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LEO Africa

Volunteers for Wildlife, Conservation & Sustainable Living
South Africa


Limpopo Eco Operations (LEO Africa) is a Big 5 wildlife monitoring & conservation volunteer project established in 2005. Our mission is to provide data on key animal species (lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, buffalo, brown and spotted hyena, and black and white rhino) to Park Management as well as help maintain the pristine beauty of the reserve where the project operates. The data we collect is used to evaluate population numbers and help inform decisions on future conservation practices. 

At LEO Africa we have a strong focus on sustainable living and we promote green energy, recycling and reuse of materials via education. We believe that the future of wildlife and planet is reliant on everyone doing their part as well as maintaining and increasing protected areas.

Volunteers are the center of our work, helping us in the field, at base, as well as supporting the project financially, making our vital work possible. We provide a free service to the park, which contributes valuable information on the key species to the reserve management. By joining this project, you will learn new skills and make amazing memories whilst living a truly African experience!

LEO Africa does not receive any funding from the government, the reserve or any other institutions and are solely reliant on the contribution from our volunteers and donors. 

"The greatest danger to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it"

Robert Swan

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Take a glimpse of what it's like to be a volunteer with LEO Africa! This video was created by one of our wonderful previous volunteer, showing her experience with us!



By volunteering with LEO Africa you will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and directly contribute towards:

  • Monitoring Big 5 (lion, leopard, black & white rhino, elephant, buffalo), endangered cheetahs and hyena.

  • Conservation activities to assist in preserving the environment.

  • Sustainable living.

  • Contribute towards anti-poaching activities.

All of these exciting combination of activities will take place in a stunning and pristine reserve in South Africa. Plenty of wildlife and stunning mountains will be part of your daily life at LEO, making the experience with us unforgettable!


You will learn about the local fauna and flora and you will meet other volunteers from around the world and make lifelong friendships!

Don't let language be your barrier!

Our project operates in English.

However if needed we can understand:

Italian, French, German, Dutch and Afrikaans.


 Catch up on all the latest news from the bush! 

Check out our LEO blog for updates  

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