A Once in a Lifetime Experience over and over

Welcome to Helping Hands 4 Wildlife – A Vervet Monkey Volunteering Project

In April 2021, the reins of our rehabilitation center were taken over by Nicky, a dedicated conservationist with over 20 years of experience. The facility faced a significant setback when the previous owners, having immigrated to Portugal, left it under the assumption that it was in capable hands.

Nicky, on inspecting the property, was disheartened to discover its deteriorated state. The animals were in distress, the food supply was subpar, and the accommodation was unsuitable even for domestic animals. Witnessing this, Nicky couldn’t turn away. She fell deeply in love with the animals, prompting the birth of Helping Hands 4 Wildlife.

Our vision goes beyond a mere property purchase; it’s about creating a haven for these animals. The initial plan to transfer them to another center was reconsidered, and Nicky made it her mission to transform the facility into a place of healing and care.

At Helping Hands 4 Wildlife, the safety and well-being of our animals take precedence. The center underwent a profound transformation, shifting focus from the public lodge to a sanctuary solely dedicated to our furry friends. With immense passion, Nicky decided to close the lodge to the public, channeling all resources into creating a healthy environment for our resident Vervet Monkeys.

Join us in this noble cause! Volunteer with Helping Hands 4 Wildlife and be a part of our mission to provide a safe and nurturing atmosphere for these incredible creatures. Your support ensures the continuation of our commitment to wildlife conservation. Together, let’s make a difference!


Nestled at the base of the awe-inspiring Hlumu-Hlumu Mountains, Helping Hands 4 Wildlife provides a serene setting that invites you to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, with a particular emphasis on the well-being of vervet monkeys. The farm, surrounded by crystal-clear air and natural vegetation, offers an idyllic backdrop for an unforgettable volunteering experience. Conveniently situated just 3.5 hours from Johannesburg, our Rehabilitation Centre’s high altitude, charm, and tranquil landscape promise a scenic and truly memorable adventure.



Within a short 1.5km, enjoy a challenging round or two at the lovely 9-hole Badplaas golf course. If you crave more excitement:

  • Kruger Park (130km): Take a day trip to see amazing wildlife in Kruger Park.
  • A Forever Resorts Badplaas (6km): Relax and rejuvenate at the Forever Resorts, just 6km away.
  • Badgat Quarry Dive (20km): Dive into adventure at Badgat’s thrilling quarry, only 20km away.
  • Swaziland Cultural Visit (65km): Experience the rich culture of Swaziland, just 65km away.

At Helping Hands 4 Wildlife, you not only help monkeys but also discover nature and adventure in our friendly neighbourhood. Join us for a unique blend of conservation and exploration!



We’re dedicated to ensuring your comfort. Our accommodation may be modest, but it promises a clean and cozy stay for all our amazing volunteers. You have the choice of sharing a cabin with two others or having your own space in a single cabin. We provide all the essentials—bedding, linen, and towels, with a weekly laundry service at no extra charge.

Our cabins come with bathrooms equipped with a shower or bath and hot running water. While there’s no air-conditioning, each cabin is equipped with a reliable ceiling fan to keep you cool on warmer days.

At Helping Hands 4 Wildlife, your comfort matters. Join us for a straightforward and comfortable stay as you contribute to our cause.


Indulge in a delightful culinary experience as you embark on your volunteering journey with Helping Hands 4 Wildlife at our wildlife rehabilitation center for vervet monkeys in South Africa. Begin your day with a delicious breakfast served at 9 am, setting the tone for a day filled with meaningful contributions to wildlife conservation.

At 1 pm, take a break and enjoy a leisurely lunch amidst the natural beauty that surrounds our center. The serenity of our environment enhances the flavors of the simple yet delicious meals crafted by our talented cooks, Beauty and Lucia. Their culinary expertise ensures that every bite is not only tasty but also comforting, providing you with the energy needed for your volunteer activities.

The flexibility of our dinner schedule, usually around 6:30 pm, allows you to unwind after a fulfilling day of volunteering. The vibrant entertainment bar area serves as the perfect backdrop for socializing and sharing experiences with fellow volunteers. Beauty and Lucia are committed to catering to any special dietary needs you may have, ensuring that your meals align with your preferences and requirements.

Immerse yourself in the heart of nature and let Helping Hands 4 Wildlife become the canvas for your memorable and purposeful volunteering experience.

Join us as we work together to make a positive impact on the lives of vervet monkeys, and relish the flavors of South African hospitality throughout your stay.


The farm road is not for the faint hearted and is approximately 2km of dirt road into the mountains. 
You will get your first experience of Africa before you even get to the farm!

Amenities & Services

Basic Free Wifi Access in dinning area

Bar & Restaurant

In-room Dining

Animal Lovers

Weekly Domestic Service

Nearby 9-hole Golf Course

Nearby Forever Resorts Hot Springs

Helping Hands for Wildlife Centre

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