Arrival date: Saturday
Orientation in Johannesburg: Saturday-Sunday
Transfer to project: Monday
Location: Badplaas – a very rural town in the Mpumalanga region
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
The Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre based in Badplaas, South Africa. We are committed to the rehabilitation of indigenous wildlife and to working with the public to help avoid human-animal conflict. We take in injured, orphaned and displaced wild animals and rehabilitate them ready to be released back into protected areas in the wild. We also take in unwanted exotic animals which are victims of the exotic pet trade.The cruelty of this trade is that these exotic animals can never be returned to a life of freedom. The next best thing we can do for them is to provide them with the most natural, enriched life possible in big enclosures to live out their lives with other animals of the same species.
We are the only legally permitted primate centre in the province of Mpumlanaga and as such our work focuses on vervet monkeys. However previous intakes also include baboons, antelope, bushpigs, small predators, owls and birds of prey. Indigenous wildlife at the centre varies throughout the year as our main aim is to release wildlife as soon as it is rehabilitated. The work at the project necessitates a team of local staff and volunteers from around the world.We are always in need of volunteers to help with the wildlife.
This Project was founded in 2010 to address the growing need for a rehabilitation centre in Mpumalanga.The centre was started by the founders who continue to run the project along with their young family and a dedicated team of volunteers who work on site and abroad. From the first duiker we took in, in 2010, the centre has grown exponentially and we have had over 300 animals come through our doors. At any one time we have about 100 animals in our care.These are mainly vervet monkey troops that are going through the 3 year rehabilitation process but we also have, or have had, baboons, banded mongoose, water mongoose, small predators, birds, warthog and antelope. Since founded we have successfully released troops of monkeys (the rehabilitation period for each troop is 3 years!), servals, mongoose troops, numerous antelope and bird species, several warthog and bushpig, porcupine,honey badger and a pole cat.We have helped with relocation of animals that have been trapped in city areas or actually within shops at times! We have acquired the first primate permit in the province of Mpumalanga. Before this project was started, all primates that were rescued and taken to vets in the province were euthanized. We have done various outreach programs with local schools to try and educate children about wildlife and how to respect it.
Tasks include but aren’t limited to:
- Building swings and toys for primates
- Planting indigenous trees into enclosures
- All meals
- 24 hour support and supervisor
- Donation to the project
- 2 day Johannesburg orientation
All of our JNB conservation projects will include a 2 day orientation prior to attending the project site. Saturday-Sunday is orientation in Joburg, then on Monday you will transfer to project via shuttle and depart on a Monday.
Volunteers stay in shared accommodation in our wooden chalets. There are a maximum of 4 people to a room (these may be in bunkbeds) with a shared bathroom.
We provide all bed linen and towels and 1 of our housekeeping staff will clean the chalet twice a week.
The chalets are all individual units set apart from the main lodge area (about 100m) where meals will be provided. There is a main safe in the lodge.
There is a swimming pool at the lodge area which you are welcome to make use of during off times.
Volunteers are able to give in their laundry on site at the lodge to be washed at a cost of ±R20 per kg. This can be arranged at reception.
3 meals a day will be provided by the project and prepared by the volunteers. The food is basic but tasty and filling. Please let us know in advance of any dietary requirements. Our tap water is safe to drink.
Daily meals will generally consist of the following:
Every morning around 8.30am.
A selection of cereal, toast with jams, fruit, tea and coffee.
Eaten between 12-1pm
Basic lunches such as sandwiches, pasta, salads, pies, omelette.
Bulky filling meals such as pastas, stews, bolognaise, stir frys, rice dishes etc.
The meals will always be filling and tasty but we urge volunteers who have a huge appetite or prefer certain specialised tastes to supplement the shopping with their own food items. We will not be able to provide things like steak and prawns!
Tea and coffee will be provided with meals. All other drinks are available from the bar at the volunteers expense.
There is a small fridge available for personal groceries and space to store ‘luxury’ items such as sweets and chocolates.
- There is currently no wifi on site at the project. Please make sure you bring an unlocked phone and buy a local sim card (Vodacom works best) at the airport. We have very good 3G signal in the area.
We recommend that volunteers fly to and from O R Tambo (JNB) International Airport.
- Torch – for walking around at night. We are out in the bush and there are no street lights.
- Work Gloves – For building, maintenance, gardening projects
- Suitable Closed Toe Shoes – It is safer to wear closed shoes when working with the animals and for maintenance projects.
- Sandals/Flip Flops – For off time
- Work Clothes – Your clothes will get dirty, ruined, pooed on etc!! Please do not bring your best! Rather bring things you are happy to leave behind. We do provide scrubs to wear over your own clothes if you prefer while working. Bring a waterproof jacket if you are coming in summer,
- Clothes for Off Times – lightweight shorts, t shirts etc for days off or evenings. Please include jumpers, coats, hat and gloves if you are coming in winter.
- Personal Toiletries – essentials are available in Badplaas but if you are set on a certain brand then its best to bring from home.
- Swimming Costume – There is a pool at the lodge you are welcome to use
- Camera – remember spare SD cards and power cables!
- Sunhat/Suncream – The sun is very intense even during the winter.
- Plug Adapter – Most universal kits do not contain a SA adapter
There are regular trips to the local shops in Badplaas which you may be able to join by arrangement. There is a small supermarket, a pharmacy and ATMs. Specialised items may only be available in Nelspruit and branded items may be more expensive than at home so its advisable to bring essentials with you.
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.
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- You will be able to listen to the sounds of the animals throughout the night
- Not only will you be privileged to work with these beautiful animals, but your
accommodation is also situated in the middle of the project and surrounded by all the
- You will be accompanied by other people who are very passionate about animals.
- You will have the opportunity to work face to face, with all sorts of wildlife.
- Learn and experience how each animal behaves, reacts and what their characters are like.
- Completed application form
- Basic level of competency in English
- Copy of return flight itinerary
- Medium level of fitness