Big cats project along the coast


Do you want to do something extraordinary, make a visible difference and support a project that is dedicated to animal welfare? 

Do you want to experience the intimate moments when everything around you is at a standstill and you can not get out of the amazement? 

This project promises you an unforgettable experience together with your new two- and four-legged friends!

Important information

  • Minimum age requirement of 18
  • Volunteer for 1 – 12 Weeks
  • Airport transfers included
  • All transport to project included
  • Accommodation & Meals provided
  • Price starting from 895€ (2019)

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  • Applications are free
  • 24 hour response time
  • 2-week period to accept service offer
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Working together with large, international organizations, the two founders were able to set up the rescue camp for captive-bred cats. Here the animals are protected and have a great new home for the rest of their lives without being constantly sold or used for commercial purposes. Currently, white and brown lions, tigers, black leopards, desert lynx, and jackals live in the sanctuary. Not to forget four adorable cats!

One of the main goals of the project is to be an informative platform to point out the bad conditions of captive cats, whether in zoos, in circuses or in the South African hunting industry! The most powerful weapon, however, is knowledge, so the project is pursuing the dissemination of information about the critical situation of the big cats throughout South Africa.

The fact that the project is not very large, creates a family environment and offers you the opportunity South Africa in a whole new way to discover. The special feature is that Tuesday, apart from minor tasks, is free and you undertake joint excursions with all volunteers in the area!

The project is not a zoo, but a refuge for big cats. The employees of the project will not only share their knowledge and experience of each species with you, but you will also be able to get to know every single personality yourself. Of course, they also inform you about the dangers of these animals in the wild and together with them you will learn interesting facts about each species. At no time is the humanization of the animals allowed, ie they are not used as cuddly animals.

Volunteer tasks:

• Morning Meeting (the daily tasks that occur during the day are discussed) 
• Occupation and check-up of the cats 
• Preparing the food and feeding the animals 
• Cleaning the cages and bowls 
• Maintenance (eg checking and repairing the fences) 
• Guidance and education of visitors 
• Excursions in the area

The working hours:

Usually, you work Monday through Saturday (except Tuesday). After work, you can rest or do something with the other volunteers. Sunday is always free. A possible daily routine could look like this (of course there are many small breaks in between):

06: 00 AM: Breakfast 
07: 00 AM: Morning Meeting 
08:15 AM: Morning Project 
12:00 PM – 14: 00 PM: Lunch break 
15: 00 PM: Afternoon project 
18:00 PM: Dinner

Free time activities:

The project is located in the middle of the Overberg region in the east of Cape Town. Meter-high trees and high mountains are not uncommon here. Thousands of stars can be seen in the sky at night! Since the project is located between Hermans and Gansbaai, there are many recreational activities in the immediate vicinity, such as surfing, boat tours, Shark Cage Diving, wine tasting, cheese factories, hiking trails or horseback riding. On Tuesday, joint excursions of the volunteers in the area are always organized. Where exactly is it, you discuss together with the others.

Important project information:

  • When was the park founded? 2004
  • How many volunteers can help? 7 Volunteers can attend at any given time.
  • How many employees work in the park? 4 Permanent employees work at the project.

During your stay, you will be accommodated in a modern and cozy house together with the two leaders of the project and other volunteers. The house has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. You usually spend the night in a room. Single rooms are possible on request. In addition, there is a fully equipped kitchen and a large living and dining room where you can dine or watch movies, etc. Outside there is an area for the traditional South African braai and a garden with pool for those hot summer days. There is WiFi in the accommodation for R50 / week (payable locally).

The price includes breakfast (bread, butter, cheese, Nutella, peanut butter, cereals, milk, and eggs) and lunch, the latter is often vegetarian. Once a week you go shopping in a grocery store where you can buy everything for dinner and for small snacks in between.

If you have a special diet (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.) the project calculates R200 / Week (about 13 €) additionally for the food.

Accommodation at the volunteering project in South Africa

The prices:
Weeks Price
1 895€
2 1285€
3 1605€
4 1888€
5 2132€
6 2346€
7 2655€
8 2964€
9 3275€
10 3585€
11 3895€
12 4205€
2020: (Please note: From 2020, 1-week stays will not be possible at this project)
Weeks Price
2 1343€
3 1679€
4 1986€
5 2247€
6 2477€
7 2807€
8 3138€
9 3471€
10 3802€
11 4133€
12 4463€

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Our services:

Before departure:

  • Placement at project personally visited & approved by a Claim Victory member.
  • Detailed information & service package with all needed information
  • Flight advice & checking of travel insurance
  • List of fellow travelers who will be joining you at the project


  • Airport transfers (Pick up & drop off) at Cape Town airport
  • 1 Night accommodation at Hostel in Cape Town including breakfast
  • Orientation on-site
  • All project-related transport
  • All project-related costs (Accommodation, meals & activities as stipulated in the information)
  • Dedicated volunteer coordinator located on-site at the project
  • 24/7 Local emergency assist number of Claim Victory

After return:

  • Feedback/Debriefing (Optional)
  • Certificate of volunteering (Optional)

Want to get the most out of your visit to South Africa? Why not add a tour to your adventure!

2019: (Please note: If you book in 2019 to start in 2020 we will still give you the below rate)
  • 7 Day Cape Town experience (+349€)
  • 7 Day Garden route adventure (+600€)
  • 14 Day Cape Town & Garden route combo (+890€)
  • 7 Day Cape Town experience (To be released 01 December 2019)
  • 7 Day Garden route adventure (To be released 01 December 2019)
  • 14 Day Cape Town & Garden route combo (To be released 01 December 2019)

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