Saving Cross River Gorillas and Chimpanzees




15-90 Days




Important notice: As a result of the Anglophone crisis, we are not currently accepting volunteer applications for this programme.

  • Helping to conserve Cross River Gorillas and chimpanzees;
  • Working with local staff;
  • Participating in great apes surveys;
  • Checking camera traps;
  • Environmental education activities at primary and secondary schools;
  • Being immersed in the indigenous communities of the highland rainforest;
  • Meeting with local kings, chiefs, teachers and children;
  • Visiting Limbe Wildlife Centre;
  • and experiencing this unique, authentic African rainforest expedition.


Volunteer in the Highland Rainforests of South West Cameroon. Spend two or more weeks volunteering on conservation projects saving these great apes from extinction.

South West Cameroon harbours two of the most threatened African great apes: the critically endangered Cross River gorilla – the rarest of the gorilla sub-species with 250-300 individuals left in the wild – and the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee – also the most endangered chimpanzee subspecies in Africa. They are both keystone species in the montane forest ecosystems of the border region of Nigeria and Cameroon.
The Cross River gorilla could become extinct within 10 years, unless we act now.

Volunteering on this conservation project in Cameroon will take you to work on the frontline of conservation, taking part in surveys of the montane rainforests – some of which have never been surveyed before – and in community education and awareness-raising activities.

Field conditions

You will stay in local hostels while in town and in bush camps in the field. The local conditions are very basic and the terrain is very though, with steep slopes. Temperatures and humidity are high. The expedition will involve camping in two man tents. There will be no electricity and no toilets (only bush toilets). Meals will be prepared on an open fire and provided two times a day while in the field.


2 Weeks: US$1,850

4 Weeks: US$2,550

6 Weeks: US$3,650

8 Weeks: US$4,250

3 Months: US$5,850

Are you interested in staying longer? Please send us an email for more information.


  • Transport to and from the airport
  • 2 nights accommodation in a hotel in Buea (1 night at arrival/1 night at dept)
  • Transport to and from field base
  • Local transportation
  • Food and water
  • Guides and Porters


  • International Flights
  • Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Inoculations and Medication
  • Visa (can range in price from $100-$120 US).
  • Occasional meal out in town (ranging from $5-12)


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