WELCOME TO DAKTARI BUSH SCHOOL & WILDLIFE ORPHANAGE
DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage is an NGO founded in 2006 with the goal of enabling local children to have a better quality of life. DAKTARI works to educate and inspire children to value their environment and stimulate community projects.
Located in the South African bush near Kruger National Park, DAKTARI provides the perfect environment for children to learn about their natural heritage. The children visit DAKTARI for 5 days to complete the teaching program and work with the animals in our wildlife orphanage. Volunteers from all over the world teach the lessons and guide the children in caring for the animals.
DAKTARI also runs an outreach program to provide a greater impact to the community. The weekly Eco-Club allows children of all ages to learn about the environment at their schools and help with community projects. The Job Hunting Program and workshops we host in the community help adults and youth gain employment in the poorest province of South Africa.
We've worked on wonderful projects with great volunteers. Have a look below at some of our pictures to get an idea of what life at DAKTARI is like.
HOW DAKTARI CAME TO BE
Ian and Michèle Merrifield officially opened DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage in 2006 but it was a long road to make it happen. Ian and Michèle met while Ian was working as a game ranger at Tshukudu Game Lodge and Michèle was volunteering there. While hand-raising injured zebras, wildebeest, and warthogs, Ian and Michèle fell in love.
NOTES FROM PAST VOLUNTEERS
I would love to return to DAKTARI, it has been life changing and will stay with me forever, all the friends you make and how DAKTARI grows you is an amazing adventure which everyone should experience.
BETHANYVOLUNTEER IN JULY 2019
DAKTARI was a family experience we will never forget!
Thank you so much!
KARINVOLUNTEER IN MAY 2018
I want to say to everybody who is considering to go volunteering at DAKTARI: please go! You can make an impact in the lives of beautiful and precious children and animals.
MARJOVOLUNTEER IN AUGUST 2018
I really do believe that DAKTARI has a very positive impact on the community. It helps children understand the importance of the environment and the animals in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
JOSHVOLUNTEER IN JUNE 2018
We arrived at DAKTARI on the same day from two different places of the world, strangers to each other and now, we are the closest friends.
MAYA & EMMELIENVOLUNTEERS IN JULY 2018