

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 fun during the program. Their enthusiasm is infectious but they combine that with a very healthy respect for the wildlife. They lead by example in terms of the vigilance needed to stay safe while allowing the inhabitants of the Bush priority since they were there first! Everything about this program is well thought through and planned but the flexibility is there as needed to respond to the varying demands of Bush Life. I cannot imagine anyone coming away from this program without gaining a significantly improved understanding of what conservation means in reality and how to contribute to achieving the Askari vision. In addition its great fun.

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Posted: March 13, 2015
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10
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10
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Age:
60

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 am looking forward to when I can go back and contribute again.

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Posted: October 9, 2014
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