Help provide a safe haven for
vulnerable
monkeys

A unique experience to get up close to primates

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  • Duration
    1-12 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    5+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Sunday
  • From
    £150
  • Duration
    1-12 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    5+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Sunday
  • From
    £150

South Africa primate sanctuary & monkey rescue

Come and join us at this amazing monkey rescue and sanctuary that will provide you with a unique experience to interact with the primates and to assist with the daily care of the animals. You will gain a fascinating wildlife experience while you learn all about the primates and the care they need.

Volunteers will play a vital role in continuing the success of protecting these beautiful animals and ensuring their welfare is of top priority. You will leave the sanctuary having made lasting friendships with the staff and other volunteers as well as fantastic memories of an unforgettable experience.

"This is a real chance to get close with some amazing primates You can really see the impact that your work is having on the monkeys and how you are improving their lives. You get the opportunity to build bonds with the animals and also meet some amazing people on the way."

You will get hands on experience with all of the many different primate species that are currently at the sanctuary, including; Capuchins, Macaques, Patas Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, Mona Monkeys, Tamarins, Marmosets and Grey Mouse Lemurs.

The sanctuary was the first of its kind and setup in 1996 with the aim to provide a safe haven for these vulnerable monkeys to come and interact with each other. The project is not open to the public to ensure the primates get peace and quiet to provide a life that is as close to normal as possible.

The need for such an important sanctuary has come about due to the common practices of primates being hand reared and kept as domestic pets in South Africa. The lasting effects this process has on the primates is not fully understood or managed well by the owners and leads to the monkeys becoming more aggressive, confused and agitated. This in turn means the primates are then neglected, passed on to unwitting new owners or even euthanized.

Unfortunately, due to the damage already done from hand rearing means that these primates are too vulnerable and not developed enough to return to the wild. With your support that provides a strong and stable structure and a managed routine at the sanctuary, as well as spacious enclosures and care, the project ensures that the monkeys are as happy as possible.

Your days will be hands on and you will get to experience all of the work that goes on around the sanctuary. You should be prepared for a lot of hard work and we can ensure you that you will get dirty!

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A great two weeks at Amakhala!

Our two weeks volunteering at Amakhala included so much, with something new everyday. Getting close to amazing wildlife, helping the community and exploring South Africa.

Sara's story

Heading off on safari in South Africa

Between the UK and South Africa teams, I felt fully supported and had the best two weeks at Amakhala. I saw so many animals and learnt so much, I cannot wait to volunteer again.

Lynette's story

Four months helping penguins in South Africa

Even though I was volunteering for several months, which is longer than most, the time flew by and I really wished I stayed longer! If you like penguins or birds, then I can highly recommend this programme

Stephanie's story