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Big Cat Sanctuary Volunteer Project, South Africa

2-12 Weeks from

minimum age

  • Contribute to animal welfare of big cats and other predators
  • Get to see a range of big cat species including white lions
  • Learn about the ethical issues of wildlife in South Africa
  • Help to raise awareness of wildlife conservation

Food, Lodging and Travel

During your stay you will enjoy our modern, cozy home which is situated 8 minutes drive, or 25 minutes beautiful walk, from the sanctuary. The house consists of 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, a spacious and fully equipped kitchen and dining room for everyone to cook and enjoy dinners and games nights together, a cozy living room area with a fire for film evenings or just relaxing with a nice book. Outside you will enjoy beautiful mountain views, and we have a traditional South African braai (BBQ) area. There is a lovely dam and large garden with space to play games, walk or sunbathe. While enjoying a peaceful evening outside on the patio, you may just hear our pride of lions roaring in the distance.

*Due to Covid – each volunteer will have their own private room and bathroom for social distancing reasons – pls note this will change back to shared rooms once the restrictions are lifted again*

You will be sharing one of our lovely rooms with one or two new volunteer friends. Volunteers coming as friends or couples can request to stay together. All volunteer rooms have two twin beds. All rooms contain a safe for your belongings. There is WIFI in the house, however being situated on the farm the connection is sometimes very slow. But you can easily keep contact with friends and family via email, facebook or Skype (without video communication).

We will provide you with breakfast and lunch, while you cater for your own dinner. You have the choice of cooking a nice homemade meal with your fellow volunteers, or you can enjoy one of the many local restaurants on our weekly evening out. You will be taken on a weekly shopping trip, where you can buy groceries and other items from the many shops available. Do not be too surprised if you find us outside some of the evenings having a good South African braai, where we will accommodate any food you would like to put on the grill! We can also cater for vegan & gluten-free diets, at an extra cost of £12 per week.

Volunteer Requirements

White lions at sanctuary in South AfricaVolunteers in South Africa should be aged 18+ and speak English. All nationalities are welcome. Volunteers do not need any specific skills or qualifications related to working outdoors or with animals, though any skills you do have will of course be useful for the project. Volunteers should also be self-motivated, flexible, calm and independent, and be willing to help out with a range of activities when required.

Travel in South Africa

You will need to fly into Cape Town International Airport in South Africa (airport code CPT), arriving on a Saturday between 10AM and 2PM. You will be picked up from the airport when you arrive and then travel to the Sanctuary, which is around a 1.5-hour drive from Cape Town. You will also be dropped off back to the airport on the last day of your project (a Saturday) in time for your flight home.

A valid passport with at least 2 blank pages is necessary to enter South Africa. Since visa requirements vary from country to country, please check with your local embassy as to whether a visa is required to enter South Africa as a tourist.

Big Cat Sanctuary Volunteer Project, South Africa

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