Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Daktari is a registered non-profit organisation located in the Limpopo Province, close to the Kruger National Park. It is a bush school where the mission is to inspire and educate local underprivileged children to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage.

Every Monday we welcome a new group of 8 local underprivileged children for a week and give them the opportunity to discover, learn and become passionate about wildlife and conservation: their heritage. We also supplement their school curriculum in English, maths, environmental job opportunities, life skills and social issues.

Our goal is to enable today’s local underprivileged children to eventually be able to secure good employment in nature reserves, thereby improving their future quality of life. We are also a home for injured and orphaned animals who cannot be released into the wild.

Daktari utilises volunteers to help assisting and teaching the children, along with taking care of the animals. As a volunteer – you will get to teach children the importance of saving the environment – a task that gives you that feeling of deep satisfaction that comes from helping those less fortunate than yourself. You will feed and take care of the orphaned animals (Caracal, Bushbaby, Meerkats, etc) and you will be connecting with new people, learning about different cultures while you sit around the fire and stare up into the starriest nights you have ever seen! Every day will be a learning experience at Daktari – we welcome new volunteers for periods of between 1 and 4 weeks, see webpage for pricing.

We are able to offer a 10% discount to Tourism Concern Members

Daktari is a bush school where the mission is to inspire and educate local underprivileged children to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage. Each week we welcome a new group of 8 local underprivileged children for a week and give them the opportunity to learn about wildlife and conservation. We also supplement their school curriculum in English, maths, environmental job opportunities, life skills and social issues.

Our goal is to enable today’s local underprivileged children to eventually be able to secure good employment in nature reserves, thereby improving their future quality of life. We are also a home for injured and orphaned animals who cannot be released into the wild.

Daktari provides a outreach programme which contributes to develop the tourism and the economy of the local area. Indeed, we offer to our international volunteers Homes Stay where they spend 24h in the life of a local resident. It is an exchange of culture and experience for both of them and an extra income for the local host.

Our programme is designed to empower and educate the underprivileged youth on pressing issues that affect their lives, for example, poaching, rubbish, irrespect, drugs, sexual health. By teaching them about the environment and other pertinent social topics, we create opportunities for them in the tourism industry.

We have lot of success stories of these children who, with our continued support, have found employment such as game rangers, or hospitality in the tourism sector – such as at Game Lodges.

Daktari works towards the protection of the environment through the following practices:

Recycling:
– Recycle all the materials used (papers, plastics, glasses)
– Reduce our consumption of paper in the office
– Reduce the printing

Solar Energy:
– Our own camp, situated in the middle of the bush, runs on solar panels and battery generator for the electricity.
– We do not use any air-conditioning to reduce the carbon emissions.

Plant Trees:
– Each week we give a tree to the child who improved the most during the week and encourage him to plant and take care of this precious gift of nature, at his home or school.

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Kai Ulrik

Hi - I joined tourism concern as a volunteer in early 2014 and have been assisting with research and membership. I have a background in environmental management and business administration; with a Master's degree in Environmental management and policy. I am an avid traveller with key interests in community based tourism & highlighting the impacts of All-inclusive holidays.

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