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Reptile Love Volunteer Project

Do you love helping animals, and do you have a passion for reptiles and amphibians? Then helping out at the Reptile Love Project might be the perfect African adventure for you. Gain experience, meet new people, and spend lots of time with your scaly friends as part of this incredible volunteer project.

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At a glance:

Volunteering: with reptiles 

Accommodation: Shared cottage 

Meals: Cooking ingredients provided

Dates: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month

Minimum stay: 14 days plus orientation of 3 days


What animals will I look after? 


At the Reptile Love Volunteer Project, you'll be taking care of reptiles and amphibians from all over South Africa. Some of these animals are brought to the Centre for conservation purposes, and others just need a little bit of R&R before they're released into a safe new environment. You'll also work with animals that have wandered onto nearby farms and are causing problems, and while none of the reptiles at the Centre are bred or sold, you'll get to participate in many different types of research during your stay.


About the Reptile Love Project

The Reptile Centre is near the town of Hoedspruit, and it's part of a nationwide endangered species advocacy initiative. This centre provides tours, rehabilitates animals, and conducts reptile research. While all of the reptiles at the Reptile project are harmless, there is a widespread belief throughout Africa that most snakes are dangerous, and the reptile lovers at the project work tirelessly to save these needlessly feared animals and protect their well-being through education. 

There are lots of snakes in the Hoedspruit area, which keeps the Reptile Centre busy, and the staff at this unique centre are always happy to relocate unwanted reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids.

What will I be doing at the Reptile Love Project ? 

Some of the things you'll be doing as a volunteer include:

  • General cleanup and enclosure maintenance
  • Medical work and daily health checks with sick animals
  • Faeces examinations for parasites and abnormalities
  • Administrative work
  • Rescue and capture of local animals
  • Collection of animal information prior to release
  • Provide tours and handle animals for presentations
  • Assess release sites for rehabilitated animals


  • Single or shared rooms with bedding, pillows, and mosquito nets within a fully fenced-in modern home with a swimming pool



  • Cooking ingredients included in a full kitchen in the volunteer house for showing off your culinary chops


​​Weekend Activities

  • Frequent trips to nearby charming town of Hoedspruit that features cafes, restaurants, and plenty of sightseeing opportunities.
  • Relaxation around the Reptile Centre.

​ Things to consider:

  • There will be plenty of field work involved, so prepare to spend lots of time outside at any time of the night or day when reptile rescues are required.
  • The region surrounding the Reptile Centre is considered to be a high-risk malaria area, so it's important to bring malaria pills.
  • You will be working closely with animals, so you should make sure that your tetanus vaccination is up-to-date.
  • You'll be working a schedule of five days on, two days off, but you'll be able to choose when you have your days off. Most days will be about eight hours long, but if you're working on release site preparations or animal capture, you could work longer shifts.
  • Drug Use will not be tolerated


What's Included?

  • Orientation
  • Transfers
  • Internet
  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Access to swimming areas


What to Pack

  • Sturdy boots and trainers
  • Khaki long-sleeved work clothes
  • Sun hat, visor, and/or sunglasses
  • Swimming costume and towel
  • Waterproof jacket capable of withstanding heavy rain and cold weather
  • Sleeping bag
  • First aid kit containing any prescription medication you'll need
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent

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