Askari WCP

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10 / 10 after 64 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
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I had the experience of a lifetime during my month 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 our camp whilst sleeping out under the stars. A typical day included an animal based activity, for example a game drive to collect data on the herbivores, and a reserve management activity such as lantana spraying, fence painting or road clearing.

The volunteer house is large, clean and spacious and there is a pool and running track to exercise on. The meals are large and varied and vegetarians are extremely well catered for.

I learned so much about wildlife, conservation and reserve management from our guides, who were incredibly knowledgeable, patient and easy going. I highly recommend this programme to anyone who wants to develop of range of new skills in the African bush and make a meaningful contribution to wilderness conservation. Book the longest stay that you can - once you get there you will not want to leave!!

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Posted: September 14, 2014
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10
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10
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28

The Askari volunteer program was one of the best things I have ever done. I was there for four weeks and had the most amazing time. Apart from all the amazing animal sightings, I never would have thought I could have learned so much and get involved in so many exciting projects in the time I was there. The program is well structured, with each day full of activities. You get involved in a variety of things, from monitoring animal populations, to the maintenance of the reserve, to the special breeding and reintroduction programs for a variety of different species. The accommodation is excellent with plenty of food and space, and the staff are fantastic - extremely welcoming, enthusiastic and professional. I would recommend the program with no hesitation.

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Posted: September 13, 2014
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My time at Askari was by far one of the best things I've ever done. When we planned the trip I knew that it was going to be good but I had no idea it would be so amazing. The staff - Katie and Joe (and Ed!) - were so helpful and got everyone involved in the activities. The program itself was packed full of cool stuff to do and so we were busy a lot of the time. Activities included going on extensive game drives, helping to upkeep the pathways and fences, protecting vulnerable trees and doing river clean ups. As well as this we also got to do some rifle shooting, 4x4 driving, a sleepout in the reserve plus see LOADS of amazing animals on the way. Basically, if you want a holiday where you're not just sitting around the whole time, this is definitely the one for you, it's an amazing experience.

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Posted: September 4, 2014
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10
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10
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10
Age:
20

I’m so glad I made the decision to pick Askari for my trip to Africa. From the moment I arrived all my nerves and concerns disappeared, and from then on I had such a varied and exciting experience that the four weeks flew by. The range of activities that you’re exposed to as a volunteer is fantastic – you could be involved in anything from setting up camera traps to monitoring herbivores to darting an animal so it can receive medical treatment. But what’s unique about Askari is that you are truly contributing to the running of a game reserve which has wilderness preservation as its core purpose, and nothing the volunteers do is just for the sake of giving them a good time. As a result, I’ve learnt so much about conservation here and developed much more of an understanding about how a reserve functions. Alongside this, I’ve seen fantastic animals every day and had many encounters with lions, elephants, honey badgers (and others too many to list) that I’ll remember forever. Katie & Joe are brilliant, and will not only look after you during your stay but also take care to teach you as much as possible about the activities you’re doing and wildlife you’re seeing. I really find it hard to fault Askari, and I would recommend it in a heartbeat.

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Posted: December 9, 2013
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10
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10
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10
By: atticus
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I had an amazing time at Askari during my two week stay! It feels you really make a difference. Although the days are well planned with lotsof activities, sometimes you never know what will happen.
So we had an unexpected wildfire, we bumped up to two male lions marking their territority. We were also able to see had a sable darting... Unfortunately with a sad ending...

The accomodation is great. Watching the African sky on the sable tower filled with stars while listening the lions roar is truly an amazing experience!

The staff are very helpful and always prepared to answer any questions. Their knowledge is something to be jealous of!

To sum up: this is the perfect combination of conservation work, wildlife and fun! . I would recommend this to anyone! Experience of a lifetime!

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Posted: November 19, 2013
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10
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10
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10
By: Bramster
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32

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