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Monkey Sanctuary

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If you want more than just a safari… Come and get your hands dirty and learn more about conservation management on a Big 5 game reserve. Be part of the most incredible experience in the African bush and get hands on with the African wildlife!

Get in touch with your inner Monkey! Stop monkeying around with humans and spend more time with our primate ancestors.
  • Project Highlights

    - History of primates and their fight against survival
    - Learning more about the different primates-
    - In-house training of volunteers to become Primate Guides
    - Educating tourists about these unique project

    Our unique primate sanctuary is currently the top eco-tourism attraction on the Garden Route and for very sound and sunny reasons. Monkey sanctuary has captured the hearts of visitors in its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The sanctuary is exceptional as it caters for several species of primates who are not caged. They are free to move about the forest and this they do most harmoniously.

    The emphasis on searching for the primates, and the reward is to see the various species as they are meant to be: free and in a natural habitat. The transfer of information about these fascinating creatures enhances your visit to the sanctuary during a safari. The safaris are conducted by multi-lingual game rangers and are fun, exciting and educational. Our guests leave our sanctuary with a greater understanding of the primates of the world and the threats they are facing.

  • Weekly Schedule & Activities

    - Cleaning the forest
    - Walk-in of clients
    - Guided tours after training has be done
    - Feeding the primates
    - Cleaning the cages
    - Assisting with translation of marketing materials
    - Photography
    - Feeding the primates in the special monkey home

  • Volunteer Positions

    Volunteers will be considered if they are hard-working, enthusiastic and prepared to cheerfully fulfill tasks such as walking tourists from our entrance gate to the reception area whilst explaining the basic sanctuary rules on the way, translating documents, webarticles and info sheets, photographing or filming the sanctuary animals and/or assisting with the animal care. However, we are particularly keen to fill the following positions:

    Multilingual Rangers/Guides:
    The Big Cats, Bird & Monkey Wildlife Sanctuaries fund themself through revenues from tourists who take educational tours in our forests that are home to over 550 primates, more than 3500 birds and several dozen predator cats and other wildlife. The tours at each sanctuary are approximately one hour long and must leave the tourists with general primate and/or bird and/or predator cat knowledge, information about each of the species that could be located in the sanctuary and an understanding that wild animals do not make good pets and are happier in the trees, forests and bushveld with peers of their own species. German, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, Hindi, Hebrew, Portuguese and Italian guides are particularly in demand, but any knowledgeable person who can use entertainment to further environmental awareness will be considered.

    Our goal for the Big Cats, Monkey & Bird Sanctuaries is to include an education centre especially for children to learn about nature, recycling, gardening, pollution, conservation and of course predators primates and birds. There are many projects to be done.

    Photographer & Film Maker:
    A comprehensive catalogue of all the predators, birds and money residents has not yet been made and most of the information about our primates, birds and predator cats exists only in the notebooks and minds of our keepers, curators and founders. Compiling and typing up this information, along with taking photographs and film footage of individual primates, birds and predator cats is an important big project that we would like to begin asap, but volunteers would need to bring their own photographic equipment, since the sanctuary video camera is a rather primitive one.

    Ideally, the applicants for this position would also have experience in collecting and analysing behavioural data about primate, birds and/or predator cats. Close cooperation with our knowledgeable keepers and curators is imperative and will certainly be highly educational for any wildlife enthusiast.

    IT Specialist:
    There’s a whole bunch of equipment that needs servicing and regular fixing in our offices and reception areas, so if you have extensive working knowledge of computers but nonetheless wish to live in a beautiful natural environment with a chance to help out on outdoor projects whenever computers and time allow, then this is the perfect place for you. We also need someone to assist with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Joomla!, Wikipedia, Wordpress, Tripadvisor, MySpace, Nutshell mail, Wikipedia, blogs, LinkedIn etc.

    Public Relations/Marketing/Journalist:
    The 3 wildlife sanctuaries depend on visitor interest to fund itself. Therefore, PR and marketing are extremely important for raising awareness about our projects. Stories can be written about our primates, birds and predator cats from a myriad of different angles for a huge variety of readerships and publications.

    This position would be ideal for a young wildlife journalist who would like to gain experience in writing, photography, getting published in different sorts of publications, writing press releases (e.g. when new primates and/or birds and/or predator cats which are born or arrive at the sanctuary), encouraging professional journalists to write about us, taking journalists on special tours etc.

    Our sanctuaries take a very modern approach to publicity and we try hard to balance out entertainment and education to reach as many people as possible in our quest to educate the general public about the plight of primates, birds and predator cats. Working closely with our marketing manager will prove to be fun and enlightening for any primate enthusiast with a gift for writing.

    Although we are extremely happy with the skills and enthusiasm of our local vets in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, there is no on-site vet and the keepers and curators must on occasion tackle medical issues themselves. Regular monitoring of the health of over our 550+ primates many different species could be a full-time task. Since we advocate leaving the animals in their free-roaming environment as much as possible, medical intervention would only occasionally be necessary. Therefore, any applicant for this position must also be happy to fulfil other tasks such as guided tours. Our volunteer vet must be experienced and able to work closely with our local vets, which will be a highly enjoyable and educational experience. Ditto re volunteering in this position with our the variety of birds and predator cats.

    Volunteer carpenters, gardeners, electricians, plumbers, painters etc. are always welcome.

  • Inclusions

    - Airport transfers (1,5-hour drive from George airport. 2,5-hour drive from Port Elizabeth airport. Volunteers can also use the INTERCAPE bus and get picked up in Plettenberg Bay at the Shell Ultra city bus terminal.)
    - Work experience 5 days a week, helping the Conservation Department with management work on the reserve
    - 3 basic meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    - Accommodation (shared bedrooms and shared bathrooms)
    - Laundry (done by a domestic helper)
    - Town-trips once a week

  • Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

    - Minimum age of 18
    - Intermediate English

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Shared rooms (3 volunteers per room)
- Satellite TV
- Wi-Fi
- Walking distance to beach and shops (300m)
- Swimming pool
- Transport is provided daily to project by housemother.


- Your airport transfer from George is included in the price (1½ hour drive from George airport). Please try to book flights to arrive between 10:00 and 15:00.
- A You2Africa shuttle (door to door from host family/volunteer house direct to project) is included in the price.
- If travelling from Port Elizabeth airport, it's a two and half hour drive and volunteers can take the INTERCAPE bus and get picked up in Plettenberg Bay at the Shell Ultra city bus terminal.


Breakfast is a continental breakfast (self-service). Lunch is provided, you just have to make it yourself in the morning. Supper is a cooked meal provided by the homestay. We can cater for vegetarians, vegans and those with lactose or gluten intolerance, please just inform us at the time of booking. If you have more special dietary requirements, please be prepared to provide this for yourself.