Lion Sanctuary

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This Lion Park is an award winning and internationally acclaimed sanctuary for captive born lions that cannot be rehabilitated into the wild. was established in 1998 to provide lions in distress with sanctuary, where they could live in safety, free from abuse and persecution, and be treated with the compassion and respect they deserve. Today the Park provides these displaced lions with a lifetime home in an enriched environment, where they are allowed to live out their lives with dignity. The Park is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands and comprises of 50 acres of sprawling lion habitat. The Park is actively involved in improving the quality of life of lions in captivity, locally as well as internationally, either by offering these animals a lifetime home or working in conjunction with other animal welfare organizations to secure a safe future for individual animals in dire need. The Park is not involved in commercial breeding or trade and offers lifetime care to all of it’s animals. All the animals brought to the Park are captive bred / hand reared and cannot be rehabilitated to the wild. The animals at the Park are assured a chance of living out their natural lives in an enriched and safe environment.

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The farm is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands, which is roughly 50 km from Cape Town. The drive is around 1 hour.
● 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.
Medical: We have very good medical emergency facilities nearby. The most serious health risk you are likely to face is from the South African sun so please come prepared with adequate sunscreen, UV filter sunglasses and a hat.
Health Risks:
The farm is in a Malaria free area, however, you must ensure that your vaccinations are up-to date prior to arrival (hepatitis A/B and tetanus). As we are in a rural setting, there are snakes
during the summer months, the most common being the venomous Cape Cobra, but they will most definitely be more scared of you than you of them! For this reason, volunteers are required
to wear hiking boots while working and will be advised on some basic cautionary behavior to avoid encounters with snakes. Ticks are also common during warmer weather and volunteers
are encouraged to check themselves for ticks when dressing/undressing.
Supervision/Co- Ordination:
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.
Free time:
The weekends are free time and you can arrange activities locally. The farm would be happy to
give you some suggestions but do not arrange them for you. You can normally use a taxi service
to get you from place to place.

Project Highlights

  • Caring for Big Cats
  • Hearing the sounds of Wildlife throughout the night
  • Partaking in a Responsible Wildlife project

General volunteer activities will include but not be limited to the following:

• Monitoring visitors to the sanctuary to ensure our animals well being.
• Food preparation for the lions.
• Cleaning the grounds and facilities.
• Maintenance / Cleaning of Enclosures
• Cleaning lion camps.
• Clearing alien vegetation.
• Clearing fence lines and general fence maintenance.
• Fence construction.
• Firebreak maintenance (and fire fighting in the summer!)

Project Details

  • Arrival Day: Saturday
  • Time: Your flight can land anytime on Saturday
  • Airport: Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
  • Orientation: Saturday – Sunday
  • Project Starts: Monday
  • Departure Day: Monday
  • 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

  • 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.

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up & Drop off
  • 2 Day Cape Town Orientation
  • Accommodation
  • 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.

Accommodation is in the form of shared same gender units (maximum 3 persons) with a communal kitchen / recreation room. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas stove and fridge. Volunteers are responsible for keeping the accommodation tidy at all times. The accommodation units are situated a short distance from the lion and chimp enclosures, so you will have the added bonus of hearing the lions roar every night!
Laundry is taken on Mondays to the laundromat and delivered the next day. This is for your own cost and is roughly R90 per bag. This cost could change.
There is NO Wifi on this project. You will have the opportunity to purchase a South African Sim card and load data on it while you are at your orientation in Cape Town, which will allow you to
have access to the internet. To make a call in South Africa, make sure your cell phone plan allows you to do so, and dial 00 before the country code of the number you are calling.

Volunteers are responsible for supplying and preparing their own meals. No meals are provided on this project. There is a shop run every Monday, which will give you the opportunity to purchase supplies. You can budget +- R500 per week for food.

● Tea and coffee is not provided so you need to purchase your own on shopping trips
● There are refrigerators available for volunteers’ personal food
● The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas stove and fridge

Cape Town, mother city to the locals as well as everyone else around the world! Don’t miss out on what’s happening, join for one or many different types of activities offered in and around Cape Town.

Activities in Cape Town include

Surfing Lessons
A full day of surfing lessons at the sandy white beaches of Blouberg or Muizenburg.

Daily, weather permitting. Lunch included.

Kitesurfing Lessons
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.

Windsurfing Lessons
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.

Township Tour
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.

Quad Biking
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.


Ostrich Ranch
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.

What do I do at the airport?
I have booked the Cape Town Orientation package, how does that work?
How do I get to the project?
I want to make the most of my programme, what length of time is best?
How many people sleep in a room?
When is the best time of year to volunteer?
I want to make the most of my programme, what length of time is best?
Is there a danger of snakes and spiders?
When do we start working and for how long and for how many days a week?
What will I be doing?
Will there be a possibility to go shopping, (for food or groceries etc) while at the program, or are we just staying on the farm?
What animals are on the project?
Why are the animals on the farm?
What do I need when I’m on the project?
Will I have time off?

Example Itinerary


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

P.M: Off

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

A.M: Off

P.M: Off

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