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Would you like to get hands-on experience with injured and orphaned wild animals whilst educating local underprivileged children, perhaps giving both of them a brighter future? At the Wildlife Orphanage / Community Project, this is exactly what you can do!

The Wildlife Orphanage / Community Project is a registered non profit organisation located in the Limpopo Province, near the Kruger Park in South Africa. It is set in a beautiful nature reserve with granite hills and the most stunning views. It hasn’t got the Big Five, but leopard and hyena do roam around next to the general plains game like impala, kudu, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe. You will mostly work in and around the camp with the children, but if you want to and where possible, the project leaders will also take you for walks and drives in the reserve. The game tends to be shy, but the scenery in itself is more than worthwhile already. Besides, it’s a great opportunity to pick one of the project leaders’ brains and learn from their vast knowledge of the bush and wildlife!

The mission of the project is to educate local underprivileged children to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage.

Every Monday the Wildlife Orphanage / Community Project welcomes a new group of 8 local under-privileged children for a week. As a volunteer your main tasks will be teaching the children and working with the animals. You will give the children the opportunity to discover, learn and become passionate about wildlife and conservation, their heritage. You will also supplement their school curriculum in very basic English, maths, sciences, geography, life skills, educational games and social issues.

The children are in the 8th grade, but they vary in age from 13 to 16 years old. Their English is very poor and most of the time they need a lot of support with maths. Personal attention is something that they are not used to. That is why they really get the chance to blossom at this project. They go home as different children and that is also because of the attention they receive from people like you.

No specific skills are required to join this project. We need your enthusiasm and dynamism.

It is a two way street. The children will give you back what you put in. Maybe sometimes you think it doesn’t work, but at the end of the week you will see the difference. The best advice we can give is for you to really enjoy your placement and make it into a two way learning experience. We want you to leave with the feeling that you have achieved something positive for the future of the children and the environment, but also for yourself.

Whether you are away from home for the first time or are an experienced traveller, you will love the family atmosphere that is created at the project and their excellent food. Your help will make a huge difference in aiding conservation and animal welfare, teaching local underprivileged children and building bridges between local and international people. All in all you will be participating to a worthy cause and having a fantastic experience in one!

What does a day look like at the Wildlife Orphanage / Community Project?

You meet at 7 o’clock in the morning for coffee. From 7.30 hrs you do a bush walk with the children and the dogs. You then feed the animals and clean their camps. At 9.00 hrs you have breakfast. Lessons start from 9.30 hrs till 12.00 hrs. Then you have lunch and everyone is off till 2 o’clock. At 2.00 hrs the lessons start again and will go on until 4.30 hrs. At 4.30 hrs you will feed the animals again and after that there is a game to play. Dinner is around 7 o’clock at night.

All volunteers work 5 days a week, from 7am in the morning until dinner time with a break at lunch time, when you will be able to enjoy the swimming pool. You will have time off on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday and will be able to take this opportunity to do some sight seeing in the area. A trip to town is organised every Saturday and you will enjoy meeting up with the local community.

Volunteers share a rondavel (round chalet with thatch roof or have a room in the main house. The chalets are rustic but comfortable with toilets and shower (hot and cold water). There is no electricity on the farm but light is provided with solar lamps and power with a generator to charge batteries, cameras and computers. There is access to internet at a minimal fee.


bar with fireplace Braai (BBQ)
Thatched communal area Swimming pool
Internet Laundry

Group size: 1 - 10 volunteers
Minimum stay: 1 week or for as long as you like.
However, we do recommend a minimum stay of 2 weeks.

Click here for program costs

Price includes:
  • Accommodation and laundry
  • 3 meals a day (all provided), tea, coffee, juice
  • A donation to the project
  • Training and supervision
  • Trips to town when the project leaders go there
  • Transport to and from the project
Not included:
  • Internet and telephone costs
  • Personal expences such as toiletries, excursions, etc
  • Drinks purchased at the bar