south africa
intermediate english
From 2 to 12 weeks
Minimum age: 18 YO
Wildlife Sanctuary near Johannesburg

Wildlife Sanctuary near Johannesburg

Program description

Experience the adventure of a lifetime with this educational project that offers the opportunity to embark on a young humanitarian mission and get up close and personal with wild animals in South Africa.

Located in Hartebeespoort (just 45 minutes from Johannesburg), this 1000-hectare private reserve serves as a sanctuary for orphaned or injured animals. Founded 25 years ago to save a baby elephant whose parents were brutally slaughtered, the reserve has since gained a reputation throughout the region for its outstanding conservation efforts.

Volunteer's Daily Mission on the farm

As a volunteer, you will:

-accompany the elephant caregivers for their daily baths

-live in the heart of the sanctuary

-actively participate in animal care and environmental maintenance

-Join in on patrols to check the anti-poaching fences

-feed the animals alongside their caregivers

-maintain roads,control erosion

-clean bushes while checking for unfamiliar and harmful plants.

While the farm can host up to 50 volunteers during peak season, groups are formed to accompany caregivers in their daily tasks. After a fulfilling day, join in on social activities at the bar/restaurant. For a small additional cost, take part in a range of sports activities and excursions offered on weekends - yet another reason to embark on this young humanitarian mission.

Wildlife Sanctuary Project near Johannesburg
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Airport pick up + 2 Day Johannesburg
Transport to and from the project
Three meals a day (on project)
24 hour support and supervision
Donation to the project

not included

A laundry service at an additional cost
Paid WiFi in the reception/restaurant area

Dates and prices

Every Wednesday, all year
2 Weeks
2105 €
3 Weeks
2895 €
4 Weeks
3685 €
6 Weeks
5365 €
8 Weeks
6845 €
10 Weeks
8245 €
12 Weeks
9990 €


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Life on the project


The volunteer accommodation is within walking distance from the main area where the meals are served. Volunteer accommodation exists of:

– 1 cottage that sleeps up to 6 people

– 1 log cabin with 4 bedrooms that each sleep 2 to 3 people. This accommodation has a lounge and a kitchen

– 1 cottage/house with 4 bedrooms each with 2 beds with a lounge and a kitchen

– 1 house with 3 large rooms that each sleep 6 people each – dormitory style. This house has a with kitchenette

– There is a separate building with communal bathroom facilities.

All linen will be provided and strictly no visitors are permitted to enter the property unless permitted by the project leader.


– Up to date CV/ resume

– Copy of return flight itinerary

– Basic level of English; understanding and speaking

– Acceptance subject to availability of position

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