Monkey Rehabilitation

4.8(46 reviews)
South Africa
2 to 12 weeks
18 to 85
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Trip overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience South Africa’s authentic lifestyle whilst making a real difference to the vervet monkey population. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer at the sanctuary created for the monkeys who were once considered vermin and were threatened by locals. With over 500 vervet monkeys who are ex-laboratory or unwanted pets or who've been orphaned, injured and abused, you'll be learning about the rehabilitation process, nursing the primates back to health and nurturing their second chance at life and contribute to an important, real-world rehabilitation project.

We offer the complete package for those looking to volunteer abroad and, best of all, we have joined with local project partners to secure you a guaranteed volunteering placement overseas. You’ll be contributing to a wildlife rehabilitation project with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from visa assistance to airport transfers, volunteer accommodation, meals, onsite training and so much more.

Make a sustainable impact on monkey rescue and rehabilitation, meet new friends from all corners of the world and break away from your routine back home as you embark on this incredible volunteer travel opportunity. This trip is perfect for anyone ready to make a difference and lasting impact on South Africa’s wildlife whilst channelling the intriguing lifestyle at the same time.


Volunteer project placement
We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start on your journey to make a difference to our planet.
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.
Pre-Departure Guide
Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.
Trip visa guidance
Get your visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance by your Trip Coordinator.
Personal Travel Concierge
You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.
Comfortable accommodation
Relax in a twin-share wooden cabin in a communal cottage on your project site. Or, upgrade to your own private room.
Covid-19 Medical Insurance
For a limited time only, all our Volunteer trips come with medical insurance for the duration of your trip, which also covers Covid-19, for added peace of mind.
Return airport transfer
To take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Tzaneen. Return transfer to the airport upon completion of your volunteer placement.
Project supplies
Get equipped with all the supplies and materials you need to perform your volunteer duties.
Enjoy three vegan meals per day, prepared fresh for you by the project staff.
‘Welcome to South Africa’ orientation
Get familiar with your project and your responsibilities, plus meet the project managers, staff and your fellow volunteers.
$200 Global Tour Voucher
We know this will be the trip of a lifetime, so you also get a $200 Global Tour Voucher to put towards any Contiki, Busabout, Topdeck or G Adventures tour so you can go and explore some more of the world whilst you’re over there. You’re welcome.
Certificate of completion
In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience, and, it goes very well with your future resume. Employers will love this addition!
Ongoing support from our local team
Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, our team will provide you with unlimited support.
24/7 Global Emergency Line
Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.
gWorld access
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$250 off your next trip
The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?
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To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Monkey Rehabilitation Volunteer trip in South Africa is designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment and with a genuine and rewarding purpose. Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement and meals to accommodation and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

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Book with confidence

Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Lifetime deposit guarantee

Change of mind for trip, destination or dates? No problem! Learn more here.

Trip location

You'll spend most of your time in Limpopo.

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you have touched down at O.R. Tambo International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Limpopo.

Day 2

Once you’ve arrived in Tzaneen, head to your orientation with the other volunteers where you’ll learn more about your project and your responsibilities. You’ll also be introduced to your project managers and staff.

Week 1+

6.30am: Rise and shine, it’s time to start your day. Indulge in a vegan breakfast in the communal cottage with the other volunteers. 

8.00am: Head to your current volunteer project for your morning shift. You could find yourself collecting, preparing and delivering fruit and vegetables for over 500 monkeys, helping out in the monkey sickbay and clearing vegetation for fire breaks. If you arrive in baby season, you could also be given the hands-on job of caring and bottle feeding the baby monkeys!

10.00am: Take a well-deserved morning tea break from your volunteer duties. 

10.30am: Spend the rest of the morning partaking in more important volunteer duties. These could involve assisting with basic medical practices and administering medications, cleaning monkey enclosures, washing feed bowls and cleaning blankets, as well as monitoring and reporting on the health of the monkeys. 

1.00pm: Enjoy an onsite lunch with the other volunteers.  

3.00pm: Start your third and final shift of the day. Your responsibilities could include constructing and painting new enclosures, helping with educational outreach programs and assisting with introductions and rehabilitation of new monkeys.  

3.30pm: Your hard work is done for the day. Head back to the volunteer accommodation and relax or go on optional tours and adventures in the afternoon.

5.00pm: Enjoy dinner and relaxation time back at the volunteer village.

7.00pm: Join the other volunteers in some nighttime activities, including trivia night, a documentary viewing, a bonfire and stargazing session. If you volunteer during baby monkey season most volunteers will need to wake up every few hours throughout the night to bottle-feed the adorable babies! 

Days off: You’ll have one day off per week, and we’ll provide you with a lift into Tzaneen to buy supplies, swim in the nearby lodge pool, or relax over a cappuccino in the mall. Make the most of your time off and join the other volunteers on some of the popular tours. These include trips to Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and the stunning waterfalls.


Our dedicated team will check in regularly and keep in touch with you throughout your stay but, if at any point during your trip you need travel advice or assistance, we’ll be here to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can always jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.


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Bernadett T
Booked in Sep, 2019
Excellent, honest, tailored, and comprehensive. Very friendly people who shared their personal experiences and I could clearly see that they have been there, and are passionate about what and why they are doing it! Many thanks! I cannot wait for my volunteering trip to Africa!
Sandra G
Booked in Aug, 2019
The easiest process to achieve one of the best experiences I know I will have, in my life. Ollie talked me through everything I needed to know and scheduled and approved my attendance to volunteer in Sth Africa. So excited Thank you Ollie and Global
Emily G
Booked in Jul, 2019
Global work and travel has changed my life in one week! I have always been way too nervous to take that step to travel, I barely knew where to start with flights/transportation/safety ect.. but thanks to their amazing, friendly and kind staff! I am now taking big steps confidently towards my travel goals!!!! Their business is a safe place to start your journey and discover the world!!! I definitely 100% recommend going with global work and travel ??
Jovica D
Booked in Apr, 2019
Everybody has been so great and helpful. Can’t wait for the experience. It’s so exciting to be able to do some volunteer work and give back to the wildlife. It has been one of my passions and dreams for a while so this opportunity could not have come at a better time for me in my life.
Rachel B
Booked in Feb, 2018
Amazing info. Very excited for my trip.
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