Primate Rehabilitation Centre

Project name:

Bambelela Wildlife Care and Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation

Project purpose:

Primate Rehabilitation Centre

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • data collection/analysis

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Shared accommodation in Volunteer House or Chalet

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, hot shower, western toilet, wifi. Brunch and dinner incl in price Curio and Tuck Shop on site Poor cell phone reception but Wifi available for nominal weekly fee

How long can I stay?


  • Patience, empathy and enthusiasm

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Reductions in weekly rate dependant on length of stay. Special rate for internships for those committing to stay 6/12 months. Family accommodation available in chalets at discounted rates.

Working day starts at 07.45 food preparation and cleaning of cages, followed by feeding and clean-up
Brunch 10.00-10.30 or 10.30-1100
11.00-14.00 Hourly shifts with animals or project work
12.00-1300 or 13.00-14.00 lunch break
14.00-15.00 Food preparation and feeding
15.00-1700 Project work or hourly shifts with animals

Vervet monkeys are usually seasonally born between Sep-Mar which as it coincides with the wet season is also the time of year when we plan our releases of troops of monkeys. Orphaned baby vervet monkeys require care 24/7 and volunteers will spend hourly shifts with these orphans, feeding, cleaning their quarters, monitoring their health and playing with them. Be prepared to get pee'd and pooped on but when a little orphan curls up and falls asleep on you, all will be forgiven! Longer stay volunteers may become surrogate monkey parent which involves taking them to bed of a night time, feeding throughout the night and comforting them.

We have a sanctuary cage with very special monkeys who have suffered as a result of human activity and all volunteers will spend time cleaning, feeding and caring for the blind and partially sighted, the physically or mentally challenged.

Project work consists of gathering natural feed for all enclosures, refurbishment of enclosures, enrichment of enclosures, alien and invasive plant removal, fire breaks, food collections and food sorting

Volunteers work 6 days a week, on your off day you may visit local attractions (at own cost and subject to vehicle and driver availability) or just chill by the pool. We drive to town twice weekly for shopping and there is the opportunity for volunteers to accompany a staff member on these trips.

Veterinary students will be encouraged to shadow/join our medical team and may accompany staff members to the local vet surgery to assist monitoring of sick/injured monkeys

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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