Feracare Wildlife Centre

Cheetah and Wildlife Centre Supporter

Bela Bela, South Africa show on map

We specialize in cheetah and take great pride in our breeding project. We house over 30 cheetah (including king cheetah) a pack of 9 african wild dogs and other wildlife.

About the Program

Your program is situated at the base of the Waterberg Mountain range on a beautiful 856Ha farm that boasts a variety of fauna and flora.

Our main focus is on conserving the cheetah species and this with our breeding program. Our breeding is a precise science as we pride ourselves on the breeding of the valuable bloodlines needed for the species to continue.

The volunteers are an extremely important part of our program as education is key for conservation. Our program includes many activities like feeding of all the animals on the farm which includes the preparation of the food, cleaning of enclosures, assist in the training and care of ambassador cheetahs, daily maintenance of the farm such as enclosure maintenance, relocating animals to new enclosures, revamping enclosures, ongoing enrichment for all our animals. This is not limited to these tasks as we are a working farm and up keep is endless. 

Game counts ,(on the 856ha farm we have free roaming giraffe, zebra, kudu, ostrich, impala, sable, hartebeest, wildebeest, eland and warthogs), are also an important part of volunteer work and is coupled with animal identifcation and part of the learning process for them. We have introduced giraffe idenfication as part of the program which involves the volunteers photographing the giraffes and identifying them via special marks they can see. This data will then be captured for each giraffe. When we do suppliment feed, the volunteers are the ones to put out the feed for our free roaming game. 

We pride ourselves that our volunteers are hands on with everything and are educated in conservation matters facing these endangered species. We find the hands-on, ethical approach to be the most rewarding for our volunteers and they go away with a sense of accomplishment and an eagerness to conserve. 

As our environment is under huge pressure, our volunteers like to walk down to the dining area in the mornings-this lessens their carbon footprint and immerses them into nature; a walk they thoroughly enjoy.

In addition to the program, their are optional additional activities in the area that they can do on their freetime. these are also currently being reviewed and new additions are in the pipeline.

Typical day

A day in the life of a volunteer starts with you waking up to the amazing sounds of the bush world and a walk down to breakfast which offers you the opportunity to see the many species on the farm. After breakfast, we generally do the feeding and cleaning and any other tasks we have for the morning, which takes us up to lunch time. After lunch we complete any tasks around the farm that need to be done or completed until we knock off. You will have a period of rest before dinner and the evenings to yourself. 

Weekends are your time off, especially Sundays and there are a variety of activities we can arrange for you in the area (at your own cost). It's a long day but a very rewarding one.

Tasks vary on the farm but are of a wide variety so you will be involved in all aspects of running a farm. Tasks may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Preparing raw game meat for the carnivores
  • Helping on the feeding round where we dish out the prepared meat to the cats
  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Helping with the daily maintenance or upkeep of the enclosures
  • Assisting the animal team in activities, such as the cheetah run or cheetah interaction
  • Assisting the animal team in daily training session with young or ambassador cats
  • Doing fence checks on the farm (enclosures and perimeter fences)
  • Putting out Lucerne (special feed) for the free roaming game
  • Doing general game counts, Giraffe identification, tracking and camera trap data
  • General Maintenance such as road erosion control, thatch grass cutting and collection and/or any other jobs that are needed to be completed. 

Details on Arrival

We prefer if volunteers can arrive at the airport on a monday morning so all new volunteers joining us can start together but if this is not possible we can start the program on any other day.

Free-time activities

We offer a number of free time activities off the property at the volunteers own expenses and cater towards to volunteers need to experience as much as they can during their stay with us. This can range from physical activities such as hiking to adrenaline pumping paintball wars to visiting other accredited facilities in and around the area. We can also offer them custom made tours during their stay. All free time activities are extra and at their own expense.

Swimming
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Riding

Program Requirements

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)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers need to be interested in the animal field and must want to work hard. We have lots of fun while working but we work hard.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Feracare Wildlife Centre.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Feracare Wildlife Centre (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Feracare Wildlife Centre

Funding from the volunteer program firstly covers the logistic cost (food etc). The rest and bulk of the money is put back into the farm, whether it's to buy new tools to complete the volunteer jobs or to fund vet bills to keep our animals healthy or purchase food for our animals. In the end the money received from the volunteers is put directly back into the farm and is direct contribution to the survival of these species.

Airport Pickup at O.R. Tambo International Airport

We will pick you up at O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg on the day of your arrival (unless stipulated elsewhere) and have you back on the day of your departure. One of our friendly staff members will be there waiting for your arrival at the airport with a name board and a brown Feracare shirt. Airport pick up is at an extra charge, not included in the volunteer program fees 

Accommodation

We have a volunteer house as well as chalets on the property. Linen and towels are provided. All accommodation is sharing 2-3 persons per room(unless stipulated) with sharing bathroom facilities. There is an equipped kitchen, lounge and dining area that is communal. Wifi is also available at the accommodations. Electrical outlets are ample for charging phones and cameras.

Bedroom (Single) Bungalow Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with 3 meals a day. Breakfast is usually breads, spreads, yogurt and cereal with a hot breakfast once a week. Juice, water, coffee, tea etc is available constantly throughout the day and night. Lunch is a light meal (sandwiches, pasta salads, quiche) with dinner being a fully cooked meal such as stews, hamburgers. We cater for all dietary requirements. We also have a town trip once a week where the volunteers can make a list and we purchase any goods they need. Our onsite curio shop also stocks a variety of cool drinks, chocolates, crisps and sweets for the volunteers to munch on.

Internet Access
Good 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 O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. 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.
Vaccines
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,200.00
3 weeks
$1,800.00
4 weeks
$2,400.00
5 weeks
$3,000.00
9 weeks
$5,400.00
17 weeks
$10,200.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$30,000.00
Average fees
$600.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Bela Bela/South Africa between 2 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Feracare Wildlife Centre will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
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Reservation

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