Legodimo Wilderness


Legodimo Wilderness is an independent eco volunteering project focused on conserving as much natural habitat as possible. Volunteers work on biodiversity studies, wildlife observation and hands-on manual projects to preserve the integrity of our wilderness. Our volunteer camp is situated in Botswana on the banks of the mighty Limpopo river, sharing a view with elephants, hippos, crocs and much more of the surrounding Botswana wildlife.



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He there,

I am David and i went to Legodimo in 2009 and came back in 2011.

When i arrived at Legodimo the first time i fell in love straight away. The most beautifull place i have ever been. The people are warm en i felt home straight away.

I met a lot of amazing people, the volunteers but especially the staff. Legodimo is worth every penny, every breath and every minute. That because of all the animals, all the fun work you do en because of G and Mieke. They do not only run the project, they make the project.

When i left the first time i new i had to come back once, i left friends, i left home and at that stage i left family. It is unbelievable that in 4 months you can love a place like this. I never thought that was possible.

You learn such a lot about the bush, the animals and you learn a lot about yourself as well.

I can try to describe the feeling but when i am honest.. it is undescribable!

When people ask me how was Africa.. I always end with the words: Just go there ones in your life. And when you go, go to Legodimo.


David Rademaker

Yes, I recommend this program
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Going to the Legodimo project was the best thing I ever did. G and Mieke are such wonderful people who really put their heart into reserving wildlife. They thought me so much.

My favorite thing was being in 'the middle of nowhere' with no internet or electricity. It takes some getting used to, but you turn to realize you don't need that 'luxury'.
You live in the wild, with wild animals. We woke up everyday when the sun came up in our dorms and often when I walked outside, a massive elephant came to greet me. We all had breakfast together, slowly waking up and enjoying the fresh air and nature sounds. Then we went to work and I loved checking on the elephant water hole where we couldn't be more close to these great creatures. We have lunch at camp and then work some more. In the evening we sometimes watched sunsets from a cliff or stayed in camp, eating together, cleaning up, play some games, read, have a laugh.
Every day we did some different work, and every day was fun. But the most fun I had, was when we held the first Legodimo Olympics. And also, in the evening, showering under the stars, I will never forget.

I loved being here so much and I'm dying to go back someday. Everyone should stay and help in Legodimo, it is a good cause and it enriches your life. Plus: I made friends for life, in a place that must be heaven on earth.

How can this program be improved?
Hard to find something that bothered me, except that my camera broke down for a few days.
Would've loved to have stayed longer and make more trips.
And after my return, I still woke up at sunset :)
Yes, I recommend this program
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From days surveying wildlife to nights watching elephants by starlight there is no experience of Legodimo that was not unique and magical.

The staff and volunteers are the most friendly, accommodating, motivated and fun group of people I have ever had the pleasure to have known.

The days work was varied and interesting ranging from biodiversity surveys to physical work removing fences, wrapping trees (to prevent damage by elephants) and general reserve maintenance. There was never anything that you could not be involved in, whether it was helping with the cooking, lighting the boilers, a game of darts or cards or just a good conversation, there was never any excuse to be bored.

On drives and hill walks the incredible beauty of the reserve and the rugged bushveldt environment was truly stunning, with dramatic bare-rock koppies and majestic ancient baobab trees it was imposible not to fall in love with such an extraordinary wild landscape.

I always felt really involved with the work, the staff made it's purpose clear and welcomed any fresh ideas from volunteers.

My time in Legodimo was the utterly fantastic. It is not melodramatic to say that had I not volunteered there my life today would be radically different, and I would be far less happy.

How can this program be improved?
Living in the wild has its challenges, with scorpions and thieving monkeys, it is hard to stay mad at a baboon for stealing your lunch though ...

Other than that the project is limited only by money and volunteers, the staff need your help to make their work a success and to realise their wonderful vision for their little patch of paradise!
Yes, I recommend this program
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I only have positive things to say about Legodimo Wildnerness. The staff are incredibily knowledgable, supportive, and accommodating. They make any visit incredible and will quickly become a life-long friends.

I was shocked by the program site when we arrived. We truly expected to rough it in the bush, but the camp is one of Botswana's hidden gems. The location is superb and allows for a truly unique African/Botswana experience.

Note that the program site is removed from villages and large cities for a reason. Don't expect to be able to explore the local night life in Botswana after a long day. But why would you want that? Instead you can enjoy listening to the sounds of the wildlife around a campfire and hearing the astonishing stories of the Legodimo Staff.

How can this program be improved?
I have no suggestions.
Yes, I recommend this program
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I only did a one month stay at Legodimo, but I wish I had done much longer. Every day was an adventure, and I learned something new every day. The owners of the program are awesome. They know pretty much everything there is to know about the bush, and the social events they organized were always a blast. The main camp is in a great area, right on the river so you see lots of animals that come to drink. Definitely one of the best places I have ever been.

Yes, I recommend this program