Care for Wild Africa

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Care for Wild Africa

from £2,090
Duration: from 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Countries: South Africa
Hand-rear rhino and other species in the Care for Wild Africa project.

Care for Wild Africa

Help with the hand rearing, care and nutritional needs of infant and orphaned wildlife.

Volunteering at Care for Wild Africa, you will be at the heart of a facility that - as a result of the escalation of rhino poaching - is specialised on caring for orphaned rhino calves as well as other species.

As a volunteer you will be focussed on hand rearing, infant care and nutrition of rhino and other species species on a stunning game reserve and nature estate in South Africa, home to giraffe, wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu and primates.

What will I do?

Care for Wild is situated on a beautiful game reserve and nature estate, based on the banks of the Vreek, Noord-Kaap and Queens River of Mpumulanga. With vast experience in the care and conservation of wild animals, you will work alongside our experienced coordinator and her team, caring for a large number of rhino calves as well as primates, smaller predators and antelopes.

This project allows you to learn in depth about hand rearing and infant care and species nutrition and to work closely with a diverse range of species while living on a stunning nature reserve in the heart of the South African bush.

  • Lectures on hand rearing and infant care
  • Hand rearing young wildlife
  • Animal care and husbandry
  • Rehabilitation work
  • Treatment and care of injured animals
  • Assisting with the continual development and design of new enclosures at the care facility
  • Reserve management


Volunteers stay in shared wooden huts within the scenic reserve. Huts accommodate 4 volunteers each and have en suite toilets. There is a communal area with a firepit and stunning views over Africa. Meals are included and catered for.

What support will I get?

From the moment you first send us an inquiry, we are always just a phone call or email away. You can contact our office team with any question you have. We’ll be happy to help you as much as we can while you prepare for your conservation experience. Once you are in Africa, we have a dedicated team of coordinators who will look after you - whether you need help with your conservation responsibilities, are feeling poorly or need to get to a bank to get out some money.

If your family need to get hold of you in an emergency, we have a 24 hour emergency phone line, and we can always facilitate contact to you in Africa.

What's the next step?

If you are ready to submit your application. You can do this online or by post. And don’t worry - you application does not commit you to anything. It is just an expression of interest on your side and it helps us prepare the best advice for you.

We will contact you after accepting your application and chat to you about the best project choice, costs and dates. Once you are happy with your choices, we will set up your very own conservation experience for you and send you all the extra information you need - from the “small print” terms and conditions to insurance information. If you definitely want to go for it, all you have to do is send us a signed confirmation and a deposit of 295 GBP - or the equivalent in US$, CA$, AU$ or Euro.

Interested in this; ready to enquire?

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Further Details

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Price details:

from £2,090 to £7,110

Duration Details:

From 2 - 12 weeks


Includes transfers, accommodation, all project-related costs and in-country and logistical support.


All the time

This placement would suit:

Anyone wanting to acquire hands-on experience in animal care, hand rearing, conservation and veterinary practice.

Do you accept non UK citizens?


About African Conservation Experience

Have you ever dreamed of tracking wild leopard and cheetah through the bush, or assisting a marine biologist in whale and dolphin research? 

Open your eyes to a whole new world and way of looking at the natural environment.  We support vital conservation projects in our heritage region of southern Africa and with over 10 years experience we are able to offer every volunteer the benefits of our personal knowledge.  

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Khulula is also home to birds, primates and antelopes

Khulula is also home to birds, primates and antelopes

Hand reared sun conures - very trusting towards people
Volunteers look after all the animals' needs
Working with a rhino in tow

Working with a rhino in tow

Young rhino become very focused on the people they bond with!
Mothering rhino calves

Mothering rhino calves

Baby rhino need close contact and mothering
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