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Welcome to DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage!

A small preview of volunteering with Children and Animals in South Africa!

We are a registered NGO located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. This means that we are in the middle of the African bush, surrounded by wildlife, and at the gates of the iconic Kruger National Park!

The mission of DAKTARI is to educate and inspire underprivileged children to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage.

Email us in English at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and join us for an unforgettable volunteer experience where you will help with the education of children and care for wild animals. Every Monday we welcome a new group of 8 to 10 local underprivileged children who stay with us full board for 5 days, we give them the opportunity to discover, learn and become passionate about wildlife and conservation, their heritage. We also supplement their school curriculum by giving extra classes in English, maths, environmental job opportunities, life skills and important social issues like drugs and alcohol and sex education.

DAKTARI was founded as an initiative from Ian and Michele Merrifield with the support from Wait A Little African Horseback Safaris .

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. The children want to make a difference, let’s help them!

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