Volunteer Testimonials   |  Reptile Project Photos

The Hoedspruit Reptile Centre is a unique facility that is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of reptiles. As a volunteer you will become part of the team and play an active and rewarding role in helping them to achieve this goal.

During your stay you will have opportunities to work with a wide range of indigenous and exotic reptiles and get practical, hands-on experience in the day to day running of the centre.

You will be assisting with cleaning and checking the animals, preparing food, feeding, the upkeep of animal enclosures, general day to day maintenance, constructing new enclosures, helping with reptile rescues and also catch & release operations. You will also interact with guests at the centre and help to educate them about the importance of reptiles in a natural ecosystem.

To join this project you will need to be in good physical condition and aged 18 years or older by the time you arrive. Good social skills are an advantage and a willingness to help where needed is vital as you will be part of a small team of staff and volunteers. Personal characteristics like commitment, flexibility and the ability to use your initiative will also be key. To ensure effective communication between all team members, a good understanding of the English language is also required.

Although you can join for 2 weeks, we recommend staying for a minimum of 4 weeks to experience a wider range of activities.

Arrival AirportJohannesburg (JNB)
Arrival DaySunday or earlier
Join Project OnMonday
DurationYou can volunteer with this project for 12 nights or more (includes first night at airport hotel)
Volunteering HoursApproximately 8am - 5pm, 5 to 6 days each week
Main ActivitiesChecking reptiles, cleaning, maintenance, constructing new enclosures, assisting with rescue operations, catch & release and research
Fly Home OnFriday or later
Minimum AgeYou must be aged 18 years or older when you arrive
AvailabilityAvailable dates for each duration are shown on the top-right of this page with the option to select from several currencies.
Pre-arrival SupportOur experienced team is on hand to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip to South Africa
AccommodationFor your first night (Sunday night) you will have a private room at an airport hotel. At the project you will stay in Mamba Manor which can accommodate up to 12 volunteers.
FoodSupplies for breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during your stay at the Reptile Conservation Project
TransportReturn transfers between Johannesburg and the Reptile Conservation Project are provided
OrientationOn your first day at the Reptile Conservation Project you will have a full orientation
T-ShirtIncluded for volunteers staying for longer than 2 weeks
Field ExpeditionIncluded for volunteers staying for longer than 2 weeks
Wi-FiFree Wi-Fi at the Reptile Conservation Project
In-country SupportOur volunteer coordinators are available 24/7 for emergencies, and are on hand to help you make the most of your stay
CertificateOn completion of your placement we will send you a special thank you certificate to accompany your CV or resume.
VisasCitizens from most countries can arrive in South Africa and stay for up to 90 days without a Visa. Please refer to our FAQ section for more details if you are unsure
FlightsPlease refer to our FAQ section for recommendations about keeping your flight costs to a minimum
InsuranceWe have partnered with World Nomads Insurance to give you access to great value insurance for volunteers. Please check out our Insurance page under the FAQ tab for more details.

Volunteer Testimonials   |  Reptile Project Photos

You can expect to be busy from 08:00 to 17:00 for 5 to 6 days each week.

A one hour lunch break is normally taken between 12:00 and 13:00, but hours and lunch times can vary in response to the nature of the work at the reptile centre.

If you would like to arrange activities or excursions on specific days, you must speak with the centre’s volunteer coordinator or management in advance to pre-book your time off.

Volunteer Testimonials   |  Reptile Project Photos

Pre-Project accommodation (For your Sunday night arrival in Johannesburg):

You can look forward to a private room at the airport's Garden Court Hotel to relax and recover from your flight.

At the Reptile Conservation & Education Project:

You will stay in Mamba Manor, the centre's onsite volunteer accommodation that can house up to 12 volunteers. Your accommodation has the following facilities:

  • Dormitory accommodation with all bedding and linen
  • A fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, utensils, cutlery, plates, bowls, mugs etc
  • Groceries for a set menu are supplied to enable you to prepare your breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Filtered water is supplied if you prefer it, but the tap water is very good too
  • A lounge area with satellite TV and DVD player
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • A shower and toilet with hot and cold running water
  • A house maid cleans the bungalow twice a week.

A safe is available at reception for locking up passports, tickets and valuables. You can handwash your laundry or ask the housemaid to do it for a small fee. Shopping trips are available if you need to purchase personal items, or extra food, drinks and snacks.

Volunteer Testimonials   |  Reptile Project Photos

The Reptile Conservation Project is located near Hoedspruit, close to Kruger National Park.

Your arrival airport is Johannesburg (JNB)

  • We have arrival dates for this project on most Sundays throughout the year
  • You can also arrive earlier if you prefer. We can easily add extra nights to your stay, before and/or after your placement
  • If you arrive before Sunday, you will have time to enjoy some local attractions - perhaps take a tour of Soweto, grab dinner in China Town, and maybe include a visit to the Apartheid Museum. The friendly team at the Garden Court Hotel can help you with these and many other activity and tour options
  • You can book your arrival flight to land at Johannesburg International Airport at any time of day
  • On Monday morning you will travel approximately 6 hours by air-conditioned minibus to join the project.

Durations & Pricing

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You do not pay anything when you book. We will provide you with a detailed itinerary and quote for you to check. When you are happy with the details, you will be able to confirm your placement with a deposit of £30.

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