Western Cape Big Cat Sanctuary

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opgericht in 2011
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High­lights

Get up close with amazing rescued cats
Spend time near the South African beach
Learn about the plight of big cats in Africa
Only one of seven genuine sanctuaries in South Africa
Make lifelong friendships
The Western Cape Big Cat Sanctuary is an environmentally friendly sanctuary which is currently home to lions, tigers, caracals, jackals and a leopard. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Groepen
50+

The Project

The sanctuary provides a compassionate and enriching environment for exploited big cats to live out their lives in comfort and safety. It also provides a range of specialist services such as trapped animal relocations, animal communication workshops and big cat facility advice and assistance.

With a strong focus on raising awareness of the plight of big cats in Africa, the sanctuary delivers on-site educational programs to sanctuary visitors and provides the opportunity for visitors and volunteers to be involved in creating enrichment toys and activities for the cats.

The Location

The sanctuary is located on 40 hectares of private land in Stanford, in the Western Cape province in South Africa.

Situated in the Overberg region known for its grain and fruit production, Stanford is a small historic village built on the Klein River. Considered one of South Africa’s best preserved villages, Stanford is known for its beauty and charm.

South Africa is a 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

Volunteers assist in many different areas of the sanctuary such as

  • cleaning enclosures and water bowls
  • helping to prepare the food for the big cats
  • helping build enclosures
  • clearing alien plants creating important enrichment toys for the animals to play with
  • checking electric fencing around the enclosures and property

Volunteers also play a role in educating visitors to the sanctuary, helping to spread awareness and compassion for the plight of big cats in Africa.

On arrival at the project, you will receive an orientation from a staff member. Your orientation will cover an introduction to the project, rules and regulations, a house induction, animal introduction and a rundown of your tasks while at the project.

Contact with the animals

The caracals at the sanctuary were raised with humans and require ongoing interactions with humans for their emotional wellbeing. Volunteers will have the opportunity to engage in ‘play time’ with the caracals.

Physical contact with the other big cats is strictly prohibited! 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.

Conditions Onsite

Some sanctuary maintenance tasks can be physically demanding working in the heat of summer. Some volunteers may also feel a bit squeamish about the large portions of meat that are fed to the lions.

There is no maximum age, however, you will need to be able to stand for long periods of time, work in humidity or the heat and perform manual labour tasks. 

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“.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Every day is different, but volunteers are always involved in the daily care of the big cats, including preparation of food and feeding and watering the animals. The animal enclosures are also cleaned and maintained regularly.

As part of the sanctuary’s enrichment program, volunteers have the opportunity to get creative and design and construct fun and challenging toys for the big cats and then enjoy watching the animal enjoy and destroy them!

Most days the sanctuary delivers two educational sessions for members of the general public. Volunteers will join in with these sessions and help to raise awareness and motivate visitors to care for animals. Volunteers also assist with general farm maintenance such as weed control and fence checks.

You will work two shifts per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

The Stanford Walking Trail follows the Klein River through the town and is considered a ‘must-do’ for visitors to Stanford. There are also a number of great hikes in the area.

Stanford has a reputation for offering excellent bird-watching opportunities. Some of the species found in the area can be found along the Stanford Walking Trail. For further opportunities, take a cruise down the Klein River or visit the bird hide at the Willem Appel dam.

Between July and December, head to the coast for some superb whale watching. Join one of the whale-watching boat cruises available or head to nearby Hermanus or De Kelders and let the whales come to you! The whales regularly come to within meters of the shore.

For a more adrenalin-charged experience, try shark cage diving for the opportunity to see sharks and other marine life up close.

If shopping is more your thing, don’t miss the monthly sunset markets that are always a hit with volunteers.

Watersport
Zwemmen
Duiken/
Snorkelen
Wandelen

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (vloeiend)
Vereiste documenten
Proof of travel Insurance docs en Proof of vaccinations
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Volunteers must be willing to work and must be able to take direction from staff. Volunteers must also have a genuine care and compassion for animals and a desire to enrich the lives of animals in captivity.
Tijdsinzet
Regelmatige wekuren zijn moeilijk te bepalen. Dit hangt voornamelijk van de arbeidskracht af. Neem rechtstreeks contact op met Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers om meer informatie te krijgen over de huidige taken en objectieven.

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

What's included in this project?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Transfers from Cape Town Airport to the project and return
  • On the job training
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
What's not included in this project?

  • Flights
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Spending
  • Visas

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Cape Town International Airport


Accomodatie

Large shared house with communal area and a pool.

Guesthouse
Eten & Drank

Breakfast and lunch are supplied. Vegetarian options are available. Volunteers must supply and prepare their own nighttime meal. Volunteers will be taken on a weekly shopping trip to obtain supplies.

Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Zuid-Afrika.
Reisverzekering
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Zuid-Afrika biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Zuid-Afrika dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Zuid-Afrika.

Data & Kosten

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

The project accepts volunteers every day of the year.

To get there, fly to Cape Town, South Africa. You will be collected from and returned to the airport before and after your placement.

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
1 - 6 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
1 week (min. verblijf)
$1.140
2 weken
$2.235
3 weken
$3.095
4 weken
$3.875
5 weken
$4.535
6 weken (max. verblijf)
$5.185
Gemiddelde kosten
$1.002 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Kwaliteitsgarantie
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Flex-optie
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

Wat vertellen de mensen over Volunteer World?

Western Cape Big Cat Sanctuary

The Western Cape Big Cat Sanctuary is an environmentally friendly sanctuary which is currently home to lions, tigers, caracals, jackals and a leopard.

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