We are a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre
Volunteers are essential for the success of this project and are required for every aspect of the day to day running of the project.
There is no typical day and although many of the jobs are a daily necessity such as feeding and cleaning, there is always a new experience or job that needs doing. We will ensure you will get involved and have fun while learning new skills, meeting new people and experiencing a new way of life all while making a huge difference to wildlife conservation.
Examples of jobs you may be involved in:
Daily feeding routines and sorting of new food deliveries
Hand raising and bottle feeding of orphans
Working in the baby monkey nursery (Nov-May) to supervise and ensure they are playing, sleeping, feeding etc.
Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning!! We need to ensure all the enclosures and work areas are kept clean to avoid any infections.
Helping to administer medicines
Construction projects - helping to build enclosures, fixing fences, taking down old fences, painting, fixing, maintenance, laying pipes etc.
Taking part in animal rescues or releases
Land maintenance such as alien tree removal or burning fie breaks
Volunteers stay in shared accommodation either in individual wooden chalets or in our volunteer house. There are a maximum of 3 people to a room with a shared bathroom/living room and kitchen facilities
We provide all bed linen and towels and 1 of our housekeeping staff will clean the chalet twice a week.
3 meals a day will be provided by the project and prepared by the volunteers. The food is basic but tasty and filling. Please let us know in advance of any dietary requirements. Our tap water is from a bore hole and is safe to drink.
We can accommodate vegan and halaal diets on request only - there might be a small additional charge to compensate for the bigger cost of alternative products.
We are happy to help with pre-trip assistance in the form of advice on travel and packing plans.
We pick up and drop off volunteers from our closest city of Nelspruit on their arrival and departure day.
On the day of arrival (or next day depending on arrival time) you will have an orientation tour of the facilities
Tours to Kruger National Park can be arranged at an additional cost depending on availability at the time.
Volunteers cook together in the evenings which becomes a social part of the day. Evening activities such as campfires are also arranged as are trips out to the local restaurant occasionally (at volunteers own cost).
Enrichment toys for baby primates
Food - fruit/veg/meat
We have a dedicated volunteer coordinator who works with the volunteers and teaches them.
Other staff members are also responsible for:
driving for food collections
Running the agricultural project
Managing the farm
We are based in a rural area so this project suits people who enjoy the outdoors.
We are 10 mins drive to the local town where you can buy basic supplies but we suggest bringing most items from home.
We offer volunteers one day off a week to relax, hike to the waterfalls etc
We are not based in a malaria area
The weather at the project is very hot in the summer but VERY cold in winter - pack WARM clothes!
Baby season is Nov - March and we receive a high number of baby monkeys during this time. A lot of the work during this period is focused on close contact with the babies - bonding them with surrogates, bottle feeding, baby sitting etc.
April - Oct the work is more focused on forming the monkey troops, fixing up enclosures, preparing animals for release, building projects, fire prevention.
All year round the work involves - feeding, cleaning and maintaining enclosures.