Situated at the base of the majestic north-eastern Lowveld Drakensberg mountain range in the Limpopo Province, Moholoholo offers a unique experience to nature enthusiasts.
Since 1998 the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (the "Rehab") has been giving volunteer students from SA and all over the world a unique African experience. They're involved in day-to-day activities and become a pivotal part of the care and treatment of wild animals and raptors.
At Moholoholo they're often faced with the difficult decision of what to do with an injured or poisoned animal
that will not be able to be released back into the wild. As a result, they have a number of "permanent residents" that become ambassadors for their species. Resident animals range from eagles, vultures, servals and honey badgers to lions, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas.
During daily visits to the Rehab, members of the public can get an up-close-and-personal experience of these incredible creatures, and learn more about the animals and the problems facing wildlife.
Students’ duties consist of caring for the animals and involves everything from feeding and cleaning (which can be a lot of very hard work), to providing stimulation for our more intelligent residents (such as the honey badgers). Volunteer students could be involved in call-outs, drop-offs or even the hand-raising of baby animals brought to the Rehab.
Moholoholo is also actively involved in research on the movements and behaviour of leopards. To date, they have captured and collared a number of leopards and the results have been astounding. During your stay as a volunteer student at Moholoholo, you may be lucky enough to be involved in the capture or release of a leopard. Research also extends to a number of vulture species and they monitor those who visit their vulture "restaurant" on a daily basis.
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (the "Rehab") has been giving volunteer students from SA and all over the world a unique African experience
Because you'll be working with wild animals your daily routine can easily change and there is no typical day at Moholoholo, so you'll need to be prepared for the unexpected… However, this is what will make your experience there that much more memorable!
The minimum age to volunteer is 18 years old and 17, on request. A cost of R600 per night includes three meals and transport, and a minimum of two weeks at Moholoholo is required to get maximum benefit from the project. Transfers from Hoedspruit airport cost R500 per person, and Hoedspruit town is R300 per person.