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Testimonials Ė what do our volunteers and groups say about us?

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SCE is a fantastic volunteer programme. It's very educational and the treatment of volunteers is excellent. I absolutely enjoyed my stay and will look forward to coming back in the future. Thank you Shamwari!
Benjamin Hintz
Germany

The conservation experience allowed me to gain an insight into real conservation work, the environment it operates in and its future. I loved learning about South African wildlife and hot topics such as poaching and how game reserves try and tackle the issue. I am taking great memories and a lot of food for thought home and have really enjoyed my time here.
Kristina Knuepfer
Scotland

To come to SCE was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The experience is huge, the place and the animals simply amazing and the people are lovely. You must go there, otherwise you will miss out on something awesome.
Pascal Kunzel
Switzerland

Coming to SCE has been a life changing experience for me. I have not only got to know many aspects about wildlife, but also got an insider persepctive about conservation and South Africa as well as it's culture and the people here. I could not have asked for more.
Tian Zou
USA

My only complaint is that nobody warned me that two weeks is not enough! Literally, I had a life-changing two weeks and loved everything; from the people to the animals. Worth every penny.
Matthew Dudding
United Kingdom

One of the things I enjoyed the most about Shamwari was the diversity of the tasks we were given. One day we'd be setting up the owl boxes and another we'd be chopping down Acacias. You should definitely be prepared for some different activities and never say no to a darting trip!
Louise Schmidt
Denmark

Shamwari has given me the best experience ever, I have learnt so much in such a short space of time.
Becky Whitworth
United Kingdom

SCE is a once in a lifetime chance for an amazing time in South Africa, working on a reserve as a volunteer, as well as seeing the beautiful animals here. However long you stay there is a guarantee of having excellent action-packed days if you throw yourself into the experience. Well worth everything and you will come away with amazing memories.
Charlotte Brooks
United Kingdom

Shamwari is amazing. Lots of great people and animals and I would recommend everyone to come here even if its only for a few days - shame we have to leave as I want to stay longer.
Becky
United Kingdom

This was a wonderful experience, I have done things that I never thought I would do. I will never forget anything about this trip and would definitely recommend it. Everyone is so lovely, knowledgeable and friendly.
Chloe Haynes
United Kingdom

Spent an amazing 2 weeks here in November definitely won't be a once in a lifetime trip because I'll be back!!
Jade Walton, Ireland

Loved Shamwari and all the people there. I miss it and everyone. Best experience ever and I hope to return again one day, thank you all for everything.
Mercan Dag, United Kingdom

I would recommend this place for everybody who wants to see how a game reserve works and who likes to see how animals live in the wild. It's an amazing place.
Lisa Vanbrabant, Belgium

A great place to meet like-minded people and see wildlife. It's more than just a safari, it's an education in wildlife sustainability.
Susie Barrett, United Kingdom

CNSV:XP welcomed us with open arms when we arrived. We were taken on a tour, introduced to the team and settled in with the Samwari spirit within the hour. We were instantly in love with the vibe of the place, truly an inspiration for all of us present, and a life changing time for us young, independent learners.
Samuel Benedict, United Kingdom

SCE is educationally the best trip I have taken pupils on. It takes them out of their comfort zones and challenges them on every level. We will certianly return.
Steve Eales, United Kingdom

It has been amazing. One of the best, if not the best trip I have ever been on.
Rebecca Kershaw, United Kingdom

I really enjoyed the whole experience and would recommend the programme and game reserve to anyone. It was amazing to see the everyday life of the rangers and how much work is needed to run a game reserve.
Sarah Whitehead, United Kingdom

Shamwari provided one in a lifetime opportunities that I'll never forget.
Ella Walton, United Kingdom

Shamwari was an incredible experience, one that I am very grateful for.
Lara WT, United Kingdom

I enjoyed the whole experience and would definitely come again. Both the game drives and the manual/community work were an amazing experience which I will never forget.
Hannah Rowbotham, United Kingdom

Loved every moment of the trip, very educational and will have great memories of Shamwari, thanks to the knowledgeable rangers and staff.
Kathryn Martin, United Kingdom

Such an amazing place, with lots of hands-on experience. Everyone was so welcoming and kind. Can't wait to hopefully visit again in the future. Have learned so much that will help me with my future career path.
Rhianna Worsell, United Kingdom

I had a really fantastic time. I was overwhelmed with the knowledge, outgoingness and approachability of the rangers.
Stephen Hunt, United Kingdom

It has inspired me. 
Jon Troughton United Kingdom

Amazing experience with guides that know so much about the animals.
Laura Burgess, United Kingdom

Thoroughly enjoyed every minute at Shamwari and hoping to come back in the future. Brilliant to see people so passionate about animals, nature and conservation. Thank you for a once in a lifetime experience.
Cheyanne Camburn, United Kingdom

Very enjoyable programme with friendly staff, excellent food and accommodation - well done!
Eleanor Maltby, United Kingdom

SCE offers everything anyone could hope for when it comes to conservation. The coordinators are extremely knowledgeable and always make you want to learn more. I will never forget this incredible experience and I hope to return one day in the future.
Grace Barry, United Kingdom

SCE is a mind blowing, if not overwhelming place, and hugely educational. All the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Best time of my life.
Alex Pulfer, United Kingdom

A fantastic programme, jam packed with activities. Knowledgeable staff and excellent food - I can highly recommend.
Mandy Tamba, United Kingdom

Amazing experience, shared with amazing people. Completely 100% would recommend this to anybody and would love to come back in the future.
Caroline Cresswell, United Kingdom

What an experience! Each experience I have encountered will stay with me forever. The people I have met have changed me and the way I look at things. Life is too short to be wasted negatively. Thank you all, it has been awesome.
Jennifer Wooding, United Kingdom

Where other people should go? to shamwari conservation experience camp. what else? i mean itís just awesome! don't think about it just go there and i promise it will change your life!
Ginger Duke. Austria

The conservation experience is an amazing experience for all ages. It has been amazing and fun. I have learnt so much and can't wait to come back again.
Shannon Westphal. South Africa

I would highly recommend this experience for anyone with a passion for helping others and learning about African Wildlife, meeting new people from around the world. Second time around this was another amazing month and hope that I will have another opportunity to take part and return to a place I love.
Melissa Sault. Canada

Environmentally appropriate, providing firsthand experience. A wonderful learning experience for all ages. A month of my life that I will remember - an epic journey for sure.
Ellie Joseph. Canada

Simply one of the best 2 months of my life. I've learned a lot, met fantastic new people and will definitely recommend the course.
Antonia Alverca. Portugal

Overall the course is very educational and I have learned a lot and enjoyed it from start to finish. The trainers are very wise and knowledgeable.
Ryan DeVincenzo

All the staff and the other volunteers were great, making the experience a truly memorable one.
Sharon

Had the best two weeks ever, gutted to be home. This is not the last you've seen of me :
Kerstin Pryke

Miss this place and all its people!! Want to come back.
Willie Pienaar

Best volunteering experience ever .
Angie Goody

One of the best experiences I had was the training I did here (Ranger Training).
Rikus Lombard

Great to be up close to the animals, and especially the leopard. Perfect balance between work and free time.
Anonymous

The overall welcoming atmosphere of the place and the people was awesome, and the physical work got everyone involved - loved it.
Anonymous

The volunteers really work as a team and we enjoyed the work we did.
Anonymous

The friendliness of everyone, both the staff and the volunteers - far better than I ever expected.
Anonymous

The staff helped in making this a very enjoyable and memorable experience.
Anonymous

The people, the rangers and the other volunteers are so passionate about their work - and the cake was awesome.
Anonymous

I enjoyed all of it, every day was interactive and enjoyable.
Anonymous

I loved the vet work, the drives onto the reserves, seeing different wildlife and all the working aspects of the project.
Anonymous

I loved how different each day was and the spontaneity of it all. You never knew what you might see or be able to do next. I loved the staff and my fellow volunteers.
Anonymous

The best part for me was working hands on with the animals and learning from the coordinators.
Anonymous

We spent two weeks on the Shamwari Conservation Experience - and wish we had been there longer. The experience is extremely well planned, and the team looking after us so knowledgable and friendly. We got involved with a great variety of tasks ranging from clearing old fences, cleaning waterholes and (my favourite) chopping down invasive trees.The whole group does each activity/task together, so there's always lots of laughs and camaraderie to keep everyone going. The rest of the time is spenttracking and monitoring the animals on the reserve, seeing them go about their daily lives. We were so lucky to see so much, from the little baby warthogs and tortoises right up to the big five. For me the best parts, and one of the main reasons we chose Shamwari, was seeing so much of the big cats, lion, leopard, cheetah and spending time at Born Free. We also had a morning each week working in the local town's creche which was insightful and rewarding.My tips - do pack for all weathers, even though we were there in summer, the early mornings could be very chilly and we had a couple of rainy days as well as scorching hot days. And don't worry about taking lots of new clothes, be prepared to get down and dirty and it will be the best experience ever. Without doubt, every one of our mixed nationalities and ages group had the time of their lives.We loved it so much,yes there is some hard work but nothing unachievable. Idid things I never expected to do or even thought I could do - wielded a machete, shot a rifle and even cut a lion's claws. Wethrew ourselves into it and had the most fun, amazing and unforgettable opportunity to see and learn so much more of Shamwari and Africa.Toanyone thinking of joining the experience, just do it, you won't regret it!
Kerri and Steve Thorp

It was an amazing experience and we got handson experience that I would not get at another place.
Anonymous

The trip was amazing - once in a lifetime, I hope to come back!
Anonymous

The Co-ordinators are the best I have ever met, and I've met a few!
Anonymous

Blown away - it's been an eye opener!
Anonymous





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