Lion Sanctuary Assistant

gegründet 2011
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You’ll meet loads of great people and we know you’ll have lots of fun, but the animals come first.
Enjoy a working holiday and contribute to these animals who need us.
Africa will provide an experience you will never forget
Make lifelong friendships
The Lion Sanctuary has been caring for rescued and mistreated lions for nearly 20 years. It is one of only 7 official lion ‘sanctuaries’ in South Africa. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

The Sanctuary

The award-winning sanctuary is the largest lion sanctuary in the Western Cape province and provides a ‘forever home’ for over 30 rescued lions. As the lions can never be released into the wild, the sanctuary provides the animals with a safe, comfortable home where they are treated with care and respect. 

The sanctuary is also home to a small number of tigers, chimpanzees, capuchin monkeys, marmosets, waterfowl, ponies and llamas.

It is one of only 7 official lion ‘sanctuaries’ in South Africa that are true sanctuaries and do not allow breeding. They operate under strict conditions in which the animals’ best interests are at heart. 

Please keep in mind that this is a strictly hands-off program as lions are extremely dangerous animals. There is no contact of any kind with the animals. This includes the lion cubs. Most operations involved in the hand-rearing of lion cubs do not have the lions’ best interests at heart. Many of these cubs end up providing sport for hunters. Potential volunteers are encouraged to do their own research on the Canned Hunting industry before embarking upon a lion volunteering project in South Africa to ensure that they aren’t supporting an unethical and cruel practice.

The Location

The sanctuary is located on 50 acres of land in the Cape Winelands in the Western Cape province of South Africa, which is home to some of the oldest towns in South Africa. Settled by Dutch explorers in 1687, the local town retains some fine examples of Cape Dutch architecture. The Sanctuary is located in a stunning valley famous for its vineyards, and birthplace of the Afrikaans language. It is also the final site of Nelson Mandela’s incarceration.

South Africa is the country on the southernmost tip of the African continent. It is made up a variety of ecosystems. The inland safari destination of Kruger National Park covers vast shrublands populated by big game, the Western Cape encompasses lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, wild beaches, the rocky cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, the forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town which sits beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.

Our Volunteers

The sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation. The organisation relies on volunteer fees, animal adoptions and donations to meet the costs of caring for the lions and to enable the rescue of other lions in need.

The lions and their accommodations require daily care and attention. Volunteers help to ensure that the lions are well cared for and contribute to their overall well-being and quality of life.

Conditions Onsite

Summers in South Africa can get quite hot and may take some adjusting to. Some of the maintenance activities that volunteers participate in are physically demanding, however, breaks are scheduled throughout the day.

Please Note

The second instalment of your project fees is due within 1 week after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees“.


Volunteers will be involved in the direct care of over 30 lions. Daily activities include 

  • preparing food for the lions 
  • cleaning lion camps
  • cleaning and maintaining the sanctuary grounds and facilities 
  • monitoring sanctuary visitors 
In summer, volunteers may be required to contribute to fire prevention and firefighting activities.


The best way to explore the area is to hire a car to visit wineries, dairies, apple and pears orchards, coffee shops, fruit farms and undertake a huge array of activities. Expect top class places to eat, from superior farm stalls to gourmet restaurants on stunning wine estates.

The natural beauty of Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve lies right on Paarl’s doorstep.The picturesque landscape is dominated by native fynbos vegetation, a form of flowering heathland believed to contain one of the highest diversities of plant species in the world.View some of the 8500 species of plants found here, including proteas and ericas or catch a glimpse of some of the unique wildlife that the fynbos supports, such asbaboons, jackals and antelope.The Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve offers many additional attractions for outdoor enthusiasts, including scenic walking trails, hiking, rock-climbing, abseilingand mountain-bike riding.

For some amazing birdwatching head to the Paarl Bird Sanctuary in the heart of Paarl. Forming part of the town’s water treatment plant, the 45 hectares of ponds attract over 140 species of bird. Look out for colourful Flamingos, African Jacanas, Green-backed Herons and many others.

For a relaxing afternoon, head to the Butterfly World Tropical Garden to see free-flying butterfly species from around the world or picnic at the Paarl Arboretum. Situated on 31 hectares on the banks of the Berg River, the arboretum boasts a collection of over 2500 tree and shrubs planted in groups according to their continent of origin.

Once you have built up a thirst, why not visit one of wine farms for which the region is renowned? The Paarl Wine Route is the second oldest in South Africa and is particularly well known for its high-quality Shiraz.



Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Fließend)
Benötigte Unterlagen
Proof of travel Insurance docs und Proof of vaccinations
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
Volunteers must be fluent in English, be willing to work and must be able to take direction from staff. Volunteers should also have a moderate level of fitness and a genuine respect and compassion for the lions.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag


Dienstleistungen von Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

What's included in this project?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Accommodation
  • On the job training
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
What's not included in this project?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers from Cape Town Airport to the project
  • Snacks
  • Meals
  • Personal spending
  • Visas


Our accommodations are dorm style. There are male/female segregated units with a communal kitchen.

Volunteers must supply and prepare their own meals. Volunteers will be taken on a scheduled shopping trip to obtain supplies.
Gute Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten. Das Abholen vom Flughafen ist auch nicht in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Südafrika zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Südafrika bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Südafrika antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Südafrika überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

Volunteers can start this project on Mondays all year. Please make sure to arrange your travels accordingly. 

To get there, fly to Cape Town, South Africa. Catch a train from Cape Town to Huguenot, Paarl, then take a taxi to the project.

Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
1 - 6 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
1 Woche (Mindestaufenthalt)
2 Wochen
3 Wochen
4 Wochen
5 Wochen
6 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$483 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben angegebenen Gebühren geschätzt sind. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
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Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

Warum sollte ich über Volunteer World buchen

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Die Programmgebühren werden unmittelbar durch Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers erhoben.

Was sagen andere über Volunteer World?

Lion Sanctuary Assistant

The Lion Sanctuary has been caring for rescued and mistreated lions for nearly 20 years. It is one of only 7 official lion ‘sanctuaries’ in South Africa.


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