Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary

Roll up your sleeves and help save Africa’s rhino population.

Surrounded by 7,500 acres (3,000ha) of wildlife reserve, Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary is one of the largest – and arguably the most successful – rhino sanctuaries in the world. This experience gives you the opportunity to live and work inside this renowned wildlife conservation project.

From bottle-feeding orphaned rhinos to observing injured animals being treated by a vet, you’ll find yourself working hands-on in Africa’s fight to save the rhino. Spending time up close with these amazing creatures, you’ll also get an unrivalled insight into their behaviour and individual personalities.

Although a specialised rhino rehabilitation centre, Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary does occasionally look after other species. During your experience, you'll gain a holistic understanding of wildlife care from leading conservationists.

Bottle feeding a rhino calf, Care for Wild Africa

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Conservation Impact

  • Wildlife rehabilitation
  • Rhino conservation


🇿🇦 South Africa

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Rhino specialists

Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary’s project leader Petronel Nieuwoudt is one of the world’s leading experts in the rehabilitation of rhino, with an excellent track record of releasing animals successfully into the wild.

Rhino monitoring

Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary has successfully released many of its orphans back into the surrounding reserve, and these survivors are regularly monitored to ensure they are safe and thriving.

Fully accredited

Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary is the only rhino rehabilitation centre accredited by the National Parks Board of South Africa.

Excellent location

Just 3.5 hours from Johannesburg and only half an hour from the provincial capital, Mbombela (Nelspruit), Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary has easy access to all the facilities of a major city. However, it’s also surrounded by 7,500 acres (3,000ha) of wilderness, giving you the feeling of true isolation.


As a volunteer at Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary your role will be very hands-on with feeding and cleaning.

Rehabilitation, care and husbandry

As part of a dedicated team, you’ll help get rhinos back to full health and begin their long journey towards release back into the wild.

  • Provide animal care and husbandry for orphaned rhinos
  • Prepare feeds and provide hands-on help with feeding
  • Provide additional feeds such as grass and pellets
  • Prepare and hand-feed young rhinos
  • Participate in the vital daily routine of the centre, including mucking out the rhino living spaces, cleaning their water troughs and the bottles used to feed calves

Research, monitoring and practical conservation work

Volunteers like you are vital to the success and day-to-day running of Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary.

  • Get your hands dirty cleaning and maintaining the rhino enclosures
  • Monitor the social dynamics within the rhino groups at the orphanage
  • Head into the field and monitor the behaviour of the released rhinos

Caring for baby rhinos

Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary’s committed and experienced team will provide detailed lectures on the theory behind hand-rearing rhinos.

  • Assist the conservation team in hand-rearing orphaned rhinos
  • Prepare milk formula for the milk-dependent baby rhinos
  • Bottle-feed young rhino and help keep records of weight gain and development
  • Assist with the integration of young rhinos into a crash (the collective noun for a group of rhino)

Community work

Care For Wild Africa collaborates closely with the surrounding communities by providing employment opportunities and assisting in the development of food gardens, farming initiatives, and support to local children. Your contributions will have a significant impact on the wellbeing of these communities.

  • Provide additional support in the food garden with weeding work
  • Assist the local school children with their homework


As well as gaining all kinds of practical work experience, you’ll learn about the behaviour, biology and conservation of rhino.


  • Rhino poaching and the crisis of orphaned calves in the Kruger National Park
  • Rhino rescue operations
  • The reasons for the decline of rhinos


  • The natural environment for rhino
  • The vital role rhino play in the wider ecosystem as an ‘umbrella species’


  • The biology and differences between African white and black rhino
  • Rhino physiology
  • How rhino groups interact in the wild
  • The natural diet of white and black rhinos in the wild


  • The behaviour of rhino in the wild as well as in captivity
  • How to create an emotionally suitable environment for orphaned rhino
  • How rhinos communicate and interact with each other


Can I volunteer at more than one project and how much will it cost?

Most of our travellers like to combine multiple projects to create a tailor-made trip. The combined price of projects is cheaper than the individual projects added up online. 

We offer combinations of conservation projects, transport between them, accommodation and travel insurance as you require. We are a travel operator, not an agent, which means we take full responsibility for your trip which will be financially protected through ABTA and ATOL.

We will discuss your options and tailor your experiences so you can realise your dreams.

How do I book?

Your journey to Africa starts with our online application form. This is your chance to tell us about yourself and what you want from your African experience. Following our communication, we’ll send you a bespoke itinerary and quote. Then, you only need to pay a deposit amount of GBP 295 / USD 400 / CAD 500 / AUD 500 / EUR 350 to book your entire trip.

The cost below for this experience includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Airport Meet & Greet

  • Transfers

  • 24/7 Support

  • Personal Guidance

  • Meals

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