Wild Cat Project

Project Details

Project starts: Wednesday´s
Location: Kimberley, Free State
Minimum duration: 2 weeks

The farm is situated on the border of the Free State and Northern Cape and is home to an abundance of big and small African cats, such as, Lions and African Wild Cats. The farm is not only a home for cats, but other animals as well. We have a large family of Meerkats who run free, there are Black Back Jackals, Bat-Eared Foxes, Vervet Monkeys and a few other interesting guests from the animal kingdom. The farm is not just a home but a Sanctuary; we house animals that have been hurt, mistreated, or that need to be relocated. Animals that are not able to be relocated or released, will live their lives in peace on the farm.

Our goal is to raise the big cats that we have as wild as possible so that they can be released to the wild, where they will be re-populating a diminishing population. Some cubs will be kept at the program as ambassadors that will help to educate people the importance of our animals!

Since we started in 2010, we have released 2 Caracals. Furthermore, We have released more animals on the Langberg Guest Farm, as well as on our own farm, such animals include; Jakkels, Meerkats, misseljaatkatte (Cape Genet), African Wild Cats, Muishonde and more.

We are completely against Canned Hunting and we can proudly say that we have saved 12 Lions from being hunted.

Our centre is located in the well-known Free State province, which borders the Northern Cape. The predator farm is situated only 30 km from the historical town of Kimberley, on the National Road (the N8). The farm is home to an abundance of animals; we are a home to 42 predators and 2 monkeys – the predators include: 4 cheetahs, 20 lions, 4 caracals, 2 servals, 1 African wild cat, 2 black back jackals, and 9 bat-eared foxes. These animals are taken in to be cared for because of various reasons; some cannot live in the wild on their own if they are sick or were abandoned, and many are rescued from unethical processes like canned hunting and breeding for tourism purposes. When it is possible, we strive to release our animals back into the wild where they can live freely without any human interaction.

Beginning of the centre It was founded in 2010 by the Burger family when Chriszanne and Nicol Burger adopted 2 animals from a project where they previously work. These animals were moved to the centre and cared for by the Burger family. This action was the foundation for the continued conservation and rehabilitation work that takes place at the centre. Around this time, the Burger family learned about Canned Hunting (a method of hunting in which an animal is kept in a confined area-such as a fenced enclosure-to vastly increase the likelihood of the hunter obtaining a kill for trophy purposes), which sparked the desire to work towards the eradication of this process and rescue African cats from hazardous environments.

Future Plans for the centre We are currently busy expanding the enclosures on the farm. These enclosures will be geared towards mimicking a natural area for play and roaming. Each enclosure will accommodate the specific species’ needs. Every enclosure will consist of tree logs, a climbing area, and adequate space to roam. The centre currently has over 1000 hectares of pure Free State farmland available to expand the project and ensure the well-being of the animals in our care. We do not intend to breed with our lions or to buy in any more cubs in the future.

Volunteer Tasks

  • First thing in the morning, you will be warmly greeted by all the cats with their calls.
  • You will spend time getting to know the animals and other volunteers/staff personally.
  • Feeding them will be sure to be a high-light, as you learn how, what, and when the cats eat
  • There will always be the sense of excitement in the air; as you help build new enclosures, you will know that you are helping an animal in dire need for safety.
  • With the knowledge and experience you gain, you will be able to help on tours and educate others.

What’s Included

    • Return Transfer from JHB to the project
    • All meals
    • Accommodation
    • 24 hour support and supervisor
    • Donation to the project
    • Braai once a week
    • 2 Day Johannesburg Orientation

Accommodation

      • Volunteers will stay in a volunteers house including its own kitchen facilities, bathroom, and bedroom.      
      • All linen will be provided.
      • The volunteer house is roughly 20m away from the main-house, and is safe and secure.
      • Swimming pool is available.

Meals
Volunteers will receive three meals a day.

      • At breakfast, you will have a substantial meal. Sandwiches will be for lunch. For dinner you receive a warm meal consisting of meat, starch and vegetables.
      • Tea and coffee will be available all day.
      • We do encourage you to bring along extra money to buy snacks and soft drinks in between meals
      • A refrigerator is available for you to use for your personal food and drinks

NOTE: Please do let us know up-front if you have any special needs regarding food

Please note: This project will close for the holidays on the 21st of December 2019 and will open again on the 28th of December 2019.

In 2010, the Felidae Centre was founded after the Burger family adopted 2 animals from their previous work place. They moved to Felidae with the family, and that began the centre. Now they are currently busy expanding the enclosures on the farm with the goal to mimic a natural area for play and roaming. Felidae currently has over 1000 hectares of pure Free State farmland available to expand the project and to ensure the wellbeing of the animals in their care.

Location

The farm is located 30km outside of Kimberley Town Cnetre on Petrusberg Road.

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.

Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It is located approximately 110 km east of the confluence of the Vaal and Orange Rivers.

Tuesday nights
We go to the town where we visit the mall and have pizza night!

Saturday nights
We visit a local steakhouse and the local bars:  prices differ

Open Mine
The Big Hole, Open Mine or Kimberley Mine (Afrikaans: Groot Gat) is an open-pit and underground mine in Kimberley, South Africa and claimed to be the largest hole excavated by hand.
Cost: R100 per person

Mokala National Park is a reserve established in the Plooysburg area south-west of Kimberley in the Northern Cape, South Africa on 19 June 2007.
Cost: R250 whole day

Dronfield Nature Reserve
can be found on the N12 leaving Kimberley in close proximity to Kamfers Dam.
Cost: R450 for 2 hours (minimum of 4)

Shopping malls – free

Ghost tour
Kimberley’s ghost tours are renowned for the number and variety of their resident spirits. Many apparitions haunt some of the old mining town’s most historic houses and monuments, while on an Anglo-Boer battlefield just outside the town, a lonely phantom Scottish piper plays on moonlit nights.  R150 per person (minimum of 10 people)

River rafting
Price on request

Animal Interaction Level
Educational level

Project Highlights

      • You will be able to listen to the sounds of cats calling throughout the night
      • Not only will you be privileged to work with these beautiful cats, but your accommodation is also situated in close proximity to all of the cat enclosures.
      • You will be accompanied by other people who are very passionate about animals.
      • You will have the opportunity to work face to face, with big cats and other wildlife. Learn and experience how each animal behaves, reacts and what their characters are like

Volunteer Requirements

      • CV/Resumé
      • Medium level of fitness
      • Basic level of competency in English
      • Copy of return flight itinerary
      • Availability of position

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Questions?

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

Example Itinerary

MonTuesWedThurFriSatSun

A.M: Basic enclosure cleaning/Working on Projects to improve the farm

P.M: Interaction time/Preparing food for feeding

A.M: Basic enclosure cleaning/Working on Projects to improve the farm

P.M: Interaction time/Preparing food for feeding

A.M: Cleaning big enclosure/Basic enclosure cleaning

P.M: Big cleaning/Preparing food for feeding/Feeding time all enclosures

A.M: Basic enclosure cleaning/Working on Projects to improve the farm

P.M: Interaction time/Preparing food for feeding/Feeding time all enclosures

A.M: Off

P.M: Off

A.M: Photo shoot/Tour 1

P.M: Tour 2/Stock taking/Preparing food for feeding/Feeding time all enclosures

A.M: Off

P.M: Tour/Preparing food for feeding/Feeding time all enclosures

Phone: 0.278.723.2662
Cape Town, South Africa
20 Briza Road, Table View