Wild Cat Protection

founded in 2007
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Coordinator | Shona
Coordinator | Shona
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Our goal is to raise the big cats that we have as naturally as possible so that they can be released into the wild. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About the Program

The farm is situated on the border of the Free State and Northern Cape and is home to an abundance of big and small African cats, such as, Lions and African Wild Cats. The farm is not only a home for cats, but other animals as well. We have a large family of Meerkats who run free, there are Black Back Jackals, Bat-Eared Foxes, Vervet Monkeys and a few other interesting guests from the animal kingdom. The farm not just a home but a Sanctuary; we house animals that have been hurt, mistreated, or that need to be relocated. Animals that are not able to be relocated or released, will live their lives in peace on the farm.

Our goal is to raise the big cats that we have as naturally as possible so that they can be released into the wild, where they will be re-populating a diminishing population. Some cubs will be kept at the program as ambassadors that will help to educate people the importance of our animals!

Since we started in 2010, we have released 2 Caracals. Furthermore, We have released more animals on the Langberg Guest Farm, as well as on our own farm, such animals include; Jakkels, Meerkats, misseljaatkatte (Cape Genet), African Wild Cats, Muishonde and more.

We are completely against Canned Hunting and we can proudly say that we have saved 12 Lions from being hunted.

You will receive a 2 day Volunteer Johannesburg Orientation: Arrive in Joburg or Jozi, as it is known locally, and get shown around by people who know the city well. The Johannesburg Orientation is excellent for first-time visitors to find their feet the local way and meet other volunteers on your project. 


  • Arty districts of Newtown and Braamfontein
  • Constitutional Hill
  • Telkom Tower
  • Nelson Mandela Bridge
  • Jazz Walk of Fame
  • Mary Fitzgerald Square
  • Traditional South African meal

Typical Tasks

  • First thing in the morning, you will be warmly greeted by all the cats with their calls
  • You will spend time getting to know the animals and other volunteers/staff personally
  • Feeding them will be sure to be a high-light, as you learn how, what, and when the cats eat
  • There will always be the sense of excitement in the air; as you help build new enclosures, you will know that you are helping an animal in dire need for safety
  • With the knowledge and experience you gain, you will be able to help on tours and educate others

Project Highlights

  • You will be able to listen to the sounds of cats calling throughout the night
  • Not only will you be privileged to work with these beautiful cats, but your accommodation is also situated in close proximity to all of the cat enclosures.
  • You will be accompanied by other people who are very passionate about animals.
  • You will have the opportunity to work face to face, with big cats and other wildlife. Learn and experience how each animal behaves, reacts and what their characters are like

Typical day


A.M: Basic enclosure cleaning, working on projects to improve the farm / P.M: Interaction time, preparing food for feeding


A.M: Basic enclosure cleaning, working on projects to improve the farm / P.M: Interaction time, preparing food for feeding


A.M: Cleaning big enclosure, basic enclosure cleaning / P.M: Big cleaning, preparing food for feeding, feeding time all enclosures


A.M: Basic enclosure cleaning, working on projects to improve the farm / P.M: Interaction time, preparing food for feeding, feeding time all enclosures




A.M: Photo shoot, tour 1 / P.M: Tour 2, stock taking, preparing food for feeding, feeding time all enclosures


A.M: Off / P.M: Tour, preparing food for feeding, feeding time all enclosures

Free-time activities

Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It is located approximately 110 km east of the confluence of the Vaal and Orange Rivers.

Tuesday nights
We have a movie and pizza night. Movies are R40 and pizza depends on what they order but is buy one get one free.

Friday nights
We visit a local steakhouse and the local bars: prices differ

Open Mine
The Big Hole, Open Mine or Kimberley Mine (Afrikaans: Groot Gat) is an open-pit and underground mine in Kimberley, South Africa and claimed to be the largest hole excavated by hand.
Cost: R100 per person

Mokala National Park is a reserve established in the Plooysburg area south-west of Kimberley in the Northern Cape, South Africa on 19 June 2007.
Cost: R250 whole day

Dronfield Nature Reserve
can be found on the N12 leaving Kimberley in close proximity to Kamfers Dam.
Cost: R450 for 2 hours (minimum of 4)

Shopping malls – free

Ghost tour
Kimberley’s ghost tours are renowned for the number and variety of their resident spirits. Many apparitions haunt some of the old mining town’s most historic houses and monuments, while on an Anglo-Boer battlefield just outside the town, a lonely phantom Scottish piper plays on moonlit nights. R150 per person (minimum of 10 people)

River rafting
Price on request



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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Permission of the legal guardian is needed, medium fitness level.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by SAVE Foundation

Return Transfer from JHB to the project - All meals - Accommodation - 24 hour support and supervisor - Donation to the project - Braai once a week - 2 day orientation in Johannesburg

Airport Pickup at Kimberley Airport

Volunteers will receive a shuttle ride from Johannesburg International airport to the orientation in Johannesburg. After the orientation, they will get a transfer to the bus terminal for the City Bug shuttle to Bloemfontein. The project leader will be waiting for the volunteers in Bloemfontein. However, we recommend that volunteers fly to and from Kimberley Airport (cost around R2000). We will organise a transfer from the airport to the project and back. Choosing this option will save you a six


Volunteers will stay in a volunteers house including its own kitchen facilities, bathroom, and bedroom.
All linen will be provided.
The volunteer house is roughly 20m away from the main-house, and is safe and secure.
Swimming pool is available.

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers will receive three meals a day.

At breakfast, you will have a substantial meal. Sandwiches will be for lunch. For dinner you receive a warm meal consisting of meat, starch and vegetables.
Tea and coffee will be available all day.
We do encourage you to bring along extra money to buy snacks and soft drinks in between meals
A refrigerator is available for you to use for your personal food and drinks

Internet Access
Limited 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 Kimberley Airport (KIM) in Kimberley. 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

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
5 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$716 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. SAVE Foundation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Wild Cat Protection

Our goal is to raise the big cats that we have as naturally as possible so that they can be released into the wild.


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