Big Cat Sanctuary & rehabilitation centre

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Coordinator | Angela
Coordinator | Angela
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Caring for the amazing big cats
Experience the farm animals living free amongst the wild animals
Be part of a very passionate team
Learn about conservation and Africa’s wild animals
Do nice tours during your free day
The project.. acts as a home to wild animals
that are not able to be released back into
the wild... This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
The project aim to provide a safe haven to wild animals that are in need of a home and to ensure that injured and traumatized animals receive proper medical care. The Rehabilitation Centre and Sanctuary is in the Free State region and you are part of this amazing experience. The farm offers you an opportunity to work / interact with the wild animals and gain experience in inactivities like cleaning, building enclosures, feeding, and more with the wild animals, as well as the opportunity to unwind in a relaxing Free State setting. We strive to make life as normal as possible for wild animals by ensuring their happiness and wellbeing. You, as a volunteer, have the opportunity to assist in making this happen.
Volunteer tasks:
  • Animal: working with raw meat, enclosure cleaning, removing ticks, bathing and more.          
  • Environmental: manual labour, carrying heavy items, getting dirty, working in the rain and more. 
  • Humanitarian: cleaning up after yourself, kitchen duty and more.  
  • Building: mixing concrete manually, pick up garbage off site, removing vegetation and more.

Projects will sometimes start with one group and be finished with the next group. Some examples of projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Construction of shading for view areas
  • Building a dam   
  • Building of a Meerkats Manor with jungle gym per each unit
  • Removing of intrusive plants 
  • Constructing a retirement village for Bearded Dragons  
  • Experiencing new ways to attract birds
  • Planting of trees  
  • Maintaining of roads (filling, scraping, levelling and more.)    
  • Trimming trees alongside roads  

Typical day

You will be working 5-6 days out of the 7, with the 7th being your day off to do what you would like.

6:00/7:00 Breakfast – Make your own with food provided

7:00/8:00 Morning Meeting

7:00/8:15 Morning Tasks

12:00-1:00 Lunch break

2:00/3:00 Afternoon Tasks

5:00/6:00 Dinner

Free-time activities

During your free days you can go to the city, have a dring go to a pub or just hang out with the others in the evening watch a movie and have a beer.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Jamso Trainee
  • Transfers to and from Johannesburg airport
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and lunch and dinner (tipical food)
  • Weekly transport to city
  • 24/7 support
Airport Pickup at Bram Fischer International Airport

You will have a shuttle leaving at 1.30 pm from airport. Please make sure that you will be there on time.


Bed and bedding provided. The three bedroom farm house is within walking distance to the main lodge. There is a fully functional kitchen for making of own private meals, two bathrooms and an extra bathroom facility at the camp site. 2 – 8 volunteers live in a room, shared bathroooms.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day. This includes:                                                                                              

  • Breakfast: Ready-made self-help breakfast with breads and spreads available.
  • Lunch: Ready-made lunch with breads and spreads available.
  • Dinner: A hot meal will be served every night such as a traditional Braai, stews (potjie), casseroles, vegetables / salads and meats
  • All Dinners will include a meat, starch and vegetable / salad.                                                         
  • Tea and coffee will be available in dining area.                                                                                      
  • All other drinks will be at own expense, though tap water is safe to drink

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Bram Fischer International Airport (BFN) in Bloemfontein. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Arrving: Saturday/Sunday
Start of the project: Monday
The shuttle from the airport leaves OR Tambo 3.45pm! OR direct flight to Bloemfontain.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$623 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Jamso Trainee will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Jamso Trainee during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Big Cat Sanctuary & rehabilitation centre

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