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Volunter at a Wildlife Sanctuary

From Just $ 1495 for 4 weeks

What does the price include?

This bird and wildlife sanctuary is situated just 500m from the volunteering accommodation, so just take a leisurely stroll to and from your project every day. The sanctuary is the largest bird park in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the world. It is home to over 3 00 bird, animal and reptile species.

At a glance:

  • The minimum duration for this project is 4 weeks
  • The minimum age is 18 years
  • Love-o-meter rating (amount of love generated by volunteer/bird/animal is 10/10
  • Requirements: A love for birds and animals, and a willingness to help out
  • Project hours: 9 am – 5 pm
  • The project runs from Monday to Friday year round
  • Distance from Volunteer House is 500m

Please click “Read More” below for the full 2108 price list and more detail.

Duration Options

The minimum stay for this project is 4 weeks. It takes a couple of weeks to familiarize oneself with the sanctuary, since there are many facets involved when volunteering here.

The birds and animals are uniquely presented in over 100 spacious walk-through aviaries, mostly consisting of tropical trees and plants. The idea is to allow visitors – over 100 000 each year – to have an intimate and close experience with nature. This sanctuary is one of Cape Town’s major tourist attractions.


  • Price List for 2018

  • 4 Weeks $ 1495

    8 Weeks $ 2595

    12 Weeks $ 3295

    We’d love to see more of you! Please inquire for longer or tailor made stays.

  • How you'll be involved:

    • Daily feeding of the birds and animals
    • Helping out in the animal hospital. With the amount of species we have here, this can be a busy place. This is an excellent place for aspiring or practicing veterinarians to help out and gain experience.
    • Supervising the interaction between the wildlife and the tourists. This is important, especially in the petting zoo and monkey cages
    • Assist in tasks related to the breeding of endangered species within the sanctuary
    • Helping with fundraising for the sanctuary
    • There are literally 100’s of other little tasks that need doing every day in an organization as large as this, so come on,  join us and get stuck in, we need your helping hands!
    • Cleaning the cages and watering the plants and trees
  • The mission statement of the sanctuary is:

  • “By bringing wildlife to the city of Cape Town, and bringing people and animals closer together, respect for and understanding of nature is fostered and its diversity is shared”.

  • Opening Hours

  • The Sanctuary is open to the public from 9:00 to 17:00, 365 days of the year

    Feeding Times are :

    • Penguins – 11:30 & 15:30
    • Pelicans – 12:30
    • Cormorants – 13:30
    • Birds of Prey – 16:15
    • The Monkey Jungle is open from 11:30 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 15:30
  • More info:

  • Because of humanity’s continuing encroachment on the natural habitat of the planet’s wildlife, it has become important to consider new and innovative ways in which the two can co-exist. Especially if we don’t want to see any more species becoming extinct. The Wildlife Sanctuary is an excellent example of exactly this idea, and the numbers of people who flock (excuse the pun) here every year indicate that people still have a genuine love for birds and animals.

    This is a fantastic place to volunteer if you have a love for wildlife. There are many innovative, interesting and different ideas that volunteers have taken back to their countries with them, to spread the word and fight the fight for our planet’s animals.

The Sanctuary also serves as hospital, orphanage and breeding centre, caring for injured birds and animals, and the breeding of many bird and animal species behind-the-scenes.

    Some threatened species successfully bred in the sanctuary include South Africa’s national bird the Blue Crane, the Bald Ibis, the NeNe or Hawaiian Goose, and several rare South American Marmosets and Tamarins. Over the last 32 years, we have cared for over 30 – 40 000 birds and animals (with no support whatsoever from any official or corporate structure).