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SOUTH AFRICA

CONSERVATION: VERVET MONKEY REHABILITATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

Help to care for, rehabilitate and release injured and abandoned Vervet Monkeys back into the wild to live a free and natural life. This is a wonderful project that encompasses all aspects of Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation and Conservation ... not to be missed!

As these Vervets are being prepared for “the outside world” and by necessity have to be kept in cages until they have been cared for, rehabilitated and prepared for release, the contribution you can make to improving their daily pre-release lives is enormous.

YOUR HELP MATTERS!

Each year many Vervet monkeys are displaced, injured, abused or orphaned. Most would die if it weren't for selfless people like this sanctuary who take them in, rehabilitate them and then release them back into the wild to live their natural lives.

Since its estalishment, this caring sanctuary has successfully returned more than 300 Vervets back to the wild!

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £895 (approx. US$1,125) for 1 week
£1,145 (approx. US$1,440) for 2 weeks
£1,395 (approx. US$1,744) for 3 weeks
£1,645 (approx. US$2,070) for 4 weeks
£200 (US$250) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 1 week to 24 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates and Availability: This Project runs from beginning of August through to end of March every year. You can choose your start and finish dates during this period.
Requirements: No qualifications needed, just a big heart and a love of animals and their conservation. Minimum age 17.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Food
Airport Transfer from Durban Airport to Ballito Bay on arrival
Two nights' accommodation in Ballito Bay (one on arrival and one at the end of your placement)
Airport transfer from Ballito Bay back to Durban Airport at the completion of your placement
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Greyhound coach return ticket from Ballito to Vryheid and back again (approximately £40 / US$60)
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in conservation and caring for animals and working with wildlife overseas. Good program if you want to learn about rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and doing primate and monkey voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad. Also available as a summer placement in South Africa or a short break activity.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping injured, orphaned and displaced animals to return them to their natural environment and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

This Rehabilitation project is run by a non-profit organisation to take in rescued Vervet Monkeys from all around the country. The work they do is genuinely to help the monkeys, so there is little hands-on work because it's important that the monkeys aren't human-habituated. Too much human/monkey interaction would significantly reduce the possibility of releasing them back into the wild - which is the Centre's primary aim.

The Vervets are kept safely in enclosures until they are ready to be released into the wild, far from human habitation. This usually takes about two to three years but, depending on the amount of human contact the monkeys have had, the de-humanising could perhaps take a little longer. During this time the monkeys are gradually weaned from close human contact and the troops are built up to ensure that they form a coherent relationship. Vervets are very social animals and cannot be released individually.

The releases start to take place from September (which is Spring in South Africa) and continue through the summer months. After they have been released, the Vervets need supplementary feeds for two to three weeks until they learn to completely fend for themselves. They are also monitored for two to three months after their release.

WORK CONTENT:

  • Feeding the Monkeys: This includes not only feeding, but also food preparation. You'll spend an hour or two chopping fruit and vegetables to feed to the Vervets in the outdoor enclosures.
  • Growing the food to feed the Monkeys: Bruce and Sandi, who run the Centre, buy the fruit that the monkeys need, but the gardens grow a constant supply of vegetables which need to be looked after. If you have green fingers, they will come in handy (but not to worry if you don’t, the monkeys won’t notice!) You can help to sow seeds when necessary, keep the veggies well watered and harvest them when they are ready to be eaten ... and you'll then have the undying devotion of the Vervets, who are always hungry!
  • Enclosure Enrichment: Some of the most satisfying work you can do will be to provide some enclosure enrichment and mental stimulation. This is an essential part of keeping the Vervet Monkeys happy and occupied. You can use your creativity to provide useful “toys” and games for them and offer them a different element to the usual daily routine. The monkeys take great interest and delight in new areas to explore and will really enjoy your contributions to this facet of their enforced enclosure until they can be released. (We provide our volunteers with an in-house guide to suggestions for enclosure enrichment and you may be able to use or adapt some of the suggestions for Vervet Monkeys.)
  • Data Collection: Records of all the monkeys and the releases have to be kept, so if paper-work or collating data is your forte, your assistance will be hugely appreciated in that department.
  • The Centre's Facebook and Social Networks: Bruce tries his level best to update the Centre’s Facebook page on a daily basis, but he doesn't always get the time. You can use your computer skills to keep the Facebook page fresh and interesting as well as helping with the web site.
  • Monkey Releases - freedom at last! The older Vervet Monkeys start to be released from September through to the early summer and you would be required to assist with these releases. You may stay on the release site for a few weeks to monitor the integration to normal Vervet monkey life and to ensure a successful rehabilitation and release.
  • Post-Release Feeding is necessary whilst the Vervets get used to their new “home” and learn where the natural food sources are, and you'll help by taking food to the feeding stations if you are on site. The Vervets usually need to be given food for about 2 or 3 weeks after their release.
  • Post-release Monitoring: The newly released troop must also be monitored to check for any injuries or members that have been excluded from the troop. Monkeys who are in such situations could possibly have a slim chance of survival due to their injury or isolation. In extreme cases, re-capture may be necessary in the best interest of the individual concerned. Each release poses its own set of circumstances and you'll have a very important role to play in the monitoring.

Please note that in terms of daily food preparation, the Centre accommodates a wide range of animals, including carnivores which need to be fed protein/meat. Vegetarian volunteers need to be aware that food preparation will include cutting up meat and poultry for these animals.

DAILY SCHEDULE / SAMPLE TYPICAL DAY:

The average working hours are from 08h00 until 16h00, inclusive of tea and lunch breaks. Your work schedule may vary. The number of Vervets on site or being released would affect the volume of work you would be doing. The description given is of a typical day. This is purely an example – you may sometimes need to start work earlier than 7.00. The animals don’t keep to the same timetable as us humans.

07:00 Wake up, wash and get ready
07:30 Breakfast
08:00 Start work
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Back to work
16:00 Finish work
16:30 Shower, relax
18:30 Dinner
19:00 Relax , watch DVD’s, read, contemplate the meaning of life

THE REWARDS OF DOING THIS PROJECT:
This placement is definitely for nature loving enthusiasts who are willing to work hard and aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty, but the rewards are well worth it:

  • You'll get a wonderful and varied experience with many Vervet Monkeys.
  • You'll get to experience the headiness of looking after animals that are totally helpless and reliant on you take care of them.
  • You'll leave feeling very proud of yourself for having contributed to the quality of life and well-being of previously abused and battered animals.
  • You'll learn much more than you can imagine, particularly about the importance of conserving wildlife, and hopefully you'll help to raise awareness by talking to friends and colleagues on your return home.
  • This project will be an excellent entry on your CV!

Baby Monkeys – Special needs:
During the summer months when monkeys give birth, many newborn baby monkeys are either abandoned or taken away from their mothers by ignorant humans who would like them as pets. When people realize they don't have the skills to care for these animals, they abandon them. These baby monkeys require 24 hour care, regular feeding and cleaning.

ACCOMMODATION

For the duration of your stay you will live in the house with Bruce and Sandi. There are two bedrooms and one “room in the roof” for volunteers . You will share a bathroom with other volunteers and the rest of the house is communal. For the hot African summer months they have a swimming pool right next to the house which you can cool off in at any time.

TELEPHONE/WI-FI/INTERNET:
There is no landline on the property, but all cell phone networks are picked up without any problems. It is, however, recommended that you get your cell phone unblocked for South Africa to be able to use local sim cards - these are available at most stores. There is wireless internet which can be used for a small fee.

On your days off you can either get a lift into town or simply spend the day relaxing next to the pool with a good book whilst you top up your sun tan.

Please note that there are two wonderful, friendly dogs on site that everyone loves! They are a part of the family, and allowed inside the house. If you have a problem with dogs, this may not be the best project for you to choose.

FOOD:
You'll join Sandi and Bruce at meal times and you can let them know if you have any particular food preferences or allergies, e.g. if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You will be provided with three basic meals per day. You'll be asked to prepare one main meal per week for everyone in the house.

Meals are provided, but not 'extras' like biscuits, sweets, soda pop or alcohol, any specialty food or drinks. You can purchase extras while on trips to town and there is fridge- and cupboard space for personal food items. The evening meal is the main meal of the day and you'll prepare your own breakfast and lunch from the provisions provided.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

WHAT IT TAKES TO RESCUE, REHABILITATE AND RELEASE MONKEYS
Conflict between man and primate can have a devastating effect on troops with Vervet Monkeys often being killed by farmers and traditional hunters, attacked by dogs and killed by cars leaving orphaned babies behind that need caring for until ready to start Phase 1 of their rehabilitation for eventual release into the wild.

Members of the public and other conservation organizations often bring the babies in knowing they will be in the best hands for constant monitoring and bottle feeding and care. It is a time consuming job as these mischievous little creatures need caring for just like human babies and without mothers someone has to do the job.

And that is where volunteers come in after being trained by the monkey experts on how to do it. This care by their human minders goes on until the babies reach roughly 3 months old. Then the long and slow rehabilitation process starts. It is imperative that this is done properly so as to ensure a successful release. It's also very important that in the final stage human contact is kept to an absolute minimum to reduce any possibility of human imprinting that will jeopardise a safe and successful release.

Phase 1: Once the babies reach 3 months, the Project will begin Phase 1 of their rehabilitation by moving the babies into an enclosure with other babies of similar ages. Here they will still get human contact and can still be bottle fed but will start to be weaned off human contact so that they will start identifying more with their own kind - other Vervet Monkeys. They will also start learning more “monkey business”, enjoying fruit, scratching in the ground, grooming each other and exploring branches and the use of their prehensile tail.

Monkeys are extremely social creatures with set social structures. For their own well being, they do best with others of their own kind. This is another reason why they do not make good pets.

pHASE 2: Phase 2 is the when the group of youngsters have now started bonding and are moved into the pre-release enclosure. Human contact will be cut down even more and no bottle feeding will take place and the monkeys will start to learn to feed and scrounge for themselves.

Phase 3: Phase 3 is the most important stage where the same troop, which have now built their social structures, are moved to the release enclosure. Once again human contact is reduced even further so that the monkeys do not identify with humans and thus, once released, will stay far away from them. The release troop can be made up of anything from 25 to 30 monkeys.

The release will take place in a safe secure area far from human settlements and with plenty of food, water (did we mention Vervets are one of the few monkeys that like to swim?) and natural vegetation in the vicinity - normally on a nature reserve. To release a troop, all the necessary permits need to be in place too and the Vervet Monkey project is backed by the SPCA with this. As an organization, they are is permitted to release Vervet Monkeys in the KwaZulu-Natal province after a full rehabilitation process has taken place. This rehabilitation can take up to 4 years and it's for the troops own well-being that it is done properly with the correct procedures.

Latest Achievements: In the last baby season (September 2015 to March 2016) the Vervet Monkey project rescued and cared for 16 baby Vervet Monkeys orphans and 1 baby baboon (who was then transferred to the relevant authority for care and to be rehabilitated with a baboon troop).

They have 10 enclosures for the various stages of rehabilitation which are constantly supplied with fresh branches to stimulate climbing and lots of fresh fruit and water. The last troop release was at the end of 2014 and the next rehabilitated group is due for release in December 2016.

There is also an enclosure for non-releasable ex-pet monkeys who cannot be released but will remain safe at the Vervet Monkey project for their full lifetimes. Monkeys are extremely cute, especially when young, but they are wild animals and make terrible “pets” so eventually they end up being a problem for their owners. They have behavioural issues like urinating and biting and, unfortunately, as they have been kept for so long with humans, that human contact is imprinted on them. These ex-pets who have been now surrendered to the Vervet Monkey project will never be able to be released as they have no fear of humans. That in itself will be a death sentence for these monkeys if released. As man is the biggest threat to monkeys, it is imperative that they do not associate themselves with humans in any way whatsoever to keep them safe. All the non-releasable monkeys in this enclosure are sterilized so no breeding occurs as breeding captive monkeys does not fit into any conservation plan at all.

Volunteers will be urgently needed for the next baby season, which starts in the South African spring (September) to care for the rescued orphans. Volunteers can also take part in the next release of the rehabilitated troop due in December, if not a little earlier

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Cage Dive with Sharks in South Africa

CAGE DIVE WITH SHARKS:
Price: £120, includes breakfast/lunch and return transfer from Cape Town.

Getting into the cage with the sharks around is truly breath-taking and gets the adrenaline going! When feeding actively around the boat, the sharks may occasionally brush their tail against the cage, but they NEVER attack the cage. They are curious and often come close-up to the cage to look at the diver. You’ll usually see at least two or more members of the Marine Big Five - sharks, dolphins, whales, seals and penguins.

You’ll be collected from your arranged accommodation in Cape Town between 3.00 and 5.00 am) and driven to Gansbaai, the shark capital of South Africa. Enjoy a light breakfast while the safety briefing and other formalities are concluded, including sizing you for a wetsuit. After an exhilarating 20 minute boat trip, it anchors in or nearby “Shark Alley”. The shark diving then commences and lasts around 2 hours, sometimes longer.

On return to the harbour, you’ll receive a light hot lunch while viewing the video of the day. A copy of your own personal experience is available on DVD after the tour (optional extra).

Duration: Total duration from meeting point until departure is about 5 hours with around 3 hours at sea. Please note: Due to tides and collection schedules, exact collection times from Cape Town will only be confirmed after 16h00 the day prior to your tour.

Included:
• Hot tea / coffee and light breakfast, plus snacks, drinks and sweets on-board the boat
• A hot light lunch upon return (beef lasagne, rolls and Greek salad)
• Educational information and safety briefing
• Diving equipment and wet-suits available at no additional cost
• Scuba diving in the cage for experienced divers (conditions allowing)
• Assisted snorkeling in cage for inexperienced divers
• View Cape Fur Seals from the boat (conditions allowing), plus enjoy land-based whale watching in Hermanus (July – Dec)

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Penguins at Boulders in Cape Town

1-DAY CAPE PENINSULA & WINE TOUR:
Price: £59.

ITINERARY: We begin the morning with a leisurely stroll along the cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses of the Bokaap while sampling some of the local traditional snacks before heading through the exclusive seaside suburbs of Clifton and Campsbay where we have a short photo stop.

We then carry on along Victoria drive, through Houtbay and along the scenic Chapmans Peak Drive eventually arriving at The Cape of Good hope Nature Reserve where we have the option of doing a 40 minute hike from the most south west tip of Africa, Cape of Good Hope to the Cape Point Light House.

We then start driving north to Boulder Beach Penguin colony, where on a nice day you can actually swim with these sea birds! By this stage you would have built up quite an appetite. We stop for a traditional Cape lunch of fish ‘n chips in the old Kalk Bay harbour where the local fishing community goes back generations.

After everyone has had their fill, we stop briefly at the Shark Spotter, entrusted by the local surfers of Muizenberg to look out for Great White Sharks. From here we travel through the lush Constantia Valley to one of the oldest wine farms outside of Europe for a relaxing end of the day wine tasting experience, where we also learn about the history of farming in the Cape in beautiful surroundings.

Included Highlights: Lunch and refreshments in Kalk Bay, Cape of Good Hope Entrance Fee & Boulders Beach Entry Fee to see penguins, Wine Tasting in the Constantia Wine Valley, Walking tour of Bo-Kaap.

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Bungee jump

3-DAY WEEKEND WILDLIFE SAFARI & BUNGEE ADVENTURE:
Price: £220, includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner. Leaves Cape Town every Friday and returns to Cape Town on the Sunday afternoon.

Jump on this 3 day rip-roaring adventure through the Garden Route where we fit as much as we possibly can into 3 awesome days. On this trip you can experience a Game Drive, enjoy some treetop ziplining, visit a local farmers market, an elephant and a monkey sanctuary, the Cango Caves AND The World’s highest Bungy Jump!

Day 1 Friday ǀ Overberg, Garden Route, Myoli Beach: We leave Cape Town, heading past Swellendam, to a Private Game Reserve on the Garden Route. Here we go on a safari where you can see Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah and Giraffe in their natural habitat. After lunch we will enjoy some fun with a canopy tour, experience the thrill of crossing rope bridges, wobbly crossings and zip wires high up in the trees. Next we carry on our way to Sedgefield.
Included Highlight: Game Drive Safari
Optional Activities: Treetop Adventure & Zipline

Day 2 Saturday ǀ Garden Route, Knysna, Tsitsikamma: After a morning visit to a popular local farmers and craft market in Sedgefield village, we make our way to the Crags where you have a two of options to choose from:
1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you have the opportunity to experience this adrenalin pumping activity! From here it’s back to Myoli beach to carry on with the festivities.
Included Highlight: Local craft and farmers market
Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungy jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour.

Day 3 Sunday ǀ Little Karoo, Oudtshoorn, return to Cape Town via Route 62. We head to the Town of Oudtshoorn, the “Ostrich Capital of the world”. Here you can choose between:
1. The Cango Caves where we will embark on a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. If you enjoy spelunking and don’t mind trying to squeeze through some smaller gaps then you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!
2. Go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view and learn about many rare and endangered animal species.

Included Highlight: Cango Caves (Adventure or Standard Tour) OR Cango Wildlife Ranch
Optional Activities: Pet a cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles.

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3-day Garden Route Safari in South Africa

3-DAY ELEPHANTS, CAVES AND BUNGEE SAFARI
(One-way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth or Knysna):

Price: £230. Leaves Cape Town every Monday morning (early).

The 4 Day tour is ideal for volunteers to use to get to our Wildlife Sanctuary project near Port Elizabeth, or one of the Knysna projects. You save on a connecting flight from Cape Town and get to take part in a fun-filled experience with lots of amazing activities. The tour bus will drop you off at either project destination mentioned above on Day 3.

Day 1 – Monday ǀ Cape Town to Oudtshoorn Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Wildlife Rehabilitation Ranch: We head into the semi-arid Little Karoo along the scenic Route 62 driving to the town of Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital of the world. Here you can choose between:
The Cango Caves: a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. Or if you enjoy spelunking and smaller gaps, you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!
A guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch: you can pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view and learn about many rare and endangered animal species.

We then head over the Outeniqua Mountains to the lush coastal region known as the Garden Route where we will head to the beach town of Sedgefield for our first night. If time allows we will also head to the beach for a swim in the Indian Ocean.
Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves OR Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch.

Day 2 – Tuesday ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay, Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park. This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have two options to choose from:
1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you can experience this adrenalin pumping activity. Finally, to end the day, we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest.
Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour.

Day 3 – Wednesday ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping time (Jeffrey’s bay). There are 2 options to choose from this morning:
1. Sleep in then explore the town's many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson.
2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo has the Big 5 and also the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!
Included Highlight: Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo Entrance & Game Dive with tour Guide
Optional Activities: Surf Lessons, Shopping OR Addo Game Drive with National Parks guide (morning).

Please note: This is where the 3 Day One Way to PE/ J-Bay/ Knysna will end.
• Volunteers destined for our Wildlife Sanctuary placement are dropped off at the project.
• Volunteers destined for the Knysna projects will be dropped off at our accommodation.

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Caves, Elephants Safari

4-DAY ELEPHANTS, CAVES AND BUNGEE SAFARI:
Price: £250, includes accommodation and food. Leaves Cape Town every Monday morning (early), returning to Cape Town on Thursdays.

Day 1 – Monday ǀ Cape Town to Oudtshoorn Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Wildlife Rehabilitation Ranch: We leave the Mother City behind and head into the semi-arid Little Karoo along the scenic Route 62 driving to the town of Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital of the world, it is situated in a beautiful, fertile valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. Here you can choose between:
1. The Cango Caves where we will embark on a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. Or if you enjoy spelunking and don’t mind trying to squeeze through some smaller gaps then you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!
2. Go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view and learn about many rare and endangered animal species.

We then head over the Outeniqua Mountains to the lush coastal region known as the Garden Route where we will head to the beach town of Sedgefield where we spend our first night. If time allows we will also head to the beach for a swim in the Indian Ocean.
Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves OR Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch.

Day 2 – Tuesday ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay, Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park. This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have a number of options to choose from:
1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you have the opportunity to experience this adrenalin pumping activity. Finally, to end the day we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest.
Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary OR Monkeyland. Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour

Day 3 – Wednesday ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping time (Jeffrey’s Bay). There are 2 options to choose from this morning.
1. Sleep in and take some time in the morning to explore the towns many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson in one of the most famous surf spots on earth.
2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo is home to the Big 5 and it also has the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!
Included Highlight: Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo Entrance & Game Dive with tour Guide.
Optional Activities: Surf Lessons, Shopping OR Addo Game Drive with National Parks guide (morning).

Day 4 – Thursday ǀ Sedgefield to Cape Town: Return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass. After breakfast we start our journey back to Cape Town. For our first stop we will enjoy some fun with a canopy tour, experience the thrill of crossing rope bridges, wobbly crossings and zip wires high up in the trees. We then visit an Aloe factory, where you can purchase a variety of Aloe Ferox products. Finally, enjoy a wonderful scenic drive back to Cape Town, arriving early Thursday afternoon.
Included Highlight: Visit to an aloe factory.
Optional Activities: Treetop Adventure and Zipline.

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5-day sharks and wildlife safari

5-DAY WILDLIFE, SHARKS, CAVES AND BUNGEE SAFARI
(One-way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth or Knysna):

Price: £325. Includes Accommodation and Food. Leaves Cape Town every Saturday morning (early).

This is the ideal tour for volunteers to use to get to our Wildlife Sanctuary project near Port Elizabeth, or one of the Knysna projects. You save on a connecting flight from Cape Town AND you take part in a fun-filled experience with lots of amazing activities.

Day 1 – Saturday ǀ Cape Town to Struisbaai: Overberg, Whale Route, Cape Agulhus: Depart Cape Town at 8:30 am and Stellenbosch at 9:30 am, our exciting journey begins on the whale route in Gordons Bay for a stunning drive along the R44 mountain pass overlooking False Bay to the vibrant coastal town of Hermanus. After a picnic lunch on the seafront, we continue to Birkenhead Brewery to sample some fine beers before moving to the southernmost tip of Africa in Cape Agulhas National Park.

We then make our way to the harbour where there is an option to embark on an exciting ski-boat cruise to search for dolphin and whales (June to November). Accommodation is along “Die Plaat”, the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere. This day is a relaxing one for you to get to know your fellow travellers.
Included Highlight: Land Based Whale Watching in Hermanus/Shopping Beer/wine tasting at Birkenhead Brewery
Optional Activities: Shark cage diving.

Day 2 – Sunday ǀ Cape Agulhas to Sedgefield: Canoeing & Hike: After breakfast we drive inland towards the famed Garden Route! After a scenic drive we begin a beautiful canoe trip down one of the many tranquil rivers, followed by a short hike to a stunning waterfall. We finish off the day with some beach time down at Myoli Beach.
Included Highlight: Canoe trip & hike to waterfall.

Day 3 – Monday ǀ Oudtshoorn day trip: Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Wildlife Ranch: We drive over the stunning Outeniqua mountains into the semi desert Klein Karoo and Oudtshoorn. The ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is situated in a beautiful valley between mountains. The Cango Caves is our first stop with a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. If you enjoy spelunking and smaller gaps, you can also take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!

Next is an option to view and ride ostriches on a working ostrich farm, or go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view many rare and endangered animal species.
Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves Optional Activities: Tour of a working Ostrich farm + riding (weight restriction applies to riders). Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch.

Day 4 – Tuesday ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay: Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park: This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you can choose from:
1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.
3. Kloofing trip through a spectacular gorge with jumps, abseils and swimming.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters, which you can do - optional. Finally, we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour.

Day 5 – Wednesday ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield: Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping. There are 2 options to choose from this morning.
1. Sleep in and then explore the town's many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson in one of the most famous surf spots on earth.
2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive. Addo has the Big 5 game animals and the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!

A relaxed drive back towards Sedgefield for the night. Time permitting, we'll visit the famous Knysna Heads for some absolutely amazing pictures where the ocean meets the inlet to the Knysna Lagoon.
Included Highlight: Storms River/Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo & Knysna Heads
Optional Activities: Black Water Tubing, Canopy Tour, Surf Lessons, Shopping, Addo Elephant NP tour (morning)

Please note:
• Volunteers destined for our Wildlife Sanctuary placement, can get dropped off at the project or choose to be fetched in Jeffrey’s Bay after the activities.
• Volunteers destined for the Knysna projects will be dropped off at our accommodation

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7-day extreme advanture safari in South Africa

6-DAY WILDLIFE, SHARKS, CAVES AND BUNGEE SAFARI:
Price: £360. Leaves Cape Town on a Saturday morning and returns to Cape Town the following Thursday afternoon.

This is the ideal tour for volunteers wanting to arrive at our Wildlife Sanctuary project near Port Elizabeth, or one of the Knysna projects. You save on a connecting flight from Cape Town and get to take part in a fun-filled experience with lots of amazing activities. The tour bus will drop you off at any of the destinations listed above on Day 5.

Day 1 – Saturday ǀ Cape Town to Struisbaai: Overberg, Whale Route, Cape Agulhus: Departing Cape Town at 8:30 am and Stellenbosch at 9:30 am, our exciting journey begins today along the world famous whale route in Gordons Bay for a stunning drive along the picturesque R44 mountain pass overlooking False Bay to the vibrant coastal town of Hermanus. After a picnic lunch on the seafront, we continue to Birkenhead Brewery to sample some fine beers before moving on to the southernmost tip of Africa in Cape Agulhas National Park.

We then make our way to the harbour where there is an option to embark on an exciting ski-boat cruise to search for dolphin and whales (June to November). After the cruise we take a walk back to the accommodation along “Die Plaat”, the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere.
Included Highlight: Land Based Whale Watching in Hermanus / Shopping. Beer/wine tasting at Birkenhead Brewery
Optional Activities: Shark cage diving (MUST be pre-booked in advance).

Day 2 – Sunday ǀ Cape Agulhas to Sedgefield: Canoeing & Hike: After breakfast we drive inland again, this time towards the famed Garden Route! After a scenic drive we begin a beautiful canoe trip down one of the many tranquil rivers in the area, followed by a short hike to a stunning waterfall. We finish off the day with some beach time down at Myoli Beach.
Included Highlight: Canoe trip & hike to waterfall

Day 3 – Monday ǀ Oudtshoorn day trip: Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Wildlife Ranch: We begin the day with a drive over the picturesque Outeniqua mountain range into the semi desert region of the Klein Karoo and Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Oudtshoorn is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. The Cango Caves will be the first stop, a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. If you enjoy spelunking and smaller gaps, you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!

Next is an option to view and ride ostriches on a working ostrich farm, or go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view many rare and endangered animal species.
Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves
Optional Activities: Tour of a working Ostrich farm + riding (weight restriction apply to riders). Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch.

Day 4 – Tuesday ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay: Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park: This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have two options to choose from:
1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you can experience this adrenalin pumping activity. Finally, we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary OR Monkeyland. Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour.

Day 5 – Wednesday ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield: Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping. There are 2 options to choose from this morning.
1. Sleep in then explore the towns many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson.
2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo has the Big 5 and also the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!

Included Highlight: Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo Entrance & Game Dive with tour Guide
Optional Activities: Surf Lessons, Shopping OR Addo Game Drive with National Parks guide (morning).

Day 6 – Thursday ǀ Sedgefield to Cape Town: Return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass: After breakfast we start our journey back to Cape Town. For our first stop we will enjoy some fun with a canopy tour, experience the thrill of crossing rope bridges, wobbly crossings and zip wires high up in the trees. We then visit an Aloe factory, where you can purchase a variety of Aloe Ferox products. Finally, enjoy a wonderful scenic drive back to Cape Town, arriving early Thursday afternoon.

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4-day Kruger  National Park Wildlife Game Safari Tour in South Africa

4-DAY KRUGER NATIONAL PARK SAFARI:
Price: £520 per person, includes game drives, tented accommodation, breakfasts and dinners. Leaves Johannesburg daily at 7:00.
Join this 4 day tour to the majestic Kruger National Park, one of the top wilderness reserves in the world and home to the highest concentration of lions in Africa. You'll stay at a private game reserve with permanent safari tents.

Day 1 Sunset Drive, Kruger National Park: We collect you from your hostel or Johannesburg Airport and travel via Dullstroom or Nelspruit to the lodge in a Big Five Game Reserve. Transfer to an open-top game vehicle for a Sunset Drive. After dark, spotlights are used to locate nocturnal animals. Dinner in the open Boma and overnight in air-conditioned chalets.

Day 2 Bush Walk, Kruger National Park:
Awaken at sunrise for an exhilarating day of unforgettable bush life. Drive to a remote part of the Balule Game Reserve, where you enjoy a 4h Bush Walk. Your experienced field guide will lead you through the bush. The thrill of following Africa’s large animals until you can take a photo will remain with you forever. Adrenalin surges will be acute, notwithstanding the presence of your armed ranger. Return for brunch. At around 14h30 we go on an afternoon game drive. Transfer to Marc’s Camp where accommodation is in tents equipped with beds and bedding, soap and towels, electric light and fan. Dinner and overnight at in the camp.

Day 3 Orpen Gate, Kruger National Park:
After breakfast you travel on the open-sided Gameviewer to the Orpen Gate of Kruger. The added elevation and absence of windows allow for excellent viewing and photographic opportunities. Your qualified guide will show you various animals, large and small, that frequent this outstanding wildlife paradise. The zone of Kruger you visit has the highest percentage population of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala that attract numerous lions and other predators. Dinner and overnight at Marc’s Camp.

Day 4 Bush walk at Kruger National Park, Johannesburg
We enjoy an early morning Bush Walk accompanied by an armed ranger. You will be shown various interesting details of the bush, including insects, spoor and scats. You have an excellent chance of encountering Buffalo, Nyala and other game on foot. After breakfast, we drive to the Three Rondawels of the Blyde River Canyon. We return you to your hostel or airport at around 17h00.

Includes:
• Return transfers from Johannesburg
• 3 hour Sunset Big 5 game drive in Big 5 reserve
• 4 hour Big 5 walk with armed ranger
• 2 hour afternoon game drive on Balule Game Reserve
• Full Day Kruger Park on open vehicle
• Breakfasts, Dinners, Accommodation and bedding
• Sunrise bush walk with armed ranger
• Blyde River canyon and Three Rondawels

Excludes: Lunches, Transfers, Drinks & Laundry

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country while you're in South Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up there :-) KwaZulu-Natal comes a very close second, albeit very different. Knysna is where South Africans go on holiday, which gives you some idea of how lovely the region is. When you lie on the beach and watch dolphins jumping the waves, you'll think you're in Paradise.

EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
KwaZulu Natal (KZN) is renowned for its Game Reserves and traditional Zulu Culture : The attractions in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) range from vibrant cities to the gorgeous Land of a Thousand Hills, from tranquil beaches to outstanding Game Parks and Nature Reserves. These are just some of the sites you shouldn't miss:

  • Big Five Game Reserves (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino - and lots more, of course) and Travellers volunteers are able to work in many of them, including Tembe and Mkhuze.
  • Beautiful St Lucia Wetlands with its Crocodile Centre and Wetlands
  • Numerous nature parks,
  • Fantastic beaches for swimming and diving. The beaches are truly golden.
  • Lively Durban where South Africans go to have fun,
  • The San Art Park for a collection of astounding rock paintings,
  • ... And much, much more!

DURBAN (Tekweni in Zulu) is the ancestral home of the Nguni people. Africa's bewitching seaside playground in the sun with radiant golden sands and lush sub-tropical greenery. The city has balmy weather all year round, making it a perfect holiday paradise. Durban International Airport is only a 10 minute drive from the City. Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, Durban Metro after dark buzzes with elegant lounges, funky taverns and cozy inns, distinctive local theatre and live music, and trendy clubs, pubs and discos. This is nightlife in a modern, authentic African metropolis!

TRAVEL:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

JACK MCCOWIE
BritishSwiss
Vervet Monkey Care and Rehabilitation Project in South Africa

My decision to volunteer at [the Monkey Rescue Centre] came from wanting to do something different and achieve a great few stories to tell. I stayed there for 3 months, towards the end of the baby season, and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Below is a brief description.

When I first arrived I was extremely tired from travelling but the next morning I was ready to go. Bruce showed me how to make bottles for the babies and then introduced me to them. At first they were very cautious around me but it didn't take long until they were climbing all over me, the first thing I could tell was there was a hierarchy already established.

An average day with the babies includes: making sure they have enough food, enough milk, an exciting play area and a older figure to be with them as they do not have one, most babies being orphans. This is a very relaxing job to do and also interesting to watch, but as well as that, it is always nice to receive a hug from a baby monkey!

As they get older, they are moved into a bigger enclosure into a formed troop, this includes a mother-like figure. As I stayed, more and more of the babies moved down there, so my focus shifted onto the new monkey we got in, who was a late baby for the season. Neelsie grew very fast and I made sure that he always had enough interaction with the others yet remaining conscious of when he needed feeding or just a break with playing with the big boys (and girls!).

Staying with Bruce and Sandi very much is a rule of make yourself at home, they ensure that you do feel at home and are comfortable. This also means being asked if you want to be involved in an activity - for example, for Easter we went down to the local children's home and handed out Easter eggs. They have lovely pets, cats and dogs, which are playful. On top of that they also have a few members of staff that work round the centre that are very kind and willing to help.

Overall I would recommend this experience to everyone, it is wonderful and a good way to not only help wildlife but get close to it.

MONIKA GRABER
Swiss
Vervet Monkey Care and Rehabilitation Project in South Africa

I had an amazing and wonderful time, raising orphaned baby Vervet monkeys in Vryheid. After a warm welcome from Bruce and Sandi, the owners of the centre who both have devoted all their time to the Vervet monkeys, I got introduced to the first baby 'Tjokker'.

Five more followed over the time. It is so rewarding to see them playing, growing to happy little monkeys and finally getting integrated into the troop. I washed and fed them, played with them and enjoyed it when they were sleeping in my arms.

There was always something going on from early in the morning until they were put to sleep. I got really attached to them and learned a lot from the monkeys and about the monkeys and their behaviour, I almost became a monkey too!

I also had the opportunity to watch two troops being released back into the wild and went twice to the site to help feeding them.

I am very grateful for the time I could spend there and being a part of the monkey family.

LORNA KING
Australian
Vervet Monkey Care and Rehabilitation Project in South Africa

I have just arrived home last night after spending 2 wonderful weeks in Vryheid South Africa with Sandi and Bruce at the Vervet Monkey Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release volunteer placement where they raise and release orphaned Vervet monkeys. I was only able to stay 2 weeks, but it was the best 2 weeks away that I have ever had.

Unfortunately for me no babies came in, in the time that I was there (really that is wonderful as it means no mums were killed or injured). I still had many darling little monkeys to feed and have contact with every day, they are such a delightful little animal to watch as they play and swing from one tree or rope to another.

Bruce and Sandi do an amazing job devoting their lives to these precious animals.

Some people say that they [the monkeys] are a pest because they come onto their land, why, because we humans have taken almost all of their land. Bruce and Sandi have 2 troops of about 35 monkeys in each, one troop is almost ready to be released back into the wild and that is so rewarding after all the time, effort and money that has gone into preparing these monkeys to be able to go back to a normal life.

I can’t wait for the time when I will be able to go back and once again be part of the monkey family, and watch the antics of these wonderful little animals. Also to see Bruce and Sandi who made me feel so welcome and part of the family.

SHERAN LEE
British
(1) Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme in KwaZulu-Natal
(2) Vervet Monkey Care and Rehabilitation Project
(3) Lion Breeding and Release Programme in Zimbabwe

I'm having the most incredible time! I visited Knysna while on the Garden Route - beautiful town, had a boat ride then a superb meal of chilli and garlic prawns (Mmmmm) watching the world go by!

The Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release Centre in KwaZulu-Natal was just fantastic, the staff, volunteers and of course the animals! I was very fortunate to be the foster-mum for a baby grey duiker as well as for the baby vervet monkeys - adorable!!! The most amazing, amazing place. :-)

Then onto the Monkey Rehabilitation project in KZN, nowhere near as busy, but to be involved once again with vervet monkeys was beautiful, and to have the opportunity to go out with Bruce & Sandi monitoring was a great experience.

Now I'm here at Tembe Elephant Park, stunning scenery, monitoring the Wild Dogs, it's been great as there was already females here but then released 3 males, so we were monitoring both packs and a couple of days ago the females and males met up.

Two days later we saw them and they were mating - no long courtships here!! Also been monitoring the elephants, then last night it was lion monitoring! Wow!!! Just love it all, the high you get when you hear a beep on the telemetry is indescribable!

I've only seen hyena at Mpila when I went for a weekend with Bruce & Sandi, just finished cooking a braai, female hyena walked up and started licking it - thankfully we'd just taken the meat inside!! She was huge - took my breath away!!!

As you know I'm then off to Hluhluwe, Mkuze and then iMfolozi - really looking forward to iMfolozi as I have recently met Antoine, the new Monitor, and apparently I'll be the first volunteer at this new camp - excited already!

Then Zimbabwe - hoping not to get nibbled by the lions!!!! And finally the Cheetahs in Limpopo! The past 7 months have passed in a flash! Just so grateful to be able to enjoy and be part of this fantastic conservation experience in a truly beautiful country!!! :-) :-)

Many thanks for your support and it's lovely to know that you're around if I need you.

AIMS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

The Challenges
The project is a Not-For-Profit (NPO) which does not get any subsidies. They are totally self-funded, which means they mostly rely on donations, fundraising, sponsoring and, very importantly, hands on help from volunteers.

The running costs of an animal rehabilitation centre are very high. The costs include food and supplements, veterinary expenses, animal husbandry, wages, maintenance and petrol. In the summer months their expenditures increase substantially because it is the baby season, when infant formula and bottles are in high demand. But it is also the time when they release a rehabilitated troop back into nature. This means tracking equipment is required and regular travelling from the centre to provide support to the troops released back into the wild.

They are also in desperate need of an additional baby nursery and additional enclosures which cannot be erected without outside financial assistance

Our Goals
The project's aim is to rescue and release as many threatened, abused, orphaned or otherwise needy monkeys as possible. The husband and wife couple consider themselves to be "monkey people" with a huge love for the animals. The project counts its successes as relating to the number of animals rescued, successfully rehabilitated and cared for, and then successfully released back into the wild to live a natural life.

Travellers aim is to provide as much hands-on-help to the project through our volunteers and their very valuable efforts. In doing so, the NPO is also provided with additional funds. We also aim to generate awareness of the needs of the NPO Centre, where possible, through any and all our marketing initiatives and through social media.

Our Achievements
Since the establishment of the NPO, they have successfully returned over 300 Vervet monkeys back to the wild. They have built up a successful annual itinerary for the release of a troop of monkeys, made up of rescued animals who have been rehabilitated and 'groomed' to form a troop. A tropp can consist of between 25 to 30 monkeys. The last troop release was at the end of 2014 and the next rehabilitated group is due for release in December 2016.

In the last baby season (September 2015 to March 2016) the Vervet Monkey project rescued and cared for 16 baby Vervet Monkeys orphans and 1 baby baboon (who was then transferred to the relevant authority for care and to be rehabilitated with a baboon troop).

PHOTO GALLERY: Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation in KwaZulu-Natal