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Wildlife Volunteering in South Africa: The Most Wonderful Three Months of My Life!

I participated in a project in South Africa, during 3 months. These are the most wonderful 3 months I have ever spent in my life. The place was magical, animals of all kinds and an extraordinary team atmosphere .. I met volunteers from around the world, really this experience taught me a lot on a personal level! I highly recommend – Imane, France

Original Testimonial in French:

J’ai participé à un projet en Afrique du Sud, d’une durée de 3 mois. Ce sont les 3 mois les plus merveilleux que j’ai pu passer de toute ma vie. L’endroit était magique, des animaux de toute sortes et une ambiance d’équipe extraordinaire.. J’ai rencontré des volontaire du monde entier, vraiment cette expérience m’a beaucoup appris sur le plan personnel ! Je recommande fortement – Imane, France

Find out more about WildlifeVolunteering in South Africa

Travel to South Africa with its fasinating landscapes and enjoy animal volunteering in the African Bush! You can choose from caring for Vervet Monkeys, monitoring the Big Five or Rehabilitation of orphaned or injured animals. There is now even a new marine biology internship available, at the aquarium in Cape Town.

Visit our page of Wildlife Volunteering in South Africa, to learn more.

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Wildlife Rehabilitation: Volunteer with Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

If you choose to work as a volunteer with wildlife rehabilitation in South Africa holding, caring for and living with African wildlife, you’ll have an experience whicht goes beyond most people’s wildest dreams.

Rehabilitation of Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

Protecting endangered wildlife

Take part in essential conservation efforts in South Africa nursing animals in need back to health. In this once in a lifetime opportunity you will be working in a unique wildlife sanctuary filled with the most amazing species of birds and animals that Africa has to offer.

You will be doing incredible and meaningful work, giving your time and love to the rehabilitation of creatures big and small. You will wake up every morning to the chorus of the African dawn, living in a nearby lodge, and spend your days working hands on with the animals.

Staying only a few miles from the beach and the bush and other tourist attractions, this placement in South Africa has it all.

This experience will develop your insight into the wildlife of South Africa and really touch your heart.

Qualifications and Requirements for Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteers:

  • Minimum Age: 16+ years
  • You will have a key role helping to prepare food and feed the birds and animals twice a day – This is really important work and you must be willing to get stuck in.
  • If you love animals and birds and be committed to their recovery and wellbeing, this volunteer project is for you!
  • You will be expected to work hard and get your hands dirty – your responsibilities may include cleaning enclosures and aviaries, constructing new enclosures and checking for damage to fences in order to prevent anything getting in or out.

Location close to Port Elizabeth

Location of project:  Animal sanctuary on South Africa’s world renowned Garden Route next to Port Elizabeth

Arrival airport: Port Elizabeth (code PLZ)

Shared dormitory style room in wooden lodge at project (2-8 persons per room)

Food: All meals are included

Available from 2 to 8 weeks

Want to work as a wildlife volunteer in South Africa?

Find the full information about volunteering in South Africa here, and proceed to the application form. You might also be interested in reading more about wildlife volunteering in more countries.

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South Africa: Big Five & Game Reserve Volunteer Program

South Africa Big Five - Leopard

South Africa Big Five – Leopard

Working as a wildlife volunteer on Big Five Conservation, you will hel protecting lions, leopards, elephants, buffolos and rhinoceroses in the African Bush.

Volunteering at the Big Five Game Reserve in South Africa

At the game reserve in South Africa you will carry out a spectrum of important tasks, including caring for the animals and monitoring in the African Bush. The nature of the volunteer work will vary according to the weather and season.

Tasks on the Schedule for an Wildlife Volunteer

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • lion tracking
  • game counts & capture,
  • environmental work
  • planting trees
  • managing vegetation
  • patrolling fences

There will also be tasks in the petting farm and stables, caring for the horses.

Big Five Conservation – Game Drives & Wilderness Walks

You will get to go out on game drives & wilderness walks, and work hands on helping with the care of animals in the rehabilitation and education centre. The volunteers on Big Five Conservation visit and work in different parts of the reserve. You will be given the opportunity to try a hand at all the different tasks and activities whilst you are staying in South Africa.

Qualifications and Requirements for South Africa Big Five Conservation:

  • You must be over 18 years old. There is no maximum age limit.
  • A good  state of good physical and mental health is pre-requisite.

South African Big Five: Origins of the Name

Even though you know that Africa and South Africa are so much more than the Big Five, the familiar images soon begin playing in your mind: lions roaring; elephants trumpeting; buffalos lurking in long grass; rhinos standing stately under a thorn tree; leopards prowling in the gathering darkness.

How did these five animals – the lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard – come to be called the Big Five?

It was originally a hunting term used by the so-called ‘great white hunters’ in the hunting heyday of the 19th and early 20thcenturies, when professional hunters bagged as many trophies as possible in as short a time as possible.

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