• South Africa
    • Port Elizabeth
2 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30)
Travel Type
Budget Family Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
The cost of the project includes 3 meals a day, accommodation, meeting you at the airport, airport collection and drop-off, pre-departure support, in-country staff, 24- emergency help and more.
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
Feb 05, 2024
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About Program

Volunteer at an Animal and Bird sanctuary giving hands-on assistance with a variety of exotic and indigenous animals that are in captivity and non-releasable due to various factors like past injuries, ex-pets, human habituation and the fact that they are not naturally indigenous to the area.
This is a wonderful wildlife project for those 16 years and older who help feed, maintain enclosures, clean food and water bowls and so much more as the sanctuary is very large. There are two feeding routes a day in the morning and afternoon, 7 days a week- volunteers have two days off. There is also an adjoining nature reserve with zebra, giraffe and antelope that you can hike, and a small amount of wildlife rehabilitation and release takes place if injured wildlife is brought in by the public. A truly magical setting. Being a 30-minute drive from the coast, there is so much to do in your free time from safaris, beach horse rides, surfing lessons, quad biking, skydiving and more.

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Ethical Impact

Volunteer International Adventures focus is on ethical youth and animal projects which we feel very strongly about. We see the need for assistance from international volunteers in developing countries and have seen the difference extra hands-on help can make to communities and conservation if done responsibly.

Program Highlights

  • Join us in providing essential daily care to a diverse range of exotic and indigenous birds and animals at the sanctuary. Hike the wildlife reserve with giraffe and antelope in your spare time.
  • Gain invaluable knowledge from expert animal managers in ethical animal care, ensuring the well-being and stimulation of the animals under their care
  • Contribute to the treatment, rehabilitation, and potential release of wildlife rescued from challenging situations by the public. The adjoining nature reserve is the perfect place to release wildlife.
  • Embark on a unique volunteer holiday experience where your love for animals meets adventure, making a positive impact on their lives and being hands-on helping.
  • Explore the wonders of South Africa during your free time, from visiting Big 5 wildlife reserves, surf lessons on the golden beaches, beach horse rides, quad biking, bungee jumping and so much more

Program Impact

The sanctuary boasts the most incredible aviaries in which house over 250 species of birds many brought in and surrended by the public. You will find a variety of birds of prey, garden birds and exotic birds from South Africa and other continents. From Pygmy Falcons, Blue and Crowned Cranes, Toucans, Coucal’s, Flamingos, Macaws, Kookaburras, African Greys, Cockatoos, Amazon parrots, the list goes on.

The animal enclosures accommodate Servals, Caracal, Porcupine, Genet, Marmoset Monkeys, Duikers, Sunis, Bushbuck, Springbok, Nyala, Impala, Grysbok, Kudus, Ostrich, Emu, Goats, Wallabies, Tortoises, Crocodile, Snakes, Bearded Dragons, Hedgehogs and more. In the adjoining wildlife reserve, you will find Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Blesbok, Impala, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Grysbok, Common Duiker and Nyala as well as Caracal, Jackal, Porcupine, Honey badgers and an abundance of bird life.

Indigenous wildlife rescued by the public is also treated and released on the adjoining wildlife reserve while the resident sanctuary animals are well cared for being fed twice a day on a diet specific to their needs.

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