WELCOME TO DAKTARI BUSH SCHOOL & WILDLIFE ORPHANAGE

DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage is an NGO founded in 2006 located in the South African bush, near Kruger National Park. DAKTARI works to educate and inspire children to value their environment and stimulate community projects.

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 for a greater impact in the communities. The weekly ECO CLUB and Wildlife Crime campaigns give the children the opportunity to ignite positive attitudes towards their valuable environmental heritage.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Come volunteer with us and experience living in the South African bush!

MAKE A DONATION

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ABOUT DAKTARI

Want to know how DAKTARI came to be? Then click below to read the whole story!

DAKTARI NEWS

Read through DAKTARI's blog to get updated on what's happening at the camp.

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DAKTARI'S MEASURES AGAINST THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

DAKTARI is following the national guidelines to fight against the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak.

We are limiting our movements and practising social distancing until the end of the national lockdown.

To help stop coronavirus, we recommend to follow the World Health Organization’s tips:

1- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub

2- Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze

3- Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people

4- Stay home and self-isolate from others

We will overcome this and come back stronger. Stay safe and see you soon!

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.

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