FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer

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FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer

Program Cost - ZAR 14,000 (2 weeks)

FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation KZN is a centre which was established in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, just outside Howick, to handle the rescue, rehabilitation and return to the wild of all injured, orphaned or sick wildlife from an area which covers a large area with diverse climate and vegetation zones from sub-tropical forest and thorn Veld near the coast to the cool temperate misty grassland belts, ending with the harsh climate of the Drakensburg Mountain region, which is subject to snow, big storms and run away fires.

It is an area of huge biodiversity and the Clinic has to be prepared to handle a large number of animal and bird species, including antelope, small and medium predators, raptors, large wading birds and migrants, reptiles, bats, a whole range of smaller bird and mammal species and two varieties of primates.

They run a 24/7 emergency call out and at times these can involve journeys of up to two hundred kilometres at a time.

Your duties as a Rehabilitation Volunteer will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Daily Feeding
  • Cleaning of enclosures
  • Assisting with basic first aid and assistance with minor surgeries
  • Accompanying Centre staff in the collection of injured animals.
  • Accompanying Centre staff in the release of rehabilitated animals into nearby Game Reserves.

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to FreeMe

 Met on arrival at Durban International Airport and transfer to FreeMe, Howick

FreeMe Animal Rehabilitation Programme

For the next two weeks, the programme will run with week days being spent at FreeMe KZN as well as field trips involving students in community projects and research.

General day to day activities including, but not limited to:

  • Feeding, care, data collecting and recording.
  • Cleaning of enclosures/enclosure enrichment.
  • Assisting with basic first aid.
  • Accompanying Centre staff with the collection of injured animals.

The other weekdays will be spent visiting and/or partaking in a number of interesting wildlife projects in the area, Some of which may include:

  • Raptor Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Anti -Poaching day on Foot (Physical fitness NB).
  • Day out with the State Vet into Rural areas.
  • Funda Nenja – Township domestic dog training (Community project).
  • KZN Crane Foundation (Become a Wattled Crane Chick mother, adopt a chick)
  • Bird Ringing and Handling
  • Reptile Specialist visit, snake awareness and handling.
  • Raptor rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation
  • Mammal rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation
  • Tortoise rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation
  • Research in the field with Samango monkeys, collecting and recording data.
Optional Extras

Weekend off with optional activities

  • Tour to local points of interest. Some of the options are:
  • Karkloof Canopy Tour – R600 each
  • Didima Rock Art Centre (Drakensberg World Heritage Site) – R600 each (with lunch)
  • Visit Mandela Capture Site / Monument – R50 each
  • Lions River Rafting Company – R400 full day trip
  • Mphophomeni Cultural Visit TBA
  • Midlands Conservancy Walks TBA
  • Karkloof Falls hike and Picnic – R50
  • Mountain Biking – R50
  • Sunrise hike – Inhlosane – R50
Need to Know

Quick Info

  • Accommodation Type: Volunteers will be accommodated at the FreeMe Volunteer accommodation (sleeps 4)
  • Meals: self-catering (one main meal provided daily)
  • Price: ZAR 14,000

Board and Lodging

Volunteers will be accommodated at the FreeMe Volunteer accommodation (sleeps 4) larger groups will be accommodated at suitable lodging in the area. The cost of the lodging is included in the FreeMe Volunteer Programme. Meals are not provided, but there is a fully equipped kitchen from where the students can prepare their meals.


This is a 2-week programme on offer with the option of extending. Any extension to this can be negotiated and the cost thereof dependent on the length of stay.


Transport to and from FreeMe / Accommodation is provided as well as all airport transfers. Transportation on rest days is also provided within reason depending on distance travelled.

Travel & Medical Insurance

African Insight provides medical emergency and evacuation cover, however, in addition, it is a pre-requisite for acceptance on this programme that interns provide proof of standard travel and medical cover.


  • Registration / administration fee
  • Meet & greet on arrival
  • Transport to and from FreeMe and some day excursions
  • Mentoring
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance Cover
  • 2 x T-shirts
  • Laundry once a week
  • Post internship reference and certificate
  • Accommodation for 14 nights


  • Visas
  • Standard Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Food and refreshments
  • Additional excursions and activities
  • Additional uniform
  • Rest days/Additional activities and optional safari is not included in the overall cost of the experience.




09 Jan - 23 Jan
23 Jan - 06 Feb
06 Feb - 20 Feb
20 Feb - 06 Mar
06 Mar - 20 Mar
20 Mar - 03 Apr
03 Apr - 17 Apr
17 Apr - 01 May
01 May - 15 May
15 May - 29 May
29 May - 12 Jun
12 Jun - 26 Jun
26 Jun - 10 Jul
10 Jul - 24 Jul
24 Jul - 07 Aug
07 Aug - 21 Aug
21 Aug - 04 Sep
04 Sep - 18 Sep
18 Sep - 02 Oct
02 Oct - 16 Oct
16 Oct - 30 Oct
30 Oct - 13 Nov
13 Nov - 27 Nov
27 Nov - 11 Dec

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