Volunteer in Lion Conservation in South Africa
As the name slyly suggests, South Africa makes up southernmost point of the African continent. With its coastline stretching over more than 2500 km, it borders both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. South Africa offers so many opportunities for wildlife volunteers, so taking care of lions is just one of the exciting experiences that await you.
At a Glance
- Age: 18 and above
- Duration: 2.5 or 4.5 weeks
- Language: Good knowledge of English
- Starting Dates: Every first Tuesday of the month, (Booked out in April, May, and July 2011)
Lion Conservation in South Africa: Johannesburg
Often mistaken for the capital of South Africa, Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and the country’s economic centre. This is where your South African lion conservation volunteering adventure will begin!
After your arrival at the airport in Jo’Burg (as the residents fondly call the city), you will be picked up by an employee from our partner organisation and taken to your accommodation, a hostel in the north of Johannesburg. Over the next few days, various orientation events will take place, offering information to help you along as you volunteer in lion conservation in South Africa. This information will encompass such topics as:
- South African customs and traditions
- Safety and health
- General communication
You will also go on excursions to Soweto, where you will get your first taste of South African culture. On Friday after the orientation, you will travel to the lion conservation project site, where you can begin to volunteer, starting at the weekend.
About two hours away from Johannesburg, the lion conservation project location is a fully-functioning big game farm, which has specialised in breeding and researching lions over the years.
Lion Conservation: Accommodation and meals
You will be staying in a fully-furnished chalet on the farm with 2 to 4 people in a room, each room with 2 to 4 beds. There will also be a kitchen and bathroom.
The project provides all of your meals.
Volunteer with Lions in South Africa
- Activities: Caring for the lion cubs, cleaning out cages, assisting rangers (daily farm tasks). You will often work full days (usually from 8 or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and you will also work at the weekend. If you would like to take weekend excursions, this is no problem.
- Free Time: Upon request, at the weekend.
- Duration: 2.5 or 4.5 weeks.
- Application: As early as possible, at least 3 months before departure.
- Starting Dates: Every first Tuesday of the month: 7 June, 5 July, 2 Aug., 6 Sept., 4 Oct., 1 Nov., 6 Dec. 2011. (Programme is booked out in April, May, and July 2011).
- Practical Experience: Not necessary.
- Other: As a volunteer in lion conservation in South Africa, you will have physically demanding work. Since you will be entering a completely foreign culture, patience, adaptability, independence, and travel experience are very important. A love of animals is essential.