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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ABOUT DAKTARI

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DAKTARI NEWS

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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.

NOTES FROM PAST VOLUNTEERS

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South African National Parks Kudu Awards
Global Giving - Award 2021
Global Giving - Award 2021
Top Rate Organization 2021 Volunteer Abroad
Community Choice Awards Voted Best 2021 Volunteer Provider
Community Choice Awards Top Rated in 2021 FUN
Community Choice Awards Top Rated in 2021 IMPACT
Global Giving - Award 2021
Global Giving - Award 2021
NGO Advisor Gold Award
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Community Choice Awards Top Rated in 2021 SUPPORT