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Rhino Project



Portrait photograph of a white rhino.

  • What does my project fee include?

The project fee includes accommodation, and all project activities.

Fees from volunteers go back in to the orphanage to help pay for food and veterinary care for the rhinos. 


  • How do I get to the project?

We will assist you with arranging transfers from the airport, to the rhino orphanage. We prefer to book your transfers for you, so that we know you are with a reputable transfer company that we trust. 


  • When is the best time of year to attend?

The project runs all year. Summer months in South Africa are November - April. Winter months are from May - October. Winter is still sunny and warm, but mornings and evenings are colder. 

  • What is the best length of time to join the project for?

You can stay from a minimum time of two weeks. As a general rule, the longer you can stay the more you will get out of the project; all of the work is dependent on what is happening at the orphanage at the time.

  • What is the project accommodation like?

Volunteers stay in a converted shipping container, with a bedroom, en-suite bathroom, and communal kitchen area. The container has air conditioning for the hotter months. 

  • How many people sleep in a room?

The project has a maximum of two volunteers at a time, so you would be sharing with one other volunteer.


  • Will there be a possibility to go shopping (for food, snacks, toiletries, etc) while on the project?

You will be taken on a shopping trip to buy food, and anything else you may need, once a week. ​​​


  • Will there be internet?

Wi-fi will be available at the accommodation, however 'This Is Africa' and we cannot always guarantee the wi-fi working smoothly!

  • Do I need any vaccinations or anti-malarial medication?

Regarding vaccinations prior to travelling. you will need to ask your doctor as this varies from country to country. We strongly recommend you get any vaccinations advised by your doctor. 

  • What should I pack?

See below for a suggested packing list.

Suggested Packing List

You should pack the following for all weather conditions:

• Sweaters/jumpers and a  jacket (that can get dirty)
• Work shoes (boots or sneakers that can get dirty)
• Trainers/sneakers
• Work tops (tank tops or t-shirts that can get dirty)
• Work pants (shorts and long pants that can get dirty)
• Warm night clothes
• Raincoat
• Camera and charger
• Backpack or small bag

• South African/International power plug converter/adapter
• Towel
• Insect Repellent

  • Sun cream

  • Water Bottle

  • Notepad/diary and pen

  • Torch/headlight

  • An extra blanket if arriving in winter

  • Hat/gloves scarf for winter months

Keep in mind that you will be working closely with the rhino calves, who are often quite messy! You should be prepared to get your clothes dirty and they should be comfortable and easy to move in.

It is important to take extra of all medications & prescriptions.

Two rhino calves eating hay.
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