At the moment, the following big cats feel at home at the Sanctuary: lions, leopards, jackals, caracals and even some non-indigenous tigers.

Project

Volunteer work with wild cats in South Africa. This project is a sanctuary for lions and big cats and is an environmentally friendly sanctuary for any captive bred big cats. At the sanctuary they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives. One of the Sanctuary’s main purposes is to be an educational platform where we create awareness about conditions big cats face in captivity, and how animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. The project is a true sanctuary where no cub petting, breeding or trading takes place. The project is a blue print of how a non-profit sanctuary, focusing on animal welfare, can become self-sufficient, and we aim to show all breeding facilities in Southern Africa how they can change into sustainable ethical projects.

Guidance will be offered by experienced coördinators that will supervise your daily work. Under no circumstance will you be allowed to work with any of the cats alone or without proper supervision. The language spoken at this project is English.

The project is located near a small village in the Western Cape. The Kleinrivier running through the village, stunning mountain views and only 30 min. away from the ocean, it is ideally positioned for a laid-back getaway. A lot of things you can do in your leisure time like horse riding, boat cruises, hikes, bird watching and great white shark cage diving. But also visiting Cape Town with its Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point to mention some.

You are responsible for your own travel to Cape Town, South Africa. Detailed travel information will be given after your booking. 

This project will offer you the unique opportunity to be involved behind the scenes of the sanctuary and how to care for its animals – daily tasks can include:

  • Caring and getting to know the amazing big cats;
  • Making implementing enrichment for the big cat’s enjoyment;
  • Preparation of food and watching the exciting feeding;
  • Cleaning and maintaining enclosures;
  • General farm work – sometimes hard but always vital work;
  • Testing of fences and perimeter;
  • Assisting with educational visits.

Please note that as a Sanctuary we do not allow animal petting and close interaction with our cats, so please do not expect to play with them and pet them. Any project that does allow that kind of interaction cannot be regarded as a true Sanctuary. In general volunteers will work 5 days per week (about 6/8 hours per day) with weekends being free to explore the surroundings.

Volunteers will be accommodated in the modern, yet cosy home. The house is situated in the middle of the property, so you will be mesmerized by the spectacular mountain view and feel at peace with nature whilst listening to the lions roar. The house consists of 6 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms. You will be sharing a room with 1/2 new volunteer friends, or optionally enjoy our couples room. There is also a spacious and fully equipped kitchen for everyone to cook and a big living and dining room area. Outside there is a traditional South African braai area and a lovely pool to cool down with a garden to sunbath for the hot summer days.

As a volunteer you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18 years old
  • To be passionate about working with animals.
  • To feel passionate about nature.
  • To respect and guarantee the vision and mission of the project.
  • To be able to show flexibility with regards to tasks and duties.
  • To be able to work in a team.
  • To be able to bear responsibility.
  • To be reliable and trustworthy.
  • There are no vaccination required for this project. (For advice and the latest information please contact your local physician before leaving your home country). 

Volunteers are welcome all year round. The duration of your stay must be 2 weeks or longer. Start dates and end dates are on Saturdays.

This project can easily be combined with the project Marine Adventure (GS21MAZA) in South Africa.

Period Price per person 2019
2 weeks € 1.120,-
3 weeks € 1.560,-
4 weeks € 1.955,-
6 weeks € 2.595,-
Every extra week € 430,-
Costs include:

  • Information and assistance before departure
  • Free estimate of flight options / travel possibilities (the most convenient flights options at a glance), if desired
  • Pick up upon arrival and drop off at Cape Town airport
  • Accommodation in the volunteer house
  • 2 meals per day (breakfast and lunch)
  • Onsite volunteer coordinator available 24/7
  • One social activity
  • A donation to the project for food for the animals, maintenance of the cages used for big cats and general support and maintenance of the reserve
  • Training and supervision
  • Administration costs
  • And, of course a very memorable experience

Prices are valid for the said periods in the year 2019.

Everything you need to know before you book this project:
Extensive information Project Big Cats in South Africa (PDF)

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