African Wildlife Protection Project

Project Details

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

This programme incorporates wild, rescued and rehabilitated animals to improve their living and environmental conditions. The main purpose of the projects we are involved in is to detect the needs and improve the living and environmental conditions of the various animals residing at these locations.

The volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with some of the animals that will be encountered, in a respectful way and always under supervision.

Monkey Project

Primates are under constant threat. They are hunted for meat, body parts or captured as pets and exported illegally to many locations worldwide. We assist with monkeys that were kept as pets and then become unwanted; they are rescued and released into a wild forest with waterfalls and mountain springs. It is very important to have a safe environment where these monkeys can be rehabilitated and professionals and volunteers can take care of them.

Volunteer tasks

Our program in this sanctuary will start with an educational introduction about the sanctuary, the history of the monkeys, and how we make a difference in a responsible way. The required tasks will include assisting the staff in the day to day management of dietary requirements, observation of behaviour and general maintenance of the reserve.

Bird Project

This is a vulture conservation programme for advancing knowledge, awareness and innovation in the conservation of African vulture populations. Today, vultures face an unprecedented onslaught of danger from human activities. They have to cope with electrocutions and collisions with electrical structures, poisonings, land-use changes, a decrease in food availability and exposure to toxicity through veterinary drugs, to list just a few of the challenges they face nowadays.

Volunteer tasks

Our program in this sanctuary will start with an educational introduction about this project, the wild birds’ history and how to make a difference in a responsible way. The required tasks will include assisting the staff in the day to day management, such as dietary requirements, supervised handling of the vultures and eagles if needed, and observation of behaviour during breeding season, as well as 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. The Magaliesberg Biosphere has been declared a reserve in June 2015. Different habitats of the area support an exceptional variety of wildlife and native flora, creating opportunities for many conservation activities. Volunteers participate on regular hiking activities along sections of the mountain side in search for 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. Volunteer efforts in finding and removing these snares is assisting land owners in a current project to prevent various wild animal species from being harmed and illegally hunted, protecting populations of wildlife living in the biosphere reserve to enable survival for the future.

Volunteer Tasks

Volunteer tasks include food preparation and feeding, alien and invasive vegetation control, occasional capture, transfer and release of animals and/or birds, foot patrols for fence inspection, snare and trap location and removal, observation of behaviour, seasonal animal counts, general maintenance and management of all facilities. As projects are changing and continually growing, tasks will change and grow as well.

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. The house is in a secure development in a green belt/protected area. There is a kitchen, lounge and recreational area, 3 swimming pools, squash courts, tennis courts, walking and running trails. The rooms sleep 2 – 6 volunteers.

Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day.

Breakfast consists of cereals, fruit, yogurts, toast and spreads
Lunch consists of, fruit, cold meats and spreads.
Dinner consists of hot meal which is served every night such as, a traditional South African BBQ (braai), stews (potjies), casseroles, fresh vegetables and meats etc. All Dinners will include a meat, starch and vegetable.

Tea and coffee will be available and all other drinks will be at own expense. A generous amount of food will always be given. If snacks are desired there are several grocery stores nearby. There will be refrigeration available for volunteer’s personal food and soft drinks.

Please advise on your booking form of any and ALL dietary needs/requirements and allergies.

Volunteers will be met at Johannesburg International airport and taken to the project. On project days the volunteers will be transported by minivan. The vehicles are roadworthy and have all relevant licenses and liability insurance.

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: This project will be closed from 23rd December 2019 – 12th January 2020.

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.

The different projects require volunteers to move between locations on completion of assigned tasks. All the locations used are within 25km of the Volunteer accommodation.

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 Level
Education level

Project Highlights

            • Learning more about animals through interactive hands-on projects
            • Learning to capture, tag and release wild vultures
            • Interactions with monkeys and many more animals
            • Working on a real game reserve with truly wild animals around
            • Making a positive difference
            • Living a genuine conservationist lifestyle
            • Developing personal strengths and life skills

Volunteer Requirements

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



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

Example Itinerary


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

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

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


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Cape Town, South Africa
20 Briza Road, Table View
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