Wildlife Sanctuary: Rescue and Release

Join our rescue and release team at a wildlife rehabilitation center in South Africa where we care for rescued, injured, 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 help care for and rehabilitate these animals, with the 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.

AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU WILL GET TO:

  • Take a hands-on role at an ethical wildlife rehabilitation center near the famous Kruger National Park
  • Gain valuable experience in animal care, rescue and release techniques, and wildlife conservation
  • Rehabilitate animals, enabling them to be successfully released back into the wild
  • Observe trained professionals and participate in the individual care and release plans for each animal
  • Learn about African wildlife, including how to track them, their natural behavior, and threats facing them
  • Support anti-poaching efforts by participating in snare sweeps, which save the lives of countless animals
  • Explore the surrounding area on safaris through the Kruger National Park and trips to Blyde River Canyon
  • Live and work with other wildlife lovers from around the world

About the Destination

During your time as a wildlife rehabilitation volunteer, you will be living in the Greater Kruger Region of South Africa. The diversity of the region is unparalleled; savannahs, forests, rainforests, and waterfalls are just a short drive away. The diverse landscapes are home to the most iconic animals in Africa, such as the legendary “Big 5” – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo. The Kruger National Park is an hour and a half away.

You will stay on location at the Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre, a beautiful property surrounded by citrus farms, forests, and beautiful ravines. Meals are served under a thatched roof overlooking the lush ravine, while the volunteer dorms are cosy, fully equipped, and split by gender. The highlight, of course, is your very own jacuzzi just steps away from the volunteer house – the perfect place to relax and enjoy the African sunsets.

With so many famous tourism hotspots in the region, your weekends will be filled with adventure. Spend the weekend at Kruger National Park (one of the top safari destinations on the continent) and be sure to take a drive along the spectacular Panorama Scenic Route. The Panorama Route is a true natural wonder with gushing waterfalls and the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon – one of the largest canyons on Earth.

Dates & Rates

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Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your stay
  • 3 meals a day cooked by a local chef (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport to and from project
  • 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
  • Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
  • Project equipment and resources
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights (we can assist you with this)
  • Travel insurance (we can assist you with this)
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
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