Wildlife Sanctuary: Rescue and Release Project, South Africa

Join our rescue and release team at a growing wildlife sanctuary in South Africa as we care for unwanted illegal pets, injured animals, and lost wildlife. A growing human population in this area forces wild animals into conflict with local people, so many species find themselves in need of assistance. You will be helping to rehabilitate these animals, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back where they belong.

Combine this project with our African Big 5 Wildlife Conservation Project (just 1.5 hours away) for the ultimate South African wildlife experience.


  • Gain valuable experience at an ethical wildlife sanctuary, learning about animal care and wildlife conservation
  • Take a hands-on role with injured and baby animals (only when necessary)
  • Rehabilitate animals, enabling them to be released successfully back into the wild
  • Observe trained professionals and participate in the individual care and release plans for each animal
  • Learn about the wildlife on your doorstep, including how to track them, their natural behavior, and their relevant conservation issues
  • Support local farmers in their anti-poaching efforts by participating in regular snare sweeps, saving the lives of countless wild animals
  • Take advantage of optional trips to the famous Kruger National Park and the breathtakingly beautiful Panorama Route
  • Live and work with other wildlife fanatics from around the world

About the Destination

During your volunteer placement, you will be living in the famous Greater Kruger Region of South Africa. The diversity of this region is unmatched; savannahs, forests, tropical rainforests and waterfalls are all just a short drive away. Volunteers stay on location at the Wildlife Rescue and Release Center, a beautiful property that is surrounded by citrus farms. Aside from taking in the sights of the wildlife that visit this area, this property has awe-inspiring views of wide-open citrus fields, forests and beautiful ravines.

The volunteer housing – surrounded by trees and overlooking a gorgeous landscape – means you’ll get to experience the sheer beauty of this region every single day. Meals are served under a thatched roof overlooking the lush ravine, while the volunteer dorms are cosy and split by gender. The highlight, of course, is your very own volunteer jacuzzi just steps away from the volunteer house – the perfect place to relax and enjoy the African sunsets.

As you are located close to so many famous tourism hotspots in the region, your weekends can be filled with adventure. We’d suggest spending the weekend at Kruger National Park (one of the top safari destinations on the African continent), trying to spot the Big 5 in their natural habitat. After that, why not take a drive along the breath-taking Panorama Scenic Route with photographic opportunities at every turn, or have a relaxing South African Braai (BBQ) at the well-known Debengeni Waterfalls? We’ll help you with an itinerary once you’ve arrived!

Dates & Rates

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Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay, on-site at the wildlife center
  • 3 delicious meals a day
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
  • A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!
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