Volunteer at a sanctuary that helps rehabilitate and release into the wild a variety of wild cats and other wildlife species.
Volunteer at a sanctuary that focuses on big and small cats, including cheetahs, leopards, lions, African wild cats and caracals, plus other wildlife species. The center is well-known for rehabilitating and successfully releasing animals in to the wild. You will live on the sanctuary grounds and gain a better understanding of issues facing African wildlife.
Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape Province and lies near the border of the Free State Province. The city is most famous for what is now called the Big Hole, the site of what claimed to be the largest hand-dug excavation area where miners once dug for diamonds. The city is now filled with museums and monuments dedicated to this sparkly gem and the miners who brought the riches to South Africa. Kimberley is also considered a great area for bird watching with over 186 species in the area, as well as a hot destination for fly fishing.
About the Project
This sanctuary has two functions: it acts both as a permanent sanctuary to a variety of African wildlife that cannot be released back into the wild, and also works to rehabilitate animals who are able to return to their natural habitat. Some of the animals are also kept as 'ambassadors' and play an integral part in educating the public about the importance of wildlife conservation. In addition, the sanctuary has saved 12 lions from being hunted.
Arrival and Orientation
Prior to your volunteering, you'll participate in a two-day orientation in Johannesburg. This orientation is a time for volunteers to meet and get acquainted with each other and the project staff prior to going to their projects. You'll also be taken on a tour of the city that includes Nelson Mandela Bridge, Telkum Tower, Constitutional Hill and various other attractions.
Please note that the tour is flexible and may change according to the group’s interests for the day. This is your personal tour of the city with our local guide and aims to show you the best sites and places for the day.
Note: The orientation is required and is not a part of the 2 weeks designated for volunteer work. Therefore, the minimum stay is 17 days for the 2 week option, 24 days for 3 weeks, and so on. All prices include orientation.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
As a volunteer, your main concerns will be promoting the health and welfare of all the animals living on the grounds. You will be working with a variety of animals including cheetahs, lions, leopards, caracals, African wild cats, foxes, jackals, meerkats and monkeys. You will be taught how to care for each animal as they all have different needs. You will have minimal contact with the animals who are in the process of being rehabilitated and eventually released, as the park tries to keep them as wild as possible.
Your volunteer tasks may include:
You will wake up early, usually around 7:00 am, to the sound of the cats calling you. At breakfast, the staff will go over the day’s tasks and you will go about feeding the animals, checking enclosures, nursing sick animals, and whatever else needs doing.
In their daily free time, volunteers are welcome to relax at the sanctuary pool.
Volunteers also have the opportunity to travel to cities Johannesburg and Cape Town, both of which offer plenty of attractions.
You will stay at the volunteer house, which is located on the property and has a fully furnished kitchen and shared bathroom with hot water and Western style toilets. The rooms are shared with up to 6 other volunteers.
Three meals a day are provided. Breakfast will consist of cereals and fruit, sandwiches will be served for lunch, and a hot meal with meat and vegetables will be served for dinner.