Owl Rescue Centre

Volunteer Program

Owl Rescue Centre Membership

We would like to invite you to join our cause as a member of Owl Rescue Centre. 

Owl Rescue Centre is dependent on the public’s support to continue our work in owl rescue and rehabilitation.  We have a shared responsibility to look after our 

environment and care for animals; In return each living creature plays an important role in our world and the ecosystem.

The membership fee is R250 per month, easily payable by debit order, or a once-off fee of R2750 per annum. 

As a member you will receive many special benefits. Every member receives a two night stay per annum at Morubisi Bush Lodge in one of our bush chalets (sleeps up to 4: 2 adults; 2 children) . The 2 nights stay is redeemable any time after the first 6 months of membership or immediately if you pay the full yearly fee upfront. Members are automatically invited to all Owl Rescue Centre events and attend these for free!

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Owl Rescue Centre Volunteer Program

Volunteers are hosted at Morubisi Bush Lodge – Home of Owl Rescue Centre

Morubisi bush lodge is nestled at the foot of the magnificent Magalies Mountains in a tranquil environment with an abundance of bird- and wildlife. Morubisi is the Setswana name for ‘owl’, the native tongue in the area. Although the lodge is set in a beautiful bushveld location, Morubisi is still only 45minutes from Johannesburg, Pretoria or Sun City.

The mountain range behind the lodge is home to a colony of approximately 250 breeding pairs of Cape Vultures. Volunteers have the opportunity to observe and learn about these critically endangered birds.

You will enjoy good food, good company and a wonderfully enriching learning experience with your hosts, Danelle & Brendan Murray, the founders of Owl Rescue Centre, a Non-Profit Organisation dedicated to the protection of owls in South Africa.

Give a hoot – join us in Owl Conservation!

The project:

  • Assist in the rescuing of owls that are in danger and their release back into their natural environment
  • Assist with the raring of abandoned or orphaned baby owls and their release in the wild following a ‘soft release‘ process
  • Install Owl Houses to provide a safe breeding spot for owls to help with the increase of their population
  • Visit underprivileged schools with us to educate children on owls and their role in the environment. In many South African cultures people are scared of owls because of superstitious believes. For this reason, owls are often harmed or even killed. Owl Rescue Centre’s vision is that through increased understanding of the owl's true character, the fears and misgivings that often surround peoples' perceptions of owls will be replaced by tolerance and respect for these unique birds.
  • Help with the erection of hunting platforms and release aviaries
  • Assist with post-release monitoring of owls to ensure that they are adapting well to the wild

Fun activities to look forward to:

  • Meet Toby the Barn Owl, Eyra the Turkmenia Eagle Owl and Bettie the Cape Eagle Owl who will accompany you on your visits to schools.
  • Snake, reptile and bird presentations is on the schedule – you will be introduced to a variety of different species
  • Visit a primate sanctuary for a day to interact with monkeys
  • Join in for a 5 hour guided hike in the mountain range in a riverine forest, through a gorge and finally a steep climb to the top of the mountain to observe a colony of 250 pairs of breeding Cape Vultures. Cape Vultures are critically endangered which makes this is a very special experience!
  • Ride through the bush on a quad bike or horseback and count birds of prey on the way…
  • …and finally a day visit to the world renowned Sun City

For bookings, please contact Volunteer Southern Africa on [email protected] 


Room Types & Rates

Log Chalet - R 900 per night (4 units of this type available)

These lovely chalets are ideal for couples.  Each chalet has a double bed, an en-suite bathroom and small kitchenette with basic cutlery & crockery.  Natural wood is used in the design to give a rustic bush feel.  Each chalet has a private braai area. Breakfast is included.

Rock Chalet - R 1200 per night (2 units of this type available)

These spacious chalets are a great choice for families.  Each chalet has double bed downstairs and 2 single beds upstairs as well as a private bathroom.  There is also a braai and boma area providing basic self-catering facilities. An additional single bed can be added at a levy of R 200 per night. Breakfast is included.

Bush Cottage - R 1600 per night 

This 6-sleeper unit is ideal for large families or a group of friends that would like to spend some quality time away.  The cottage has a beautiful deck to enjoy a view over the bush and to watch the sun go down.  It also has a private boma where you can enjoy a braai. 

The Bush Cottage has a queen size bed downstairs and 4 beds upstairs.  It has a small kitchenette with basic cutlery & crockery and an en-suite bathroom.

2-Sleeper Bush Tent - R 400 per night
4-Sleeper Bush Tent - R 600 per night
These tents are a great option for guests hoping to truly experience nature during their stay.  Each tent has electricity and either 2 / 4 single beds.  An ablution block is within close range of each tent.  These tents also have private braai areas.  Please bring your own cutlery, crockery & cooking utensils. Bedding is supplied.

Bush Camp

The Bush Camp consists of 3 large rooms build in the style of big tents with thatched roofs and mosquito netting & canvas windows.  Each room has 10 single beds and electricity points.  The camp has its own private boma, braai and bar area with bar fridges.  There are 2 ablution facilities, one for ladies and one for gents.  

The Bush Camp is ideal for school camps and volunteers!

*Rates are available on request