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Veterinary Internship in South Africa

14-28 days from £879

£49 Deposit
Volunteer at a game reserve
Explore South Africa in free time
Get hands on helping animals

Trip Highlights

  • Gain practical and theoretical veterinary experience
  • Immerse yourself in nature as you study
  • Shadow professional vets and other wildlife experts while you learn
  • Intern at a Big 5 game reserve in South Africa!
  • Spend your free time sightseeing in South Africa

Trip Summary

Gain knowledge, immerse yourself in nature. This internship will ensure that you get the most out of your time in South Africa by giving you the opportunity to shadow professional vets and other wildlife experts at a Big 5 Game Reserve! You’ll be interning at a fascinating 6,000 acre reserve, assisting with the running of the park, treating and monitoring local wildlife, and gaining intriguing technical knowledge. As long as you’re interested in animal care and would love the opportunity to get to know South Africa, this is the opportunity for you!

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone hoping to become a vet and would like to get a bit of experience whilst in the early stages of studies! No prior experience or formal qualifications are required – so what are you waiting for? Grab the chance to meet South Africa’s wondrous wildlife population and gain access to first-hand, comprehensive veterinary knowledge!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!


  • Accommodation
  • Arrival airport transfer on programme start date
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Daily voluntary activities
  • Veterinary activities
  • Meals while on the reserve
  • T-shirt and cap

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Meals on excursions
  • Optional Activities
  • Return airport transfer


During your time at the reserve you will be staying in a volunteer lodge on a shared, single sex basis. Bathroom facilities will be shared. The lodge is fully furnished, and features a hot beverage station, a lounge area complete with satellite television, and an entertainment room which offers a pool table, table tennis, table football, and sports facilities such as a cricket field and tennis courts. You’ll find the lodge the perfect place to unwind after your exciting days on the reserve!

There’ll be storage space and lockers available at your accommodation – please note that use of the lockers will incur a small fee. While you are on the reserve, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided, and you can expect meals of beans, curry, rice, vegetable or pasta dishes. Vegetarians can be catered for upon request – just alert us to any dietary requirements during your application process. During excursions and free time, meals and activities will not be provided. Please note that the game reserve is a strictly alcohol free environment.

Food in South Africa is delicious! You will be exposed to every different type of meat at every meal, ranging from impala and kudu to ostrich. All can be enjoyed in many different ways, but one of the best ways to taste these meats would be to sample it off a hot braai (barbecue). Be prepared to try something new! It you want to try some more traditional food then go for some Biltong (dried meat) and Boerewors (barbecue sausage).

If you are a vegetarian, do not worry. South Africa is abundant with delicious local vegetables, such as yams and sweet potatoes.

Drinking water from the tap is safe throughout the country, apart from in the more rural areas.


For a small fee, you’ll be able to use the laundry facilities at your placement. You may also want to pack some biodegradable soap or travel wash.


There is internet access available at the project for volunteers that you’ll be able to use at designated times for a fee. It can be unreliable at times, which is something that is not within the team’s control, so your patience is appreciated.


Your flight to South Africa should arrive at Port Elizabeth Airport before 5pm on the start date of your programme, and you should schedule a return flight from the same airport on the programme end date.

Important: Please ensure that you arrive and depart on the times and dates stated. If you arriveoutside of the set dates and still require a transfer, you will be required to pay for an out of hours transfers which is bookable and payable prior to departure - please note that out of hours transfers are on a request basis subject to availability and not automatically added to your booking. Any additional night of accommodation required at the project will cost approximately GBP 40 per person per night and payable locally.

To book your flights, please contact  our fantastic flights team on 01892 277040 who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.


Minimum age 18 years.


All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

For stays of 90 days or less nationals of the European Union, the USA, Australia and New Zealand can obtain a free entry permit on arrival. All other nationalities should consult their nearest South African Embassy or High Commission for details on entry requirements.

Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?

No, all bedding is provided, however if you want to take one for extra warmth then you can.

Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?

No, you will be in a malaria free area.

Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?

You will have lockable chests as well as boxes in your room where you can lock your valuable items.

Is South Africa Safe?

Absolutely, and you have coordinators with you at all times to ensure your safety.