Project starts: Wednesday´s
Location: Hartebeespoort, Johannesburg
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
The Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many orphaned and injured animals. We offer nurturing care to young orphaned animals, as well as a ‘safe haven’ for injured animals while they recover from their trauma. We are home to animals including elephants, lions, tigers, cheetahs, the spotted hyena, white lions, and hippo, as well as free range game such as giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, warthogs, impalas, waterbucks, and the red hartebeest.
We are situated in the North West Province; 45 minutes from Johannesburg. With 750 hectares of pristine bushveld and are part of the ‘world heritage site’ – the Cradle of Humankind. We have a unique eco-system where animals, birds and man live in harmony. There is a lodge with 26 en-suite rooms, restaurant, bar – boma for functions, weddings and conferences. Activities on the farm range from game drives, elephant walks and animal interactions. Furthermore, we work closely with the film industry. Several of our animals are trained and feature in numerous films and documentaries. The income we gain from this helps us sustain and finance the upkeep of the farm and caring for its animals.
All work carried out by the volunteers will have a direct positive outcome towards conservation. Some of the ongoing projects that volunteers might be part of include:
- Daily farm duties such as cleaning animal enclosures, feeding the animals and changing their water.
- Anti-poaching fence patrols – Daylight guided walks around the perimeter of the property to check for snares and mark areas of the fence which require fixing.
- Road maintenance and erosion control.
- Elephant walks and animal feeding.
- Repairing and building of enclosures
- Ecological grass survey
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.
• Return Transfer from Johannesburg airport
• All meals
• 24 hour support and supervisor
• Donation to the project
• Game drives
• Bush walk
• Elephant walks
• Hiking excursions
The volunteer accommodations are within walking distance from the main area where the meals are served. Volunteer accommodation exists of:
- 1 cottage that sleeps up to 6 people
- 1 log cabin with 4 bedrooms that each sleep 2 people. This accommodation has a lounge and a kitchen
- 1 cottage/house with 4 bedrooms each with 2 beds with a lounge and a kitchen
- 1 house with 3 large rooms that each sleep 6 people – dormitory style. This house has a with kitchenette
- There is a separate building with communal bathroom facilities.
Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day. This includes:
Breakfast: help yourself to breakfast; cereals, fruit, yogurts, toast and spreads.
Lunch: help yourself to lunch; breads, fruit, cold meats, spreads.
Dinner: A hot meal will be served every night such as a traditional BBQ (braai),
stews (potjies), casseroles, fresh vegetables and meats etc.
- 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.
- All Dinners will include a meat, starch and vegetable.
- Shop Runs are also available
- A bush dinner at the boma every second week
Some of the animals on the farm are wild and kept in separate enclosures as they are not able to be released into the wild. The farm acts as a sanctuary for many abused and neglected animals, as well as raising young animals that their parents reject. The farm helps sustain itself and creates further awareness for the animals by using the farm for filming.
The farm is unique in its design and activities. There is a passion for all the animals and care is taken to ensure the health and safety of all the fauna and flora within. The current aims include reviving areas of damaged natural plant life, establishing viable populations of indigenous animals that were once poached, and restoring the general area to its original pristine condition. The area is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and has a history dating back over 200 million years. It is our duty to protect and preserve this history and all volunteer help is greatly appreciated and targeted towards this cause.
Average Working Day:
- Volunteers will work 5 – 6 days a week
- They will cover different aspects of the conservation project
- Arrival day: Wednesday
- Location: Hartebeespoort , Johannesburg
- Minimum duration: 2 weeks
- 2 day orientation in Johannesburg
All of our JNB conservation projects will include a 2 day orientation prior to attending the project site. Wednesday-Thursday is orientation in Joburg, then on Friday you will transfer to project via shuttle. You will depart project on a Friday.
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- Help out with looking after our wild cats
- Walk with elephants
- Assist animals that once had no hope
- Learn about conservation and Africa’s wild animals that live on a wild life reserve
- Learn and help with the daily running of the farm
- Availability of position
- Basic level of competency in English
- Copy of return flight itinerary
- Medium level of fitness
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