Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer in South Africa

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Group Size: Max. 30

Trip code: SAWS

Duration: 2 - 8 weeks

Group project volunteer with wildlife
Stay with volunteers on the reserve
Explore Jefferys Bay in your free time!

Animal lovers will be in their element on this amazing South African wildlife volunteering adventure! Volunteer with amazing animals and help to rescue, rehabilitate and release animals at a stunning wildlife sanctuary. Meet big cats, servals, caracels, squirrel monkeys and marmosets and help to feed the animals and support the sanctuary in a volunteer role. You may even get a chance to care for new-born baby animals on this unforgettable wildlife experience! In your spare time you can enjoy the nearby surfing hotspot of Jeffrey's Bay. You won't want to miss a moment of this South African wildlife adventure!

Trip highlights

  • Get incredible experience with animals such as squirrel monkeys and caracels!
  • Help to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife in need and make a difference as a volunteer
  • Encounter a huge variety of both indigenous and foreign species of animals and birds and send your inner naturalist nuts!
  • Get practical as you help construct new enclosures and observe veterinary procedures
  • Surf your way around the surf paradise of Jeffreys Bay, try surf lessons or horse ride along the beach
Further trip information

Expect an itinerary full of plenty of hard work, incredible South African sights, amazing animals, beautiful birds, and unforgettable moments. A day at the sanctuary can be tough but unbelievably rewarding! You'll spend some 'feeding' days caring for the animals and some 'project' days helping out with maintenance and repair duties at the project. A typical day may involve the following:

7:30am - After a quick cup of tea it is time for the animal's breakfast. Volunteers are given a food route which takes around 30 minutes.

8:00am - Now it is feeding time for you! Enjoy a delicious breakfast before getting on with the day.

8:30am-1pm – After breakfast you'll start going through the park's to-do list. Jobs include washing the animal’s dishes, more feeding, checking the fence perimeters for any holes, and cleaning, raking, maintaining and repairing enclosures. Jobs are allocated on a rota, so each day will be varied.

1.00pm-2.00pm – Take a break for some well-earned lunch!

2.00pm-3.30/4.00 – Animal feeding time again. The afternoon is dedicated to food preparation and distribution.

4.00-4.30/5.00pm - Late afternoon jobs often include washing dirty dishes, making sure there are no problems around the park, seeing to any clinical duties, and rounding up calves and other farm animals. After this you’re done for the day and can relax until dinner!

6.00pm – Dinnertime! After a day of hard work you'll probably want to take a shower and scrub up before you eat. The rest of the evenings are usually spent enjoying some chill-out time, and you can watch some TV or a film, go for a walk, sit round the fire and chat, or just catch up on some Zzz’s!

You will generally be interacting with animals such as servals, caracels, marmosets, squirrel monkeys, duikers and a wide variety of birds on a daily basis. Your duties and the animals you work with will vary depending on the needs of the sanctuary at the time of your visit.

Kruger Safari Experience Add-On

Make your South Africa travels even more memorable by adding an awesome five-day safari adventure to your trip. This add-on includes four nights’ accommodation where you’ll spend two nights in a Johannesburg hostel with its own pool and bar area, a night in an on-site chalet at Kruger game reserve, and one night camping in the bush on an immersive safari experience.

Our Kruger Safari Experience is a one-of-a-kind package that’ll see you staying within the grounds of South Africa’s most famous game reserve, where you might just glimpse a view of the ‘big five’. Please speak with a travel advisor for more details.

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