South Africa Wildlife Monitoring and Conservation
Live on a stunning game reserve, surrounded by the beautiful African bush.
Help with rewarding wildlife research on this adventure of a lifetime!
The sanctuary serves as a safe haven for orphaned or injured animals that would otherwise not be able to survive on their own. They take in a variety of animals, including elephants, lions, tigers, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, white lions, and hippos, as well as free-range game, such as giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, warthogs, impalas, waterbucks, and the red hartebeest. Though the goal is to rehabilitate the animals for re-release into the wild, this is not always possible.
+ Get up-close with various orphaned and injured African wildlife species, including big cats
+ Contribute to "Animal Life Improvement" projects and provide care for the animals of the sanctuary
+ Ethical wildlife volunteering and interactions
+ Upon arrival, partake in a cultural orientation in Johannesburg and mingle with fellow volunteers
+ Tours, game drives, elephant walks and hiking excursions are available as add-ons
Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum one-week commitment, plus two-day orientation):
Day 1, Wednesday: Arrive at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). You will be picked up from the airport and begin your experience by meeting your fellow volunteers.
Day 2, Thursday: Participate in a city and cultural tour of Johannesburg.
Day 3, Friday: Volunteers will transfer to the Wildlife Sanctuary and get settled in to their new home.
Day 4, Saturday: Rewarding volunteer work at the wildlife sanctuary.
Day 5, Sunday: Free day for volunteers to relax or explore the area.
Days 6-9, Monday-Thursday: Rewarding volunteer work at the wildlife sanctuary.
Day 10, Friday: Departure day for volunteers only staying one week. Departing volunteers will be taken by bus either to the Johannesburg airport or to the city center of Johannesburg. Free day for volunteers extending.
Weeks 2-12: Additional weeks allow for exciting volunteer work six days a week, with Sundays free for you to spend how you wish (check out travel Highlights below for suggestions!) Departures are on Fridays.
Location of the Project: Hartebeespoort, South Africa
Project length: Min 1 week - Max 12 weeks (Minimum stay is technically 9 days - 2 day orientation + 1 week volunteering)
Arrival Airport: Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Volunteer Work: Construction, wildlife care, maintenance
Important Note: Animal interactions are based on the availability, safety and well-being of the ambassador animals, and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
Accommodations: Shared rooms in a volunteer house
Food: Three meals per day are included
Airport Transfers: Airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days
Orientation: Two-day orientation in Johannesburg upon arrival that includes a tour of the area and encourages volunteers to get to know one another before the project begins.
Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.
What's not Included
Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses