Assist at a wildlife sanctuary that offers a safe haven for injured and orphaned animals in South Africa.
About the Program
We are situated in the North West Province; 45 minutes from
Johannesburg. With 750 hectares of pristine bushveld and are part of the
‘world heritage site’ – the Cradle of Humankind. We have a unique
eco-system where animals, birds, and man live in harmony. There is a
lodge with 26 en-suite rooms, a restaurant, bar, and boma for functions,
weddings and conferences. Public activities on the farm range from game drives,
elephant walks, and animal interactions. Furthermore, we work closely
with the film industry. Several of our animals are trained and feature
in numerous films and documentaries. The income we gain from this helps
us sustain and finance the upkeep of the farm and care for our
Some of the animals on the farm are tame and kept in separate enclosures as they are not able to be released into the wild. The farm acts as a sanctuary for many abused, abandoned, and neglected animals. The farm helps sustain itself and creates further awareness for the animals by using the farm for filming. The farm is home to animals including elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, blesboks, impalas, etc.
The farm is unique in its design and activities. There is a passion
for all the animals and care is taken to ensure the health and safety of
all the fauna and flora within. The current aims include reviving areas
of damaged natural plant life, establishing viable populations of
indigenous animals that were once poached, and restoring the general
area to its original pristine condition. The area is part of a UNESCO
World Heritage site and has a history dating back over 200 million
years. It is our duty to protect and preserve this history and all
volunteer help is greatly appreciated and targeted towards this cause.
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.
All work carried out by the volunteers will have a direct positive outcome towards conservation. Some of the ongoing projects that volunteers can take part in on a weekly basis include:
*Please note: these projects change according to needs of the animals and farm and you might not help with all of them while you are on the program.
A.M : Farm Projects (plants, Roads, etc) / P.M : Animal life improvement project
A.M: Elephant morning tasks / P.M: Animal life improvement project and game drive
A.M: Enclosure cleaning / P.M: Off
A.M: Farm Projects (plants, Roads, etc.) / P.M: Animal life improvement project
A.M: Hike to dam and Animal improvement project / P.M: Animal improvement project
A.M: Elephant walk / P.M: Animal improvement project
Your project facilitator will be happy to assist you with activity ideas and bookings. Please note that all activities are not part of the volunteer program, but optional activities to do at your own expense during your time off. Some activities volunteers can participate in include: safaris, quadbiking, ziplining, paragliding, Lesedi Cultural Village (a village which celebrates the cultural traditions of several different peoples of Southern Africa), and the Sterkfontein Caves (the world’s richest hominid fossil site, with thousands of discoveries made there since excavation began in 1935).
You will be collected from Johannesburg International airport or anywhere in Johannesburg area. When you arrive at the arrivals hall at the airport look out for your shuttle driver, he will be holding a signboard with your name on it. If you can not see him go to the information desk and wait there.
The volunteer accommodations are within walking distance from the main area where the meals are served. Volunteer accommodation exists of:
1 cottage that sleeps up to 6 people
1 log cabin with 4 bedrooms that each sleep 2 people. This accommodation has a lounge and a kitchen
1 cottage/house with 4 bedrooms each with 2 beds with a lounge and a kitchen
1 house with 3 large rooms that each sleep 6 people – dormitory style. This house has a with kitchenette
There is a separate building with communal bathroom facilities.
Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day. This includes:
Breakfast: help yourself to breakfast; cereals, fruit, yogurts, toast and spreads.
Lunch: help yourself to lunch; breads, fruit, cold meats, spreads.
Dinner: A hot meal will be served every night such as a traditional BBQ (braai),
stews (potjies), casseroles, fresh vegetables and meats etc.
● Tea and coffee will be available
● All other drinks will be at own expense, though tap water is safe to drink
● A generous amount of food will always be given. If snacks are desired there are
several grocery stores nearby.
● There will be refrigeration available for volunteer’s personal food and soft drinks.
● All Dinners will include a meat, starch and vegetable.