CountrySouth AfricaCategoryAnimals, Conservation, Nature OrganisationKhaya Volunteer Costs€ 401 - € 500 per weekLocationNature / FieldGroup sizeSmall group (max 8)Minimum stay1 weeks HightlightsThis is an absolute unique experience, sought after by many animal lovers all over the world. You will come face to face with the incredible Cheetah; you will go on hunts with these animals, help and see them grow in their process of returning to their natural habitat; the wild. You’ll have the opportunity to give back to nature which was almost taken away by mankind. During this experience you’ll be supervised by professionals, living in luxury and closer to nature than you could ever imagine.
A conservation and rehabilitation farm is an enormous reserve that has one main goal; to help nature restore itself and transform back to its original state. This is a very lengthy process and after decades of excessive maltreatment by farmers it can take many years for flora and fauna to re-establish itself.
Founders of this amazing project are Will and Sharon who have worked together at several different parks including the Kruger National Park and Amakhala Private Game Reserve. Their main objective is to rehabilitate and conserve bordering farms (which they have attained over the last couple of years). They both possess an immense passion for the big cats e.g. Cheetahs, Caracal, Lynxes and Leopards, and have been safeguarding their existence these last years. Currently they have six domesticated Cheetahs in their care, which require daily training to, once again, become independent and skilled hunters and eventually return to their natural habitat.
Role of Volunteer
Morning walks with Cheetahs (hunt)
General caring for Lynxes, Caracal and Cheetahs
Cleaning and maintenance of reserve (removal of barbed wire etc.)
Planting of trees
General care and maintenance of habitat of other animals Zebras, Giraffes etc.
Requirements / Conditions
Obviously there are certain conditions applicable with regards to our volunteers to ensure the desired end result is reached. It is therefore important that volunteers of the project understand the importance of the following: • To be passionate about working with animals. • To feel passionate about nature. • To respect and guarantee the vision and mission of the project. • To be able to show flexibility with regards to tasks and duties. • To be able to work in a team. • To be able to bear responsibility. • To be reliable and trustworthy
You will be living in the reserve itself. You will move into a beautiful, comfortable farmhouse, offering two big living areas, a spacious kitchen, two braai areas, swimming pool, internet facilities and a table tennis and darts room. You will share a bedroom with one or more volunteers, depending on how many volunteers are present.
The conservation and rehabilitation farm is located in the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve, which is a huge nature reserve situated in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve is a unique area in South Africa and almost unique in the world, for it boasts an unspoiled natural habitat for leopards. As a result, these magnificent creatures have been spotted on numerous times in the area.
The farm is situated a mere 2 hours drive from the coastal town Port Elizabeth, the 5th largest city in South Africa, and only 20 km away from the historical Karoo village of Steytlerville. The conservation and rehabilitation farm lies in between the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve and the Karoo Nature reserve, which extends all the way to Cape Town. We will take care of the trip to the reserve and back. When you stay longer than a week, this is included in the costs. When staying under a week, additional costs are charged.
The following prices include accommodation, meals, daily supervision and transfer from Port Elizabeth to the Game reserve.
1 week ZAR 4.200
2 weeks ZAR 8.400
3 weeks ZAR 12.600
4 weeks ZAR 16.500
All extra weeks will be charged R 4.000 per week. Because of the currency fluctuation the donations given should be made in South African Rand (ZAR). Currency conversion information can be obtained from www.xe.com.
These fees will be paid towards the following; Food for the animals, maintenance of the cages used for the big cats and general support and maintenance of the reserve.