DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment


P.O. Box 1599Hoedspruit 1380Hoedspruit, Limpopo 1380South Africa South Africa

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of Daktari is to educate and inspire local children to value their environment and stimulate community development!


Daktari is a registered non-profit company located in the Limpopo Province, close to the town of Hoedspruit. It is a bush school where the mission is to educate and inspire local children to value their environment and stimulate community development

Every Monday we welcome a new group of 8 local underprivileged children and 1 youth for a week and give them the opportunity to discover, learn and become passionate about wildlife and conservation, their heritage.

We also supplement their school curriculum in English, maths, sciences, geography, life skills and social issues.

Our goal is to enable today’s local underprivileged children to eventually be able to secure good employment in nature reserves, thereby improving their future quality of life.


Would you recommend DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage?
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by Delphine S. from BE (July 30, 2021)
I will recommend DAKTARI to anyone that want a life changing experience, with both animals and children, in a pleasant environment. I have now so many good memories, but also animal and nature knowledge. And even with a bad covid-19 situation, the staff had made everything so my stay was enjoyable. And I'm so thankful for that !
by Joya M. from CH (July 15, 2021)
I had the chance to be at DAKTARI for 3 weeks and it was an amazing time. It is a wonderful place here and everything is made with so much love and effort. When you arrive at DAKTARI you are welcomed by really nice and openhearted people and during your whole stay you are treated like a family member. All the animals here at DAKTARI are treated with love and receive the best life that they can get here. The project that they have with the kids is amazing and I'm sure that it has a great impact on them. I can't complain about anything - during my whole stay I was more than happy with everything. The atmosphere in the camp is always nice and happy and I received some memories that I will never forget. I recommend DAKTARI to everyone who loves to work with animals, to meet new people and to experience life in the African bush. I really have nothing to complain about.
by tracy c. (June 26, 2014)
This was an AMAZING experience. You live in a hut...with toilets, running water, and roommates. The cages of animals being rehabbed are 5 steps from your door, and you are on a wildlife reservation, so there are sometimes wild visitors as well. You can go inside the cages of many of the animals (my fave was the meerkats). Some animals are permanent residents, like the leopard that some idiots caught and broke/knocked out all his teeth, or the blind donkey that wanders around camp all day and night. Working with the kids is an amazing wake - up call. The things that they experience is so different in good ways and bad. Helping them to see the possibilities of a successful future in eco tourism is great... but they teach you just as much as you teach them when you have social talks with them. A Sepedi - English dictionary would've been helpful. Some kids know very little English. The food at dinner is pretty fantastic.. and very authentically South African fare.

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