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South Africa - Monkey and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Join us in South Africa and learn about conservation, have hands-on contact with incredible primate species, make new friends, and experience a new culture!



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectNear Tzaneen, Limpopo Province
Project LengthMin 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks
Arrival AirportPhalaborwa Airport
Volunteer WorkHandling of the animals, food preparation, feeding and maintenance work
Number of Participants5 - 24 international volunteers
Age18 - 80

What's Included

Food3 meals a day
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersIncluded from Phalaborwa airport on arrival day
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses and visa (if required)


This project is located in the Limpopo province of South Africa. This province borders three of South Africa's neighboring countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Limpopo is rich with national parks and wildlife; it is a spectacular part of the country.


About the Project

This rehabilitation center was established to accommodate and provide a temporary sanctuary for wildlife casualties, rehabilitate them to a point of self-sufficiency, and ultimately reintroduce them into nature. This center has been operating from its current premises since 1995. At first, the rehabilitation center only worked with monkeys and two indigenous species of bush babies; however, they have expanded to accommodate baboons as well as various other animal and bird species. Many of these primates have been injured or orphaned, and therefore must fully mature before they can be released. The center aims to make at least 2 releases each year. This involves quite a bit of organization, research, and monitoring making volunteers a valuable resource in the rehabilitation process.


Volunteer Work and Contribution

You will be involved in many tasks at the project, such as maintenance and construction of the center, feeding animals, cleaning their enclosures, and handling animals.  You will work alongside the full time staff to rehabilitate the monkeys which can be released and provide ongoing care for those that cannot.  You will be able to learn about the behaviors of the monkeys, how the monkeys function as a troop and more.  Seasonally,you can expect to take part in the planting or harvesting of food which is used to feed the monkeys.  

A typical day: Before having breakfast, you will start the day with cleaning out the cages and feeding the animals.  After breakfast and lunch, your main tasks will be to care for the animals, repair enclosures or work on special projects  After dinner, you will feed the nocturnal animals and then have the rest of the evening to relax.  

Weekends are free after the animals have been fed and cleaned.

*Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.


Living Arrangements

Accommodations: You will stay in dormitory-style rooms with shared showers and toilets. Dormitories can sleep between 2-9 people. Couples are able to receive private accommodations. The rooms are on-site and a mere 500 meters away from the animals.

Food: You will be given three meals are provided per day.

Internet: There is WiFi at for an additional fee of ZAR25.00 per week.

Laundry: Laundry services are available for a small extra fee. We supply sheets, duvets and pillows. It's recommended to bring a sleeping bag as well.


Travel Highlights

There are plenty of activities and attractions in the area including visiting the biggest baobab in the world, visiting a local village and touring the area through tree top canopies.  You can also take a trip to the famous Kruger Park or hop on a bus to tour Cape Town or Johannesburg.  South Africa has a popular wine route that is great to travel as well as spectacular beaches and water sports all along the coast.  


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 18, maximum age 80
  • Basic level of English
  • Flexibility and open mindedness
  • Suggested minimum stay of one month
  • Full travel & medical insurance
  • Immunizations (please consult your doctor)



Here's an excerpt of Nurit's experience:

  "In my stay at the center there was a baby rhino that was abandoned by her mother, which was no less than incredible to see and be a part of. All the volunteers were really nice and friendly and I got to build relationships with people from all over the world that will last a lifetime!"
Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

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