International Cheetah Day
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Valérie Klein
· August 21, 2017
Daktari is such an awesome experience. It's the perfect combination between having the cutest moments with lovely animals and having the funniest moments with endearing children. This team makes you f...eel like you are part of a big family. I've stayed for 6 weeks in the camp and I've been able to experience so many different faces of what you can do at Daktari. I have no regret about anything. I even sometimes miss scratching my hands on these thorny trees in the bush.
I've been taught so many things in there. Not only about the way to treat animals or how to survive in the bush but also on my personality. These people made me understand who I am and who I want to be. I came back home feeling lucky about my life, with so many new friends and countless memories.
The staff does such a great job. I'm not only talking about the cook who have cooked so well I went back home with more weight than I left but also about the volunteer coordinator who makes everybody joyful. I'm also talking about these people that clean the camp so that we can live in a wonderful environment and fix every problem you can face. Then I am also considering the animal and camp manager who always has incredible ideas to keep us busy and improve the animals' enclosures. I'm not forgetting the long-term volunteers offering their time and skills to this beautiful cause but also being so kind and funny. Then, the office manager who is one of this superwoman, super efficient and so peaceful. Eventually, Michele and Ian who rule this place the best way they can.
This is an experience you have to add on your "to do list" because you can't regret living something like this. I will recommend it to all of my friends and to all the people that have not been afraid of reading such a long message.
Thanks a lot to Michele and Ian for letting me be part of this life changing experience, I am so grateful about this.
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Susi Latham
· September 11, 2017
I had an absolutely brilliant time in Daktari. All the Daktari team were very welcoming and there is a real family atmosphere in the camp. It gave me a great opportunity to work with animals and whilst really feeling like I was making a difference. I would not recommend staying for less than 2 weeks, as it isn't enough time to get to know the place (I stayed for 3 weeks and would have loved to stay longer). There are lots of activities organised by the staff to let the volunteers have fun at the weekends. Daktari staff were also really helpful in organising a safari for us in Kruger. Accommodation and food were both perfect for us- a good mix of comfort and an authentic South African experience. I can't wait to go back again! See More
Zoé Sansac
· August 22, 2017
Daktari is an amazing place.
Inside of nowhere! Each time you go out you do a little safari
At daktari you see monkey,warthog,niahla totally free and just near giraffe,sable antelope,cheetah ! Incred...ible!
I spend two weeks there and I learnt that having animals means take care of them every day : feed them but also clean their poo.
The work with animal is really important for the children I think,they learn about the animals.
But the children also enable you to learn a lot about the reality of the world and the moments spend with them are priceless! Even if they are shy at the beginning they feel more and more confident and we have very interesting social discussion.
And it's so great to see their progression during the week!
I'm sure this teaching has an important impact on the society around daktari and it's for that this is so a wonderful association!

Moreover spend time with volunteer from all over the world is an amazing experience! You share so much things, exchange ideas about lessons, cultural activities etc..
A man told me that "the volunteer grow up at daktari more than the children" and I think he was right.
When you come back home all your word have been changed by this wonderful two weeks

I also want to thank
the staff for their patience explaining how to clean the enclosure.
The ladies in the kitchen who had always a smile on their faces.
Pretty with his happiness and kindness makes you feel at home every time.
Will and Rahaba who help a lot at daktari and have always a nice word for you.
And the long term volunteer who are behind a lot of projects !

Michele and Ian you really have had a marvellous idea the concept of daktari is exceptional !
The people like you make me believe in a better world where everybody can improve !
Thank you so much !
I will never forget this trip !

Every one who can speak english,like teaching to the other and take care of animals have to do this wonderful experience !
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Yasmin Mirdamad
· April 2, 2017
Me & my mum could unfortunately only spend a week here at Daktari due to work commitments but I can safely say this was one of the best experiences of my life, and better one week than none. I'll defi...nitely come back & continue to support this project. I couldn't speak more highly of the welcoming staff & fellow volunteers. The children were a delight and the best part was going around with a coffee first thing, and saying my hello's to the beautiful orphaned animals. I look forward to seeing this project grow, and feels like a home from home! Thank you for an amazing experience Daktari, hope to see you soon! Xxx See More
Tal Granger
· July 13, 2015
The most incredible and unique experience of my life... 6 years later we still miss it and love watching the DVD that we made of our stay. The only time I have ever cried getting on a plane to go home... from a place was when we left Daktari.... We didn't want to leave and still hold it very dear in our hearts xx See More
Raphaël Détourbe
· August 3, 2017
DAKTARI is sincerely the best adventure I have ever had.
I wasn’t sure about anything before going there because of the differences between Europe and South Africa, especially concerning the health ri...sks but when I arrived, I was reassured by everybody.

This camp in the middle of the bush is an incredible place, you’re getting used to it really quickly.
The accommodation is really comfortable, even though it‘s a bit hard to fit in the beds when you’re 6’2” but that’s only a detail!

I really appreciated the help of the volunteers who were already here, when you arrive you always have some questions about different things and they were really helpful.
I was impressed by the constant smiles of everyone, the atmosphere was always pleasant and it was really great.

Working with the kids was absolutely incredible. Of course, they know you’re not their usual teachers so they will play a little bit with you but it also makes the relationship with them much easier!
The lessons are really well made, I personally learned a lot of things about nature and by teaching them, you realize that the children don’t know much about the different topics, even if the subjects are basic ones.
Activities are really different and numerous, you always have some things to do and I never got bored!

I had such a great time at the Oaks Village, sharing those moments with the kids who I didn't even know was incredible. Their way of life is so different from ours but so cool and also tiring because they can't stop dancing! Thank you Helene for taking me there!

And the animals... Having such a big variety of species in Daktari is absolutely unbelievable, it’s even more enjoyable when you come from a country where there are only cats, dogs and pigeons (I don’t think I’m exaggerating, no offense to European environment). ;)
Although it wasn’t possible to enter every animal’s cage, watching them was totally insane!
I sincerely apologize to Molly the pig for building a horrible shelter, I hope she will have a better one.

I wanted to thank everybody for this unique experience. It was an eye-opening experience for me, I'm thrilled I experienced all of this.
I want to thank the cooks, Aba, Lucky, Sam, Thato and the persons from the staff, all of you guys added something to my stay and I’m really grateful for this.
Thank you Ian and Michelle for having me and helping me spending an amazing time in Daktari.
Thank you Erica for making the organization of the trip so easy, it was really helpful and I needed it. :)
Thank you Will, my mate, for teaching me some many things about your country and culture, “good people”, “board meeting” and “bah oui!” will stay forever!
Thank you Pretty for helping me motivate the kids during the lessons, it would have been really hard without you. By the way, I still hear the hyena scream in my head. :)
Thanks Amelia and Jason, my English mates, for making some efforts when you were speaking to me, especially at night, I think I can understand British people now.

God… I miss Daktari.
You can be sure Raphiki will come back!
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Alexia Pigeault
· March 21, 2014
I leaved to Daktari for one weeks and after two days it was impossible for me to stayed just one so I decided to stayed two. And it was so short because it was amazing and wonderful. All the people I ...met are incredible and unforgettable. The animals and the children were a new breath and I thanks everybody for that. It's an experience not to be missed. I would like to go back, and I am sure it will be happen !! :D See More
Shayne Traviss
· July 21, 2017
DAKTARI filled my heart, Michelle is an earth angel, can't wait to return in March!!!
Amy Maxaieie
· November 29, 2013
As a long term volunteer at Daktari (12 months), I can safely rate this project as 5 out of 5 for excellence! The mission of Daktari is undeniable, the people you meet (from all over the world) more t...han interesting, the children are a joy to work with and an inspiration and as for the animals, well they are just amazing. If you are looking for a safe, meaningful and affordable volunteer experience in South Africa this is the place to combines children and animals - the perfect mix for a charitable experience overseas. Any age, any walk of life (believe me we get them all) are welcome :) P.S any past volunteers, please write your quick review here on facebook for others to see. x See More
Marie Magnard
· August 28, 2016
The most wonderful trip I ever made ! Amazing place, amazing people, amazing atmosphere, amazing children, amazing animals :) I hope coming back one day !
Louise Nadon
· December 30, 2016
I had the opportunity to spend 4 days in Daktari camp. It was amazingly eye opener and learning experience that I will never forget. I wand to thank everyone.
Ronen Fleisch
· November 29, 2016
Daktari is a great place where people show love to animals and other people.
Anthony Palairet
· May 13, 2017
I spent 3 months at daktari 7 years ago. It is an unforgettable experience!
Liberty Mmola
· May 4, 2017
Daktari is nice place where we learn how to take care of environment, and animals.
Romain da Irabazi
· December 27, 2013
I was volunteering for one month and
I would like to go back to help this great organisation one more time.
Babe-Posh Shai
· May 28, 2017
I got an opportunity to spent a week there was amazing.I wish I could go back.
Nikita Lee Kersten
· June 2, 2014
Best trip I've ever done!!! Highly recommend Daktari, Michele and Ian are fantastic!
Nkateko Ndlovu
· February 2, 2015
Daktari is a good place to stay for a while experiencing new things
Jose Ramon Camino
· March 30, 2015
Nicely done, simply and effective to wake up awareness about this key resource.
Thabang Jonas
· August 26, 2016
I love wildlife because I like to know about wildlife.

A few days ago we welcomed two new baby mongooses: Eddie and Crash, from Moholoholo Rehab Centre. They are both around two weeks old and the DAKTARI team is enjoying taking care of our two new babies!
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We recently said goodbye to one great volunteer who explained her DAKTARI experience with children and animals on our blog. Don't hesitate to have a look to learn what a typical volunteering at DAKTARI is like:
#DAKTARI #Volunteer MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet

A past volunteer talks about her experience at DAKTARI and what she liked and disliked about volunteering with children and animals in the bush