Trip Details

The project is divided into three main sections, which you will alternate between throughout your stay:

Veterinary experience with African wildlife
Working with animals located in commercial and non-commercial game reserves such as rhino, giraffe, buffalo, lions, antelope and zebra, amongst others.

Veterinary work with agricultural livestock
Assisting on livestock farms to improve the wellbeing of the animals there such as bulls, cows, goats, sheep and chickens, amongst others.

Animal care work in the domestic setting
Visiting rural villages, township settlements and a veterinary clinic to work with a variety of animals such as dogs and cats.

Trip Itinerary

This experience is of a real, working, conservation and wildlife management program. It can often be exhilarating when working with game capture and release, elephant and buffalo tracking with telemetry. Then again, some days can be a stretch and even laborious at times when trekking perimeter fences and hunting for traps. But this work is important! We are not a safari operation and don’t want to romanticize the work we do. There will be periods of high intensity when working directly with the animals and other times of less exciting, but 100% necessary tasks, when working on the ranch management aspect of the project.

Participants on our program will spend around one third of their time in wildlife environments (commercial and non-commercial game reserves). Through lecture based learning and practical interactions you will be exposed to the following:

  • Health & Safety
  • Immobilisation and tranquillisation of animals
  • Game Capture
  • Animal management
  • Ecosystems services support & biodiversity preservation
  • Threats to wildlife
  • Toxic and venomous animals
  • Animal health and nutrition
  • Every effort is made for you to experience


Participants will undertake visits to rural villages and township settlements to undertake “hands on” practical work with a broad range of domesticated animals. In the South African context, these animals are very often classified as “vulnerable and abused” and live under extremely difficult circumstances. As a result they are a high priority for our work. As volunteers and interns, it is also the environment in which you can contribute most effectively to animal welfare in South Africa. Through lecture based learning and practical interactions you will be exposed to the following:


Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info

South Africa

Population: 55 million
Capital: Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial), Pretoria (executive)
Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati, Ndebele
Currency: South African Rand
Time zone: UTC +2

South Africa is a vast country with an incredible variety in landscapes, people, traditions, languages, cuisines and more. The country is often referred to as the “Rainbow Nation” due to its population diversity. The country is also renowned for its wines, so make sure not to miss these while you are here!

While big cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg can look quite first worldly, most of the country has remained underdeveloped. This is a perfect example of the economic inequality that exists in the country.

South Africa is an ideal destination for those interested in nature and it is incredibly varied in terms of landscapes. The country boasts a large number of National Parks such as Kruger, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which is located in the desert, Addo Elephant National Park, Simangaliso Wetland Park and many more. It is also a great place to spot the “Big Five” (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros) as well as a wide range of other species.

All in all, South Africa is an ideal place to start if you wish to travel in southern Africa and get a good insight into the region.

South Africa is situated at the southern tip of Africa and has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² edged on 3 sides by a nearly 3000km coastline washed by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland.
Natural beauty abounds with beautiful beaches, dramatic mountains, lush forest belts and of course the famed Table Mountain. South Africa also boasts no less than 20 National Parks with the opportunity to see lion, leopard, rhino and elephants, to name but a few!  We have a selection of gap year adventures in South Africa including work at wildlife sanctuaries, work and travel in local South African communities, development projects and much more.  If you are interested in volunteering in South Africa please get in touch or read on for our latest experiences.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa