Elephant, safari, wildlife rehabilitation

Project name:

Thula Thula

Project purpose:

Elephant, safari, wildlife rehabilitation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:


Comfortable tents with double beds

When does the project run?


accomoodation included, food included, communal toilets and showers, electricity,

How long can I stay?


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

Volunteers will experience 1 to 6 weeks of living in the African wilderness, sharing experiences with others, growing their skills and making a difference. Programmes will vary slightly throughout the year, as the challenges involved in wildlife conservation are constantly shifting and certain issues may receive more focus than others. Thula Thula offers a well-rounded program aimed at covering both the needs of the reserve and surrounding community, as well as providing a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience for the volunteers

During their stay with us, volunteers will see themselves as “Assistant Conservation Managers”, as all the work done and data collected by them will be utilized by Thula Thula for conservation on the reserve.

Volunteers will be provided with practical experience the reserve has to offer in the following areas:


  • Game Reserve Management

  • Research Projects

  • Community skill Development and Education

The Thula Thula Volunteer Academy is situated adjacent to our Wildlife rehabilitation centre, in a securely fenced area, with the most magnificent view over the whole game reserve and Mkhulu Dam, the favourite spot of our herd of elephants. Currently, a maximum of 8 volunteers can apply per session, one of the volunteers being from the local communities. Accommodation will be basic but comfortable, in 8 double tents, entirely lit by solar lanterns and wooden poles ablution area. Accommodation and basic food items will be provided during your stay with us and you will stay in your own tent if you are single, and couples will stay in a double tent..


A recommended stay would be two weeks, but you can choose to stay only from a few days (or a weekend) to up to 6 weeks.


If you are interested in doing your own research project we suggest a minimum of 3 months, as a reliable research takes time.

Reviews & ratings



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



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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