SOUTH AFRICA: Wildlife Rehabilitation and Rescue in KwaZulu-Natal

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Location : KwaZulu-Natal
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1250 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

The best cage is an empty cage! Work in a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre that is also a wildlife hospital that cares for injured and orphaned wild animals and birds.

Much of your work involves understanding the principles of wildlife rehabilitation and contributing towards giving animals that have been orphaned or injured, the best chance of getting back out into the wild where they belong. You’ll contribute to an extremely valuable conservation effort that provides medical care, rehabilitation and also releases wild animals back into their natural environment.

This is a superb project. Your work with the animals has the direct result of improving their quality of life, of "rescuing" them from death or a life of misery.

  • Assisting with preparing the animals’ food and ensuring all their nutritional needs are met during their rehabilitation through enrichment activities
  • Assisting with the care, treatment and monitoring of each animal’s recovery and progress.
  • Assisting with the cleaning of the animals’ enclosures and ensuring their environment meets all their physical needs.
  • Assisting with the cleaning, repair and maintenance of the centre’s facilities and animal enclosures.
  • Assisting with centre’s trained staff with wildlife rescues and releases out in the field.
  • They also have a very busy Educational Program, so if education 'is your thing', you may be able to assist with school tours and edutainment events at the Education Centre, if available at the time that you’re there.

The longer you're on this project, the more you'll and the more you'll be able to do more in-depth and responsible elements of the work required.

The Rehabilitation Centre strives to release all its wildlife patients back into their natural habitat in the wild. This is a particularly satisfying time!

About the Rehabilitation Centre

Run by a small, yet highly dedicated and experienced team of staff and local and international volunteers, the Rehabilitation Centre assists over 3000 injured, orphaned and displaced animals every year. From mongoose, genets and monkeys to raptors, reptiles and antelope, the Centre represents a second chance at a free, safe and sustainable life for all wild animals in distress.

The centre cares for anywhere between 200 - 400 different animals at any given time! The number and variety of animals can vary depending on the time of year.


► An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and Zulu culture.
► The enormous satisfaction of helping abused, orphaned and threatened animals and knowing that you made a difference to them
► 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
► And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

There is a fully furnished volunteer house that accommodates up to 10 volunteers at a time. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with volunteers sharing rooms and communal living areas. The house is on the grounds of the rehabilitation centre with the volunteer manager and other staff also living in separate accommodation right next door to the volunteer house.

The house also has an outside patio area with a fire pit and braai facilities. Wherever possible, couples or related volunteers who would like to stay together in the volunteer house are given their own room, but this is obviously dependant on how many volunteers there are in the house at the time.

FOOD: Food is provided on this project. Volunteers are encouraged to cook and eat their meals together in the volunteer house as this is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and learn a little about their nationalities and cultures. A weekly grocery shop to provide volunteers with 3 meals per day is done by staff and volunteers.

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.

Start Dates

All year round - programme arrival dates are on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Costs / Benefits

From £945 for 1 week, then £250 for each additional week. Price includes:

►Arranging your Programme,
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance,
►Meeting you at the nearest airport,
►Transfer to your Project site
►Local in-country team support and backup,
►24-hr emergency support,
►Certificate of Completion.

Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to airport.


Minimum age 17. No qualifications needed, just a big heart and a love of animals and their conservation. Please note, you will need to be able to carry out physical tasks on a daily basis as part of your placement.

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Travellers Worldwide SOUTH AFRICA: Wildlife Rehabilitation and Rescue in KwaZulu-Natal Reviews

Most Amazing Experience

I went to help animals on a reserve in South Africa with Travellers Worldwide 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.

By: Leah
Nationality: British
Age: 23

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