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Rescue, Care, and Rehabilitation
These are the passions that drive Care for Wild Africa!

The efforts of one courageous lady – Petronel Nieuwoudt


Petronel Nieuwoudt started her career in the Endangered Species Protection Unit (a specialised unit of the Police) where she held the rank of captain. In 1999 she left the police service and started The Game Capture School. With more than 20 years of experience in the care and conservation of wild animals, Petronel has now consolidated her efforts to develop a centre in Mpumalanga, South Africa, that is totally devoted to the care and rehabilitation of African wild animals – in all shapes and sizes!

Having run The Game Capture School for ten years, which was the first comprehensive school in South Africa to offer courses that focused on the theoretical and practical aspects of all forms of wildlife capture and care, Petronel formed Care for Wild Africa in the scenic area of Barberton – just outside of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga.

Care, hand rearing, management and capture of infant, injured and/or orphaned animals are the passions that drive Care for Wild Africa! Petronel is one of the few people, throughout the world, that has specialised in the care of orphaned and injured rhinos. The centre has a designated area that is especially built to cater for these magnificent species (Night pen, Day camp, Scale, etc).



Emerging from her initial passion for caring for wildlife, Petronel saw the need to educate fellow operators in the game capture business.  She now offers game-orientated courses that are geared towards capturing, confining and medically attending to all forms of wild animals, as well as the breeding of certain species – roan, sable, buffalo, impala etc.  Courses are especially suited to veterinarians, veterinary nurses, farmers and wildlife professionals.

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The Care for Wild Africa Rehabilitation Centre’s intent is to rescue orphaned, abandoned, injured and displaced indigenous birds, mammals and reptiles; rehabilitate the animals where we are able to – with the help of Veterinary doctors, their own dedicated team members supported by volunteer workers who assist with the animal husbandry and hospital chores at the centre, and release them back into the wild where it is appropriate.

Wildlife Volunteer


Care for Wild Africa operates from a beautiful farm set in the heartland of Mpumalanga, South Africa. Here a treatment and care centre has been built where animals are tended until they can be successfully re-introduced back into the wild.


Volunteers are welcome at Care for Wild Africa!  Volunteering is a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime, opportunity to spend time in Africa, caring for Africa’s distressed wild animals and giving back to nature.

Wildlife Volunteer

Care for Wild – The Area

The Nature Estate offers a Nature Park that is home to a variety wildlife animals such as Black-backed Jackals, Giraffes, Zebras, Blue Wildebeests, Waterbucks, Kudus, Impalas, Duikers, Bushbucks, Steenboks, Warthogs, Bushpigs, and Baboons.


Mpumalanga is one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations and boasts some of Africa’s most magnificent scenery. Few regions in the world can rival its extraordinary beauty – mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests! Activities available include Fly Fishing, Trout Fishing (Sabie and Dullstroom), Tiger Fishing (Komatipoort), Sudwala and Echo Caves, Hiking Trails, Gods Window, Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Paragliding (Barberton), Micro-lighting, Hot-air Ballooning, Quad Bike Trails, Bungee Jumping (Swings and Skyway Wires), Chimp Eden (Jane Goodall), Nelspruit Botanical Gardens, Nelspruit Reptile Park, Horse Trails, Birding, and the famous Kruger National Park. All these destinations are within an hour’s drive from the sanctuary.

If you consider that Mozambique and Swaziland are only approximately 100 kilometers away from the Nature Reserve, these fascinating countries can also be added on to your visit once you have completed your stay with at Care for Wild Africa!

Care for Wild Africa is situated on a Game Reserve and Nature Estate that is 2 593 hectares in size!