Family volunteering with monkeys in South Africa
One of our most popular family volunteer trips, undertaking important conservation work, nursing and preparing baby monkeys for eventual release back into the wild, at a highly-renowned monkey rehabilitation center with opportunities to safari in the Kruger National Park.
Work on primate rehabilitation center in South Africa Close to Kruger National Park 400 primates to care for Maintenance of monkey center Feeding and bathing baby primates Gardening and landscape work Responsible rehabilitation practices
£767 excluding flights
Description of Family volunteering with monkeys in South Africa
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
There are challenges associated with volunteer travel, and these can make accessible travel difficult. However, we are very keen to chat with travelers with specific needs to see if we can make a trip possible.
6 Reviews of Family volunteering with monkeys in South Africa
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 21 Mar 2019 by Tanja LarsenVery good and an experience of a life time :-) Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2019 by Julia MacroryA fantastic way to introduce my young child to volunteering in a developing country, because the company gave us the support and reassurance needed throughout the whole process. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Aug 2017 by Helen CookSwimming with the baboons! The people, the monkeys ... an incredible experience made special by Bob, Lynne, Mias and all the volunteers. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Dec 2016 by Pagona RoussiBe prepared for fun but also a lot of work. Do not wear glasses, the monkeys love them! Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Apr 2016 by Lee JeanesI'd rate our vacation as excellent and would recommend to anyone Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Dec 2015 by Jana LeonhardtI loved it. Read full review
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For rehabilitation to be lasting and meaningful, there are various stages that the primates need to go through. Most of them will arrive at the center at a very young age, having lost their mothers or troupe in traffic or domestic accidents. Very much like humans, they need contact and comfort for the first 15 months of their lives. This is where the volunteers come in. The project has been designed with welfare, conservation and success at the core with university studies and monitoring ensuring its merits throughout.
The rehabilitation process takes about 4 years in total: 1 year - 18 months where they need constant care, feeding and bathing, then the latter time to distance themselves from humans, form part of a troupe and be released to the wild. This is carried out using larger enclosures with less food over time, encouraging them to fend for themselves. The latter stages of rehabilitation are all about rewilding, at which point they can be released back to the wild a long way from this center.
Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travelers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic and electricity usage.
We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.
PeopleThe importance of the project
The center started when its founder rescued a monkey from death and abuse and realised that help was needed for many more. It was decided to establish a center where orphaned, abused, injured and misplaced monkeys could be treated and rehabilitated. Now the center is held up as an example of good practice by government bodies as well as NSPCA. It also has links with academic research organisations. However, funds are tight and charitable donations and voluntary help are crucial for its survival.
Meeting local needs
As well as helping to protect monkeys and other animals, this rehabilitation center plays an important role in protecting the local economy. The rural area relies on its wildlife and landscape to attract tourists, as there are no big cities nearby. The center brings visitors to the area and has created jobs for 9 local people. It also promotes local art and helps villagers to market their wares to tourists. By helping at the center, our volunteers are ensuring its survival and allowing it to expand the number of animals it can help. They also contribute to the local economy themselves, creating jobs for domestic staff at the center, eating locally grown produce and shopping in the town.
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in rural South Africa. Our policy is to send people to the developing world in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.