Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Eco-volunteering programme with animals!

This rehabilitation centre for animals in South Africa was created in 1992. It hosts several species of wild animals.

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The number of young orphan animals treated in the centre has increased these last years.

Once they are cured, some animals are reintroduced in their natural habitat while others have to stay for the rest of their life.

In this centre in South Africa, you will discover various animal species from little birds to wild boars or deer.

Several zoos, who cannot take care of their animals for different reasons, send them to this centre. 

As a volunteer in this centre in South Africa, your tasks could be:

  • singes en afrique du sud - globalongPrepare the meals and feed the animals (which can take about 1 hour in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon)
  • Wash and maintain enclosure
  • Observe eventual difficulties of the animals
  • Welcome and take care of injured animals

These animals are docile and the centre encourages the volunteers to interact with them.

During your volunteer period, you will have the chance to see for example servals, crocodiles or cheetahs.

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You will work until 4 or 5pm.


You will be accommodated at approximately 5 minutes on foot from the project. Depending on the period of the year, you can have a single or a shared bedroom (up to 8 participants). There are 4 toilets, 6 showers, a TV, a kitchen with a fridge, microwave and a kettle.

A laundry area will give you the possibility to wash your clothes by hand.

Washing machine costs 35rands (approx. 2€30) per machine.

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Outside the lodge you will find a campfire area, the main attraction for all volunteers at night.

Sheets, pillow and blanket are provided but you must bring a sleeping bag (especially in winter).

There’s no Wi-Fi access in the lodge but you can buy a 3G key on site.

A telephone is available in the accommodation, which accepts coins and phone cards. You can also easily buy a South African SIM card (make sure your phone is unlocked for all operators).

Included in the programme of South Africa:

Accommodation :

  • Nourrir - Globalong - Afrique du SudSheets, blanket, pillow
  • Mosquito net (if needed)
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry (hand wash)

Program, follow-up and customization :

  • Pick-up at Port Elizabeth airport
  • Help and guidance from our team in Europe before your programme starts
  • Transfer to the accommodation
  • Accommodation
  • Full board for the duration of your stay
  • Return transport to Port Elizabeth airport
  • Customization of your programme
  • Guépard en Afrique - Globalong7/7 support from the local coordinator
  • Support from the Globalong team during your entire stay
  • Personal blog on our network
  • Introduction days
  • Advise on how to get a visa (if needed)
  • Country guide
  • Traveller’s guide
  • Transfer back to Hoedspruit airport at the end of your stay
  • Certificate of attendance to a volunteer programme
  • Donation for a project
  • Organization fees

Volunteering abroad GlobalongNot included in the programme of South Africa:

  • Extra outings
  • Personnal items
  • Flights to and from South Africa
  • Travel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)
  • Daily transport to and from your volunteer placement
  • Vaccinations (click here for more information)
  • Potential visa fees
  • Towels
  • Wifi

Project placement: Thornhill, South Africa

Minimum stay in the project: 2 weeks

Arrival airport: Elizabeth Port Airport or Bus station Jeffrey’s Bay*

Dates: Available all year round

Arrival Day : Monday

Departure Day : Monday 

Minimum age to join the project: 17

Required conditions:

  • Have at least an upper-intermediate level of English (B2 equivalent)
  • Be in good shape

The programme starts every Tuesday and you need to arrive the day before.


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For further information, feel free to contact us at info@globalong.com

To see our photo album of South Africa, click here!

*Return transfer is included from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

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