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South Africa Kruger Wildlife Sanctuary

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South Africa Kruger Wildlife Sanctuary

Help care for South Africa’s cheeky indigenous primates and work towards their rehabilitation as you explore the breathtaking Rainbow Nation.

Prices from US$895

Described by Nelson Mandela as the Rainbow Nation, South Africa is a melting pot of history and culture. Against this stunning backdrop gain hands on experience working with and caring for injured and orphaned primates at our rehabilitation centre. From the very beginning you will be an integral part of the rehabilitation team, participating in the running and maintenance of the centre as well as caring for and supporting the resident animals. If you have an interest in primates, then this project is perfect for you, located close to the world famous Kruger National Park where you can experience a ‘Big 5’ safari in your spare time! 



  • Gain practical experience caring for South Africa’s threatened wildlife
  • Explore the Rainbow Nation
  • Make unforgettable memories


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Limpopo Province, South Africa
Activities Caring for baby and orphaned animals
Cleaning and maintaining enclosures
Preparing and feeding animals
Assisting with the preparations for animal releases
Contribute towards rehabilitation initiatives
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Dormitory-style rooms in volunteer cabin



Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food (3 meals a day)
Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up















A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The increasing threat of habitat loss and hunting are just some of the effects of population growth and industrial development, causing the indigenous wildlife of South Africa to become ever more endangered. This has led to many animals becoming injured or orphaned and no longer able to support themselves in the wild. Primates in particular are hunted for meat, to serve as pets or for their medicinal qualities, causing their numbers to dwindle. Some species of primate are even considered pests by the South African authorities and fail to receive any legal protection, leaving them exposed to human exploitation. 

It is the role of wildlife refuges and rehabilitation centres to provide this crucial care and support of those animals which have been injured or exploited, ultimately with the hope of reintroducing them back into the wild. The role which the project has in educating the public about human wildlife conflict is also incredibly valuable in the fight to change attitudes and conservation.   

You will be assisting the park rangers in the everyday running of the rehabilitation centre as well as caring for its primate inhabitants. The centre may also be home to a number of other South African residents which will require your love and attention too! The work at times may be physically tiring but if you have a passion for animals then this project will be extremely rewarding as you make unforgettable bonds with the residents at the centre.


During your stay at the primate sanctuary you will take an active, hands on role helping the local staff with the running and maintenance of the rehabilitation centre. You will represent an important member of the team, ensuring that the monkeys in your care remain happy and healthy as they make their transition back into the wild. Daily tasks may include cleaning and repairing enclosures, feeding the monkeys and other animals housed at the centre, planting vegetables in the centre’s gardens and raising awareness with visitors of the environmental issues affecting South Africa. You will also help collect food for the animals twice a week from the local town. Your routine will change on a daily basis depending on the needs of the centre and the animals, but given the unpredictability of working with animals, there is no way of knowing for definite what each day will have in store! Be prepared to get really dirty at times as you clean, work and play with the monkeys and allow yourself to become immersed in life at the centre.


After you fly into O.R. Tambo International Airport you will need to take an internal flight to Phalaborwa Airport. You should look to arrive into Phalaborwa at midday. Here, you will be greeted by a local member of staff and transferred to the wildlife rehabilitation centre, a journey which should take no more than an hour. 


The project is located in Limpopo province near to the Kruger National Park in northwest South Africa. Throughout your project you will be based at our volunteer camp onsite at the sanctuary. You will be sharing a mixed sex dormitory style accommodation with your fellow volunteers – the perfect way to make friends and build team spirit! The rooms will be clean and comfortable, with flushing toilets and hot showers for you to rinse off after a long day playing with the boisterous monkeys. Electricity points are also available in the dorms, so bring an adapter to make sure your camera is always charged! You may also want to bring a sleeping bag in case you have the opportunity to experience what it is really like to sleep under the stars. 


You will receive three filling meals a day, including a continental style breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. Dinner will consist mainly of meat and vegetables and if you’re lucky a typically South African meal. These will be eaten within the centre complex with the other volunteers - a great opportunity to catch up with each other’s highlights and reflections on the day. Lunch is typically eaten outside or even by the pool, depending on your work schedule and the weather.

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In your spare time take the opportunity to explore your local surroundings and experience the spectacular sights which South Africa has to offer. Make sure you visit the biggest baobab tree in the world, fitted with its very own bar and swimming pool for your enjoyment! Take a hike through the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, home to the Modjadji tribe – the only tribe in South Africa ruled by a woman – and experience the sense of mystery instilled in the forest by the Rain Queen, a historical leader believed to possess rain-making powers. Or take a few days out of volunteering and make the trip to Kruger National Park to see the famous African game roam the savannah. But if you fancy a less conventional safari, you could always take a micro-light flight and experience a safari from the air.


2 weeks US$895


Weekly. Please aim to arrive on the Monday.


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food (3 meals a day)
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pickup
  • Project orientation & equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Phalaborwa (PHW)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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