WELCOME TO DAKTARI BUSH SCHOOL & WILDLIFE ORPHANAGE

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

DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage provides the perfect environment for local children to learn about their natural heritage. The children come to DAKTARI for five days and complete lessons in our Environmental Education Program. In addition, the children help care for some of our animals in captivity who cannot be rehabilitated or released back into the wild. This program instills a sense of care, respect, and empathy towards animals and wildlife in their communities. Volunteers come from around the world to teach lessons and guide the children in caring for the animals at DAKTARI.

DAKTARI also runs an Outreach Program to extend our reach and create a more significant impact on the local communities. The weekly ECO Club and Wildlife Crime Campaigns help inspire children and ignite positive attitudes towards their valuable environmental heritage.

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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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erine coutant
erine coutant
2024-05-22
J’ai été à daktari pendant 4 mois, pour mon parcours scolaire en tant que volontaire. Cette expérience à Daktari a été super enrichissante pour moi j’ai beaucoup aimé la partie avec les enfants. Le fait de pouvoir découvrir l’afrique du sud pendant le week-end est super bien et permet de mieux vivre l’expérience. Il y a aussi un personnels accueillant qui nous met à l’aise !! Merci daktari !
Martinez Jade
Martinez Jade
2024-01-09
Je suis partie pendant 2 mois 1/2 en Afrique du Sud au sein de Daktari pour valider mon année universitaire. Cette expérience a été bien plus enrichissante que ce que je pensais avant de partir. La découverte des animaux et des populations locales a eu un impact important sur ma vision de la vie et du monde. Je vous conseille d’y aller et de profiter de ces réveils matinaux qui sont parfois pas très agréables mais inoubliables mais surtout d’apporter votre touche à cette organisation et aux gens que vous rencontrerez.
Clem Maitrehanche
Clem Maitrehanche
2023-12-15
My volunteering experience with the Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage has been very rewarding. I have developed many skills working alongside the children as a teacher and gained a great deal of knowledge about the animals in the refuge. The atmosphere at the camp is excellent, the facilities are top quality and the scenery is incredible. The founders of the association and the teams on site did a fantastic job, which enabled me to experience an unforgettable adventure. I would like to thank them for their warm welcome and hope to see them again as soon as possible.
Erica Mielke
Erica Mielke
2023-12-08
Maravilhosa a experiência!
Elisabeth Gaucher
Elisabeth Gaucher
2023-12-08
Very 👍
Mahlatse Mauwane
Mahlatse Mauwane
2023-10-18
I've met friendly people, learned how to take care of our animals and environment. Free accommodation, food, swimming pool and acces to wi-fi. Its a best place to learn about wildlife ♥️🇿🇦
laurita
laurita
2022-03-19
Wonderful stay at Daktari Bush school as a volunteer. You feel like family and you ve got so many things to do and see. Team and volunteers make it all and I miss you guys though I was there for a short time !
Brigitte Bardot DAKTARI
South African National Parks
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