Animal Volunteering Projects

South Africa

African Elephant Research Project

The park was created as a result of the emergency situation of elephants in the surrounding forests. More than 100 years ago there were 400-500 wild animals in the area, in 1994 it was only a single elephant. Recent research has shown that there are about 6 elephants in the forests today.

Region: Western Cape

Price Starting From: 1129€ (2 Weeks)

Included: Transfers, Accommodation, and Volunteer Activities

Lions cubs at the Big 5 wildlife volunteering program in South Africa

Big 5 Wildlife Reserve (Malaria-Free)

Ever wanted to experience the Big 5 and learn all about these animals? In this Animal Adventure near Port Elizabeth, you live and work in a Big 5 reserve! It is an exciting animal welfare project where you experience more than a safari. The project is located near a beautiful small coastal town. 

Region: Eastern Cape

Price Starting From: 1095€ (2 Weeks)

Included: Accommodation, 3 Meals Daily, and Volunteer Activities

Bird & Wildlife Rehabilitation Program

The program offers volunteers the opportunity to work with a wide range of different animal species through its rehabilitation program for sick & injured animals. The local community brings the animals to the sanctuary to receieve complete care and rehabilitation before they are released back into the wild. Some of the animals are unable to be released back into the wild, making the sanctuary their new home. 

Region: Eastern Cape

Price Starting From: 669€ (2 Weeks)

Included: Transfers, Accommodation, 3 Meals Daily, and Volunteer Activities

Conservation of Cheetahs Volunteering Program

The project was started to help prevent the further decline of the cheetah population. The project focuses largely on captive born and bred cheetahs, trying to rehabilitate them and release them back into the wild. The project works closely with other organizations that share the same aim of conserving & protecting the Cheetah species.

Region: Western Cape

Price Starting From: 1165€ (2 Weeks)

Included: Transfers, Accommodation, 2 Meals Daily, and Volunteer Activities

Swimming shark in Cape Town

Great White Shark Volunteering

This unique volunteering opportunity enables you to spend time collecting valuable data for research regarding these magnificent creatures of the deep.  Among the highlights are taking part in shark cage diving, assisting tourists on the boat, and also attending educational seminars about the marine environment of South Africa.

Region: Western Cape

Price Starting From: 1039€ (2 Weeks)

Included: Transfers, Accommodation, and Volunteer Activities

Volunteer meeting a seal at the marine conservation volunteering program in South Africa

Marine Conservation Volunteering

The project combines environmental protection, sustainability, education, community development, and tourism. The experienced team will help you settle in and learn all about environmental and animal welfare in the area. In many community projects, you have the opportunity to share your knowledge with others, thus contributing to the enlightenment and understanding of this important topic.

Region: Western Cape

Price Starting From: 1180€ (2 Weeks)

Included: Transfers, Accommodation, Meals, and Volunteer Activities

Volunteer meeting a seal at the marine conservation volunteering program in South Africa

Penguin Rehabilitation Program

The protection of the oceans is one of the central tasks of the future. The sanctuary provides help to penguins and a variety of different seabirds. The project offers a 24-hour emergency service if injured or sick birds are found and helps with oil spills along the South African coast. The project has been internationally recognized as the first project in the field of seabird rehabilitation, saving more than 2,400 species of seabirds each year.

Region: Western Cape

Price Starting From: 859€ (6 Weeks)

Included: Transfers, Accommodation, and Volunteer Activities

Picture of Vervet Monkey at volunteering program in South Africa

Vervet Monkeys Volunteer Program

This volunteer project is located near Tzaneen, in the Limpopo region in the north of South Africa and is the world’s largest centre for monkeys. The foundation has been around for almost 30 years and it also has a lot of experience with volunteers. 

Region: Limpopo Province

Price Starting From: 1115€ (2 – 4 Weeks)

Included: Transfers, Accommodation, Vegan Meals, and Volunteer Activities

Cheetah cubs at the Wildlife foundation south africa volunteer program

African Zoological Volunteering Program

This project is very special. The zoological facility is home to many different animals of all ages that you will take care of. The aim of the project is to give the endangered animals a new, loving home. The project is home to more than 90 different species of animals, most of which are on the endangered list. You will work Mondays – Fridays, with the project arranging some awesome activities on the weekends.

Region: Western Province

Price Starting From: 1285€ (2 Weeks)

Included: Transfers, Accommodation, 3 Meals Daily, and Volunteer Activities

Elephants enjoying the waterhole at the wildlife welfare and research volunteer program

Wildlife Welfare & Research Program

South Africa often faces the problem of conflict between humans and animals. This is due to many factors such as farming and land development just to mention a few. The Private reserve offers a second chance towards wildlife who require help and protection. The aim is to release as many animals as possible after their rehabilitation or recovery, and those animals who can not be released back into the wild welcome the reserve as their new home.

Region: Western Province

Price Starting From: 975€ (2 Weeks)

Included: Transfers, Accommodation, 3 Meals Daily, and Volunteer Activities

Animal Volunteering Projects

NAmibia

Wild Cheetah in the desert in Namibia

Wildlife Rescue Station Volunteering

Orphaned and injured wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, lynxes, baboons and numerous farm animals such as sheep, goats, etc live in the sanctuary. The terrain is huge so that the animals can move freely in part. Volunteers play an important role in the sanctuary. They take care of the animals and help to keep the station in order and to build new enclosures.

Region: Windhoek

Price Starting From: 1085€ (2 Weeks)

Included: Transfers, Accommodation, 3 Meals Daily, and Volunteer Activities

Wild Cheetah in the desert in Namibia

Wildlife Foundation Namibia Volunteering

Orphaned and injured wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, lynxes, baboons and numerous farm animals such as sheep, goats, etc live in the sanctuary. The terrain is huge so that the animals can move freely in part. Volunteers play an important role in the sanctuary. They take care of the animals and help to keep the station in order and to build new enclosures.

Region: Windhoek

Price Starting From: 1015€ (2 Weeks)

Included: Transfers, Accommodation, 3 Meals Daily, and Volunteer Activities

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