The wild life sanctuary, 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’, with the aim to rehabilitate the animals back into the wild. Releasing them into the wild is not always possible so we are also home to some elephants; lions; tigers; cheetah; spotted hyena; white lions; hippo; as well as the free range game such as giraffe; wildebeest; zebra; warthog; impala; waterbuck; red hartebeest to name but a few. Our motto at the sanctuary is ‘Animals come first’.
We are situated in the North West Provence; 45 minutes from Johannesburg. With 750 hectares of pristine bushveld, we fall into the ‘world heritage site’ – the Cradle of Humankind. We have a unique eco-system where animals, birds and man live in harmony. Over 340 species of birds identified; 3 well stocked dams with bass, kerper; tilapia; karp, as well as our animals. We have a lodge with 26 en-suite rooms, restaurant, bar – boma for functions… weddings; and conferences; we do game drives; elephant walks; animal interactions and of course our filming department that all help to sustain and finance the animals and the projects. ”
- Work hands on with the big cats such as lions, cheetahs and tigers
- Walk with elephants
- Assist animals that once had no hope
- Learn about conservation and Africa’s wild animals Live on a wild life reserve
- Learn and help with the daily running’s of the farm
- Some of the animals are tame so you can really have a true animal encounter
• Return Transfer from Johannesburg airport
• All meals
• 24 hour support and supervisor
• Donation to the project
• Game drives
• Bush walk
• Elephant walks
• Hiking excursions
Some of the animals on the farm are tame 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 would be greatly appreciated and targeted towards this cause.
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.
• The establishment of a safe feeding site for vultures found in our area, and the building of a hide to monitor and study the activity of these birds.
• 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.
• Bush clearing and alien plant control. This involves the removal of plants that pose a threat to the natural fauna and flora found within the reserve.
• Road maintenance and erosion control.
• Animal life improvement project: volunteers can be apart of the improvement of the animals lives whether its doing day to day cleaning, feeding and walking to painting the elephant house, building new enclosures for our lions and swimming pools for our tigers.
• Elephant walks and animal feeding.
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).
Project starts: every Monday
Location: Hartebeespoort , Johannesburg
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
Basic level of competency in English Copy of return flight itinerary Availability of position
Medium level of fitness
Average Working Day:
Volunteers will work 5 – 6 days a week
They will cover different aspect of the conservation project
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