22 Days Wildlife Working Road Trip

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Coordinator | Kim
Coordinator | Kim
Working on 3 wildlife NGOs, while traveling through three South African provinces and two African countries and having an adventure This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Volunteering with Voluntouring Africa will take you on a road trip through three of South Africa's most beautiful provinces and two African countries while offering your time and donations to three separate wildlife NGOs.  You can choose to do just one,  two or  all three projects combined together. The projects that are supported are all registered NGOs that have been set up to have a direct impact on the wildlife and animals of South Africa.

Your all-inclusive voluntour starts in the vibey city of Johannesburg on the 1st of every month, where we pick you up from the airport as you land.  We'll spend a week around the Gauteng area, working at the International Primate Rescue NPO and exploring the area, visiting the Cradle Of Mankind .

At IPR (International Primate Rescue) their mission is to relieve the suffering of unwanted primates and to provide the best possible standard of care at their sanctuary.  Their target is to develop a near wild experience for their primates and eventually make the facilities available to help any apes in need within the future.  Highlights of helping at IPR are; 

  • Gaining insight and knowledge into primate behaviour
  • Working with all kind of different primates
  • Monkey time. Once a week volunteers are allowed to spend time in the enclosures with monkeys who really enjoy human company. For the monkeys this is a nice change from their normal routine and they get some special treats. For volunteers it is an amazing opportunity to interact with the monkeys and take some great photos.

We then travel to Marloth Park, Mpumalanga, on the banks of the Crocodile River and bordering the Kruger National Park. Here we'll work with the Marloth Wildlife Fund and the Wildlife Task Force while you live in an area that is full of free roaming wild animals. Hear the lions roar at night and hand feed the kudu and zebra from your accommodation. We'll go searching for the Big 5 in the Kruger National Park.

The Marloth Wildlife Fund in Marloth Park is a registered Non-profit Organisation (Reg No: 071-250-NPO) set up for the direct benefit of the wildlife within Marloth Park, a nature conservation area on the Southern border of the Kruger National Park. Marloth Park boasts four of the “Big Five” with the exception of elephant Buffalo, rhino and lion are confined to Marloth game reserve "Lionspruit"; the rest of the game such as kudu, zebra, giraffe, blue wildebeest, nyala, impala, warthog, ostrich, baboon, blue velvet, banded mongoose and others aren't restricted by fences and roam freely between the units.  There is a strict curfew in place in Marloth Park and no walking around between the hours of 18h00 and 06h00 is allowed for safety reasons. 

  • Ongoing projects include; 
  • Litter management
  • Recycling plant
  • Game counts
  • Snare sweeps
  • Wild feeding scheme
  • Alien plant eradication

From Mpumalanga we make our way down to the coast through Swaziland.  Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa as well as the smaller Monarchy in the world.  Your passport is needed (an extra African stamp!) and most European countries are visa exempt.  We will give you more visa information with your enquiry.

We take a days break down the coast in the little town of St Lucia, situated in the wetlands park and part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Ending up in Durban we will work with CROW, the oldest and most respected animal rehabilitation centre in KZN.  We will stay in the vibey Durban North area where your nights as well as your days can be taken up with exciting things to do!   We go for a full day to explore the Oribi Gorge and maybe be brave enough to jump from the highest gorge swing in the world!

Founded 35 years ago, CROW (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) was one of South Africa’s first dedicated wildlife rehabilitation centres. Today, CROW is still KwaZulu-Natal’s only registered wildlife rehabilitation centre dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of all indigenous wildlife found in KwaZulu-Natal.

CROW provides an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime volunteering experience where volunteers not only learn about local wildlife rehabilitation and conservation with all its challenges and complexities, but also work alongside their team on a daily basis assisting with wildlife rescues and releases and taking care of the 300-400 patients that are housed at their centre at any given time.

Typical day

Every day is different while volunteering with Voluntouring Africa as you will be volunteering on three separate projects while touring and having an adventure on your days off.  4 days of every project will will dedicated to the project with hands on help of anything that may be needed at that time as well as project specific duties.

All of our project require some physical exertion for the day and close proximity to wild animals.

International Primate Rescue: Our volunteer program will give you a fascinating wildlife experience whilst you learn about primate behaviour and animal care. You will get hands on experience with all the different species of primates at the sanctuary. We currently have Capuchins, Macaques, Patas monkeys, Squirrel monkeys, Mona monkeys, Tamarins, Marmosets and Grey Mouse lemurs. But as cute as they are you also need to be prepared to get down and dirty, as along with the pleasure of interacting with our animals, their enclosures also need cleaning and maintaining!

Marloth Park Wildlife Fund: Because of the nature of the work in Marloth you never know what might be around the corner, from a late night call out for help with an injured animal, having to help in the rehabilitation centre or doing a snare sweep to help with our anti poaching initiative. 
​Volunteering at Marloth has no set itinerary to follow as your help will be needed for different projects depending on the time of the year, the season and circumstances when you arrive.

You will be expected to do work both in the park as well as in Lionspruit Reserve where the lions, buffalo and rhino are kept within Marloth Park

Some of the projects that will be required to help with are:

  • The bush rehabilitation project 
  • Seed bombing - creating of seed bombs
  • Litter management
  • Recycling Centre
  • Animal feeding stations
  • Anti poaching snare sweeps
CROW: Since its inception, volunteers have been an integral part of our organisation. Feeding and caring for 300-400 animals on a daily basis is no small task, which is why CROW welcomes the skills, experience and enthusiasm of both local and international volunteers at its centre.  You'll assist with rescues and releases and the daily undertaking of caring for over 300 residents daily from food preparation to enclosure maintenance. 

The rest of your days will be spent doing a number of included activities and adventures:  All of the activities are inclusive of all transport, included activities entrance fees, all conservation fees, full time coordinator, outsourced guide at activity.
Project Itineraries:

1st : Pick up (O R Tambo Airport) 

2nd: Orientation / Shopping

3rd: Project Work 

4th: Project Work 

5th: Project Work 

6th: Project Work

7th: Day visit to Cradle of Human kind / Maropeng Cave

8th:  Leave for Marloth Park 

Marloth Park | Kruger National park

9th: Orientation / Shopping

10th: Project Work 

11th: Project Work

12th: Project Work 

13th: Project Work

14th: Full day big 5 Kruger National Park Safari (Brunch included)

15th: Leave for St Lucia KZN via Swaziland 


16th:  Leave for Durban Shopping

17th: Project Work

18th: Project Work 

19th: Project Work 

20th: Project Work 

21st: Full day at Oribi Gorge | Lake Elands Game reserve | Wild 5 Adventures 

22nd: Drop off King Shaka Airport Durban

Free-time activities

There are a number of included activities with this programme. There will also be time for you to do optional activities while on tour.

 Included activities:


*  Cradle of humankind - Cradle of humankind and Maropeng caves are where they have found the earliest human remains                                            Maropeng caves

Marloth Park:
*  Full day Kruger Park Safari ( Big 5 )

*  Oribi Gorge - Both the highest gorge swing in the world and the longest Zipline in the world are on the offerings at Oribi Gorge.

Optional Activities: (To your own account)

*  SOWETO walking tour
*  Bunge Jumping from Soweto towers
*  Rhino and Lion Park

Marloth Park
*  Safaris - Ful day, half day and sunset safaris
*  Walking safari
*  Panorama Route Tour
*  Horse riding safari
*  Microlight safari
*  Chimp Eden and Sudwala Caves

*  Discover Durban walking tour
*  uShaka Marine World
*  SCUBA diving / snorkeling
*  Sky diving

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
Letter from their GP
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Positive attitude
Medium level of fitness
Legal guardian's permission if under the age of 18.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by Voluntouring Africa


  • Airport Transfer
  • Additional Transfers while on project (tours etc - transport to optional activities included but NOT the cost of the activity)
  • All accommodation
  • Selected activities (see itinerary)
  • Donation to NGOs
  • 24/7 support / coordinator
  • Orientation Pack
  • T-shirt and cap
Not included:
  • Air fare
  • Visas
  • Transfers before and after project
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals (usually bought, prepared and eaten together) and refreshments
  • Optional Activities

Airport Pickup at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport


O R Tambo (Johannesburg)
KMI (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport - Marloth Park)
King Shaka (Durban - DROP OFF ONLY)


Accommodation will be provided in shared backpacker style dorms.  All are fully fitted with bedding, hot showers, fully equipped kitchen, comfortable relaxing space and outdoor space.  Tea/coffee making facilities is available at all accommodation and outdoor swimming pool is available at two of the projects. 

Upgrade to either single or double room i s available at selected projects at an additional cost.

WiFi (internet) is available at selected projects

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) in Nelspruit. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Voluntours run from the 1st of every month starting in Johannesburg from O R Tambo Airport.  See itinerary in 'typical day' section.

You'll be collected by your coordinator on arrival at the airport and orientation shall begin that day when you have arrived at your accommodation and had some time to settle in.

Voluntours with Voluntouring Africa run right through the year: The NGOs that we support need help and donations 365 days a year.

Groups are kept small - max 8 on a project. Volunteers become friends and friends become family.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3 - 3 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,765
3 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,765
Average fees
$ 588 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Voluntouring Africa will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Voluntouring Africa during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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22 Days Wildlife Working Road Trip

Working on 3 wildlife NGOs, while traveling through three South African provinces and two African countries and having an adventure


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