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Big Cats Conservation

Volunteering Program in South Africa

Craving an extraordinary adventure that makes a visible difference? This South African project needs your help to protect cheetahs. Imagine unforgettable moments of awe – everything around you still as you connect with these magnificent creatures. Become a champion for their future and witness firsthand the impact of your work. This isn’t just volunteering; it’s forging bonds with incredible animals, both big and small, on a life-changing journey. Join the project and be captivated by the spirit of conservation!

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Project overview

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Important information

  • Trip duration: 2 – 12 weeks
  • Minimum age requirement: 18
  • Arrival days: Specific dates
  • Tour add-ons available: Yes

Price information

  • Starting from: 1409€ | 1209£$1505
  • Included: Transfers, accommodation, some meals, volunteer t-shirt, WiFi, and all volunteer-related activities.
  • Excluded: Flights, insurance, and some meals.

What you should know

Founded by two passionate individuals alongside international organizations, this South African sanctuary offers a new life for captive-bred big cats. Lions, tigers, leopards, lynx, jackals, and even some adorable smaller cats find a safe haven here, after enduring lives of exploitation in zoos, circuses, or the hunting industry.

This project isn’t just about rescuing animals; it’s about raising awareness. They educate visitors and volunteers about the plight of big cats in South Africa, aiming to empower people with knowledge. The small size of the project fosters a family atmosphere, and every Tuesday volunteers embark on exciting excursions together to explore the beauty of South Africa.

Remember, this is a sanctuary, not a zoo. You’ll learn about the dangers these magnificent creatures pose in the wild, while gaining insights into their personalities and needs. Staff will share their expertise and ensure the animals are never treated as cuddly toys – their wild instincts are respected.

Here’s how you can contribute:

  • Care for and learn about the amazing big cats
  • Clean and maintain their enclosures
  • Create and implement enrichment activities to keep them stimulated
  • Help prepare food and observe feeding times (it’s thrilling!)
  • Build and maintain firebreaks to protect the sanctuary
  • Assist with essential farm work (it’s physical but rewarding)
  • Walk the perimeter to check fences
  • Help educate visitors
  • Contribute to the smooth operation of the project

This is a unique opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of these majestic animals, all while learning and exploring a breathtaking location.

Accommodation:

Your home away from home during this volunteer adventure is a modern, cozy house just an 8-minute drive or a scenic 25-minute walk from the sanctuary. This 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom haven offers the perfect space to connect with fellow volunteers. Cook delicious meals together in the fully-equipped kitchen, relax in the living room by the fireplace, or enjoy game nights in the spacious dining area.

Step outside and take in the breathtaking mountain views. There’s a traditional South African braai (BBQ) area for unforgettable evenings under the stars. Relax by the lovely dam, explore the large garden, or soak up the sun. As night falls, listen closely – you might just hear the distant roar of the lion pride calling across the sanctuary!

Meals:

No need to worry about breakfast (self-serve) and lunch (vegetarian) – they’re provided! Dinners are self-catered, giving you the flexibility to cook delicious meals together in the fully-equipped kitchen or explore the many local restaurants during your weekly night out with fellow volunteers. A weekly shopping trip ensures you’ll have everything you need to fuel your adventures.

2024:

Month Date(s)
May 11th & 25th
June 08th & 22nd
July 06th & 20th
August 03rd, 17th, 31st
September 14th & 28th
October 12th & 26th
November 09th & 23rd
December 07th & 21st

Please note: 2025 starting dates available upon request.

How our booking process works:

Ready to start planning your adventure? We’re thrilled to have you on board as a travel partner! To get started with booking your trip, simply complete our free, no-obligation application form. You can exit the process at any point before signing our final agreement.

1. Complete application form and confirm booking details

  • You complete our free application form below.
  • One of our representatives will contact you within 24 hours and confirm the details of your desired booking
  • Once all details are confirmed, we process your application and provide provisional booking confirmation.

2. Provisional confirmation, invoice, and contract

  • Once your placement is provisionally confirmed, we send your invoice and contractual agreement.
  • A deposit payment is required and the completed contractual agreement needs to be sent back to us before we can confirm your booking.

3. Booking confirmation

  • Once we receive your booking deposit and completed contractual agremeent, we’ll provide an updated invoice (reflecting your deposit payment), confirmation letter confirming your trip details, and volunteering handbook.
  • We’ll also provide guidelines on how you should book your flights and, if required, any additional transport required during your stay.

4. Balance payment, flights, and insurance

  • The balance of your invoice is payable once month prior to your arrival.
  • You also send us a copy of your flight details and insurance before you start your trip.
  • You’ll also have access to Claim Victory’s support team WhatsApp number before you depart.

Need more information? Get in touch!

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Lioness at the conservation project in South Africa
Volunteer house at the big cats conservation program in South Africa
Volunteers testing elephant samples at the project in South Africa
Kitchen facilities at the big cats conservation program in South Africa
Caracal at the conservation project in South Africa
Bedrooms at the big cats conservation project in South Africa
Jackal at the big cat sanctuary in South Africa
Living room at the big cats conservation program in South Africa
Leopard at the conservation project in South Africa
Cheetah at the conservation program in South Africa
White lion at the conservation program in South Africa
Lynx at the conservation project in South Africa

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