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Wildlife Care for Animals in a Sanctuary near Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Care for animals, many of whom had been abandoned, abused, injured or orphaned.

Wildlife Care for Animals in a Sanctuary near Port Elizabeth, South Africa
From £995
Duration 14 - 84 Days
From £995
Duration 14 - 84 Days
This project is a very caring sanctuary set in a small private game reserve. You'll get to help out with the rehabilitation of wild animals and even young ones!

Hands-on work with injured or abandoned animals of all types. This is a very popular project. You’ll assist in a very caring Sanctuary set in a small private reserve in the Eastern Cape. You’ll help in hand-rearing, feeding and generally looking after many different animal species, This is a very hands-on experience and one that leaves you immensely satisfied.

The sanctuary receives many abandoned, abused, injured or orphaned animals that all need love and attention to help prepare them for life back in the wild if possible, or at least a safe life in the sanctuary. Many animals breed there, so there are often young animals to care for that need regular feeding and attention. It is a very hands-on experience and one that leaves you with an unbelievable feeling of satisfaction. This placement can be a life changing experience!

The animals need love and attention to help prepare them for life back in the wild, if possible, or a safe life in the Sanctuary. As well as animal welfare assistance, you’ll also help with general assistance in other areas, such as maintenance and administration.

What will I do

As the Park is rather large, there is always a very wide variety of activities that you will be involved in. All volunteers are expected to “muck in” together, making the work fun and rewarding. Work 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. Briefly, your responsibilities will include some or all of the following:

  • Food preparation for all the animals and birds. You’ll learn which animals eat what food, how to prepare it and how much to give them.
  • Nearly all the baby animals in the sanctuary are orphans that have been rescued from elsewhere and brought to the sanctuary for safety and, where possible, to be released back into their natural habitat in the wild. These animals need lots of care and attention.
  • Mucking out and tidying enclosures, and, when necessary, helping to expand existing enclosures or constructing new ones.
  • Collecting data on wildlife within the Wildlife Reserve section of the park. This will include, for example, monitoring the movements of wildlife and occasionally doing game counts.

Besides spending time with the animals and birds, there are other areas of the Sanctuary and Wildlife Park needing attention as well:

  • Helping with tours around the sanctuary. You’ll learn a lot about the animals so that you can convey this information to tourists or school groups that visit the Sanctuary.
  • Assisting with general duties in the restaurant, bar and kitchen, possibly even helping with the preparation of meals.
  • Helping unload supplies when they arrive.
  • Some admin work may be required while you’re there.
  • General clearing of the Park to eliminate alien vegetation, for example. This makes a more “user-friendly” and safer environment for the free-roaming animals (and is in line with government policy of limiting alien vegetation wherever possible).
  • Also checking for and clearing any rubbish on the property, because litter can cause serious injuries to the animals.
  • Bush clearing and road construction (with tractors)
  • Assisting the small permanent staff with any project or maintenance work (i.e. painting fences, repairing etc) that may be needed while you’re there.

BRIEF BACKGROUND: The Sanctuary and Wildlife Park is situated 50 km south west of the city centre of Port Elizabeth, on the Eastern Cape’s sunshine coast, in a malaria-free area. Set on 1000 hectares of superb bush and grassland, the sanctuary was started by Percy, who was has lived there for over 25 years and was originally a farmer on the current piece of land. Having always had an interest in the rehabilitation of orphaned and injured animals, he decided to retire from farming and concentrate on building a larger sanctuary where he could take in and look after animals who needed a home.


The accommodation is on the Game Reserve less than a 5 minute walk to the sanctuary itself. It is split into various sized rooms from single rooms to twin rooms and a 4 and 8 sleeper dorm. It has 2 bathrooms (one for the girls and one for the boys) with 2 toilets and 3 showers in each. A small kitchen with microwave, gas hob, kettle, fridge and washroom. The restaurant is closed after work hours but a separate entertainment unit has just been completed in the Sanctuary rest room with DSTV, a dvd player and basic facilities for volunteers to make drinks and snacks.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is no Wi-Fi available on site.

FOOD: Food is provided and consists of a home-cooked meal every evening – this is the time that the owners and volunteers all sit down together and discuss the day and their various experiences. Breakfast and lunch and dinner are prepared for you although sometimes volunteers do help with this.

You will also have plenty of real South African braais (barbeques) – and what a magic place to have them!

What you’ll gain from doing this project:

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping injured, orphaned and displaced animals to return them to their natural environment and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all … an unforgettable experience!


Talk to us – We’re there to help you. 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 to apply for this project – visit 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.

What's Included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Funds Protection Insurance
  • Meeting you at the Airport
  • In-country team support
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Certificate of Completion
Experience Volunteering
Region Africa
Country South Africa

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