Unlike a lot of volunteering-projects nowadays, Modisa actually does do conservation work and has visions that could potentially help saving a lot of the wildlife in Botswana. The staff is passionate about nature and the lectures they hold are great (Also, the food is amazing).
In my three weeks there, I learned so much and met a whole bunch of cool and awesome people from all around the world.
And the pure experience of living in the bush is something you can't get by simply booking a safari and drive around the wilderness in a Jeep for a couple of hours.If you want to see the true Africa, this is the place to go.
I for one can't wait to return there in the future...
Review by Allaa2 years ago
I had the most amazing trip, at first I wasn't sure whether or not, I should spend that amount of money on a trip. But I can tell you, that money can't buy true happiness. This trip was the best thing I've ever done, and though it can be pricey, the month I was away In Botswana I've never been happier and contempt with my life. When you're sitting at the bonfire at night, exchanging stories with people from all over the world, or sleeping atop of a container - where the kitchen happened to be. Looking at the milky way and thousands of stars. Even though it was 1-2 degrees Celsius in June-July at the night, I've never slept better than I did a top of a container. We had to feed all the animals - Lions, leopards, wild dogs and Gary. It was such an amazing experience you could feel a rush in your body, when looking straight into the lion's eyes, knowing you're so close to such a powerful animal.
This was only a small part of the experience.
I can't possibly tell in words how amazing this trip was. So "just do it" you won't regret it, only that you didn't get to experience this wonderful place in Africa!
Cheers - Marcus from Denmark :)
Review by Marsinah3 years ago
The whole experience of what you see and do, doing the stay is just amazing! If you are considering to go to Africa, to do some kind of volunteering then choose Modisa!!!
I can only recommend others to go to Modise Wildlife Project!
Review by Virgelita3 years ago
When I left home, I had a lot of thoughts in my head; what was about to happen, and what if this wasn't going to be something I would like?
When I arrived at the airport in Maun, I was lost, and I didn't knew what to do or where to go, but quickly I found the lodge, and everything was under control. When I arrived to the lodge I was placed in this little tent with two beds and a chair, and at that point I still didn't really knew what to think.
The day after I was picked up, and we went to Modisa. In the mittle of nowhere - in the mittle of Kalahari - you'll find this beautiful and stunning place, where you can hear the lions roar, the sounds from the wildebeests and much more that there are no words for.
Now I have been here for four weeks, and have one week left, but it is definitely not the last time I'm here! The place is perfect, the staff is amazing, and of course all the experiences you'll get. I have done a lot of things that I could never had imagined myself do, but Modisa has done so many good things for me, and has also given me a lot of life experience, that I'll keep in my backpack forever.
Besides all the good experiences, you'll also meet a lot of different and nice people with different stories to tell.
So - after all. I'll definitely recommend Modisa, if you're into wildlife, want to meet new people and break som boundaries!
Review by Bhailu3 years ago
A true and natural experience into the real Africa. If you want to get away from the loud noises of the city or de-tatch yourself from social media and really relax....this is the place for you.
Amazing hospitality during my 2 week stay at Modisa. I was really worried as i have to follow a strict gluten free diet due to having Coeliac's Disease, but I was catered for my whole stay, no problems at all!
The camp is a great, easy layout and there is also WiFi on Sundays all day for catching up with family whilst you're away.
The project itself opened my eyes to alot of things and how conservation is affected. It was one of the best things I've ever done and plan to visit Africa again!
I still lie in bed and listen to the recording of the lions roaring...it never leaves you!
Review by JayMCee Saladoka3 years ago
Modisa Wildlife Project has made my dream come true about living the distressful life in the bush around wild animals 😍
A sidegift for me is all the wonderful and inspiring people I have met and the things I've learned about nature conservation in Kalahari.
I'm touched to tears by seeing true love between Val and Sirga and being so incredibly lucky to see Sirga hunt 😊
Thank you so much Val and Mikkel - what you do is unique 🙏
Review by Farjana Rainwaters3 years ago
I learned about Modisa from a Facebook friend. When I saw her photos I immediately decided that this was a place I had to visit and booked my stay right away. That was in August 2014 – almost one and a half year before I was able to go. During that time I would often try to imagine what it would be like, who I would meet and how I would feel about staying at the camp. Some days I looked forward to it with excitement, and other days I almost panicked about the thought of living in the heat among insects and wild animals, and pondered about shortening my stay from the planned three weeks to two weeks instead. Looking back now, I’m so glad I didn’t.
Modisa turned out to be one of the greatest experiences of my life. Instantly, I felt welcome and Val, Will, Jack, Gully and KK made it very easy for me to quickly feel at home. Every morning (early!) I woke up looking forward to the day I was going to spend with these people and the other volunteers, who I got to know quickly and had a great time with. It is crazy how well you get to know one another in only three weeks and how many interests you share.
The mid-day break, where it was too hot to do anything (often over 40°C!), could sometimes feel long, but we would always find something to do, e.g. play kalaha in the sand with impala poop – you really get creative when you’re surrounded by wild nature and far away from wifi. Every day, something unexpected happened – ranging from a poisonous snake under a tent that had to be driven away from camp to the arrival of an abandoned ostrich baby that needed care. The weekly activities, such as morning game drives and walks, lion feeding and fence patrolling, were a completely different experience each time. It was almost difficult to digest all the different impressions, why I sometimes would find myself daydreaming, and then suddenly ‘wake up’ and realise that I was sitting on a bumpy tractor cruising through the Kalahari on my way to pick up meat for the lions.
The beautiful scenery of everywhere we went amazed me, and especially the two lectures on wild life preservation that we were given, made me realise how vulnerable and delicate nature really is, which made me appreciate it even more.
Leaving Modisa was hard, and the thought of me not going to watch another sunset from the kitchen container, or fall a sleep to the sound of roaring lions, convinced me that I have to come back. Until then, I will miss beating Team International in the game “Kongespillet” (and yes, we did beat you), making stick bread at the bonfire, sleeping under the overwhelming starry Kalahari night sky, or just laugh a lot with the great people I’ve met. Life becomes so simple in the bush, and it is truly amazing.
Quote from a leaving volunteer: “It is going to be weird to return to the real world”.
Orty, the biologist: “This is the real world”.
Review by Lubs3 years ago
I would recommend everyone to go to this amazing project:) i had the best time and experience there, and i miss it every day. Modisa is not just amazing because of the beatuiful place, wildlife and nature but also because of the people who works there! You learn so much from staff, and they have so much knowledge and passion that that alone makes it worth going there:) i cant say anything else then that this project is truly amazing and runs by people with such a good heart:) thank you for giving me the most fantastic experience ever:) cant wait to come back again someday❤️
Review by Bafford Rodriguess3 years ago
People tend to blather on about 'This experience changed my life' when they come back from trips away, and since I'm as cynical as the day is long whenever I hear that God-awful statement I feel like hitting them over the head with my shoe (Actually a steel toecapped boot so, y'know, it'd hurt a bit) but a short stay of a couple of weeks in Modisa managed to change some of my more deeply-held beliefs about nature and conservation, which was no mean feat.
Overall I loved it. The team at Modisa are really trying to achieve something good there and you can tell by them that they're 100% comitted to it. The experience is fantastic, and as much you'd sign up to this for the animals & African experience it's the people there who really make Modisa what it is.
While you're there you'll get a 360 degree view of conservation and wildlife in Botswana. Half of your time will be doing volunteer work which I won't deny is hard, especially if you're a pasty white Irish boy who goes from 0 to well-cooked after fifteen seconds of direct sunlight. But as I said above the people there make these jobs a lot more fun. The other half will be spent on game drives, bush walks etc. which are amazing. Modisa is right beside the CKGR and as far as the eye can see there's just wilderness around you. You'll learn about (and see up close) the big game animals but you'll also learn about the smaller things that people overlook: Plants, insects, birds. After a while you'll gain a knowledge of how these all plug in together and that I found was where I really loved Modisa: You learn about the entire ecosystem, not just the more famous animals. You'll also learn about the political situation and how it affects conservation which while reading it here sounds pretty dry is actually fairly interesting.
After all the above Modisa has so much more that makes it stand out in my memory: Having the craic (I'd google that phrase if you're not sure what it means by the way) at the camp after a long day and dinner, having stickbread around a campfire, the sunrises, the sunsets, finding your way to your tent at night and just listening to the noises of the Kalahari as you're going to sleep, it's pretty fantastic to be honest.
Actually as I type this I want to go there again.
Review by GilBrassaud3 years ago
Modisa Wildlife Project is without a doubt the most sincere and amazing organisation, I could've ever imagined of! All the staff members were all fantastic people, and their working skills were even more spectacular.
The experience taught me, not only a lot about myself, but even more about the wildlife in Africa!
Review by Daksh Nahla3 years ago
I had met the co-founders of Modisa in 2009 in Namibia, who had also fallen in love with Africa. Once I learned that they had set up Modisa in Botswana, I was very keen to volunteer, support and see what it was all about. I knew Modisa would be amazing, however, it surpassed all my expectations.
Whilst there, we were so very lucky to meet 3 of the Masters of tracking (7 in total worldwide), at their best. Showing us how tracking is carried out. It was a true honour to have them sharing their knowledge of the Kalahari desert and all it provides to our group of volunteers. We also met a biologist at the camp, who was carrying out various surveys with regard to the changing landscape and it's vegetation and the environmental impacts.
The feeding of the lions, wild dogs and leopards. The various wildlife/game and birds whilst out on game drives. Gerd the wild ostrich, visiting us at camp! The interaction and love between Sirga, the lioness and Val, priceless.
Going to bed hearing the lions roar, the game walking nearby in the middle of the night. Showering in the open with the beautiful blue sky and sun shining above you.
Waiting the arrival of Knox and Boy, the newest members of the Modisa family at 2 am. The camels deciding that Friday night has to be spent out in the Kalahari desert, following Val on foot for hours watching him tracking the camels with only a torch and the milky way above us, tracking skills at its best.
Sun rises and sunsets that catch your breath away, the moon and millions of stars that you think you can just reach out and touch.
Val's passion, dedication and love for conservation and Modisa and all he stands for and believes in is unique. The in-depth lecture that Val gave was so informative, you think you know a little by watching documentaries, animal planet etc, but when you listen to Val about conservation and it's challenges, you realize you know very little and by the end of the lectures, you are so much more informed and aware.
I learned and understood so much on this trip and am grateful for the time taken to teach me/us.
Also, the volunteers who come to Modisa, all from different parts of the world, backgrounds, personalities and beliefs make Modisa what it is.
I returned home last week with a heavy heart and am looking forward to going back later on this year. I highly recommend that, YOU, the reader of this post, go and visit their website and book to volunteer, you will not be disappointed. It's a life changing experience.
Review by Malanena Seiglie3 years ago
I just "stumbled" upon the Modisa Website and became interested more and more into the project. Also, I wanted to know more about wildlife in Africa.
Arriving at the camp was pretty much as I expected. It was even better than I thought. A warm welcome by the staff and the volunteers. Contagious enthusiasm of the people and a huge knowledge. Lions roaring in the evenings and jackals howling at night. And those shining stars at the sky … I definitely will come back to Modisa!
Review by Widz Emir4 years ago
I spend 6 months in Modisa in 2014. It was absolutely unreal. Within 5 seconds of your arrival you feel welcomed and at home, the people running the place are truly committed to their project, and getting to know them and listen to what they know really inspired me.
The days at Modisa passes by so fast, with all the different activities, such as gamedrives, bush walks ect. And at night you spend time with the volunteers often at a campfire.
It is hard to explain the experience, but most importantly what I remember is that I was next to one of biggest deserts in the world, so beautiful and remote - and yet I never felt so much at home.
Review by KPModley4 years ago
I spent 4 weeks at Modisa. The wildlife project has exceeded all my expectations!!! I have learnt so much from Val and the staff about conservation. Every day is different at Modisa...ranging from feeding lions, bush walks, game drives, conservation talks and swimming at the watering hole. The people I met were so friendly and easy to get along with. The food is amazing. I will definitely be coming back and for longer next time. Val and Sirga offer the holiday of a lifetime.
Review by Dileep4 years ago
Modisa offers a wonderful opportunity to experience the pristine African bush. The gorgeous sunsets, beautiful nature, and special people becomes part of you when you're there and never leaves you when you go home. The exposure to the animals at Modisa is so special, you learn a lot about the animals and about concervation and the protection of them. It was a honor to be able to exeperience that.
Review by Hulyan4 years ago
In september 2012 I visited Botswana and Modisa Wildlife Project for the first time.
To be honest, I was very nervous about going.. I've always been extremely afraid of spiders, hated bugs and never liked sleeping in tents before. How would I manage being so far away from home living in an environment so different from everything I know and everything I'm used to?
This experience blew me away. I had never in my life imagined I would love something so primitive and different so much. But it stole my heart.
The thought behind the project is incredible and I remain highly impressed by to two guys, Mikkel and Valentin, who are the founders of Modisa. Not only is the whole project impressive and interesting, these two guys are also extremely kind and caring people who makes you feel safe and comfortable.
It is hard to point out exactly what makes Modisa so amazing, but I'll try to describe parts of it: Falling asleep every night listening to the roars of the lions and the songs of the jackals. Waking up every morning to find elands jumping around in the bush. Sitting around the fireplace drinking Savannah Dry's while goofing around with the other volunteers. Enjoying the silence and the beautiful night sky full of stars. Getting to do things you never thought you'd be able to do - this makes your confidence grow.
In January 2014 I went back to Modisa - I simply missed it too much. I even changed my flightticket home while I was there because I didn't want to leave, so I stayed longer.
Leaving Modisa always brings me to tears.
Home is where the heart is and Modisa has mine... Looking forward to coming back!
If you want a unique, life changing experience you'll remember for eternity and an experience that'll make you grow as a person in knowledge and confidence, I can only recommend this!
If I can do it - anyone can do it. :-)
Review by Holbeck4 years ago
Do it! Do it! A trip you will never forget. Fantastic place with amazing people and animals. :)
Review by Momsters Zoski4 years ago
I spent 3 weeks at Modisa and enjoyed every single moment of it. I did a lot of research before arriving and thought I knew what to expect, but my expectations were surpassed. It's impossible to describe the feeling when you sit at the campfire watching the sunset and hear the lions roar in the background, it almost seems surreal. Modisa is a place where you not only see beautiful animals and beautiful landscape, but also learn a lot about the importance of wildlife conservation and the effects of human impact on nature.
You'll meet other volunteers from all over the world and have a great time with them, no matter if you're doing some work, play volleyball or just sit at the fire and talk. Val and his staff are awesome people and even though I travelled alone to one of the most remote places in the world, they made me feel at home from the moment I arrived.
Review by Javiely4 years ago
No need to think about it guys, just book it and go!!
You're guaranteed the time of your life!
Review by NorrieC4 years ago
It's a bit over two years ago when I booked my first stay at Modisa.
Three months at a project which I only knew from pictures. "How can you book three months at a place you don't know? What if you don't like it?" That's what everyone said to me. Arriving in Maun I knew it was the right decision to come here. How can it not be right when you meet a girl who already returned twice?
What I didn't know was that this place was about to steal my heart and change my life forever...
Of course I could start telling you about all the things I did, the awesome people I met and the great time I had but I won't. Simply because I can't find the right words to describe it.
Modisa is a place where you discover a new side of yourself you haven't seen before. It gives you so many new experiences you can't even imagine. It's a place you fall in love with.
If you're open minded about everything you will get more than you can ever dream of.
My deepest respect for two friends who had the idea to create a special place. Two friends who are fighting for a better world every day. Two friends who gave so many people a home away from home.
I never felt more at home.
Thanks for having me twice.
Review by Mailboxes4 years ago
Came here as a getaway from the city with absolutely no knowledge on wildlife and conservation, left with a detailed explanation of how our activities has impacted wildlife in Africa and also practical experience of the bush.
Absolutely love the enthusiasm of the staff and the knowledge they have of wildlife. Will miss falling asleep under the stars and the roaring of the lions at night.
If you want somewhere to start learning about conservation, Modisa will definitely be the best chioce because of what you learn and the experience. You WILL want to come back again.
Review by JuliaV4 years ago
Where to start..... I visited the Modisa project at the end of 2013 for one of the most memorable 5weeks of my life.
There are so many different options available for volunteer work or a volunteering holiday in Africa and I, like most spent countless hours researching where best would suit my requirements : A place where i had the chance to experience a 'real' part of Africa, somewhere where i could really learn and be educated about what conservation is and how it can be accomplished, somewhere honest and upfront about who they were,what they were doing and what they hope to achieve but mostly a place with a vision for conservation in Africa and its cats (No lion cub petting i.e grooming for caged hunting here!!!). And Modisa most certainly delivered all of this and more.
There are is so much conflicting information online and it can be a quite confusing as to what conservation actually is and how YOU can help... especially in Africa. Here my eyes were opened to the difficulties it faces and what a battle it really is. I remember being told 'your time here won't save all of the lions.... but it will help their cause by educating others and understanding the problem better yourself'. For me the most honest and reassuring statement i could of ever heard.
That is why I love and truly believe in this place, and why i am going back this year..... not to mention the experiences i will get to relive!!!
Amazing scenery of both animal and landscape, educating and thrilling game viewing and bush walks, a lot of hard sweaty work (that you will love!!) (The daily activities change and vary depending on what needs to be done and the situation.) and some truly amazing people that at the end of the day you get to share a few drinks with around the fire and view some of the most spectacular sunsets and night skies i have ever seen!!!! Its not for the faint of heart and it's not luxury, although it may change your opinion on what true luxury is... for me it changed to sleeping under a blanket of stars at night and being immersed into a beautiful part of the world.
I could talk for hours about the place the project and the people but all i can do is recommend you go and experience it for yourself and you like me will most probably fall in love with Africa and Modisa too.
Review by RandynNicole4 years ago
So nice and good people who help you to come back down to earth and show you what really matters in life - you will notice when you're back home. A group which takes you, as who you really are and they won't change you and give you one of the best feelings you've ever had. You will learn so much about animals and nature, that you will realise, no matter where you are, that you have to take care about the nature, the animals, your planet.
Review by Codyboy4 years ago
I joined the Modisa wildlife project for two weeks but even though it was a short encounter it was one of the most experience-packed and unique journeys of my life. Even though I am not an "outdoor girl" and I had to borrow most of the practical outdoor items (as a flashlight and a backpack) it really felt natural being there. Everybody was so kind and I met some awesome people who I still am in touch with today.
The days at Modisa were packed with unique moments as bush walks, feeding the lions, watching animals as they come to the waterhole during the night to drink (they came really close!), the amazing sunrises and sunsets, bonfires under the clear sky, falling asleep to the roar of lions outside your tent and of course seeing the amazing relationship between Val and Sirga with your own eyes.
Joining Modisa wildlife was also a really eye opener regarding conservation in Africa. The guys at Modisa are really doing a huge work in protecting our precious nature and learning the volunteers how important it is to maintain. They really deserve all the support they can get for their unique and trustworthy work they are doing for the nature of the Kalahari desert.
Every day at Modisa is unique and it is difficult to explain the true feeling of being there,- you have to experience it yourself! So pack your backs and join the Modisa wildlife project and get the trip of your life!
Review by Naneo4 years ago
Modisa is a place where you learn who you are, and where you help to protect animals, our wildlife, our heritage, our future. Approaching wildlife and loving it reminds us our responsibility upon it, our vulnerability facing it, and reveals our humanity as being awesome or dreadful, regarding the side we decide to choose. At Modisa you feel at home, the staff are your african family and the others volunteers your brothers and sisters.