Work with cheetahs and assist with reserve maintenance. Join a team to help save cheetahs from extinction through education and a long-term reintroduction project. Provide care and monitor the behaviour of captive-bred cheetahs and other animals at the centre. Learn about African wildlife conservation and join a 4 day trip to the world-famous Kruger National Park.
The project is designed to introduce you to the fascinating wildlife that Africa has to offer and to work closely with the incredible cheetah and around 50 other animals including servals, caracals, owls plus many others.
Volunteers are involved in the day to day husbandry of the cheetahs and other animals on site. The enclosures are cleaned on a daily basis and volunteers are responsible for this. Volunteers also feed the cheetahs and other animals in the afternoons (under supervision).
Activities that volunteers are involved in include:
* Regardless of your dietary preferences, it is important to note that you are expected to be fully involved in the preparation of meat for feeding the cheetahs. This involves removing meat from the bone. You will be fully supervised at all times.
As part of this project, you will have the opportunity to go on a 4 day trip to Kruger National Park which is home to the Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo) and allows you to see the best of Africa’s wildlife in its natural habitat.
The Kruger trip is included for all volunteers who participate in the project for 4 weeks. 2 and 3 week volunteers can arrange to do the trip for an additional cost if they start on the 15th of the month.
Volunteers normally work for 5.5 days per week. The day usually starts at 7am and ends around 5.30pm, with regular breaks.
There are usually 4-6 volunteers at the project at any one time with a maximum of 8.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our South Africa Cheetah Centre reviews.
Volunteers’ hard work enables the project to give sufficient attention to each animal on site. The extra pairs of hands mean that the team are able to make improvements to the enclosures and the reserve.
Volunteers observe cheetahs which allows a profile to be created for each cheetah and this means their health and condition can be closely monitored.
By spreading the word about the plight of the cheetah on their return, volunteers act as ambassadors for the project, raising awareness of the problems the cheetah faces and what the project is doing to help them.
“Volunteers work with our staff to maintain and improve the cheetah's enclosures and facilities, as well as working in their day to day care and husbandry. They bring new ideas, fresh perspectives, fun and energy to the project and the staff.”Lizzie, Volunteer Coordinator
Cheetahs are currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ according to the IUCN red list (with the next categories being endangered, critically endangered and extinct in the wild). The known cheetah population in the wild is approximately 7,500 adult animals. The decline is primarily due to:
Through educating local people who visit the centre, they hope to inspire and encourage people to protect future generations.
The centre is home to over 50 animals, many of which have been rescued in the local area. The centre is able to rehabilitate these animals and give them a comfortable home.
You’ll be living on the reserve which is located near Parys, a small town in the Free State, which is approximately 90 minutes from Johannesburg.
The volunteer house is located on site and is just metres away from the cheetahs. It is comfortable and cleaned on a regular basis. The rooms are shared on a same sex basis between 2 and 4 people and each room has a bathroom. There are areas for socialising in and these contain a TV and DVD player. There is also WIFI internet access.
You can use your free time to visit some of the sights the local area has to offer such as curio markets, a cultural village, an elephant sanctuary, a monkey sanctuary, a theme park, shopping at the local mall or visiting a spa. There are also river rafting, quad biking, abseiling and paintballing activities available. Sunday afternoons are normally spent relaxing at the volunteer accommodation or by the river.
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required). Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.
|2 weeks||£995||GB Pounds|
|2 weeks incl Kruger trip||£1525||GB Pounds|
|3 weeks||£1395||GB Pounds|
|3 weeks incl Kruger trip||£1795||GB Pounds|
|4 weeks incl Kruger trip||£1995||GB Pounds|
Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
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"I had a brilliant time volunteering at the project and visiting Kruger National Park. The experience has helped make up my mind as to the career path I wish to take after finishing my university degree."Read more volunteer reviews
"I made so many new friends, connected with animals and learned so many new things I will bring with me for the rest of my life. I will absolutely be going back to this project. It was 100% absolutely amazing."Read more volunteer reviews
"My time at the project was priceless. I learned so much valuable information and had a life changing experience working with these majestic animals. The cheetahs have beautiful enclosures and the best care possible."Read more volunteer reviews