Frequently Asked Questions
No! Care for Wild Africa is a rehabilitation center that cares for injured and/or orphaned wildlife. As a result, they do have some adult lions under they care. The welfare of the animals is of paramount importance and as such, they do not permit unnecessary human interaction with their animals. They will only engage in activities that are proven to be in the best interests of their animals! Furthermore, they do not participate in a lion breeding program and thus, they currently do not have any lion cubs at the sanctuary. We would like to alert prospective volunteers of the systematic lion breeding that takes place at numerous other “sanctuaries”, and ask that you remain wary of any rehabilitation center bearing a constant supply of lion cubs. Care for Wild Africa does not support the practice of canned lion hunting, and will not advocate any captive breeding of these animals. Again, Care for Wild Africa is a true wildlife rehabilitation center and NOT a petting zoo!
All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Whilst there is no maximum age restriction, volunteering at Care for Wild Africa does require some physical activity however, volunteers are not required to be Olympic athletes.
You can volunteer for anywhere between 7 days and 12 weeks.
Special dietary requirements can be arranged for volunteers however, any such requirements must be specified before arriving at Care for Wild Africa.
No. The advertised prices include only your transfers to/from O.R Thambo International Airport and Care for Wild Africa rhino sanctuary.
Transport can be arranged for alternative days and times at an additional cost. Please contact us to find out more.
Please notify us of any delays ASAP so that we can make the necessary adjustments for your transport to the sanctuary.
As a volunteer, you will be in contact with wild animals and therefore, it is important that you have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination (within the past 10 years). Please seek professional medical advice regarding any other vaccinations that you wish to get before travelling to Care for Wild Africa.
Care for Wild Africa is not situated in a malaria area. However, some of the nearby local tourist hotspots (e.g. The Kruger National Park) are located within a Malaria area and such, we do recommend that you consult with a qualified medical practitioner before travelling. We do however recommend that volunteers bring with a course of doxycycline in order to treat a potential case of tick bite fever. It is also recommended to use a DEET spray to assist in preventing mosquito/tick bites.
Whilst we do offer travel insurance policies to all our volunteers, you are not obligated to acquire travel insurance through us. You may obtain travel insurance from a different source however, travel insurance is mandatory for all our volunteers, and we will not be able to accommodate a volunteer that does not comply. If you wish to source your travel insurance from an alternative source, you will be required to forward your policy details to us before volunteering at Care for Wild Africa.
Please visit the following site to see if you require a VISA before working at the Care for Wild Africa rhino sanctuary: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/countries-exempt-from-sa-visas
A shuttle will be arranged to transport you from O.R Thambo International Airport to Nelspruit, where your volunteer coordinator will be awaiting your arrival. You will then be taken directly to Care for Wild Africa where you will be briefed about the role you will play as a volunteer at the sanctuary. The same shuttle will take you back to O.R Thambo International Airport at the end of your stay!
All volunteers are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $300 (USD) before we can secure your booking at the sanctuary. The remainder of the balance is to be paid at least 60 days before your scheduled arrival at Care for Wild Africa.
We will forward you our payment details so that payment can be transferred to our South African bank via a swift code. Payment can also be made via PayPal. This does not necessarily require you to have PayPal, as payment can also be made via VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Diner’s Club, and EnRoute. However, if PayPal is chosen as the preferred method of payment, we will be required to add 6% to the total price in order to cover the transaction fees.
Care for Wild Africa is located in a hilly terrain, and volunteers may be required to make several trips a day across the sanctuary in order to feed different species. As you will be working with wild animals, you will be required to handle both the physical and the mental difficulties that ensue.
Volunteers share cabins during their stay at the sanctuary. Each cabin has either two single beds or two bunk beds, and a bathroom with a toilet and shower.
Yes. However, the supply of electricity can sometimes be inconsistent.
Generally, yes. There are certain times in the day when hot water is unavailable.
Volunteering is possible throughout the year subject to availability.
Due to the nature of the wildlife sanctuary, the variety of animals housed at Care for Wild Africa is constantly changing. The center is primarily a rhino sanctuary and is currently home to over two dozen rhinos, and several big cats. However, there are a wide variety of species that enter the center for rehabilitation and are subsequently released back into the wild.
Volunteers can draw money at the ATM’s or Banks in the nearest town (Nelspruit) or even at the airport. We recommend that volunteers exchange money into South African Rands (ZAR) as other currencies are not widely accepted.
Care for Wild Africa is located in the heart of the African bush and as a result, encounters with snakes, scorpions, spiders, and ticks are indeed possible. Whilst a conscious effort is made to remove those that pose a threat to volunteers and staff, it is impossible to prevent such encounters entirely. We urge volunteers to be mindful of this, and advise volunteers to use a flashlight at night, and to bring with a course of doxycycline in the event of contracting tick bite fever.
Please ensure that your passport has at least 6 months validity remaining, and has at least one blank page available (excluding the last page).
South African sim cards can be obtained at the airport upon arrival or in town at a later time. We recommend that volunteers choose MTN as their network coverage is the best on the farm.
The nearest hospital to the sanctuary is located in Nelspruit which is 23km away. However, the rehabilitation center does have a first aid kit on site.
As you are working with injured, sick, and vulnerable wildlife, volunteers are required to be sober at all times whilst on the farm. Alcohol and drugs are thus prohibited.
It is possible for volunteers to get time off however, this is dependent on the needs of the animals.
South Africa uses two and three pin plugs on a 220V/15amps (USA:110V) electrical standard. Adapter plugs are available for purchase at either the airport, or in town.
There are certain spots at the sanctuary where internet coverage is available. We recommend that volunteers make use of the MTN network. Alternatively, internet will be available to volunteers’ if/when they go to town.
There are laundry facilities on the farm that are made available to you however, volunteers are required to bring with their own washing powder.
We recommend that volunteers bring with 2 towels for their stay at the sanctuary. Linen is provided at Care for Wild Africa, and volunteers are not required to bring their own.