VOLUNTEER AT ROCKWOOD

One of the most rewarding ways to help save the rhino is by giving your time and working in close contact with these extraordinary animals.

To be a conservation volunteer at Rockwood, you’ll need to submit an application and contribute $2,000.
This fee covers the costs of your two-week stay (accommodation and food) and goes towards helping us with maintenance.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget. Plus, you’ll have played a firsthand role in preventing rhino extinction.

WATCH OUR WILDLIFE VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION

WHERE?

Our reserve is located in the vast, untouched Northern Cape province of South Africa.

Nestled between the Great Karoo and the Kalahari, on a pristine stretch of arid to semi-arid desert and bushveld, this is precisely the kind of habitat rhinos would have roamed for millennia.

Our exact map-pinned location cannot be publicly advertised – for obvious security reasons. We will supply directions or arrange a shuttle service upon booking confirmation.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION

Volunteers are accommodated in our plain, yet comfortable, volunteer quarters (which can accommodate up to 12 volunteers and researchers). They have access to the rest of the lodge, outside of tourist times, which includes the private lounge and dining area, boma and fire pit, full bar and restaurant, on-site spa, gym, swimming pool, and curio boutique.

The lodge was privately built in an extended effort to attract visitors (tourists, researchers and volunteers alike) to our remote area – offering them a comfortable stay, in order to enhance the chance of them returning and supporting us further in our main mission:  to protect our rhino herd and the species from poachers, and inevitably extinction. We can accommodate 12 volunteers in total.

Shared Volunteer / Researcher Housing
Shared On-Site Farm House
Comfortable Staff Accommodation
Plain, Yet Neat & Comfortable Volunteer & Researcher Accommodation
Communal Lounge & Dining Area
Comfortable Areas To Relax After Work
On-Site Chefs
African Food Prepared Freshly to Your Liking
Spa & Gym
On-Site Spa & Gym Facilities
Boma & Fire Bowl
Night-Time Relaxation the African Way
Close-Up Game Viewing
Experience Private Game Viewing Up Close & Personal
Wildlife Interaction
Touch & Feed Our Rhinos, Like No-Where Else
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WHY?

Unlike most rhino sanctuaries that minimise human and rhino contact, Rockwood encourages interaction. Our 300+ rhinos are like our children and we want you to love them too.

We also want to educate our visitors about our unique, pro-active conservation approach, which has seen more than 160 calves born on our reserve so far.

You’ll work alongside professional rangers and researchers, perform daily chores, and leave a wiser, lifelong wildlife warrior – who can proudly state they have personally helped to save the rhino.

 

WHAT?

What it takes to be a Rockwood Volunteer:

A DAY IN THE LIFE
OF A CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER

Prepare Feed for Rhinos & Other Animals

Provide Care for Orphaned or Injured Animals

Inspections & General Upkeep of Rhino Camps

Assist with Capturing & Relocation of Rhinos

Assist Veterinarians with Procedures

Accompany Rangers on Patrols to Monitor Rhinos

Inspect / Maintain Fences on Horseback or Quads

Anti-Poaching, Like Micro-Chipping & Horn Trimming

Check Camera Traps & Filter Footage

Assist Researchers with Data Collection

Capture Data to Our Research Database

Share Your Experiences on Social Media

VOLUNTEERS PACKAGE

ACCOMMODATION, MEALS & RHINO EXPERIENCE
$ 2,000 ON BOOKING
  • 2-Weeks Programme
  • 3 x Meals per Day
  • Daily Rhino Experiences
  • Excludes Transport Flights to South Africa
  • Excludes Tourist Visa
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ready to join us?

Start by filling in the application form. If you are successful, we will conduct a telephonic interview, during which we will explain the fee in more detail and answer any questions you may have – and offer you an official invitation to Rockwood.

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YOU, OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS MAKE OUR CONSERVATION EFFORTS POSSIBLE