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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


South Africa


average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

Wild Sun Rescue Center


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



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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