An environmentally friendly sanctuary for any captive bred big cats, where they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives. One of our main purposes is to be an educational platform to create awareness about conditions that big cats face in captivity, and how animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible.We are a true sanctuary where no cub petting, breeding or trading takes place. We are a blue print of how a non-profit sanctuary, focusing on animal welfare, can become self-sufficient, and we aim to change all breeding facilities into sustainable ethical projects. We believe in the connection between both environmental and wildlife conservation, and their aim is to become the first “green” big cat sanctuary in South Africa, and run solely on solar energy. The sanctuary is a 40 hectare paradise with a beautiful home for the animals, the owners and the many volunteers visiting. The land is filled with lots of large trees, a natural spring and an amazing 360 degree mountain view! We strongly believe in the saying “In union there is strength” – and by standing together, human and animal, we believe in the possibility of a prosperous future for the big cats, and we take pride in ‘speaking’ on their behalf.
The farm is located in Stanford, which is situated in the heart of the Cape Whale and White Shark Coast about 140km from Cape Town, and is easily reached by car (1hr, 45 min).
● Shops/Grocery Stores: You will receive weekly transport into town so that you can purchase essentials and food items for dinner
● ATMS: There are plenty of ATMS in Cape Town where you will have your orientation. Once on project, you will have the opportunity to withdraw money on your weekly shopping trip
As the nature of the work varies we will place volunteers under the supervision of various staff members. We will have one member of our team assigned as “team leader” to facilitate the
smooth operation of the volunteers stay and provide guidance where necessary.
The Overberg area where we are situated has so many activities to offer! Below is a list of things you can do on your off days and some costs associated so you have time to plan and budget. The Overberg is a beautiful region and it would be a shame not to take advantage! Please note trips to Hermanus or Gansbaai will cost R150 for petrol (this cost can be split between all volunteers going) and please organize at least 24 hrs in advance.
- Caring for the amazing big cats
- Be a part of an amazing enrichment program
- Preparation of food and feeding big cats
- Cleaning and maintaining enclosures
- Create a better quality of living for the Big Cats
- Educate visitors about responsible conservation ethics
R – REALITY: Big cats are under threat in the wild, and being exploited in captivity. Many tourists and volunteers are unaware of what is truly happening to these big cats, and therefore we take pride in speaking on their behalves. Make informed decisions, unite with us and help spread awareness!
E – EDUCATIONAL VISITS: We provide an educational platform where we, together with our big cats, will educate you about each species and their individual uniqueness, in addition to their heart-warming personalities! On your visit, you have the opportunity to observe, photograph and enjoy the majestic lions (brown and white), the cheeky leopards (spotted and black) and the powerful Bengal tigers, in addition to the striking caracals.
S – SAVE: We strongly believe that everyone can make a difference, which is what we will seek to do for the thousands of big cats in need of a safe haven. We are a true sanctuary where animal welfare is in focus, and no cub petting, breeding or trading takes place.
C – CHANGE: The Africa Pride Project aspires to be the blueprint for future-forward thinking. We will be a source of inspiration to everyone as our story carries a powerful message of hope amongst adversity. By empowering people, of all ages across the world, to better live in harmony with nature and themselves the world will be able to further understand the beautiful balance of life and everything we live in.
U – UNIQUE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY: To do something out of the ordinary, make a visible difference, and visit a project based on true love and passion. To experience those heartfelt moments where everything stands still and you feel truly alive. Grasp the moment and become a part of our “pride” when visiting our volunteer project, and we can promise you an unforgettable and life-changing experience together with your new two- and four legged friends!
E – ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME & TEAM BUILDING: Our slogan – “In union there is strength” – is the core definition of teamwork and through our team building activity, you and the team (corporate, family or friends) will have to implement this principle! You will need to think outside the box, and your ability to work together as a team will directly affect the outcome! We guarantee an unbelievable experience by seeing your product being tested in action.
Monday through to Friday you will be teaching a group of eight children, ages 13-16, about the environment, the importance of protecting wildlife, and about social issues like safe sex and substance abuse. Your day starts at 7 am and lessons begin at 9 am. Classes are finished around 4.30pm when you will have group discussions with the children about social issues. You will play games with the children, join them in the pool, and dance around the bonfire to their favorite songs. You also work with the kids to feed and care for the animals at DAKTARI. These projects change according to needs of the animals and farm and you might not help with all of them while you are on the program.
- Arrival Day: Thursday
- Time: Your flight can land anytime on Thursday
- Airport: Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
- Orientation: Thursday – Friday
- Project Starts: Saturday
- Departure Day: Saturday
- Departure time: You MUST take a flight out of CPT anytime after 16h00
- Min Duration: 2 weeks (incl 2-day Orientation)
- Min Age: 18
- Max Age: N/A – Good physical and mental health
- Volunteer Requirements
- Completed Application form
- Basic level of competency in English
- Good physical and mental health
- Love for Animals!
Winter in South Africa
Please note that May through to September are our winter months and it can get quite chilly with an average temperature ranging from -1 at night to 15 degrees Celsius during the day. So, please make sure to pack enough warm clothes if you plan your trip in that period.
- Airport pick up & Drop off
- 2 Day Cape Town Orientation
- Two meals a day
- Transport to the project location from the Orientation venue
- Weekly transport to town for shopping
- 24 hour support and supervision
- Donation to the project
- Certificate of appreciation
2 day Volunteer Cape Town Orientation
DAY 1: Friday
You are collected from the airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation. You will be shown around and given a map of the area. Depending on your arrival time, you will meet your volunteer leader and learn more about your project, if you arrive late you will be given a time that you will meet your leader. You have the day at your own leisure so you can explore the beach, shops, bars and restaurants. In the evening we have a traditional South African BBQ, called a braai, at the hostel.
DAY 2: Saturday
Start the day with breakfast and head to Saltycrax Backpackers.
A SaltyCrax staff member will teach you about the bus system before you head out to Cape Town city center.
You have two options to choose from:
1. Walking Tour:
Do a walking tour visiting historical sites like the Castle of Good Hope and the Grand Parade. Learn about life under apartheid in South Africa at the Parliament Buildings and the District Six Museum. Shop for African arts and crafts in Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall.
2. The hop on hop off bus pass:
Board this open rooftop bus that takes you to all the sites you need to see, such as Camps Bay, the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain… all from the comfort of your seat!
After one of the above activities, you can take a bus or walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Sit back and sip a cocktail, enjoy some fresh fish and watch the ships in the busy working harbor or walk around taking in the shops, markets and musicians on the side walk. Alternatively, you can take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, or visit the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held in prison during the apartheid era (own expense).
In the evening head back on the local bus to Table View where you can start planning your next day. We will help you book and arrange all that you need. Later, you can join the staff, guests and the locals at one of the restaurants or bars along the beach front in Table View – all within rolling distance from the hostel where you will be staying the night.
DAY 3: Sunday
You will have at your own leisure to relax and get ready before your project starts.
During your stay, you will enjoy our modern, yet cozy home. The house is situated in the middle of the property, so you will be mesmerized by the spectacular mountain view and feel at peace with nature whilst listening to the lion’s roar. The house consists of 4 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms, a spacious and fully equipped kitchen for everyone to cook, a big living and dining room area where we enjoy dinners together, games nights, film evening or just relaxing with a nice book. Outside we have a traditional South African braai (BBQ) area and a lovely pool with a garden to sunbath for the hot summer days!
There is laundry on-site. You may wash your clothes yourself, so it is sufficient to bring a number of clothes for only one week.
There is Wifi available on this project for R50 per week. We, however, want to mention that the signal and capacity is sometimes limited as we are situated on a farm. Because of this, no
downloading of movies or series is permitted. We do, however, suggest you purchase a South African Sim card and load data on it while you are at your orientation in Cape Town.
Volunteers will receive 2 meals a day:
Breakfast consists of
Lunch consists of a cooked meal provided by us
Dinner – Make and purchase your own food for this meal
● Tea and coffee will be available
● All other drinks will be at own expense, though tap water is safe to drink
● A generous amount of food will always be given. If snacks are desired there are
several grocery stores nearby.
● There will be refrigeration available for volunteer’s personal food and soft drinks.
Activities in Cape Town include
A full day of surfing lessons at the sandy white beaches of Blouberg or Muizenburg.
Daily, weather permitting. Lunch included.
The ultimate power kite activity. Learn to speed across the water. Lessons are 4 or 6 hours long, from 10am to 2pm or from 10am to 4pm. Includes: boards, kites, harnesses, wetsuits, helmets and all appropriate safety equipment.
Daily, weather permitting.
Head to Rietvlei, a fresh water lagoon, where a qualified instructor will teach you to windsurf.
Daily, weather permitting.
Cape Point Tour
Follow the scenic coastal roads of the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point, were you can hike or mountain bike through the nature reserve. Experience Cape Town at its best.
Daily. Lunch and entrance to nature reserve included
Wine Route Tour
Meander through stunning landscapes and wine farms. Stop at wine estates for tastings, and to appreciate the natural beauty and historical attractions of the region.
Daily. Wine tasting & lunch included.
Explore the culture and history of townships. Meet the locals, visit a crèche and drink home brewed beer. This is a must for anyone who wants an authentic view of South African life.
Township Tour & Robben Island
After spending the morning in the local townships, take the ferry from the Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island. Ex-inmates guide the tours and recount their experiences and hardships while imprisoned on the island.
Daily, weather permitting.
Kloofing (Cliff jumping)
A day of extreme adventures. Hike through Kamikaze Canyon. Those brave enough can jump down 3-22m from cliffs into crystal clear rock pools below. Abseil down a 65m cliff.
Wed, Fri, Sat. Min 4 pax. Breakfast and lunch included.
After a short introduction, join a guided ride through the many tracks, trails or courses.
Abseil Table Mountain
Abseil 112m down the world’s highest commercial abseil. Enjoy a wonderful view of Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean at 1000m.
Walking Tour of Cape Town
This 3 hour guided walk through the city centre focuses on the history of Cape Town from the days of Dutch settlement though the Apartheid years and into the time of the new nation. You will pass milestones like the Castle Of Good Hope, the District Six Museum and Company’s Gardens.
This guided tour includes a 45-minute walk in which you will see a variety of ostrich species and other birds as well as a display room, a leather factory and a cactus garden.
Shark Cage Diving
See the Great White Shark face-to-face in its natural habitat. The experienced and specialised crew in Gansbaai will take you to “Shark Alley”, the prime spot for shark cage diving.
Daily, weather permitting. Breakfast, lunch.
Do a tandem jump or take lessons and do a solo jump. During the 20 minute aircraft-ride, you will have an awesome view of the West Coast, Cape Town, Robben Island and Table Mountain. Then enjoy an exhilarating free-fall at 200kph followed by a peaceful parachute-ride.
Daily, weather permitting.
Take lessons or book paragliding tours and soar high above fantastic landscapes. No experience is required for a 15 to 25 minute tandem flight from Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Sir Lowry’s Pass.
Daily, weather permitting.
Big 5 Safari
View South Africa’s Big 5 in their natural surroundings. Join us for breakfast before the game drive in a four star private nature reserve. Later, we have a picnic in the park. The park is in a malaria-free area and offers a variety of accommodation and guided tours.
Daily. Breakfast, lunch and snacks included.
Sandboarding (Full day)
Learn sandboarding in a safe and fun-filled environment. You are provided with high quality equipment and experienced guides.
Daily. Lunch included.
A.M : Farm Projects (plants, Roads, etc)
P.M : Animal life improvement project
A.M: Elephant morning tasks
P.M: Animal life improvement project and game drive
A.M: Enclosure cleaning
A.M: Farm Projects (plants, Roads, etc)
P.M: Animal life improvement project
A.M: Hike to dam and Animal improvement project
P.M: Animal improvement project
A.M: Elephant walk
P.M: Animal improvement project