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Spend the smallest amount of time with the curators at this world-renowned park and you can't help but be swept away with their enthusiasm and passion for all things scaly!

As with most fears, the lack of understanding and knowledge are the biggest prejudices reptiles come up against. Over the last twentyfive years, the Reptile Park has made a very valuable contribution to conservation by saving and rehabilitating snakes, but most of all by educating local and international visitors and inhabitants of the area in the important role of snakes and reptiles in the delicate ecosystem. A lot of time is given to dispelling the myths and legends surrounding snakes in the African culture. The curators always make a point of spending time with visitors to the park, and also on field visits talking to the people, with view to enlighten them. The Reptile Park is situated in an area with a high concentration of snakes which means that there is a higher frequency of human interaction occurring.

Volunteers enjoy a very active participation in the daily events at the park with no two days ever being the same. There is a daily routine that has to be followed with the feeding of certain animals and there is usually a plan and a list of jobs that need doing, but reptiles don't have any idea of these plans and you may have to drop everything (drop possibly isn't the right word to use here!) and rush out in response to a 'Snake Call' or to help spot baby Puff Adders in the grass of the demonstration pit!

Every step of the way, no matter what is happening, one of the curators will be with you talking you through the events, pumping you full of information and answering every question that you can possibly think of.

The park is situated in a prime location for reptile-related research and conservation work and is noted for its expertise in the Black Mamba, featuring in several international documentaries. The main objective at the Reptile Park is to conserve through education and research.

The Park is open to the public every day between 8 am and 5 pm. Volunteers have one weekend off every 2 weeks, but alternative plans can be made with the curators.

At the project you can expect to take part in the following:
  • Cleaning of snake and other reptile cages, inside and out
  • Identifying species
  • Participation in Reptile Orientation course
  • Preparation and administration of food
  • Safe Handling of dangerous and venomous snakes
  • learning about venom, and the symptoms and treatment of snake bites
  • Snake and other Reptile Callouts: rescue, rehabilitation, and release
  • Snake Necropsy
  • Participation in veterinary procedures as necessary
  • Work in the lab, monitor reptile eggs, cleaning, etc
  • Assist with demonstrations to the public
  • Assist with maintenance work in the Park or the building of new enclosures
  • Field Research

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Price Includes:
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day (self catering, ingredients provided)
  • Tea, coffee, juice, fruit
  • Educational Program
  • All work on and with the reptiles
  • Subject related Field Trips
  • Transport to and from the project
Not included:
  • Food and drinks purchased in the restaurant
  • Laundry, to do yourself or at the laundomat in town
  • Personal expences such as toiletries, excursions, internet, etc
A cosy wendy house with housekeeper service, situated at the Park.
A lounge with 24/7 internet (at a small additional fee per week) and TV/DVD/DSTV, a small kitchenette, and bedrooms with ensuite bathroom facilities.
All bedding provided.

Group size: 1-8 volunteers
Minimum stay: 1 week or for as long as you like. However, we do recommend a minimum stay of 2 weeks.