Khamai Reptile Centre, Limpopo

The Khamai Reptile Centre is a facility that combines education, research and outreach work to help protect South Africa’s reptiles and amphibians. Visitors can tour the centre to learn more about snakes, frogs and spiders, and the passion they inspire in its dedicated team of conservationists. more

Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary, North West

Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary is about an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Set within the low mountains of the Magaliesberg range, the sanctuary offers a free-roaming forested home to primates that used to be personal pets, or that used to live in zoos or other places of captivity. more

SanWild Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Limpopo

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. more

Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden, Mpumalanga

The Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden, set in a forested reserve between Nelspruit and Barberton, has brought hope, peace and some degree of normality to dozens of traumatised chimpanzees from all over Africa. Visiting the sanctuary is a moving and uplifting experience. more

Animal sanctuaries

South Africa’s animal sanctuaries take in large numbers of injured or vulnerable animals in order to nurse them back to health and, if possible, release them back into their natural habitat. These sanctuaries provide a vital service and are interesting and educational places to visit. more