This facility is dedicated to the survival of rare, vulnerable and endangered species, particularly rhinos and cheetahs. The programme aims to equip volunteers with the ability to actively participate in the conservation of wildlife in the Kruger National Park area.
|Location||Closest town: Hoedspruit, South Africa|
|Duration||2 to 3 weeks - this is a fixed 3-weeks programme but you can also take part for the first 2 weeks only.|
|Dates||The project runs 12 times a year. For June, July and August, we recommend booking well in advance|
|Documents required||Enrolment form, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, passport copy, proof of medical insurance|
|Day of arrival||Tuesday|
|Day of departure||Monday|
The Centre for Endangered Species is living proof that people can make a difference to the long-term survival of the planet and its animal inhabitants, and is one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country. They have a progressive and modern management approach, and focus on the breeding and maintenance of several endangered wildlife species which are indigenous to southern Africa. Cheetah and rhino conservation are two of their core activities.
The excellent condition of these animals and the premises on which they are maintained, reflect their attention to detail, which is the hallmark of this facility.
The centre also provides a safe haven for orphaned and sick animals as well as an education centre where the public and South Africa’s younger generations can learn about endangered species by observing them at close range.
The Centre is actively involved in:
This is an intensive 21-day programme. Volunteers experience first-hand the work of the centre.
Monday to Saturday, Sundays are off.
Hands on experience:
Some days will be set aside for included excursions, i.e. a day trip to the Kruger National Park, a reptile orientation at the Reptile Park, a cultural visit to a local village community.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no certain time of the year for baby animals – this could happen anytime and there is no guarantee that you will be working with baby animals during your stay.
As part of the Volunteer Programme, you may get involved with less privileged communities. In a unique project, the centre has partnered with a rural school where learners have the opportunity to visit the Centre to learn more about endangered wildlife. Primary school students will work closely with the volunteers when visiting the Centre.
It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer, the time of the year and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary substantially from the above.
The accommodation camp is situated within walking distance to the project, but as the camp is based in a Big 5 Area (Lion, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard and Rhinoceros) you will be transported to and from the project every day. You are accommodated in Rondawels, which are little thatched huts. Each hut offers a place for 2 volunteers. There are separate ablution facilities for women and men – each facility has two toilets and two showers. The camp consists of a kitchen and a boma (an outdoor entertainment area) with a relaxing area and barbecue facilities. Bedding and towels will be provided. Laundry facilities (hand wash only) are available and the necessary washing powder will be provided.
There is limited WiFi available, WiFi vouchers are available for purchase from the project and can be used in the accommodation area.
Olivia Van Horik ()
"The Endangered Species Centre changed my life in the best way. I could not have imagined working with better people every day. I absolutely loved this place, the accommodation, the food, and animals were great! At this project you feel like family with everyone there, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!"
Michaela from Australia ()
"I had an absolute ball and will definitely be going back one day! The program exceeded all of my expectations and to get the chance to work so closely with some of Africa’s unique wildlife was and experience I will never forget."
"The program was fantastic! It was a great reinforcement for me to know this is what I want to do with my life. I don’t want to leave. And I’ll definitely be back!!!"
"I like Nungu Camp because we live like in a family. The meals were very good at the camp, and I discovered Afrikaans dishes. Thank you very much Tabs and Karen for helping us take nice pictures and making us very happy!"