OUR TOP 10 SOUTH AFRICA VOLUNTEERING HOLIDAYS

Our wildlife volunteering holidays take place in private game reserves and managed national parks where vast wilderness areas provide natural habitat for animals to roam wild and free from harm. Sites for primate rehab centres and animal sanctuaries in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, for example, have been chosen so as to avoid human conflict and allow animals to be released back into their natural environment. Port Elizabeth, on the south coast, provides an altogether more urban existence with volunteers needed at schools supporting some of South Africa’s poorest townships. Shark conservation projects invite volunteers to experience life close to Cape Town with free days at Boulders Beach adding extra bite.
1. Endangered wildlife conservation
2. Family volunteering with monkeys
3. Great white shark conservation
4. Horse rehabilitation
5. Lion sanctuaries
6. Monkey volunteer
7. Sports coaching
8. Teaching assistant
9. Volunteer with deaf children
10. Wildlife conservation in Kruger
Endangered wildlife conservation

1. Endangered wildlife conservation

Cheetahs, black rhinos, wild dogs and vultures are all on South Africa's endangered wildlife list and volunteering to assist on an award winning habitat and conservation project in the game reserves of KwaZulu-Natal will go some way to supporting the efforts of the WWF and Wildlands Conservation Trust. Learn how to observe, track and identify endangered species in the real African bush.
Family volunteering with monkeys

2. Family volunteering with monkeys

Watching monkeys in the wild is as wondrous for parents as for children. Now imagine being part of the process that enables rescued infant monkeys to begin the journey back into their natural habitat. Volunteering with monkeys as a family in an African bush rehab centre allows your troop to get stuck into conservation work, as well as plenty of ‘ahhh’ moments.
Great white shark conservation

3. Great white shark conservation

Observing a great white in its natural environment is an absolute thrill and certain to dispel any negative preconceptions as quickly as you can say 'we're gonna need a bigger boat'. Volunteers will learn how to cage dive safely – no experience needed – and will become part of a boat crew, as well as assisting marine biologists with their on-going shark conservation projects.
Horse rehabilitation

4. Horse rehabilitation

Four weeks is the minimum recommended duration for volunteers wishing to care for neglected horses in South Africa in South Africa although there are still lots of horse related jobs to do if you can only spare a week or two. It takes more than just a quick fix for horses to trust humans again and volunteers will be handpicked to ensure horses are helped on the road to recovery, just a few kilometres ride from the Indian Ocean.
Lion sanctuaries

5. Lion sanctuaries

Many of South Africa's big cats have suffered at the hands of man.Volunteering at a lion sanctuary will place you where you're needed most as you help become an active member of a big cat welfare team caring for lions, leopards and non-native tigers that have been hurt or displaced by private game hunters and ill-conceived zoos. Monitor behaviour, prep food and allow lions in South Africa to regain their crowns.
Monkey volunteer

6. Monkey volunteer

The relationship between South Africa's primates and its humans is far from harmonious. Hunting, the illegal pet trade and traffic accidents are just some of the reasons why infant monkeys and baboons become orphaned and in need of care. Volunteering at a primate rehab centre, close to Kruger National Park, lets you fill the parental void and help baby monkeys on their journey back into the wild.
Sports coaching

7. Sports coaching

Although South Africa is often considered to be a southern hemisphere heavyweight when it comes to rugby, cricket and tennis, not all of its population are lucky enough to come from similar backgrounds to the country's international elite. Volunteer as a sports coach in an established Port Elizabeth sports foundation and inspire kids from the poorest communities to become the sports stars of SA's future.
Teaching assistant

8. Teaching assistant

Volunteering as a teaching assistant in South Africa should be seen as a long term project with some of the poorest communities in the Port Elizabeth area crying out for help with lessons and extracurricular activities. This is an opportunity for flexible, positive and fun-loving people willing to work alongside local teachers in and out of the classroom. Experience of working with kids is an advantage, although not essential as full training is given.
Volunteer with deaf children

9. Volunteer with deaf children

There's a wonderful school for deaf and partially deaf children aged three to 13 in Cape Town's Observatory suburb, one of the poorer areas of the city. Volunteer classroom and life orientation assistants, especially those who know sign language, are welcome for a variety of 'mainstream' and signed lessons, and sports coaching. School starts at 8am and finishes just after 2pm – don't be late!
Wildlife conservation in Kruger

10. Wildlife conservation in Kruger

Kruger National Park is renowned for lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes and rhinoceros. Volunteering to join a scientific research team here offers unparalleled access to see these animals, and a host of other mammals and bird species, from a highly insightful perspective. Undertake bush craft training and collect data on wildlife as part of a two week wildlife conservation holiday in Kruger.

Our top South Africa volunteering Holiday

Endangered wildlife conservation in South Africa

Endangered wildlife conservation in South Africa

Award-winning, Fair Trade certified conservation work!

From US $1330 14 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2019: 14 Jan, 28 Jan, 11 Feb, 25 Feb, 11 Mar, 25 Mar, 8 Apr, 22 Apr, 6 May, 20 May, 3 Jun, 17 Jun, 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 29 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 7 Oct, 21 Oct, 4 Nov, 18 Nov
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Hello. If you'd like to chat about South Africa volunteering or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.
Written by Chris Owen
Photo credits: [Page banner: Frontier Official] [Giraffe silhouette: Fyre Mael] [Endangered wildlife: Vince Smith] [Family volunteer/monkeys: Flowcomm] [Great white shark volunteer: Tim Sheerman-Chase] [Horse rehab: Pod Volunteer] [Lion sanctuaries: Derek Keats] [Monkey volunteer: Frontier Official] [Sports coaching: Frontier Official] [Teaching assistant: KHYM54] [Volunteer deaf children: Travellers worldwide] [Wildlife conservation kruger: Frontier Official]
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