The LEO Africa volunteer research programme offers an exciting combination of lion and predator research, black rhino monitoring, wildlife management, conservation, an opportunity to complete Field Guiding training (FGASA) and make lifelong friendships. With LEO Africa, you get more than you give! The volunteer contribution to conservation is vital, as the species that we monitor are endangered and LEO has a big responsibility in help granting their safety.

The volunteers have the privilege to be the only visitors allowed in the reserve, as there are no commercial lodges and no tourist in the reserve. You will be able to see animals in their natural and wild behaviour! LEO Africa offers you a truly African experience!!!

Volunteer with LEO Africa

Volunteer with LEO in South Africa


The Limpopo Eco Operations Africa (LEO Africa) Volunteer Research Programme offers an exciting combination of lion and predator research, black and white rhino monitoring, wildlife management, conservation, field guiding and lifelong friendships. With LEO Africa, you get more than you give. Volunteer now.

Black Rhino Monitoring Project

Exclusive at LEO! Black Rhino Monitoring


LEO is proud to announce that at the beginning of 2013, we introduced an exclusive black rhino monitoring project where you and a LEO guide will spend the day on a quad bike tracking Selati's black rhinos. While the focus of the project is black rhinos, you will also have the opportunity to track white rhinos, lions, leopards and elephants. Since you will be off-roading on remote areas of the reserve, you can experience the animals in their natural environment- very up-close and personal! Click here for more information on our Black Rhino Monitoring Project




The Volunteer Project

The Volunteer Project


Your volunteer work takes you out into the wilderness as you track and record the movements, behaviour and ecological impact of a lion pride; you will also gather data about black and white rhino, leopard, hyena, elephant, cheetah and other species of interest; you will also learn a lot about conservation and wildlife management! LEO is a lifetime experience! More about our volunteer work with animals



Volunteer and gain a level 1 Field Guide certification

FGASA Game Ranger Certification


As a long term volunteer with LEO Africa, if you are keen to get a taste of what it takes to be a Field Guide/ Ranger, we will help you with the theory aspect of your FGASA training. Just think, in eight weeks, you could be on your way to gaining a certified game ranger qualification in South Africa!

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We speak English, Italian, French and German!

We speak and understand Italian, French and German


We are happy to assist you speaking Italian, French, German, if you don't feel very confident with your English. Our program operates in English, however there are often guides and guests here that speak other languages, most often French, Italian and German. Even if you only speak a little English, everyone here is very happy to accommodate you.


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All of a sudden the fence to our left shook and shuddered and then there was silence… then we heard snarling and growling…they had made a kill!!
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Volunteer comments
Arrive with open mind, get fully involved and you will leave with experiences that will be living in your memory forever
Keith 2013

It has been a really amazing experience and I enjoyed everything, from the animals to the people, from the first day to the last one. Thank you LEO!
Luca 2013

My experience in volunteering with LEO has given me a great knowledge and inspiration for wildlife reserve management in South Africa.
Alex 2013

LEO is an African experience which is more about privilege than luxury. You will be privileged to see things that only a fraction of people will see in their life time!
Zoe 2013

A fantastic experience I could have only found at LEO
Elizabeth 2013

None of my other trips even came close to the amazing experience at LEO!
Nicole 2012

Not to be missed!
Paul 2012

Great people, awesome experience and a privilege to be with the animals.
Ian 2012

A great experience where volunteers take part in the experience instead of just watching.
Friso 2012

LEO - thankyou for this amazing experience.
Adeline and Mel 2012

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