Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme
As humans have an increasing effect on natural areas, we at Askari are carrying out vital conservation work as we strive to maintain and protect the wild area and habitats of Pidwa Wilderness Reserve. Pidwa has been established as an area purely for wilderness and conservation with minimum human interference. Its goal is to create a benchmark wilderness reserve which can be seen by others as an example of how to carry out effective conservation. Volunteers joining the Askari team assist with reserve management projects and important wildlife monitoring. They experience daily life on an active game reserve and make their own personal and hands on contribution to the conservation of South Africa's natural areas.
Andrew Darcy Canada 6 Jun 2013
My time at Askari has been amazing! Being an environmental student, I enjoyed utilising and developing all the skills that we have learned in class. It is unbelievable how much more you can learn in such a short period of time. Katie and Joe were extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about the work they do here. This place represents true wilderness and gives visitors a true sense of what conservation is all about. I loved every moment here and hope to return at some point in the future.
Charlie Sikkema Canada 19 May 2013
It was a great experience. The staff (Katie & Joe) are very knowledgeable and always make sure you get the most out of each and every day. The accommodations and food are awesome and they are more than willing to make sure any special needs are taken care of during your stay. The wildlife and scenery was diverse and you see something new everyday. If you want to volunteer for a good cause and have a great time while doing so then Askari is the place to go!
Conservation Reserve at its Best!!
David Ryrie Canada 15 May 2013
This was my second 2 week stay at Askari and I was just as honoured to help out with real conservation work and restoration work of the Lowveld. It was wonderful to see lasting impact of work I performed the year prior with the tree protection still in tact and lantana shrubs cut down that were not re-growing. The daily drives in the game viewer provided unbelievable sightings of wildlife in their beautiful, natural surroundings highlighted this time by lion cubs, hippos, elephants and cheetah. Impalas rutting and giraffes sparring and eating were ongoing entertainment. Katie and Joe were spectacular as guides again with their passion for the African bush showing with every volunteer inquiry about animal ecology, species names, and reserve history. The maids and gardener kept the living accommodations spotless and were very friendly. Anyone interested in helping with meaningful conservation work and seeing the animals iconic to the African bush MUST come here! The value for money is unbeatable. Thanks Katie and Joe for the trip of a lifetime…AGAIN!