After much hard work we are delighted to offer a long-term and sustainable big cats project. This project is a driving force in the fight against so-called “Canned Hunting”, and only a handful of travel agents have permission to work with them after fulfilling a number of criterias. If your dream is to work with the savannah big cats, then this relatively new and ethical sanctuary is for you!
Big Cats Sanctuary
Project fee from EUR 790
In this unique project, you get the chance to get close to the big cats in Africa, waking up to lions roar, watch the leopards playing and when the tigers track its prey. You as a volunteer get an opportunity to not only get to know some of Africa’s most famous cats, but also get to know new friends from all over the world while you together contribute with your help.
The project offers volunteers a unique opportunity to help with a lot o different tasks.
Below are some examples:
- Nurture the amazing big cats
- Makeing toys and stimulation the animals
- Prepare food
- Cleaning and maintaining
- Farm work
- Assisting with the education of visitors
The Project’s Mission
One of the project’s main aims is to be an educational platform where they can create awareness about conditions that big cats face in their home environment, and how important it is to protect the animals. The project believes in the link between environmental conservation and wildlife, and has a goal to become the first “green” sanctuary. They are already well on the way, as one of their goals is to have solarenergy as their only electricty source.
We work with a local organization in South Africa. Thanks to this cooperation we can offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer. There is a guaranteed meaningful stay, both for you as a volunteer and for the local population and those who work on the project.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your Everyday Life
When you arrive you will be met at the airport by our partners. If there are more volunteers who are arriving at the same time, you go together to the project, where the stay begins with an introduction, where they pass through among other schemes.
Below is an example of how the day will look like. It will differ somewhat depending on the needs, weather and season, but generally it will look like this:
- 7:00 Breakfast
- 7:30 Morning meeting
- 8:00 Morning project
- 12:00 – 15:00 Lunch
- 15:00 Afternoon project
- 18:00 Dinner and free time.
There will be small breaks during the day.
Accomodation and Food
During your time as a volunteer you will live in a house together with the other volunteers and project staff. The house is located in the project area, and you will get to enjoy the stunning views of the mountains and the beautiful scenery around. The house consists of 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. At present people only share bathroom with one other person, but if the volunteers travel together in a group then there can be 3 people sharing bathroom. There is also a spacious and fully equipped kitchen, a large living room with dining area and a swimming pool where you can cool off.
You will have to share a room with three other volunteers, or with your partner in one of the “couples room”. If you want, you can spend a night outside and fall asleep under a clear sky filled with stars. WiFi is available at a cost for 50 Zar a week throughout the house, but if you want to download movies and music, this must be done before arrival. The project will provide for breakfast and lunch, dinners you provide for yourself along with the other volunteers. You come together to cook the food, but once a week the project offers to drive you to eat at one of the many lovely restaurants nearby. You will be taken to a “shopping spree” once a week (Tuesdays), the shops are of good quality and the variety of food is good.
You have time off on Sundays and Tuesdays and then you can do different excursions togehter with the other volunteers.
During your free time, you can explore the beautiful surroundings and some of South Africa’s top tourist attractions, including Cape Town and its “Table Mountain”, Robben Island, Hermanus, with its possibility of watching whales and flavorful wine tastings, or why not dive with great white sharks in Gansbaai? For those who just want to relax and maybe work on your tan, there are several beaches to choose from.
About South Africa
South Africa is one of Africa’s most exciting countries. It is an interesting mix of Europe, Africa and Asia. Some of the challenges South Africa faces is to reduce poverty and injustice, to consolidate democracy and promote respect for human rights. The landscape is as diverse as the cultural characteristics, aptly named the “Rainbow Nation”. South Africa provides the excitement of Africa with the luxury of the “first world”.
The country’s democratization process has been on-going since the early 1990s, and although much progress has been made there is still much to do. But the biggest challenge is the HIV/AIDS epidemic that is ravaging the country.
With regard to the animals, poaching is probably the largest threat with many species being the victims to the trade in exclusive products and animals skins, causing devastating consequences on the biodiversity of the country.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agencies offer a travel insurance which will cover you for all kinds of emergencies. You can purchase this insurance as a complement to your home insurance or just for the period that you are volunteering. When enquiring about flight tickets, be sure to also enquire about insurance options as well. Liability insurance is however, included in the tour price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you as a private person for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You can book flights through a travel agency of your choice, please just be sure to arrive in Cape Town, South Africa on your allocated start date (Arrival day: Sunday between: 09:00 and 16:00). When you finish the project your flight home should be booked on Saturday after 15:00 in the afternoon/evening.
Remember to get vaccinated before this project. Check with a vaccination centre for which vaccinations you need. We recommend that you have a full protection against Hepatitis A and B, cholera, and polio. There is no malaria in the area but if you are planning to travel to Kruger National Park, you should also take malaria prophylaxis. Your duties will mainly be dealing with wild animals so it is important that your tetanus shot is still up to date, as well as rabies. Please note that if you are traveling to a yellow fever area before you travel to South Africa, make sure you have a yellow fever injection and keep your vaccination record card on you when entering South Africa.