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 Rockwood is located:
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
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.
Why choose to volunteer at Rockwood:
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 it takes to be a Rockwood Volunteer:
A DAY IN THE LIFE
OF A CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER
VOLUNTEERS PACKAGEACCOMMODATION, MEALS & RHINO EXPERIENCE
Luxury, 5-Star Accommodation
3 x Meals per Day
Daily Rhino Experiences
Excludes Transport Flights to South Africa
Excludes Transport to Rockwood
Excludes Tourist Visa
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