Baboon Rescue & Rehab

Located more than 2 hours north of Johannesburg in the true African Bushveld, this family-run facility is truly ‘far from the madding crowd’.

Here you will form part of a close-knit team caring for orphaned baboons and assisting in rehabilitating them to the wild.

Tasks include preparing food (mostly fruit and vegetables) for the older primates, working on enrichment ideas to keep these intelligent animals stimulated, washing and filling the baby bottles and cleaning cages. However infant primates need a lot of physical nurturing so the bulk of your time will be spent cuddling and playing with them.

Volunteers, family and workers all eat together in the communal area where hearty meals are provided three times a day, not to mention constant tea, coffee, cooldrinks, fruit et al.   Here too, camaraderie is enjoyed around the campfire in the evenings or in the pool in the heat of day.

The volunteer ‘village’, which consists of twin share rooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, and a firepit, is set well away from the communal area.   This makes it the perfect place to enjoy the silence of the bush and contemplate the bright stars in the African sky when the day is done.

Minimum Age

18 years (Younger volunteers are accepted if accompanied by an adult. Apply for our family rates)

Arrival & departure

Arrival on Wednesdays, departure on Thursdays.

Minimum stay

2 weeks

COST

2 weeks: R11 500

3 weeks: R16 500

4 weeks: R22 000

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in a twin share room
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Coffee, tea, cool-drinks and water
  • Seasonal fruit
  • Laundry

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Transfers to and from the airport can be arranged at a cost of R1 950 each way
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

VUKA TIP

We strongly recommend that you stay longer than the minimum two weeks as you will become attached to individual animals – and they to you!   Volunteers staying for 3 months or more generally qualify as surrogates and are allocated an infant or two as their special charge/s who tend to bond strongly and even sleep with them at night (wearing nappies of course!).

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