Wildlife Reserve

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founded in 1999
Rainbow Garden Village
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Coordinator | Steffen
Coordinator | Steffen


Experience the South African way of life alongside other volunteers by staying in our shared volunteer house in the wildlife reserve
Contribute to the protection of numerous endangered species and play your part in their conservation
Further your career working with animals by making a difference in another country
Make memories by travelling in your spare time around one of the world's most beautiful countries
Explore the rest of the 'Safari Superpower' South Africa and see incredible animals in their natural environment.
Observe and monitor the likes of lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos, to contribute towards scientific research in the protection of these incredible animals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

South Africa is a dream location for those who love nature. Unfortunately, the likes of poaching and the destruction of natural habitats are causing a worrying decline in this incredible biodiversity. Poaching, ivory hunting and other illegal activities are all rife across the continent. In light of these problems, this project makes a significant contribution to the preservation of these species, by providing the animals with a protected, controlled habitat to live freely. The reserve aims to keep the environment as similar to the wild as possible for the animals. Habitats are based on their natural environment and animals are not touched or handled, unless it's required because they require medical treatment.

The volunteer work site is a 10,000-acre nature reserve which has been privately owned for several years. The land, set inside a valley with access to two rivers, wooded hills and savannah's boasts five distinct habitats. These habitats are home to loads of animals, including the famous 'Big Five'. It’s important to note though, that these animals roam freely around the reserve, so it is necessary that you stay behind the fence surrounding your accommodation to avoid any surprises!

Typical day

There are numerous roles to fulfil whilst volunteering at the wildlife reserve. As there is an established team of experts already based there, they understand fully what is required by volunteer and how you can best help. You'll tend to work Monday to Friday, for about 7 hours a day, but this can totally depend on the season and the weather. You'll also have a lunch break in the middle. Tasks include:

  • Assisting Existing Wildlife Reserve Team
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Observation Reports
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
  • Building Work on Local Facilities
  • Repairing Key Areas

Free-time activities

On Saturdays, trips are made to nearby cities, such as the coastal town of Kenton-on-the-Sea. The Eastern Cape region is also a popular choice for our volunteers, as it offers loads of fun activities, such as horse riding, skydiving and even deep sea diving. On Wednesday evenings, our volunteers normally take a trip to the local pub. If the weather holds out, you can also go camping; our volunteers love spending the night around the campfire looking up at the stars!

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)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV, letter of motivation, criminal background check and visa document
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We do not require any relevant formal background or education, but it is essential that all our volunteers have a passion for working with animals.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Rainbow Garden Village

What's Included:

* Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

* Accommodation 

* Volunteer Placement 

* RGV Orientation

* Personal Contact Person

* 24Hr Emergency Number

* Assistance with Travel Preparation

* Branded T Shirt

* Participation Certificate

* Extensive Travel Documentation


You'll be living in the middle of the nature reserve in a fully furnished house, alongside the other volunteers. There are shared rooms and a shared bathroom. It also has a common room with a pool table, a TV, a dining room and a well-equipped kitchen with a fridge, oven, microwave and crockery. For valuables, such as passports and cash, a safe is available. The house has a garden where volunteers relax after work together - there's even a pool and a BBQ area to make the most of!

Attention: It is important to note that the house is located in the middle of the reserve, in which the animals move freely. It is, therefore, necessary for your own safety that you stay within the fenced property area to make sure there's no surprises!

Food & Beverages
All the ingredients are provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which the volunteers can use to put together whatever they want. This means you'll be able to try whatever you want and to make sure you'll be fully fueled for the day ahead.
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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. 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

Before you even depart, our friendly UK team will take you through every step of the process, from answering your questions about the programme, through to advising you where to go for your visa. We're here to help and to ensure that you feel totally comfortable before departing.

For your volunteer work at the wildlife reserve, you will land in Port Elizabeth, which is about 150km away. The on-site project team will gladly arrange your airport pick-up (not included in the initial fees, but we can easily facilitate this if you wish). If so, you will be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation (it's about a 2-hour trip). As soon as you arrive, you will meet the program manager Helena, the project coordinator Francis and the other participants you'll share this journey with.

After getting to know your new surroundings, you'll have your introduction as a group with the other volunteers. This covers the project, tasks rules of conduct and house rules. Afterwards, you will be taken for a drive through the grounds of the reserve to see some of the incredible sights you're going to become familiar with.

Your wildlife project is located near the coastal city of Port Elizabeth. This is located on the southern tip of South Africa and is known for its beautiful environment, especially it's beaches! Together with other surrounding regions, the bay on the Indian Ocean is also referred to as "Nelson Mandela Bay". Port Elizabeth is also considered a surfers paradise, so it pays to spend a few days there before or after your placement if you're a water lover!

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in GBP (USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
£1,249 ($1,586)
4 weeks
£2,129 ($2,704)
6 weeks
£3,009 ($3,821)
8 weeks
£3,889 ($4,939)
10 weeks
£4,769 ($6,057)
12 weeks (max. stay)
£5,649 ($7,174)
Average fees
£548 ($695) /week

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

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