South Africa Kruger Wildlife Sanctuary

Baby monkey with bottleSouth Africa is one of the most diverse and spectacular nations on earth, a beautiful melting pot of diversity, vibrancy and some of the most amazing wildlife on earth. And it’s this wildlife that you’ll be working with when you head on this gap year experience. Set in the world famous Kruger National Park, volunteers will be involved in the day to day running of the wildlife sanctuary, looking after injured animals, maintaining the centre and generally getting involved in anything you possibly can!

The wildlife sanctuary you’ll be working for plays a vital role, helping those animals who have been injured or exploited hopefully return back to the wild. If you are lucky, you might even get to be a part of one of the animals finally being released back into its natural habitat. Whatever happens though, you simply can’t miss this chance to live and learn in the Rainbow Nation with other like-minded gappers!

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  • Care for some of South Africa’s most threatened wildlife
  • Get out and explore the amazing country of South Africa
  • Experience the beauty of Kruger National Park first hand
  • Meet other like-minded gappers from throughout the world
  • Lots of opportunities for onward travel throughout¬†Africa and beyond

If you do fancy travelling once you’ve completed this gap year, we would recommend first seeing a little bit more of South Africa, before then heading on to continue your gap year in Australia or New Zealand. Of course, the choice is completely up to you though…

This itinerary is pretty simply, as you’ll be spending the entire time at the wildlife centre in Kruger National Park. So, it should go as follows…

  • Fly into O.R. Tambo Airport
  • Get a domestic flight to¬†Phalaborwa Airport, where you’ll be met by a member of the team
  • Head to the wildlife sanctuary for 2 weeks of unforgettable experiences!
  • Once finished, you have loads of options for continuing your gap year in Africa and beyond!

What’s the accommodation like?

You will stay onsite throughout the project, meaning that you will live within the wildlife sanctuary. The accommodation will have all the basic amenities you require, such as hot showers and electricity. You might get to camp out under the stars too, so bring a sleeping bag!

Is food included?

Yes, you’ll be provided with three meals per day, including a continental breakfast and even possibly some traditional South African meals. You can eat inside, or grab some food while looking out over the stunning scenery of the Kruger National Park.

Are flights included?

No, they aren’t. You will need to arrange your own flights to arrive at the O.R. Tambo Airport, before then transferring to Phalaborwa Airport. You’ll then be picked up from the airport and taken to the wildlife sanctuary by a local representative.

When should I arrive?

You will be given an arrival time when you book on to this program. It is important to give yourself plenty of time as you will have someone waiting for you at the airport to transport you to the wildlife centre.

What should I pack?

It is very important to bring a pair of strong, comfortable boots or shoes, as you’ll be spending a lot of time outside. Other than that, just bring a good selection of clothes like you would for any other trip – including a hat, as the sun does get pretty intense!


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