Monkey Rehabilitation, South Africa

Situated in the Limpopo Provence – this project’s mission is to help raise orphaned and injured animals and ultimately reintegrate them back into the wild. The program entails feeding animals, caring for young and sick monkeys and animals as well as cleaning cages, camps, clinics, kitchens and enclosures. Volunteers will be on 24 hour emergency stand-by once a week. They will assist staff with ad-hoc duties such as creating natural environments in the enclosures, building of camps, keeping data lists.

Volunteers are placed in staff housing accommodation that is split by gender. Recreational activities are limited on the farm, however volunteers get time off once confirmed with project supervisor.

Volunteers should love monkeys as well as having a willingness to get their hands dirty and working in sometimes unpleasant weather conditions. Flexibility and a willingness to learn and help where help is needed is necessary. Volunteers must commit to at least four weeks.

Please note that participants on the Monkey Rehabilitation programme have to fly directly to Johannesburg, arriving between 10am and 5pm. Late arrivals should arrange an overnight stay. Volunteers will be collected at the airport by project staff and transferred to the farm where an orientation will be undertaken.

The Cape Town arrival and orientation will not be included for participants on the Monkey Rehabilitation Programme.

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What to Expect?

Volunteers will mainly be accommodated with host families in the greater Cape Peninsula area.

Volunteers who choose an education placement will either be accommodated with host families or at a volunteer house in the city centre. The volunteer house is dormitory accommodation and while we do out best to ensure your preference between the two options, we can't guarantee where you will be housed. It is important to note that all homestays are located at least 30-40 minutes from the centre of Cape Town.

Volunteers on the Wildlife or Monkey Rehabilitation Project will be accommodated in shared staffing accommodation which are separated by gender. Adventure and Surf volunteers will be accommodated at backpacker accommodation or a volunteer house close to the beach.

The accommodation is always safe and secure and you will always be placed with at least one other volunteer. Bedding is provided, but we recommend that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag. Toiletries, towels and any personal hygiene equipment are the volunteer’s responsibility.

Breakfasts generally consist of coffee, toast and cereal. A typical lunch will consists of a packed sandwich (made by yourself) and possibly fruit. Dinners consist of good wholesome South African meals which could include dishes such as stews, casseroles, as well as vegetables and salad. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, but volunteers need to tell us in advance.

Volunteers on the Monkey Rehabilitation programme will be provided with two meals per day and snacks.

Please note that there are no meals included during the weekends and while on orientation. There are many delis, cafes and supermarkets nearby where you can get good meals for under $4.

  • Program ID: # 2246
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    South Africa
    South Africa
    ZA
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Johannesburg (JNB)
  • Costs From:
    Less than $500
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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