Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer in South Africa: Care for Injured and Orphaned Animals

Ricardo Ramajo caring for orphaned animals
Ricardo Ramajo pflegt verwaiste Tiere

If you decide to volunteer for wildlife rehabilitation in South Africa, you will be able to nurse orphaned and injured African bush animals. During your entire stay you will live close to these magnificent anmials. While doing so, you will develop a deeper understanding of African wildlife. After all, during your work with wildlife rehabilitation you will have a unique experience that goes far beyond the wildest dreams of most people.

Wildlife Rehabilitation: Take parte in essential conservation efforts

Wildlife Rehabilitation in South AfricaDuring the wildlife rehabilitation volunteer project, you will participate in significant conservation efforts that are in need in South Africa. This is a unique occasion, since you will work as a wildlife volunteer in a unique conservation area. After all, the reserve is home to rare bird and wildlife species in Africa.

Wake up with the singing birds of the African Bush

Druing this volunteer trip into the African bush you will devote yourself entirely to the rehabilitation of large and small animals from the wild. You will spare no time or effort and make a valuable contribution to the conservation of endangered species with their loving pest of animals. Since you live in a nearby lodge, the African Dawn Choir will wake you up every moring. After breakfast, you will spend your days looking after the animals.

Develop your Insight into the African Wildlife and Enjoy a Unique Travel Experience

As you will be working just a few kilometers from the beach and the bush and other tourist attractions, this internship offers a great experience in South Africa.

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

Start Dates & Arrival for Volunteering on Wildlife Rehabilitation

Our programs to volunteer in South Africa start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. Therefore, you should plan to arrive before 4:15pm. If you can’t make it, we suggest you fly in a day early. We can arrange airport pickup and extra night of accommodation.

  • 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



Fees – Wildlife Rehabilitation in South Africa

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of  U$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.

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What is included in the volunteer program fee?

  • Airport Pickup
  • Orientation
  • Accommodation for all projects
  • Support from local staff & Program supervision
  • In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
  • In-country administration costs
  • Donation to support the local project



Accommodation & Meals

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



Qualifications and requirements for wildlife rehabilitation volunteers:

  • You must be 16+ years old.
  • 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.
  • All participants in our volunteer in South Africa programs must have adequate travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in South Africa or during orientation,
  • You must love animals and birds and be committed to their recovery and wellbeing.
  • Expect 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.



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South Africa Volunteer Programs

Find out about all the volunteer programs with animals in South Africa here.

If you love to care for animals, have a look at the dogs and cats rescue program in Cape Town, too.

Moreover, you can also visit South Africa for a project on protecting Vervet monkeys.

In Cape Town, you can also do a marine biology internship at the aquarium.

There is another project in Kleinbaai to protect the Great White Shark in marine conservation.

Veterinary students can go for the veterinary science internship, with wildlife of the African Bush.

In addition, there are also educational projects, such as volunteer work with children at Doreen’s Crèche or teaching assistance at a primary school, also on the southern peninsula of Cape Town.

Volunteering with animal conservation

You may also have a look at the Animal Conservation Programs , with all the volunteer programs with animals.

For instance, you can volunteer with elephants in Thailand.