Category Archives: Past volunteer testimonials

Molly Shannon – Canada……click here

When you’re not enjoying the countless wildlife you are partaking in meaningful activities that lead to the longevity of this reserve’s ecosystem.

Shannon Farmer – Canada… here

The people here are truly passionate about the conservation, preservation and restoration of South Africa’s pristine ecosystems and wildlife

Meidan Leiderman – Canada….click here

I would love to come back for another stay at Askari

Ryan Wheatley – Canada….click here

Askari and Pidwa have a way of inspiring positive change in the lives of participants

Tyla Reed – Canada… here

Such passionate and inspirational people make it easy to learn from.

Carly White – Canada….click here

Having returned for a second time, I was continually blown away by the knowledge and passion shown by the Askari staff.

Alexander Brekelmans – Canada….click here

Being able to help and support a reserve whose main goal is to restore the landscape to it’s original form is amazing

Will Richmond – Canada……click here

The Askari programme us truly a rare experience. Their focus is on education, conservation, and restoration – which sets it apart from other reserve programs. I felt like my work was making a difference and that the people at Pidwa appreciated it. The reserve staff and guides were all extremely welcoming and quickly became close friends of mine. They were… (more…)

Samantha Croxford – England….click here

A month I will never forget! I can’t recommend the Askari conservation programme highly enough!

Wendy Cutting – England….click here

A month in a true wilderness with enthusiastic guides and everything from elephants to dung beetles to discover

Sofie Banister – England….click here

2 weeks simply isn’t enough time to experience the beauty of Pidwa and all it has to offer

Dario Piovesana – England….click here

As someone who has been involved in quite a few volunteer projects, I can honestly say Askari is one of the best.

John Key Powell – USA….click here

I will recommend Askari to anyone trying to visit South Africa for its wildlife.

Kate Hewitt – Canada….click here

This experience has been extremely life-changing

Richard Goetz – Canada….click here

It was almost 5 years ago since I was last here, so I’m really pleased this opportunity came to fruition.

Anna McNeillie – England….click here

Absolutely loved my time here at Askari! Complete mixture of learning about the conservation work that is done here.

John Young, United Kingdom………….Click Here

At 56 years old, I am the oldest person on the project, but fit in very well. A great bunch of volunteers.

Luke Harris, United Kingdom……………Click Here

The drives have left me with some amazing experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life. They are very personal and exciting.

Mark Harris, United Kingdom…………Click Here

I can honestly say I have enjoyed every minute of it. We learnt a lot, had some great sightings and very hot weather!!

Susan van Rijn – The Netherlands….click here

I came to do conservation work but did not realise I would go home with so much knowledge of the bush and many new friends

Natasha Eastwood – England….click here

I’ve has the best time of my life. I will definitely be coming back to Askari and strongly recommend this place to anyone

Shirley Coopman – The Netherlands….click here

You become part of an awesome team where you make new friends.

Jordan Gledhill – England….click here

I am back in South Africa and it would have been rude to not pop into Askari for 2 weeks. It was just as much fun as I remembered

Mike Oldridge – England….click here

An incredible experience full of amazing sightings, laughs and excitement and you come away feeling that you’ve actually made a difference.

Zachary Bogar – Canada….click here

I never thought I would have come away with all the amazing wildlife memories I have and that’s thanks to the hard work Pidwa puts into protecting their animals.

Anouk van den Bosch – The Netherlands… here

I wish I could stay at Askari. It was truly amazing.

Iris Jonker – The Netherlands….click here

“Nature is not a place to visit, it’s home” and Askari has definitely felt like a home

Mathis Drapeau -France……… Click Here

Where to start, and where to end after 4 amazing weeks here?! Maybe saying it was too short, but that I have enjoyed every minute, every activity, every sighting and moment shared with the Askari family. I was expecting something good, but it was more than just good. The time I have spent here is one of the best times… (more…)

Janneke van Kraglingen – The Netherlands ……… Click Here

I got picked up at the airport not really knowing what to expect and immediately we were Askarians! Within no time we new arrivals were part of the team. Everybody helped each other. I learnt so much about animals and conservation and the idea of Pidwa. I am so happy that I have been able to contribute to this idea.… (more…)

Olga Pozos Alexandre – Australia/Spain ……… Click Here

I really enjoyed my 2 week stay at Askari. I loved the respect and care the staff has for all animals. It was also fun participating in games and combining chores and fun. I think it is great how Askari not only cares and looks after the animals but also care and looks after the habitat. Askari also teaches the… (more…)

Miranda Coobs- The Netherlands……Click Here

It was an amazing, wonderful informative but most of all a time I will never forget! Katie and Ed are two amazing people and do an amazing job at Askari. I am thankful to be a member of the Askari family!

Iris Wisse – The Netherlands………Click Here

Had an amazing 6 weeks at Askari, made a lot of new friends and had some awesome sightings. Don’t want to leave now! The staff are amazing and always friendly and are always so much fun. I will miss everything about Askari. Thank You so much for everything!

Victoria Williams – England………click here

My experience at Askari has been invaluable. I have learnt so much from Katie and Ed, although I didn’t realise it at the time. The message from Askari isn’t just about conservation and respect for the wild bush of Africa, but to have a bloody fun time while doing it. We worked hard, we played hard and i cannot thank… (more…)

Jake Kitchiner – England……… click here

Excellent programme with the right balance of learning and work contributing to the reserve. Askari probably doesn’t give itself the credit that it deserves. It opened my eyes to so many new things, Askari and South Africa will always have a special place in my heart.

Fabian Mausbeck – Germany………click here

It has been a really nice experience to live and work next to wild animals. To see them in their natural environment was one of my best experiences I have ever had. Our group was so pleasant and it was a pleasure to meet every single one. We had a mad time and did a lot of things together like… (more…)

Alastair Thornton – England………click Here

Askari conservation programme was awesome. The staff that work there are a credit to Pidwa. The accomodation is awesome. All I can say is that Askari is lovely and will always stay with me forever, so I thank all parties invloved. 100%.

Mckenzie Brocker – USA …………click Here

Askari is a unique volunteer project that has real conservation goals. Whilst volunteering I learned so much you would never learn in another safari type experience. At the same time staying in a beautiful place with wonderful people, made great friends, had lots of fun, and contributed to the real conservation of South African ecosystems. The staff are friendly and… (more…)

Jess Wood – England………….click here

Having never done anything like this before I didn’t know what to expect. Nothing disappointed me though we did a variety of different activites but always allowed time to watch the animals. My first day here, on our way to move some fencing, we came across 3 lions in the river. We got close to them and sat and watched… (more…)

Esther Cowen – Australia…….click here

I had some spectacular sightings over my time at Askari. I had fun everyday and saw a side of conservation and the wild that not many people get to see.

Sinead Grigg – England….click here

I’ve had opportunities to see Lions, Elephant, Honey Badgers and many more. I’ve learned so many things from all the different animal species to birds