South Africa Monkey Rehabilitation

From £999, 4 weeks, South Africa Trip code: SAMR

  • Adventure 2 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 2 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Hundreds of mischievous furry Vervet monkeys!
  • Caring for orphaned babies (during the season – November to March)
  • Wooden cabins – perfect for student travel in South Africa
  • Chilling out in your free time at the world famous stunning Kruger National Park or Debengeni Waterfalls

Trip Summary

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Volunteers are needed all year round at The Monkey Centre to help with the everyday tasks of running a monkey sanctuary. You will be involved in preparing food, cleaning and filling up water bowls, monitoring monkeys for any health problems, creating and giving enrichment, repairing or building enclosures and integrating monkeys and generally being part of the team who maintains the sanctuary

 

All training will be provided on monitoring animals in enclosures, preparing food and feeding including bottle-feeding babies depending on the season and general primate husbandry.


If wildlife’s your thing, can student travel in South Africa get any better than hanging out with hundreds of Vervet monkeys in one of the world’s most stunning areas of natural beauty?


And learn to scratch your armpits like a true pro!
 


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What will I be doing?

  • Your first week (4 to 8 Weeks)

  • The rest of your trip (4 to 8 Weeks)

  • Volunteer options (4 to 8 Weeks)

Your first week: 4 to 8 Weeks

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Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – student travel in South Africa is something big to write home about. Never far from the news, it’s a vast, modern, multicultural country, full of contradictions and full of interest. It offers so many opportunities for student travel that it’s difficult to summarise.

 

SA offers everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah, scrubland and bush to stunning coastlines. You’ll love the wildlife reserves, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

 

South Africa has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.

  • Location: Tzaneen, north of Johannesburg

Day 1: Arrive into Johannesburg International Airport (airport code JNB)
Today you will be met from the airport and taken to a backpackers hostel in Pretoria. You will need to arrive before 4pm though, so that you ready for your orientation that evening. The journey from the airport to your accommodation takes around 45 minutes.

 

If you are not able to arrange a flight to get you into Johannesburg before 4pm then we’d recommend you fly in a day early. We can arrange an early airport pick-up for you including one night’s accommodation, give us a call for more information.

 

Day 2: Monkeying around!

Today you will be transferred to your project and introduced to the team so that you can begin volunteering. The project itself is based in Tzaneen, 420km north of Johannesburg, near the world famous Kruger National Park; to get there you will travel by Bus from Pretoria Bus Station which departs at 10:30am and will arrive in Tzaneen at around 3:40pm. You will be met from Tzaneen bus stop by a representative from the project and taken to the Monkey Sanctuary; the journey to the Sanctuary takes approximately 25 minutes.

 

When you arrive at the sanctuary you will be introduced to the team who will be your main point of contact whilst you are volunteering. Your accommodation is on the same site as the project and the team will help you settle in. Today is all about settling in and getting to know how everything works.

 

Days 3, 4 and 5: Getting stuck in!

If you are at the programme between November and February then this is the baby season, so please be prepared that you may be starting your day as early as 6am and finishing at 4:30pm or 7pm depending on the shifts. You may also be asked to be involved in overnight shifts with the babies – a truly memorable experience!

 

Outside of these months, you may be starting at around 7am and finishing at around 4:30pm.

 

During your volunteering you can expect to be involved in a variety of different activities which can vary depending on the needs of the sanctuary at the time you are there. These may include the collecting and preparation of meals for the monkeys, caring for the orphans, sickbay duty, observation and recording of date, construction and maintenance at the centre, taking photos and writing articles for newsletters, working with the ex-pet monkeys and rehabilitating them.

 

Days 5 and 6: Weekends!
Even though it is the weekend, the work never stops at the sanctuary as the monkeys require attention seven days a week, so you will still be working during weekends. However it is not ‘all work and no play’ at this programme, as you will be entitled to a half day of free time on either day of the weekend. You can use this time to simply chill out and relax or take advantage of the many activities that this fabulous area has to offer.

 

In addition to your half day off at weekends you will also be able to choose a full day off mid week to use as you choose; if you are at the project for a min of 4 weeks you will also be able to take some touring days to visit places such as Kruger National Park.

The rest of your trip: 4 to 8 Weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – student travel in South Africa is something big to write home about. Never far from the news, it’s a vast, modern, multicultural country, full of contradictions and full of interest. It offers so many opportunities for student travel that it’s difficult to summarise.

 

SA offers everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah, scrubland and bush to stunning coastlines. You’ll love the wildlife reserves, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

 

South Africa has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.

  • Location: Tzaneen, north of Johannesburg

You will be working Monday to Friday at the programme plus weekends, but don’t forget you will have your half day of free time at weekends and an additional day off in the week. It is entirely up to you what you decide to do but we recommend you make the most of it and see as much of the area as you can!

 

Once you are fully settled in, your team at the sanctuary will be able to help you arrange touring trips. Some of the trips available may be to Kruger National Park or a riverboat safari! Most Volunteers team up together, hire a car and visit the local attractions, so don't forget to bring your driver's licence if you have one.

 

On your last day, after saying goodbye to your new found friends and staff at the Sanctuary, you will be able to travel back to Johannesburg Airport or stay and travel independently in South Africa.

Volunteer options: 4 to 8 Weeks

Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – student travel in South Africa is something big to write home about. Never far from the news, it’s a vast, modern, multicultural country, full of contradictions and full of interest. It offers so many opportunities for student travel that it’s difficult to summarise.

 

SA offers everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah, scrubland and bush to stunning coastlines. You’ll love the wildlife reserves, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

 

South Africa has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.

  • Location: Tzaneen, north of Johannesburg

The project aims to provide shelter and care to Vervet monkeys which have been injured, orphaned or abused. Injured animals are released back into the wild if possible whilst orphaned animals meet monkey foster mums and are rehabilitated and housed in natural enclosures with their fellow primate companions.
 

The sanctuary is also involved in educating the local community on Vervet monkeys and establishing ways to live side-by-side with each other. 

 

As a volunteer on this project you will be involved in a number of different tasks:

 

  • Collecting and preparing food to give to the monkeys
  • Caring for the Monkeys
  • General maintenance at the centre
  • Construction of new enclosures for the monkeys
  • Caring for the orphaned baby monkeys during the baby season (November to March)
  • Monitoring the health of the monkeys

Your work at the programme may not be limited to just these tasks – remember, you’re volunteering in Africa, so it’s important to be flexible! 

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What's included?

  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • Arrival orientation
  • Airport pick-up included on arrival date
  • Full support from the project coordinators

What's not included?

  • All Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Return Airport transfer

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum 18 years, maximum decided on potential participants’ health.

 

Accommodation

You will spend your first night in Pretoria at a comfortable Backpackers Lodge in a shared room.

 

During your time at the sanctuary, you will sleep in a wooden cabin, usually with one other volunteer. The accommodation is basic but clean, please note that there is no electricity in the cabins so it is vital that you bring a torch/flashlight and plenty of batteries with you. You will also need to bring your own bedding with you, although you will be provided with a single bed, mattress, sheet, pillowcase and pillow.

 

The accommodation area also has 2 toilets (eco-style with worms and enzymes which compost the waste), 4 bush showers (hot water is limited), kitchen (crockery and cutlery is provided) and campfire for evening Braais (South African Style BBQs’s). There will also be a computer available or bring your own tablet/smartphone (internet will be at a small additional cost) and small self service bar where you can purchase beers, soft drinks, crisps and chocolate.

 

Meals

Breakfast and Lunch is on a self-service basis and the food is provided for you by the project. The meals are basic, breakfasts normally consist of cereals and lunches normally sandwiches and salads. Dinner is prepared and provided daily for you Monday to Friday. Meals will need to be prepared by you and your fellow volunteers.

 

Important note: All meals at the project are plant based and no consumable animal products are to be brought on site. The foundation provides delicious meals such as Chilli stew, Lasagne, Burgers and chips, salads and the occassional African dish.

 

There are some lovely local lodges in the local area that you may wish to eat at during your free time if you wish.

 

Project Requirements

Please note we require a TB test to be completed for you to participate in this project. You’ll be spending lots of time in close proximity to these rare creatures so we need to ensure that you don’t have any communicable diseases that you might pass on to them. 

 

The team in-country can’t read the x-rays so you will need to provide us with the written report of the x-ray please. You can takeit with you or e-mail it to us in advance. Otherwise, you can have a chest x-ray on arrival in South Africa which is often cheaper and works out around R375.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. Will there be babies there when I go?

Depending on the monkeys rescued there may be but the baby season is November to March.

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2. What meals are included?

Please note the project is strictly vegan but all meals are included. In your free time, there are local restaurants to eat out at.

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3. How much free time will I have?

One full day off in the week and a half day at the weekend.

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4. What can I do in my free time?

The team at the sanctuary will be able to help you arrange trips out, one of which could be to the world famous Kruger Park!

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5. How much spending money should I take?

We recommend around £50 to £70 a week depending on how much you wish to do!

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South Africa Monkey Rehabilitation

Georgina Andrae - April 2013

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amazing, life changing, fun, love, take me back!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

working with the baby vervets and having the opportinuty to watch them getting foster mums and being introduced into a troop. working with some amazing people from all over the world, both volunteers and staff

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

prepare yourself before you go, read a bit about South Africa Take clothes for all weather Take any opportunities you get!

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Sarah Simmonds - February 2013

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unforgetable, interesting, eyeopening, lifestyle change! great cause!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

feeling like i made a small difference by working there with the vervets, making new friends, visiting graskop, being lucky enough to be hands on with 2 baby monkeys

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- be prepared to be living in a bugs life! lol - take a rain coat!! it can be extreamly hot one day then rain non stop the next! - take a book or laptop as theres not much to do on a night time! :) x

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Lucy Knight - October 2011

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(9/10)
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Graskop, Kruger, the people, food and without doubt the Vervet's. Especially the babies.

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Franki Revell - July 2011

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(8/10)
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Amazing trip, great memories and something i'll remember forever.

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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with the monkeys especially the babies. Taking 4 touring days to travel around South Africa. Meeting a varied mix of people from all over the world.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Arrive with an open mind and be prepared to work hard. If you're not enjoying it to begin with stick it out because it's likely to get a lot better. Take every opportunity you get given.

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Emily Duncan - July 2011

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Friendly people, time to chill, play and groom monkeys = awesome!

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It takes a week to get used to surroundings but everyone will help you! Absolutely make the most of every minute there Book trips well in advance, everything works slower in africa!

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Natasha Leng - July 2011

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Incredible. Amazing. Inspiring. Adventure filled. New friends. Great stories. Great memories. Laugh until you cry! Unforgettable (getting cuddles from baby baboons!)

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My trip was incredible. I got to look after vervet monkey babies, I've bottle fed a baby warthog who thought she was a dog! I rode elephants and did the Graskop Big Swing and cried all the way down. I saw the BIG 5 TWICE at Kruger, setup camp with a Hyena 6 feet away and got charged by an elephant. I got to stich up and unstitch bite injuries and hold down an angry 4.6m Python while we fixed a wound. I got to live with loads of amazing people (while being harassed by weird and wonderful bugs!) and meet an incredible couple and their son who are committed to make all of this possible! There was no one highlight, the whole experience was a highlight of my life! (You can't imagine until you get there how you can find your self in the most out of this world situations and how quickly it becomes the norm)

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- Make sure you make the most out of the experience for you. Don't lose the first few weeks being unsure of yourself, just get stuck in with like minded people and get everything out of it possible! (Take millions of photos.) - Be organised, make sure you have everythinhg that you need...its not so simple to get it when you're out there! Would help to speak to someone whos done the same experience so you don't have to take anything unnecessary! - Make sure your baggage gets checked in when you change flights!!! As SA have a relatively laid back approached to finding where in the world its got to!

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Rebecca Boiling - July 2011

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(10/10)
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unforgettable experience, friendly people, depressing to return to england!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
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I had an amazing time....it was great to be able to be hands on with the monkeys. I loved that there was a large group of volunteers at Riverside and we all made really good friends. Bob and Lynne were amazing and made me feel very welcome.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

take a mozzy net spending money for the great excursions sun cream!!!! lots of!!!

South Africa Monkey Rehabilitation2011-07-04

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