Conservation of Cheetahs

Volunteering Program in South Africa

Program available for solo travellers

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The project was started to help prevent the further decline of the cheetah population. The project focuses largely on captive born and bred cheetahs, trying to rehabilitate them and release them back into the wild. The project works closely with other organizations that share the same aim of conserving & protecting the Cheetah species.

Important Information:
  • Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks
  • Region: Western Cape, South Africa
  • Price per person: From 935€
  • Included: Transfers, Accommodation, Breakfast Daily, 5 lunches per week, and Volunteer Activities. 
  • Physical Work 90% 90%
  • Rehabilitation 55% 55%
  • Meat Preperation 51% 51%

Role of the volunteer

Volunteer Duties:

  • Cleaning & maintenance of the animal enclosures (poop-scooping, removal of old bones, removal of plants harmful to animals, etc), refilling water bowls & helping with general maintenance of enclosures
  • Preparing food and feeding the animals – this involves handling raw meat!!
  • Assisting with sanctuary maintenance & other group activities
  • Planning & helping with animal enrichment (treats, toys, building climbing structures, shades or hides, etc…)
  • Monitoring younger animals when required (requires experience with cheetahs)
  • Collecting data for & participating in our long term animal behavioral study in connection with changes of feeding times, the interaction between different animals, animals in heat, visitor activities, enrichment…
  • Assisting with preparation of Veterinary or DNA-Testing days
  • Assisting our experienced guides with Educational Visitor Tours as a “shadowing guide” (applies only to longer-term volunteers / 1 month+)
  • Guiding Educational Visitor Tours once you have completed a mock tour with a staff member (applies only to long-term volunteers / 3 months+)
  • Assisting with “Education Days” for children of the local community
  • Assisting with conservation, private or company events at the Education Centre
  • Assisting our full-time staff members with hospitality tasks around visitors and overnight guests, helping in the Café, or monitoring the Boutique Shop
  • Assisting with farming activities such as harvesting olives, guavas or the various products of fruit, vegetable and herb gardens

Working Hours:

  • Each morning, after the daily enclosure cleaning and a light breakfast, you will meet with your coordinator & the tasks for the day will be allocated to you
  • Your daily hours & break times will be discussed at the morning meeting
  • The working hours are long & you need to be flexible to accommodate unexpected things
  • All volunteers will have the option to take two days off per week to explore all that Cape Town has to offer
  • For working holiday volunteers, you are welcome to have additional time off – should you wish
  • Any extra activities must be arranged prior to your day off. All activities and transport fees are at your own expense.

How a normal day at the project looks like: (Only a guideline)

Times: Activities
06:30 – 08:30 Daily cleaning of enclosures & animal feeding
08:30 – 09:00 Breakfast (Volunteer House; bread, cereal, eggs, cheese, tea, coffee provided)
09:00 – 09:30 Staff & volunteer meeting for daily planning
09:30 – 12:30 Work begins (on tasks & programs)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch 
13:30 – 17:00 Work continues (on tasks & programs)

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation is provided by the project and you will live on-site. There are shared units available, (up to 8 persons), double and single rooms, showers with hot water & electricity. There is also a living room with a TV which volunteers can make use of during leisure time.

Food is provided:

      • Self-service breakfast (cereal, toast, fruits, tea, coffee)
      • Lunch is usually prepared for the participants

The project does cater for vegetarians, please indicate this on your application form when applying.

Bathroom facilities at the conservation of Cheetahs volunteering program in South Africa
Bedrooms at the Conservation of Cheetahs program in South Africa
Accommodation at the Conservation of Cheetahs volunteer program in South Africa

The Booking Process

1. Complete our FREE application form

Complete our free online application form indicating when you would like to start and how long you want to participate. We will respond to your request within 24 hours.

2. We send you a invoice and contract

Once we have confirmation of your placement, we will send a invoice and service agreement. You will have two weeks to accept the offer.

3. Deposit payment to secure your booking

Once you have paid the deposit, we will confirm your placement. The balance of your invoice is only payable two weeks prior to arrival. 

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