Lion Sanctuary Project

Project Details

Project starts: Monday
Location: Cape Winelands
Minimum duration: 2 weeks

This Lion Park is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed sanctuary for captive-born lions that cannot be rehabilitated into the wild. It 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 its 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.


The farm is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands, which is roughly 50 km from Cape Town. The drive is around 1 hour.

      • 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.

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!)

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

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

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 behaviour 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.

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.

Cape Town Activities

Cape Town (a.k.a. The Mother City) is home to many different kinds of people and types of activities. Whether you are interested in sports, adventure, culture or history, there is something for everyone. Click on the button below to find out more about the activities The Mother City has to offer.

Animal Interaction Level
Educational level

Project Highlights

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

Volunteer Requirements

      • Completed Application form
      • Basic level of competency in English
      • Good physical and mental health
      • Love for Animals!



Please visit our FAQ’S page for a comprehensive list of the most frequently asked questions.

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Phone: 0.215.569.69
Cape Town, South Africa
20 Briza Road, Table View
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