Day 1 (Monday) Arrive at Johannesburg Airport (JNB) where you’ll be met as soon as you leave airside and taken directly to the project, a journey of around 2 hours. The team will be there to meet you on arrival and help you settle in. Once at the project, you’ll have a chance to check out the team offices and your fantastic setting, and get to know how everything works. The project team will be on hand to welcome you and answer any questions.
Following days: Most days begin early, around 8am and start with 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. Lunch time is long and lazy and the working day ends at about 5pm – to be followed by an evening of socialising, often round the camp fire.
There are a host of fun and interesting (and physical) jobs to be done in the daily running of the project. Newsflash - most animals here are carnivorous and you will be expected to work with raw meat !! Volunteers will be involved in daily cleaning rounds (cleaning feeding trays, enclosures, water holes etc.), feeding (including African wild dogs, cheetahs, vultures +++), ambassador care (helping with the cheetahs that are used to educate children), general maintenance and other farm work as required.
Saturdays are the cats’ starving day so if you want to do any activities in the area this is the day to do it. Sundays are an optional rest day for volunteers, though you are more than welcome to join in chores and activities around the farm if you’d like.
Your Last Day (Monday)
At the end of your project we will whisk you back to the airport in plenty of time for your onward flight or your return home. Just save some Rand to pay for your transport.
Accommodation is of a good standard, in the on-site chalet. Rooms share from 2 – 4 people with an en-suite bathroom, and there is even a swimming pool to cool off.
Winters (May to September) are warm and sunny during the day – but temperatures drop in the evening and early morning so bring warm clothes. Summer (October to April) is very hot and sunny. Bring a hat and sunscreen, and a sweatshirt for cooler evenings.
This is not a malaria area but we recommend packing insect repellent to keep away bugs in
the daytime and mosquitoes at night.
About the Project