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The sanctuary has grown steadily since it opened to the public in 1992. Since then many more animals and birds have been taken in and the sanctuary is now home to a large number of animals and over 300 species of birds. Most birds and animals are brought to the sanctuary by members of the public or referred from local veterinary practices.

These have usually been injured or orphaned and can range from small birds to larger animals such as bush pigs and buck. Many of the parrots at the sanctuary are unwanted pets who are brought to us and integrated into the aviaries with other birds of the same species. Most of the animals not indigenous to South Africa have come from zoos and other wildlife parks throughout the country. These include Emu, Wallabies and Marmoset Monkeys.

Animals at the park include several buck species (common and blue duikers, grysbok and bushbuck), Cheetahs, Servals, Lynx, Squirrels, Marmosets, Squirrel Monkeys, Wallabies, Genets, Meerkats, and Crocodile). Birdlife includes several birds indigenous to South Africa including the Knysna Loerie, Black Eagles, Blue Cranes, African Greys and many types of Hawks and Owls to Macaws, Patagonians and Amazons, Emu and Lorikeets.

The centre is primarily a sanctuary and the majority of animals and birds that come to us are infants or those that are seriously injured are cared for by our volunteers and live out the rest of their lives at the sanctuary. However, those that are able to survive in the wild are nursed back to health and released back into the wild.

We also successfully breed endangered Blue Duikers and Blue and crowned Cranes. The project, including the game farm, is set within 100 hectares.

Our program's ideal volunteer is:

Someone who is happy to get stuck in and understands there will be some dirty work
involved with looking after so many birds and animals.

Someone who is an animal lover is always good and who is open-minded to the different cultures etc within South Africa.

Is hoping to meet and engage with other volunteers from all other the world. Also, someone who understands and is happy that they will be living in ‘basic’ accommodation on our game farm.

We are in a malaria-free zone so anti-malarial tablets are not required. Vaccinations should be checked with the travel doctor/clinic for South African travel requirements in general. Rabies vaccination is not necessary.

We do not allow excessive drinking (one or two beers with dinner is fine) and no alcohol allowed at the volunteer accommodation.

The volunteers stay on our game reserve which is a short walk to the sanctuary. It consists of wooden cabins that usually sleep 2-3. The biggest room sleeps 8. There are also some single rooms and one double room. Although ‘basic’ there is hot water and electricity at the accommodation.

Sheets, duvet and a pillow are provided. The huts are not heated so a warm sleeping bag is required in the winter months (May-Sept) and they must also bring their own towels.

Laundry: Please bring washing up to the shop in the morning and hand it to
a manager (Monday –Friday only). It is a cold water wash so you don’t need to worry about separating colours and bear in mind that all laundry is clothesline dried so on rainy days it might not get done or may not be dry by 5 pm!

Internet: There is no WiFi available for the volunteers but we recommend they buy a SA sim (MTN is best here) for their phones then they can access WhatsApp/facebook etc easily and cheaply. They are also able to bring/buy mobile WIFI/surf sticks if they require.

The usual day to day duties of our volunteers involves preparing feeds for the animals and birds twice daily and feeding. This can take up to 1 hour in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.
Volunteers are required to maintain and clean out enclosures regularly and be aware of any problems that arise either with the animals themselves, their enclosures or access to food and water.

Most long term residents are friendly and we encourage the volunteers to have as many hands-on contacts as possible. There is also a clinic where injured or young animals are kept. The volunteers help to look after these animals.

We also have a 1000 hectare game farm which is home to Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Nyala, Bushbuck, Duikers, Hartebeest, Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Mountain, and Common Reedbuck, Blesbuck, Impala, Vervet Monkeys, Donkeys, etc. There are also many
species of birds, too many to mention! This requires regular maintenance in the way of checking fences for holes and disabling and removing poachers traps.

The park is regularly changing and so new enclosures often have to be constructed and existing ones adapted to meet the needs of new inhabitants and volunteers may be involved in both the building of these enclosures and creating the correct habitat.

Volunteers work 5 days with 2 days off each week. We are situated 30 minutes from the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay which is a popular weekend destination for volunteers with several surf shops, bars and restaurants and the opportunity to do a surfing lesson or take a horse riding trip along the beach.

Other popular weekend trips include Storms River which is home to the world's highest bungy jump and a canopy tour through Tsitsikamma National Park and Plettenburg Bay which boasts excellent sky diving as well other Sanctuaries where visitors can walk with elephants and also ride an elephant.

Volunteers often like to spend a weekend lazing around at the sanctuary, watching a movie or taking a walk on the game farm.

 

Minimum Duration for Volunteering is 2 weeks

  1. Cape Town Direct Arrival Program

– Program arrival day the day prior to starting at the project

– Project Starting on weekly Monday to Friday

ProgramVolunteering weeksTotal cost ($NZD)
1 Day2 weeks$1429
1 Day3 weeks$1759
1 Day4 weeks$2090
1 Day5 weeks$2420
1 Day6 weeks$2750
1 Day7 weeks$3081
1 Day8 weeks$3411
1 Day9 weeks$3742
1 Day10 weeks$4072
1 Day11 weeks$4402
1 Day12 weeks$4732
1 Day13 weeks$5283

Add additional volunteering weeks at $254 per week

What’s Included in the fee:

  • Pickup & Drop-off at Cape Town International Airport
  • Transport between Cape Town & the project
  • One night dorm room accommodation in Cape Town (without breakfast)
  • 24/7 Emergency contact number in South Africa & support by local partner
  • Certificate upon completion of volunteering
  • Three meals per day (Mondays – Fridays) at the project
  • Accommodation at the project
  1. Cape Town Short Introduction Program
  2. – The program starts weekly on a Monday

– Project starts weekly on a Wednesday

ProgramVolunteering weeks Total cost ($NZD)
2 Days2 weeks$1541
2 Days3 weeks$1874
2 Days4 weeks$2201
2 Days5 weeks$2532
2 Days6 weeks$2862
2 Days7 weeks$3192
2 Days8 weeks$3522
2 Days9 weeks$3852
2 Days10 weeks$4182
2 Days11 weeks$4512
2 Days12 weeks$4843
2 Days13 weeks$5393

Add additional volunteering weeks at $254 per week

What’s Included in the fee:

  • Pickup & Drop-off at Cape Town International Airport
  • Transport between Cape Town & the project
  • Two nights dorm room accommodation in Cape Town (with breakfast)
  • Orientation with a bigger group of volunteers
  • A Full Day Cultural & City Tour which includes a visit to the V&A Waterfront
  • 24/7 Emergency contact number in South Africa & support by local partner
  • Certificate upon completion of volunteering.
  • Three meals per day (Mondays – Fridays) at the project
  • Accommodation at the project
  1. Cape Town Full Introduction Program

– Program Starting weekly on a Monday

– Project starting weekly on a Monday

ProgramVolunteering weeksTotal cost ($NZD)
1 week2 weeks$2087
1 week3 weeks$2417
1 week4 weeks$2747
1 week5 weeks$3078
1 week6 weeks$3408
1 week7 weeks$3738
1 week8 weeks$4069
1 week9 weeks$4399
1 week10 weeks$4729
1 week11 weeks$5060
1 week12 weeks$5390
1 week13 weeks$5941

Add additional volunteering weeks at $254 per week

What’s Included in the fee:

  • Pickup & Drop-off at Cape Town International Airport
  • Transport between Cape Town & the project
  • Seven nights dorm room accommodation in Cape Town (with breakfast)
  • Orientation with a bigger group of volunteers & Visit to the V&A Waterfront
  • A Full Day Peninsula Tour
  • Two Half Day Tours: Township + City
  • Two Way Cable car tickets for Table Mountain
  • Lunch at a traditional South African restaurant
  • 24/7 Emergency contact number in South Africa & support by local partner
  • Certificate upon completion of volunteering.
  • Three meals per day (Mondays – Fridays) at the project

What’s excluded in the fee:

  • Return flights from the country of origin (We do supply flight advice if needed)
  • Any Visa related costs (We provide needed documents for the obtainment of Visa)
  • Any meals if not mentioned
  • Any items of personal nature
  • Return shuttle between project & bus stop
  • Accommodation one night prior to departure (Bookable directly with our local partner)
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