Wildlife Rehabilitation

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Coordinator | Shona
Coordinator | Shona


You will be able to listen to the sounds of the animals throughout the night
Not only will you be privileged to work with these beautiful animals, but your accommodation is also situated in the middle of the project and surrounded by all the enclosures.
You will be accompanied by other people who are very passionate about animals.
You will have the opportunity to work face to face, with all sorts of wildlife.
Learn and experience how each animal behaves, reacts and what their characters are like
We are committed to the rehabilitation of indigenous wildlife and to working with the public to help avoid human-animal conflict. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
We are committed to the rehabilitation of indigenous wildlife and to working with the public to help avoid human-animal conflict. We take in injured, orphaned and displaced wild animals and rehabilitate them until ready to be released back into protected areas in the wild.  We also take in unwanted exotic animals which are victims of the exotic pet trade. The cruelty of this trade is that these exotic animals can never be returned to a life of freedom. The next best thing we can do for them is to provide them with the most natural, enriched life possible in big enclosures to live out their lives with other animals of the same species. We are the only legally permitted primate centre in the province of Mpumlanaga and as such our work focuses on vervet monkeys. However previous intakes also include baboons, antelope, bushpigs, small predators, owls and birds of prey. Indigenous wildlife at the centre varies throughout the year as our main aim is to release wildlife as soon as it is rehabilitated. The work at the project necessitates a team of local staff and volunteers from around the world. We are always in need of volunteers to help with the wildlife. 

We have had over 300 animals come through our doors. At any one time we have about 100 animals in our care. These are mainly vervet monkey troops that are going through the 3 year rehabilitation process but we also have, or have had, baboons, banded mongoose, water mongoose, small predators, birds, warthog and antelope. Since founded we have successfully released troops of monkeys (the rehabilitation period for each troop is 3 years!), servals, mongoose troops, numerous antelope and bird species, several warthog and bushpig, porcupine,honey badger and a pole cat. We have helped with relocation of animals that have been trapped in city areas or actually within shops at times!

Typical day

There is no typical day at the centre

Volunteers are essential for every aspect of the day to day running of the project. A positive attitude, willingness to help and learn, and a sense of humour are essential. Volunteers should expect to be dirty and exhausted at the end of the day. There is no typical day at the centre - today it could be building swings and toys for primates and tomorrow it could be planting indigenous trees into enclosures. What we will ensure is that you will get involved and have fun while learning new skills, meeting new people and experiencing a new way of life all while making a big difference. 

8 am start

Lunch Break around 12 - 1pm

5 pm Finish

(these times may be subject to change depending on the tasks for the day)

Free-time activities

Kruger National Park - We offer 3 day/2 night trips to the park
Swaziland - The boarder to Swaziland is just 45 minutes drive from us. Once in Swaziland you can visit the famous glass blowing centre at Ngwenya and numerous beautiful waterfalls and dams.
Forever Resorts - The resort borders our property and is ideal for a day trip on your day off. They have natural hot spring pools, a water park, a spa and activities such as quad biking and horse riding. A R50 fee is required to cover petrol to drop you off and pick you up.

Options for this day are extra activities you can arrange with the project. These activities will be for your own account. Please request the price from the project leader when you decide to book. Optional Extra Excursions  may be available during your time with us however  depend on the number of volunteers at the time:



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
Completed Application form and Copy of return flight itinerary
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by SAVE Foundation
Airport pick up from Johannesburg
2 Day Orientation
Three meals a day
Weekly transport to town for shopping
Transport to and from the project
24 hour support and supervision
Donation to the project
Certificate of appreciation
Airport Pickup at O.R. Tambo International Airport

Airport pick up and drop off is included


● Volunteers will stay in volunteer chalets (1 - 4 people per room) including its own bathroom

● All linen and a towel will be provided and cleaned twice a week

● The chalets are all individual units set apart from the main lodge area (about 100m) where meals will be provided. There are no lockers in the rooms but if you have valuables you would like to be locked up then you can make use of the main safe in the lodge

● Swimming pool is available.

The lodge also operates as a guest lodge for overnight visitors and tourists so there will usually be other people on the property. We ask that volunteers are polite and respectful towards outside guests as you are representing DIY Wild at all times. No outside guests or visitors are allowed to access the volunteer accommodation at any time - please remember you are sharing with other volunteers and do not bring in visitors out of respect for them. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages


Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day:

Breakfast consists of cereals, fruit, yoghurts, toast and spreads

Lunch consists of sandwiches, pasta, salads, pies, omelette.

Dinner consists of Bulky filling meals such as pastas, stews, bolognaise, stir frys, rice dishes etc.


● Tea and coffee will be available, all other drinks will be at own expense

● A generous amount of food will always be served. If snacks are desired there are several grocery stores nearby.

● There are refrigerators available for volunteers’ personal food and soft drinks

Important reminder: Participants must advise SAVE of their dietary needs (e.g. if they are

vegetarian or have any allergies) prior to their arrival. Participants with very specific dietary

needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. 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

Arrival Day: Saturday

Time: Your flight can land anytime on Saturday

Airport: O R Tambo (JNB) International Airport

Orientation: Saturday - Sunday

Project Starts: Monday (arrival before 4 PM)

Departure Day: Monday

Departure time: You MUST take a late evening flight out of JNB.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,100
3 weeks
$ 1,458
4 weeks
$ 1,817
5 weeks
$ 2,175
6 weeks
$ 2,533
7 weeks
$ 2,892
8 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,250
Average fees
$ 478 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. SAVE Foundation 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 SAVE Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Wildlife Rehabilitation

We are committed to the rehabilitation of indigenous wildlife and to working with the public to help avoid human-animal conflict.


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