LIVING WITH Africa Big Cat Volunteer Program

Past Volunteer Experiences!

Program Overview

The is the perfect program for any animal lover and is situated on a quiet sanctuary in beautiful South Africa. This program revolves around the care and maintenance of the many rescued and injured animals including elephants, lions, tigers, hyena, white lion and many more. In addition to caring for the animals, volunteers will assist with farm maintenance.

Volunteers are involved in a variety of projects that will improve the living conditions of all our animals. Volunteers will be able to do elephant walks, horseback riding excursions, build shaded areas in the animal enclosures, assist with the exercise of the animals, watch the animal wranglers exercise the larger cats and help with various maintenance tasks around the sanctuary.

Accommodation and Menu

Wake up to a lions roaring.

Volunteers will stay in shared rooms with 2 – 8 people per room. Each room is equipped with comfortable beds and electrified blankets for the winter. There are several communal bathrooms in the accommodation for volunteers to utilize.

Included in this program are 3 meals daily; breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you have any dietary requirements please make us aware prior to your arrival. Please note that if you wish to purchase any additional snacks there will be shop runs each week.

550+ Volunteers Each Year
110+ Rescued Animals
94% Volunteers Recommend

Excursions

Experience the local culture.

  • Monkey Sanctuary
  • Quad Biking
  • Magalisberg Cable Car
  • Chameleon Village (curio shopping)
  • Sky Diving
  • Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Lesedi Cultural Village
  • Zip Lining
  • Many more!

Please note excursions are at an additional cost.

What's Included

We take care of everything.

  • 3 meals daily
  • Accommodation
  • 2 Airport Transfers
  • VSA Crew t-shirt
  • Generous program donation
  • Volunteer Orientation on Arrival
  • In Country 24 Hour Emergency Support
  • Laundry (1 bag/week)
  • WIFI (1 GB/week)
  • Fun and rewarding lifetime experience

Monday

All Day
Volunteers arrive at the facility. Upon arrival volunteers will be welcomed and shown to their accommodation. Once settled in, volunteers are given a full orientation and will learn about the weeks activities.

Tuesday - Saturday

8:00AM - 9:00AM
Horse and Elephant Maintenance, Lion Trek or Elephant Walk
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Breakfast
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Morning activity; including, animal interaction, farm maintenance, lion training camp, enclosure cleaning etc.
12:30PM - 2:00PM
Lunch
2:00PM - 5:00PM
Afternoon activity; including, game drives, mud pool, bush walk, leopard’s cave hike etc.

Thursday

All Day
Excursion (TBD at the beginning of each week)

Sunday

All Day
Volunteers are given this day off to enjoy the pool and relax at the accommodation.
Schedule 8:00AM - 9:00AM 9:00AM - 10:00AM 10:00AM - 12:30PM 12:30PM - 2:00PM 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Monday Volunteers arrive at the facility. Upon arrival volunteers will be welcomed and shown to their accommodation. Once settled in, volunteers are given a full orientation and will learn about the weeks activities.
Tuesday - Saturday Horse and Elephant Maintenance, Lion Trek or Elephant Walk Breakfast Morning activity; including, animal interaction, farm maintenance, lion training camp, enclosure cleaning etc. Lunch Afternoon activity; including, game drives, mud pool, bush walk, leopard’s cave hike etc.
Thursday Excursion (TBD at the beginning of each week)
Sunday Volunteers are given this day off to enjoy the pool and relax at the accommodation.
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

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