SOUTH AFRICA: Rewarding Care for Animals in a Sanctuary in Port Elizabeth!

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Animal Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects
Country: South Africa
Location : Port Elizabeth
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

The sanctuary you'll assist is home to many different wild and domestic animal species. On this worthwhile and necessary Project, your work will be assisting, feeding and looking after the wildlife.

The sanctuary you'll assist is home to many different wild and domestic animal species and about 150 different species of birds. Most of the animals were taken in because they had been badly injured, abused or orphaned, and some are 'unwanted pets'. On this very worthwhile and necessary Project, your work will assist in hand-rearing, feeding and looking after the wildlife, as well as many other chores in the Sanctuary.


The Sanctuary and its attached Wildlife Park is situated 50 km south west of the city centre of Port Elizabeth, on the Eastern Cape’s sunshine coast. It is set on 1000 hectares of superb bush and grassland. There is easy access to some stunningly beautiful beaches which are not to be missed.


► An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into South Africa.
► You'll lealrn an enormous amount about rearing and caring for different types of wildlife and birds.
► New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
► An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
► The enormous satisfaction of helping abused and orphaned animals and knowing that you made a difference to their quality of life
► And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


Work on this project ranges from hands-on with the animals, to helping and guiding the tourists or assisting in the restaurant and bar. Some of your work will also include general chores in the Park itself. Some of your responsibilities may include the following:
• Food preparation for all the animals and birds. You'll learn which animals eat what food, how to prepare it and and how much to give them.
• Hand rearing of orphaned wildlife, including birds.
• Mucking out and tidying enclosures, and, when necessary, helping to expand existing enclosures or constructing new ones.
• Collecting data on wildlife within the game reserve section of the park. This will include, for example, monitoring the movements of wildlife and occasionally doing game counts, depending on what is required at the time you're there.


► A 5- or 7-day Safari from Cape Town up the renowned Garden Route: Taking in Dolphin and Whale Spotting, visits to many tourist attractions, such as a visit to a brewery(!), the Bloukrantz Bungy Jump (reportedly the highest in the world), and a guided tour of the Cango Caves.
► Surfing Courses: In the buzz city of Durban.
► Paragliding Course: Soar over the impressively beautiful Drakensburg Mountain. You'll get a licence at the end of the course which qualifies you to do solo paragliding around the world.
► 5-Day Bush Survival Course: This is a fantastic experience and opportunity to see lots of wild animals in their native habitats in Game Reserves. You'll learn a lot and you'll really enjoy learning some bush skills in the great outdoors!

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in South Africa. That way you’ll get a good knowledge of two or more very different regions of the country.


Talk to us - We're there to help you. Call +44 (0) 1903 502595
Most of our team are ex Travellers volunteers and are ideally qualified to offer advice and guidance because they know what you're looking for. They'll help you find your perfect project - and then make it all happen!
If you’d like more information about this or any of our projects, please email or call us! If you’d like to apply for this project, please go to our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen.

It’s as easy as that.

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose.This project is not available between mid December and mid January.
Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £945 for two weeks. You can participate for up to twelve weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, apartment or flat).
You'll also receive a free T-shirt.
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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Travellers Worldwide SOUTH AFRICA: Rewarding Care for Animals in a Sanctuary in Port Elizabeth! Reviews

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I had a gap year back when I was 17 and booked with Travellers worldwide to work with animals on a reserve in South Africa and loved every second! It was a trip I’ll never forget and definitely helped to make me who I am today. It was made so easy for me through booking and transport and the whole trip. Thank you!

By: Leah
Nationality: British
Age: 23

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