SanWild Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, close to the northernmost gate of the Kruger National Park, is a wildlife rehab centre that cares for animals that are brought in injured or orphaned. Plans are afoot to enlarge this important conservation centre.

Did you know?

SanWild has saved animals from circuses, from culls, and those injured in capture operations.

SanWild Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre offers a safe refuge for rescued and rehabilitated wild animals, including impala, greater kudu, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, waterbuck, reedbuck, grey duiker, nyala, giraffe, zebra, steenbok, rhino, hippo and elephant.

Leopards and cheetahs, too, roam the 6000-hectare sanctuary and a pack of African wild dogs are being introduced. Many small predators like caracal and civets can also be seen in the reserve and the Cats’ Rescue Centre is home to 19 lions.

This South African wildlife rehab centre is situated between Tzaneen and Phalaborwa in Limpopo, South Africa's northernmost province. SanWild's objectives include acquiring habitat and saving individual wild animals that need help.

All land acquired through their fundraising efforts falls under the SanWild Wildlife Trust. The end goal for the centre is to establish a 15 000 hectare sanctuary and to incorporate adjoining farmlands to form an ecologically viable wildlife reserve that protects this unique wilderness area.

Apart from the animals that have been cared for and released into the wild bush of the sanctuary, the game area of the SanWild Wildlife rehabilitation centre is also home to resident species like genet, civet, porcupine and elusive nocturnal creatures such as the pangolin and aardvark. You can search for the animals on guided walking trails or on a game drive

Visitors can overnight in the Savannah Private Bush Camp, exclusive accommodation that helps fund this South African animal rehab centre.

This fenced camp is set in beautiful gardens with a rock pool where guests can escape the heat while keeping a close eye on animals that come to drink at a waterhole, which is only metres away. There is also the Bukisa's Safari Tented Camp, which is ideal for people that prefer self-catering accommodation.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

SanWild Wildife Rehabilitation Centre
Tel: +27 (0)15 383 9958
Cell: +27 (0)83 310 3882

How to get here

SanWild is situated in the Limpopo province between the towns of Tzaneen and Phalaborwa, and is close to the world-famous Kruger National Park. It is easily accessed by road.

Best time to visit

The centre can be visited any time of the year.

Around the area

SanWild is close to Phalaborwa, where visitors can enter the world famous Kruger National Park and enjoy a wide range of eco-tourism activities.

What will it cost

SanWild’s exclusive Savannah Private Bush Camp offers accommodation starting around R950 per person per night (minimum two-night stay).

Length of stay

The Savannah Private Bush Camp is a perfect weekend getaway destination. Day visits are also possible if you are passing through the area.

Where to stay

A stay at the Savannah Private Bush Camp makes for a perfect weekend away and helps support the important work of the rehab centre. Bukisa's Safari Tented Camp is ideal for people that prefer self-catering accommodation.

What's happening

See the centre's website for the latest news and how you can help save Africa's wildlife.

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