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Vervet Monkey

The Vervet Monkey Foundation


You will be helping to rehabilitate vervet monkeys into viable troops for release into protected reserves, integrating them back into their natural environment. They care for over 500 monkeys and we take in many orphans each year. You may be involved with hand-rearing orphans (in baby season) and be lucky enough to see them with their foster mums, watching them become real monkeys. Outside of orphan season is a great time to experience the troop dynamics, juvenile and adult integrations. In addition, you will help the monkeys further by general Husbandry, feeding, building new enclosures, observations and maintaining the upkeep of the foundation. Longer term volunteers may become involved with integrations of monkeys into social groups which is very rewarding and a lot can be learned about their behaviour


This project is suitable for persons over the age of 18, who have ever dreamed of working with primates. Volunteers need to be in good health with a moderate level of fitness. You will need no prior experience as you will be taught everything you need to know.


It is a great opportunity for those wishing to enter into the veterinary or rehabilitation field, or if you have just completed your studies and wish to gain practical experience.


The Vervet Monkey Foundation is open all year round. 

This project requires a minimum 4 week stay, with arrivals and departures on Sundays & Mondays only.


Contact us with your preferred dates and we will do our best to accommodate them (availability pending).


Whilst admission onto the projects requires a minimum 4 weeks stay, you can stay as long as you like or can afford.


Prices are shown in South African Rand. For your local currency conversion rates check out

*Priced based on a 4 week stay with no extras, for longer stays please request a quotation.


  • All Accommodation whilst on the project

  • Wi-Fi

  • 3 meals a day

  • Transport within the program.

  • All Project activities as described.

  • All project services as described.


  • All Flights and/or road transfers except those mentioned within.

  • All drinks such as Alcohol and soft drinks (Safe drinking water is provided)

  • All personal snacks and any other luxury items you can’t live without.

  • Social events.

  • Eating out (any meals at restaurants is at your own cost)

  • Any Excursions offered by the project

  • Extra activities on excursions

  • Medical Expenses

  • Travel & Medical Insurance

  • Any visa related expenses

  • Any vaccinations

For an additional fee of R700/night, Scales Volunteers can provide overnight accommodation in Johannesburg between flights on your arrival or return from your project, including a return airport shuttle to transport you between OR Tambo airport and your accommodation.

Should you prefer assistance in making travel arrangements from OR Tambo airport to the project, Scales Volunteers can also provide you with a road transfer for only R1,680 return. (Please note this shuttle service has set scheduled departure times)

*Please note that any bank charges for payments will be for your account.

**A 30% non-refundable deposit is payable to confirm your booking and full payment is due no later than 42 days prior to your arrival. You are welcome to make one full payment should you wish to do so, however your booking can not be confirmed until minimum payment has been received.

***Any payments made via PayPal will incur an additional 1.5% Service fee.

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