African Wildlife & Community Project

Project Details

Project starts: Monday
Location: Hartebeespoort, Johannesburg
Minimum duration: 2 weeks

Our wildlife conservation and rescue takes place over several different properties, helping monkeys, vultures, eagles, and other wild animals. The program looks after wild and rescued animals. The main purpose of the project is to detect the needs and improve the living and environmental conditions of the various animals residing at these locations. Volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with some of the animals in a respectful way and always under supervision.

Monkey Project

Monkeys are under constant threat. It is very important to create a safe environment where monkeys can be rehabilitated and professionals and volunteers can take care of them. Our program in this sanctuary will start with an educational introduction about this reserve, the monkeys’ history and how to make a difference in a responsible way. Tasks will include assistance with day to day management, observation of behavior and general maintenance of the reserve.

Bird Project

This conservation program focuses on advancing knowledge, awareness, and innovation in the conservation of African vulture populations for the benefit and well-being of society. The required tasks will include assistance to the staff in the day to day management as dietary requirements, handling the vultures and eagles if needed under supervision, observation of behavior and general maintenance of the reserve.

Magaliesberg Biosphere Project

Our project locations are set in the internationally protected UNESCO Magaliesberg biosphere, one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth. Different habitats of the area support an exceptional variety of wildlife and native flora, creating opportunities for many conservation activities. Volunteers participate in regular hiking activities along sections of the mountainside in search of illegal animal traps set throughout the woodland and grassland landscapes. These traps, or snares, are used as a method of cruelly catching wild animals which may fatally walk into one, set illegally by poachers.

Kosmos Informal Settlement

We help this community to fulfill their basic needs. We support them with donations such as food, water, blankets, clothes, toys, etc. We spend 2 or 3 afternoons per week in the community. We started this project by supporting 9 orphans who have now been taken in by the local pastor and his wife. The main focus of this project is to allow the children to grow in a happier, healthier and more self-sustaining way, we sometimes bring in professionals to teach them skills such as cooking, painting, making bracelets, sewing, dancing, life skills, animal education, etc.

What’s Included

  • Return Transfer from Johannesburg airport
  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • 24 hour support and supervisor
  • Donation to the project
  • Animal Interactions (Elephant, Monkey, Vulture)


  • Accommodation is on a wildlife reserve in Hartebeespoort
  • Our volunteer house has multiple rooms with various facilities
  • All self-catering facilities supplied
  • Safe and secure environment

Please advise on your booking form of any and ALL dietary needs/requirements and allergies. All meals are provided for during the week. This includes a continental breakfast with fresh fruits, Lunch on location and a hearty cooked evening meal. There will be regular shopping trips into town so you will be able to purchase food or additional items you may need during your stay.


  • All transport is safe and reliable
  • All licenses and insurances are up to date
  • All insurances and liabilities for passengers are up to date and fully paid

Supervision and coordination

At all times a member of our staff will be there to assist and co-ordinate movements on all projects. Our project leaders will ensure that you receive the right instructions, safety briefings and objectives for the tasks at hand. There will be a de-briefing session each day to discuss the days events and the following days work and objectives. 

Emergency and safety information

  • All our staff have the relevant licenses for driving with passengers
  • All staff are qualified in First Aid
  • There will be a staff member in close proximity at ALL times
  • All volunteers are handed a safety guidelines card with the relevant contact numbers and emergency procedures printed on it
  • The nearest hospital is within 20 minutes drive of all locations
  • An emergency cellular phone with call time will be handed to one group member each day
  • Please note: Every precaution is taken to ensure your comfort and safety at all times


  • All beverages
  • Additional tours
  • Flights, visas and travel insurance
  • Personal items such as sunscreen, bug-spray and amenities

Please note: Between the 23rd of December 2019 and the 12th of January 2019 – The project will be closed for the holidays.

Although care is taken to ensure that animals are treated in the way they deserve, there is often times when animals cannot be released back into the wild and therefore we try to improve the conditions of these animals’ lives as best as we can in their captive environment.

The area of Hartbeespoort is rich in cultural and historical value. We are nestled in the foothills of a 2.3 billion year old mountain range surrounded by natural beauty and encompassing the Hartbeespoort dam.

Average working day

      • Volunteers will work 5 – 6 days a week.
      • You will cover different aspect of the conservation project and visit different projects

Winter in South Africa

Please note that May through to September are our winter months and it can get quite chilly with an average temperature ranging from 5 degrees Celsius at night to 15 degrees Celsius during the day. So, please make sure to pack enough warm clothes if you plan your trip in that period.

Johannesburg Activities

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Animal Interaction
Educational level

Project Highlights

  • Learning more about animals through interactive hands-on projects
  • Learning to capture, tag and release wild Vultures
  • Interactions with Elephants, Monkeys and many more animals
  • Working on a real game reserve with truly wild animals around
  • Making a positive difference to wildlife and a local community
  • Helping children develop life skills
  • Living a genuine conservationist lifestyle
  • Developing personal strengths and life skills

Volunteer Requirements

  • CV/Resumé
  • Medium level of fitness
  • Basic level of competency in English
  • Copy of return flight itinerary
  • Availability of position



Please visit our FAQ’S page for a comprehensive list of the most frequently asked questions.

Example Itinerary

Surf / Template:


Airport pick up.

Welcome Orientation

Monkey Sanctuary:
Food prep and feeding, clean out and replace water, census, assist with new arrival and injuries, hand rear babies for release

Wildlife Reserve:
Remove alien plants, clear rubbish, bird and antelope counts, snare removal, fence patrols

Community Project:
Assisting in at the community project

Bird Project:
General maintenance and observation of different species. Supervised handling of birds of needed

Wildlife Reserve:
Remove alien plants, clear rubbish, bird and antelope counts, snare removal, fence patrols

Community Project:
Assisting in at the community project

Monkey Sanctuary:
Food prep and feeding, clean out and replace water, census, assist with new arrival and injuries, hand rear babies for release


Phone: 0.278.723.2662
Cape Town, South Africa
20 Briza Road, Table View
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