Bambelela Wildlife Care&Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Farm

Bambelela Wildlife Care&Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Farm

Bambelela Wildlife Care&Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Farm
4.5
Nature & Wildlife AreasNature & Wildlife Tours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
We are a Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Farm engaging in the 3 big R: Rescue - Rehabilitation - Release. This past 19 years we were able to help over 1000 Monkeys getting a second chance to live free again. Your visit will give you a glimpse into our work and your stay with us with directly support the wildlife care. As our guest or on a volunteer-holiday...you will be able making a difference to the persecuted Vervet Monkeys in this area of our world.
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Guy Z
New York City, NY11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We stayed at this place for 6 magical days. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The kids had a great time the staff and volunteers were super nice. I am looking forward to going back next year.
Written 13 September 2022
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Thank you with Monkey Luvies.
Written 3 October 2022
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Cretienne
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Solo
Great experience to never forget. I did the volunteer work from September 2021 till November. The team is amazing and the have a good medical team. During my stay I assist the medical team. The work with the monkeys was fantastic. I was there during baby season. I saw them growing up and I helpt with the release from a troop of monkeys. I recommend it to everybody!
Written 19 March 2022
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Lison Mc Nicoll
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Beautiful place with beautiful people! I Got the chance to stay 2 weeks there and it was an experience of a lifetime! The monkeys are amazing creatures and we get the chance to interact with them. I definitely recommend this place. It’ll be always in my heart.
Written 10 September 2022
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Thank you with Monkey Luvies.
Written 3 October 2022
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Klam237
Southampton, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
Dear future Bambelela Volunteers!

I’ve been home from Bambelela for three weeks now, yet nothing or no one can console my broken heart. Words cannot describe the impeccable experience received from volunteering at Bambelela. I volunteered for one month over August 2015 and booked on considerably late! To my dismay, upon checking the Trip Advisor website, some of the reviews seemed to have a terrible time! That’s odd, I thought to myself, since the facebook page seemed very popular and the volunteer activities seemed incredible! A lot of the reviews were contradicting about food, days off, hard work etc. It was too late anyway, I had booked and I was certain I’d have a great time, so I put my worries aside and hoped for the best! A few people slating ‘Kelcey’ on this site, I found her nothing but helpful and assume she has a very high paced job (working to organise volunteers to MULTIPLE centres).

What did I find upon arrival? My Avis taxi was a very pleasant and professional experience, which stunted my fear of travelling alone as a young woman in South Africa. Upon arrival I was greeted by the bight and beamy smile of Dean, who I later learned was a long-term volunteer working to become staff in the near future (and certainly deserve the role). He took my bags, showed me my room (simple sets of 2 single beds and a bunk bed, with a shared toilet, shower, sink etc) and allowed me to unpack and rest. One by one my fellow volunteers turned up after varying responsibilities; baby-sitting orphaned baboons, preparing feeds, playing in Kindergarten, RAKING – yes, someone has to do it and it WILL be a large part of morning and afternoon cleaning duties(1.5hrs/day), but you woudnt want to leave in a dirty house so neither should the monkeys!

The volunteer coordinators were the most welcoming and loveliest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Nix, with her cheek and charm was always lifting team morale and making sure everyone was comfortable in their responsibilities, whilst sue ran a very efficient and progressive ship – hard to achieve in such a large organisation! In fact, everyone there was so kind and welcoming. Upon meeting Silke, she dragged me in with the biggest hug my frame would allow and thanked me so much for coming to help care for these monkeys. Belinda and Chantelle were always kind to me and shared their bountiful wisdom in their fields (medicinal and behavioural) and often crushed me at ample games of pool had in the evenings! The workers were always very polite and always answered my questions as best they could! I honestly couldn’t fault the organisation and attitude of everyone and everything at Bambelela. I can only imagine the people who wrote up the complaints were the parents of bratty children who expected a holiday and not to lift a finger the entire time! Not only did I spend incredible amounts of time with the monkeys, bonding with them and creating memories, I also had the chance to leave my comfort zone and have a go at sawing, drilling, wood-chopping, reed pulling and all sorts of hands-on experiences! Anything I did not want to do I was never made and all responsibilities were divided by talent and ability (no they won’t make you chop wood if you have a bad back, but if you let slip you’re a good baker expect a few cake requests thrown your way!).

I can’t put into words of the incredible experience and this post doesn’t even brush the tip of the compliments I’d give Bambelala, so if anyone has any questions or want a true testimony of the place before booking on, don’t hesitate to ask me! Never in my time as a Zoologist have I seen such an organisation driven souly on giving animals a chance at being wild again. Never in my life would I believe that an orphaned, hand-reared baby baboon could be introduced to a WILD troop of baboons and be adopted with no relation to the mother –UNTIL I witnessed it for my own eyes with Soekie and Merlin!

Sorry for the essay but as a young women booking my first volunteer program by myself, the anxiety I endured could’ve been avoided with a few detailed reviews, so here’s mine! I cannot thank Silke and the gang anymore for the experience I’ve gained and for their hard work and determination in giving these animals a second chance. The only bad part about Bambelela is leaving. It says something about the place when EVERY volunteer that came to Bambelela in the month I was there (about 15-20 or so) was leaving with tears gushing down their face, broken hearts and claw marks left in the gravel as they were dragged into their taxis to leave. If you want a ‘time of your life’ experience and really help a good cause, book onto Bambelela and embrace the South African culture and experience. And if you’re as lucky as me, you’ll make an entire new South African family and miss them every day from your departure!

If I was to return, I'd make sure to go on baby season (Sept-Jan) as that's when they need volunteers the most to help be a surrogate mother/aunty to the pink faces! I'd also contact Silke directly, her email is available on their website and pay directly to them as (sorry Kelcey) but the monkeys only get a percentage of what you pay through Enkosini as someone has to make a living organising volunteers!

I wish Bambelela the ‘Vervet’ best of luck and anyone willing to go and volunteer there as amazing experience as I had!

Klam
23yo from England
Written 18 September 2015
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Vanessa S
Brighton, UK6 contributions
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Aug 2012 • Friends
I spent a month volunteering at the Bambelela Vervet Rehabilitation Centre and in short it was a truly amazing experience. The centre focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating vervet monkeys, but they also have capuchins and the occasional baboon, plus a range of wildlife which visit the farm. The centre does amazing work rescuing and rehabilitating the monkeys, who have often gone through awful experiences, and yet the staff never give up on saving them and ultimately trying to give them back their freedom.

From the start you are working hands on with monkeys and are responsible for all aspects of their care. The staff are all incredibly friendly and supportive, and from day 1 made sure that we were comfortable with all tasks and most importantly interacting with the monkeys. You basically can be as hands on as you want, so even if you're a bit nervous, they will find a cage and monkeys that you are happy with. I would recommend this volunteering experience for anyone wanting to work hands on with primates, either to get experience with monkeys or just as a break from the 9-5 life. Your average day is from 7.45am to at 5pm, and is a combination of feeding, cleaning, other chores, enrichment and 'cuddle time' with the babies, plus various ad hoc projects. I have heard of volunteering placements where volunteers have to do all the chores and don't get to do the fun stuff, well that isn't the case at Bambelela! Everyone shares the work equally, so you will work hard and you do have a lot of chores (monkeys make a lot of mess!), but you will be working alongside a great team and have a lot of fun, even when scrubbing monkey dishes!!

The monkeys also always come first, so you eat after the monkeys eat and you finish for the day once they are tucked up with milk and blankets. On the subject of food, in short it is delicious! I am a really fussy eater and I ate everything that was put in front of me (Ben the chef is a genius). In the evenings you make your own entertainment, we played cards or a board game, or sometimes watched a movie. This is not a party holiday, but we did have a couple of dinners out in town as a treat and also went to a local game park to see the big cats and go on safari, so there are options to do other stuff while you are there. The accommodation is basic, but clean and very comfortable, with the option of more luxury rooms/chalets if the dorm experience isn't for you.

I could go on and on about how great volunteering at Bambelela was, but really you should go and find out for yourself! If volunteering isn't for you, you can also stay in one of their beautiful chalets (with a pool) and just visit with the monkeys. Contact them directly via their website and they will answer any questions you have. I am also happy to answer any questions if you want the opinion of a previous volunteer (hopefully a repeat volunteer at some point!). The only bad thing was having to leave, and I miss the moneys (three in particular) so much! Book now, it will change your life.
Written 22 October 2012
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BristolButterflyRed
Bristol80 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Solo
I spent several weeks volunteering at Bambelela Wildlife & Vervet Monkey Sanctuary and really enjoyed the hands on work. The infant monkeys are adorable and we were fortunate enough to have some lion cubs in need of TLC as well. Bambelela seems somewhat unique in that paying volunteers are directed to work like full time employees, with an expectation of around 55 hours a week. Getting your day off can also prove difficult. The care given to the animals is beyond reproach but there is rather less compassion for the volunteers. The food was well prepared but lacked fresh fruit and vegetables which did not help when some of the volunteers got sick. The atmosphere varied from great to very fraught indeed - and there is no independent way of leaving the property unless you have a car. For all the negatives, there were many positives, and with a little care, it could be a fabulous adventure. Overall then it was a very mixed experience, although met some wonderful people.
Written 23 April 2013
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mad4mads88
Sunnyvale, CA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
I can honestly say that my experience at Bambelela was the amazing trip of a lifetime for me, and could not have asked for a more perfect trip!

First, let me talk about the food. The meals were fully prepared and served in huge portions – at one point the friend I came to visit with ate three full plates of pasta and there was still more to spare. Breakfast is also prepared nearly every day by the wonderful chef Damien, who is talented enough to open his own restaurant one day (and we were sure to encourage him to do so). The food was absolutely delicious and very filling. Damien was also sure to often offer to get fruits and vegetables for us to eat, so whenever we wanted there were options such as bananas, papayas, oranges, tangerines, and more. There were always leftovers from dinners that we could heat up for our daily hour-long lunch break in case we were hungry, and there was of course the option to go into town once a week to pick up groceries. Even after anyone who wanted leftovers had gotten their fill, the food that was still left was donated to the monkeys living in the area, to help them retain their weight through the winter. I never went hungry while actually on the trip.

Now, about the workload. It may have been because I visited in winter (June) which is the slow season for Bambelela, but not once was I ever working past 5. Summer is when the babies are born, so sometimes there are more medical emergencies and other factors that may require you to work in the evening. However, we did not experience this. During the day, there was of course work to be done. There were daily chores of cleaning cages (scrubbing enrichment items like logs and toys, and raking), feeding the monkeys twice a day, changing the water bowls, and “project work.” The project work can be any number of things, depending on what needs to be done at that time. For example, I visited during the dry season, so sometimes the project work was clearing fire breaks in case of a wildfire. Other times, the project work involved picking up orange peels that were left on the ground by wild baboons and monkeys. This is to see how many oranges the wild animals are actually eating, because in winter food is scarce and because much vitamin C can also cause some mild health problems with the monkeys. While things like picking up trash and raking may seem tedious and like “busy work,” there is always a purpose for every job and everything always comes back to the wellbeing of the monkeys and other wildlife in the area. I was never worked to the bone and I always had enough rest, but there is hard work in maintaining a wildlife sanctuary! There is still plenty of time for playing and taking pictures though.

The rest of the experience was amazing as well. The Enkosini website does say that there will possibly be other wildlife besides monkeys at Bambelela. This is true, however, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a Vervet Monkey rehabilitation center. It focuses specifically on these monkeys. They will gladly accept other animals that they find or that are brought to them if they need care. For example, a while back they had a few lions that they were raising. However, at a certain point it became necessary to move the lions to a facility that had more experience working with lions. Bambelela specializes in the care of Vervet Monkeys, so monkeys are the main animals you will see there. There is lots of wildlife around the area though, like zebras, warthogs, peacocks, baboons, and more. Plus, you have the opportunity to visit a number of places outside of Bambelela that have tons of other wildlife as well! Which brings me to my next point.

When we got there, Sarah told us about our days off almost immediately. There is a schedule that says which day each person can do their laundry, which day everyone is to help cleaning the kitchen, which time slot each person is on bottle-feeding shift with the baby monkeys in kindergarten, and of course, which day of the week each person gets off. Adele was also sure to ask us almost right away if we would like to do any of the external activities, which, of course, we did. My friend and I chose to visit Zebula Golf Estate for the 3 hour game drive and the lion interaction, both of which were absolutely amazing. Bambelela provided free transportation for us, as well as one other family who was there, and the day was tons of fun. We also chose to do the elephant interaction with Adventures with Elephants, which was definitely a huge highlight of the trip. We got this day off one of the weeks, and the previous week we had a full day off just to relax and play with the monkeys. We went on a hike up the hill next to Bambelela, and the view is breathtaking. They also let us rest up for the full day on the day we arrived because we were very jet lagged. The third and final week we were taken to Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm by Silke, who paid not only for our tour but for breakfast as well. Then we got the change to go into Bela Bela and do some shopping for groceries and at the craft market. That evening, Damien and Sarah took us back to town to see the nightlife. In short, Bambelela was very good about giving us our time off, and very generous as well! We are very grateful for the transportation and of course the complimentary trip to Thaba Kwena.

Finally, the people. Everyone there was very nice, friendly, had a great sense of humor and made cleaning monkey cages feel like a wonderful time. To name a few – Sarah, Damien, Belinda, Adele, and Silke were all so kind and welcoming to us. Silke was always so sweet to us, saying hello and good morning whenever we saw her. She also was the one to pay for our trip to the crocodile farm like I mentioned, as well as organizing our night on the town. She truly cares for all of the monkeys and the volunteers as well. We were lucky enough to celebrate her birthday while we were there, and what did she ask for as a birthday present? Peanuts to give to the monkeys. She is very selfless and kind! Sarah, who took her place as volunteer coordinator, was absolutely amazing and I hope will remain a lifelong friend.

Overall, this experience was the most amazing and memorable trip I have ever had. All of the hands-on experience was so rewarding and fun, I never even realized I was working. The monkeys are adorable, the people are amazing, and the experience was unforgettable. I hope to come back to visit sometime in the winter when the new babies are here, because long-term or second time visitors have the opportunity to be a “foster parent” to one of the orphaned babies and take care of them at night! I could not have even imagined a more amazing experience at Bambelela and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity.
Written 18 October 2014
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Ingrid D
Antwerp, Belgium6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We absolutely loved our stay at Bambelela. The work they do there for rehabilitating and releasing the velvet monkeys is absolutely worth a visit. They also give you a lot of information about the velvet monkeys and the problems they face. We stayed for the night in a very nice cottage where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape and the animals. We loved our stay at Bambelela!
Written 1 October 2022
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Thank you with Monkey Luvies .
Written 3 October 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

tattooedtraveller_uk
Norwich, UK625 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
My friend and I have just returned from 10 days volunteering at Bambelela. I have read mixed reviews from people but I cannot fault the place, that said, I cut my visit short - my explaination for that would simply be that "it wasnt for me". But again - i cant fault the place or the setup.

The accomodation was basic but sufficient with 4 people sharing and a bathroom for each dorm. The kitchen is stocked with food which you can prepare for yourself if you want to, but 2 meals a day are prepared very well for you. I cant eat wheat or dairy, which I thought may be an issue, but Damien the cook was more than happy to check everything and sometimes prepare mine seperately, nothing was a problem for him.

The days were hard - physical labour, but you are there to do a job, as i do a fairly unphysical job in the UK it was actually nice to go to bed physically tired. Officially you get 1-2 hours a day with the monkeys but you can get more time if you want to.

We had a nice day out at the elephant and cheeter places, well worth a visit.

I found Silke and her husband very kind, understanding and patient when i realised that it just wasnt for me, they did everything that they could for me, and i am very greatful to them for that, and when i wanted to leave before my actual end date they sorted out transport for me even though it was easter and my timing was terrible !!

We had a day out with Silke and her husband to visit the previous release sites (monkeys are rehabilitated and then when appropriate they are released back into the wild, but they are monitored for some time) which was really nice, and we got to spend a day at the next release site building the cages and preparing for that. This is something that hardly anyone would get the opportunity to do, and i am greatful for the opportunity to do this.

My only words of wisdom to anyone thinking of volunteering would be that you really do need to have a great love of animals, i realise now that while I like animals, I didnt feel as strongly as the other volunteers did, they really are "all about the animals" and so there is predominantly one topic of conversation around the volunteer house. From the point of view of the animals, they couldnt be any better cared for by everyone at Bambelela, which is the whole point. As someone who didnt know much about monkeys i have certainly learned a great deal, and have a lot of respect for the people who dedicate their lives to this cause.

If i have missed anything, or anyone wants to know any more, please dont hesitate to contact me.
Written 3 April 2016
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Nin87
Munich, Germany2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
I first came to Bambelela in Oct. 2012 and I fell in love immediately. I fell in love with the nature arround the farm as well as with the monkeys I was responsible to take care of.
I spent 3 month there and the only reason I was not sad when leaving was, that I knew I would come back for a whole year just about two month later.
I loved volunteering at Bambelela and reading some of the reviews they got made me write my own one.

I want you to know what to expect when going to volunteer at Bambelela so I'll start with a typical Bambelela-Day:
We usually meet at 07.45h in front of the clinic where we pull cards with daily duties so you won't have to do the same thing over and over again - except for if you pull the same card over and over again ;).
After that, we take out fruit and veggies for the monkeys. Alfie and his team are going to wash and cut all the food and put it in different bowls so we can feed all the monkeys.
Everyone that has a cage to take care of (volunteers usually go with a permanent or long-term volunteer) goes to clean. Volunteers mainly work in so called handicap and kindergarten where we have monkeys that are a bit more sensitive due to what they went through before they came to Bambelela - due to that we scrub those cages on a daily basis where other enclosures like the rehabs just need some raking.
After scrubbing we also rake out the cage and then sort out the old food - what ever we can use again will be rinsed and fed to the wild monkeys living at Bambelela, all the rest goes out to baboon-feed where all the wildlife can eat whatever they still like.
So, cleaning the cages and providing the monkeys with fresh water takes round about 1h (depending on how fast you work and on how much you let the monkeys "disturb" you ;))

Because we feed all the monkeys together we always have to wait for everyone to be done with their cages- so if you finish early you got several options:
1.help with preparing food and doing monkey-dishes (priority as we need bowls and food to feed ;))
2.depending on what card you pulled you can do your daily dutie - clinic-cleaning and baboon-feed can only be done after feeding.
3. you can start rakeing.

Once everyone is done cleaning and all the food is ready we go and feed our monkeys all at the same time - this prevents them from fighting through the fences and so on.
After the feeding we finish yard-raking and all the daily-duties that are left - usually you will help one another.

Arround 10:00h breakfast will be ready and you'll have about a half an hour break.
If you can't work with empty stomache you can get up a bit earlier and prepare yourselfe some tea or coffe and some cereals or instant oats (which you will have to buy on one of the shopping days).Beside a continental breakfast we had the posbility to get eggs (fried or scrambled) twice a week and usually french toast on saturdays.

After this you will spend your time with shifts (taking care of the pinkfaces usually two people at a time for 1h) or Project-work (preparing hammoks, ladders and other enrichment for the monkeys or do some farm work like slashing grass and cleaning fire-breaks, getting firewood for braai (bbq) and bonfires, cleaning out pathways for the guests or cleaning houses and toys that had to be taken out of the cages...)

Between 12:00h and 14:00h you will have 1h lunchbreak where you can go and relax at the pool, climb the mountain or read a book. If you are hungry you can have something to eat - usually peanutbutter and bread is available or you can get yourself something on monday and friday shopping-trips.

In the afternoon we have again shifts and project-time and around 17:30h dinner will be served (and you'll get as much as you can eat with exception of the meat where everyone gets one piece).
Usually that's the end of the day.(as you can see, you're not working 12h/7days a week!)
In the evening we often sit around a bonfire, play cards or watch a movie - if you prefer to be on your own and read a book you're free to do so as well.
If you are lucky you can also see some of the nocturnal animals like bushbabies (one of them lives next to Golden Oldies) and porcupines.

During the day you will also see Zebras, baboons, peacocks, tree squirrels, a nyala-bull, guineafowls and you might be able to see Kudus, ostriches, warthogs, Leopard tortoises, Impalas and other kind of bukies and lots of different birds (f.e. even verraux eagles!).
If you are lucky you might even get a glimpse of the giraffes living on the other side of the mountain and once we also spotted a water Monitor or so.

As we are working in the bush and with animals there might be situations where you will have to work longer.
Examples:
-late market-trips where we have to offload all the food for the monkeys.
-when the pinkfaces get older they usually stay outside a bit longer (usually utill 18:00h or 19:00h) so there will be a late shift to be covered - this is usually done in turns so everyone just has to take one such shift a week.
-if there is emergencies the shedule might change without prior notice

Every week you can take one day (or two half-days) off but you have to TAKE them, no one is going to run after you and ask you when you would like to have your day off.
You also have to make sure your shifts are covered and it's not possible for all volunteers to get the same day off (exeption: if you plan a day-trip to zebula or elsewhere so the fuel-costs can be covered). Usually the volunteers make a plan together with the volunteercoordinator so everyone knows when they got their off days.

Beside the normal day-to-day duties you might get the opportunity to join the team for a rescue or to release monkeys or check on already released monkeys.
In that case you will have to get someone to cover your shifts - and you might be asked to cover someone elses shift in return.
You MIGHT also go out to collect food from farmers: cabbage, millies (corn) and so on.

The more every volunteer will get to join one of our guided wildlife tours and you might be asked to join an other tour as a backup.

It also depends on what time of the year you are there - pinkfaces are born between september and january so thats when usually the first pinkfaces come in, by may/june most of them will sleep outside so there is not that much hands on work with them anymore.
And the longer you stay the more expierience you get and the more things you'll get to do.

Bambelela mainly concentrates on Vervet Monkeys but there MIGHT be other wildlife in need such as antilopes, bushbabies, warthogs and so on.
In the past many different animals have been handrised and rehabilitated at Bambelela, now it's mainly Vervets and not much else.

After reading through all the reviews I also read through the enkonsini homepage and the only things mentioned there that you usually won't get to experience is the part about the assistance with medical (but it might be that you're called in to watch a sick monkey or so) and you also won't have to fill in any forms - except for if you're there longterm and you get the responsibility for a cage or so.

Long story short: I've been at Bambelela for 1 year and 3month and even thought it's not always easy to live together 24/7 I would go back immediately if I get the chance.
But yes, it might be hard work if your not used to work for animals and you will be dirty by the end of the day (or even by breakfast-time) but if you like animals a stay at Bambelela can become a once in a lifetime-experience for you.
Written 31 May 2014
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