Living With Big Cats FAQS -

Living With Big Cats FAQS

Q Is there a preferable time to submit my application in hopes of gaining a spot on the roster?
A There is no real cut off period in terms of time to apply since we run our programs year round. We do, however, have peak periods, so the earlier you book, the better chances you have of securing a placement.
Q What is the age limitation for participating in Volunteer South Africa projects?
A We have a minimum age of 18 and there’s no maximum age, so long as you are willing and physically able to contribute. However, we do allow minors to attend our projects with their parents or a guardian (with parental consent) to accompany an individual under 18.
Q What is the minimum stay?
A The minimum stay at Living with Big Cats is 1 week..
Q How do the arrivals work/which airport do I arrive into?
A If arriving by air, we will be waiting for you at the Johannesburg International (JNB) arrivals hall.
Q Are flights included?
A No, flights are not included.
Q What are the flight arrival times?
A Arrival time is before 11am.
Q Do you monitor the flights?
A Yes, we monitor flights before your arrival to get the approximate time of your landing and will be at the airport waiting for you.
Q What if there’s a flight delay?
A Please contact us as soon as you receive notice of a flight delay.
Q Do I need a Visa?
A Please enquire through the South African embassy in your country or go to the South African Home Affairs link for more information regarding Visa requirements. Please note, we are not responsible for your traveling documentation.
Q When does the project start?
A Mondays. We will fetch you from the airport and take you to the project where you will have time to settle in and look around the grounds.

If you arrive in Johannesburg before Monday we can pick you up from your accommodation. Please note we DO NOT pick up in Maboneng Precinct or downtown Johannesburg. If you stay at either of these places you will be required to get yourself to the airport on Monday morning.

Q What if it doesn’t suit me to arrive on a Monday?
A For an additional cost, we can arrange for a special pick-up.
Q Are airport transfers included?
A Yes, 2 airport transfers are included (to and from the airport).
Q Can anyone apply?
A Yes, anyone can apply to join our program, subject to being 18 and above.
Q Do you cater for vegetarians or other dietary requirements?
A Yes, we can accommodate most dietary requirements, please ensure you let us know of your dietary requirements prior to arrival.
Q How do I pay for the project?

We require a $300 (USD) deposit to secure your place at the project, and ask for the remaining balance to be paid 60 days before your arrival. We have two payment option. You can either pay via international bank – transfer/wire (please note that the administration costs are at your expense) or you can pay via a safe and secure online credit card facility.

Q Do you offer payment options?
A Yes, you are welcome to discuss other payment options with us.
Q Is there a best time of the year to go?
A We are lucky to have incredible weather at the Living with Big Cats program. Our winters are from May to August where we have beautiful sunny days with little rain. The average temperature is about 23 degrees Celsius. Evenings can be cool  and we recommend you bringing a warm sweater and scarf. Our summers are from September to March and the days can get hot with an average around 31 degrees Celsius, the afternoons have a chance of thunderstorm which typically only last about an hour.
Q Which insurance company is often used for this type of trip?
A We offer our volunteers comprehensive coverage – please enquire with us. It is important to travel with insurance to ensure your security and safety.
Q Would I need any vaccinations /anti-malaria medication?
A You do not require tetanus and malaria prophylactics medication.
Q Are there any medical facilities on site to deal with serious issues quickly?
A We have a hospital within 20-25 minutes of the project.
Q My travel clinic suggests Yellow fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B etc.
A None of the above are required.
Q Do I need mosquito repellent?
A We highly suggest mosquito repellent in the summer months, from September to March.
Q What do you recommend for communication between South Africa and home?
A Your volunteer package includes an internet connection. Volunteers staying longer than 3 weeks are recommended to purchase a pay-as-you-go SIM card for their mobile phone upon their arrival at the airport.
Q Do you offer any discounts to volunteers?
A Volunteers receive a 5% discount if they opt for two or more packages.
Q Any returning volunteer discount?
A Yes, past volunteers receive 5% off their future volunteer experience.