Volunteers stay in a large and spacious converted farm house. Each room is en-suite and sleeps up to  a maximum of 4 people. There is a double room available for couples as well. There is ample cupboard space to house all your bush gear and mosquito nets are provided above every bed. The house has electricity so a hot shower or air conditioning is available (to suit the time of year) as well as power points for the essential charging of those over worked camera batteries!

In the main house there is an open plan lounge with sofas and a dining table where the team joins together to eat their evening meal. There is also a large kitchen and library. In the office you can check the schedule for the day, find information on all the reserves wildlife and make your contribution to the data collection.

Maria and Lindiwe will be your “African mums on the road” as she keeps the house, rooms and bathrooms clean for us. She will also do your washing….and even ironing twice a week.

There are plenty of outside areas as well where you can write your diary, take an afternoon siesta or watch the wild animals stroll by. Regular visitors to the Askari house include impala herds, baboon, giraffe, wildebeest, elephant and lions.

Surrounded on all borders by the bush and wild animals, the garden has an electric fence to keep us safe. Within the large garden there is a 15 metre swimming pool to cool off after a day in the hot, African sun or relax at the weekends. There is ample space for frisbee, cricket, football and rugby games and a small water hole attracting plenty of bird, insect and amphibian life.

Askari even operate their own veggie garden. Volunteers assist with its up keep so we can have fresh, organic vegetables in our meals.

© Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme
Askari swimming pool

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