Primate Carer

We offer a volunteer programme from 1 week (no max stay) Be hands on in learning how to care for our non indigenous primates in their forever home.

We have a mixture of primates from all over the world and which as such, unfortunately, cannot be re released into the wilds of South Africa. Instead we offer these beautiful animals a forever home. 

A primate carer's role is to help enrich the lives of the animals within our care.

An average day with us is from 9 to 5 with a rotation of early morning feeds at approx 5am and a late bowl collection at approx 18:30. Amongst others your daily duties are:
Food preparation, feeding the primates, cleaning the enclosures, general monitoring of unstable primates, supplements, record keeping, enclosure building and maintenance, digging fire breaks, introductions and monitoring of unfamiliar primates, relocating and monitoring of primates to new enclosures, enrichment (adding new branches and enrichment items to enclosures).

As some of our primates are ex pets who enjoy human interaction, on one day a week for a short period we offer monkey time, where you can become human enrichment for a marmeset, tamarin or squirrel monkey who will enjoy jumping all over you, but beware they will become fascinated by your camera lens!

You will have 2 days off a week, where Bosveld Tours, who operate next door to us, can arrange for you to enjoy the sights of South Africa. Why not book a safari, or go to a local shopping mall, cinema or just enjoy the sunshine by the pool next door!

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 - 17:00

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in South Africa? Volunteer World directly connects you with International Primate Rescue

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Free-time activities

Bosveld tours can organise group trips to places such as Kruger National Park, Horseback Safaris, lion and Rhino park, Wonder Caves, apartheid museum and many more.

You have use of the pool next door on selected days. There is a local bar, supermarket and pizza take away.



What's included?
The price is for accommodation only. The sanctuary relies on the money raised through volunteer fees. We will arrange your airport transfers, with Bosveld tours, however they will need paying separately on the transfer to the sanctuary. This cost may vary, however will be confirmed at time of booking.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.

Dorm rooms are very basic and can accommodate a max of 14 people in one dorm. Beds are bunk beds and we will provide sheets, pillow and duvet.There are 2 indoor toilets and 1 shower, with a further (enclosed) shower and toilet on the grounds outside, we also provide towels for your use. We have a volunteer kitchen for your use and groups tend to go on shopping trips every week or so to buy food. During peak periods we open a small shop on site for you to buy your essentials.

Dorm Room
Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
9 weeks
17 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Pretoria/South Africa between 1 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. International Primate Rescue will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 International Primate Rescue during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for South Africa. Please check the visa regulations for South Africa.
Travel Seasons
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Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in South Africa.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Oliver Reginald Tambo International (Jan Smuts International) (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.
Vaccine Checker
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Plot 20 Boundary Road, Pretoria, South Africa