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.
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.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all our volunteers and we will not be able to accommodate a volunteer that does not comply. We do require that you forward your policy details to us before volunteering at Care for Wild Africa so we can have them on record in the event of an emergency. Please make sure that your travel insurance policy covers you for working with wild animals in South Africa.
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.
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.
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.