Day 1-2 (Saturday & Sunday) Arrive at Cape Town Airport (CPT) on Saturday where you’ll be met as soon as you leave airside – once all volunteers have arrived, we drive the 2 hours to the sanctuary where you will settle in and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings.
If there is enough daylight left then we’ll head out for a tour of the centre, otherwise tomorrow. Aside from a trip to town for groceries, there are no activities or jobs scheduled on Sunday, so take the opportunity to relax and of course start to get to know all the big cats.
Each day you’ll wake up to the roar of the lions and fall asleep to the call of the jackals.
Each day begins with a light breakfast followed by a morning meeting to plan and organise the day’s events. Duties are allocated, problems are solved and as the staff are physically involved with all processes, help and assistance is never far away. Expect to work around 5 hours each day (mornings only Tuesday and Sunday), generally with a break during the midday heat.
The work at the project is largely physical, so pack your muscles and stamina. Each new day brings its challenges, its laughs and experiences and before you know it, you’ll be part of the family.
You will be able to prepare your own dinner in the large kitchen or make use of the stunning outdoor braai and pool area. Evenings are generally spent sitting around the fire, possibly with a glass of local wine, watching the breathtaking sunsets and chatting about the day’s experiences.
Your free afternoons are Tuesdays and Sundays and there are plenty of activities in the local area including hiking, bird watching, whale watching, shark cage diving and much more. There will be a planned excursion each Tuesday, where transport will be provided
Your Last Day (Saturday) At the end of your stay you’ll be whisked back to Cape Town in plenty of time for your onward flight. Don’t book too early, we recommend flights departing after lunch.
Accommodation You will be impressed with your living arrangements! Twin-share rooms are on site,in the main house, the rooms are modern and comfortable with hot running showers and Western style toilets. Wifi is available for a nominal charge
There is a kitchen, dining room and TV/lounge area, a barbeque (‘braai’) and swimming pool
No need to pack too much clothing as there are laundry facilities available on site, but do bring a towel for the pool.
Meals Breakfast ingredients are available for you to prepare as you prefer. A vegetarian lunch is cooked for you and is substantial, the main meal of the day. Think veggie burgers, a stir-fry, delicious salads….. Dinner is self-catering and there are weekly grocery shopping trips for you to stock up on supplies.