Cheetah Conservation Volunteer
Who could say no to the opportunity to work with these majestic creatures! As a Cheetah Conservation Volunteer, you will be working with a dedicated team that rehabilitates captive born and bred Cheetahs and releases them back into the wild. In addition, you will take on other programme activities which serve to prevent this animal from becoming extinct. This is an extraordinary programme that is educational, incredibly rewarding, and helps to make a difference in the world of animal conservation. Let’s not forget also, that you will be one of a very few who can drop in ‘Yeah, back when I was helping to save Cheetahs in South Africa’…
Work with Cheetahs whilst Helping Conservation Efforts!
Whilst you will have regular daily tasks, such as food preparation and feeding, inspections, and cleaning, there’s a lot more to this project! You might spend time educating the public, carrying out guided tours and even getting involved in group activities with visitors. Further, if you are volunteering for a minimum of 4 weeks at the Cheetah project, you may have the unique opportunity to participate in the releasing program – if the Cheetahs are ready! Watching an animal take its first steps towards independence and freedom will be an occasion that you will not forget!
Discover South Africa’s Rich and Diverse Landscapes!
Cape Town offers much to its visitors. Firstly, for the animal lovers amongst you, there are penguin colonies, nature reserves and aquariums to choose from! However, if you’re more of an explorer, you can head up Chapman’s Peak or Table Mountain for a stunning view of the city and beyond. You’ll also find many great shops, cafes and restaurants, as you explore the city, and take in remnants of its Dutch history. Of course, you will also want some down-time, and your accommodation offers great spaces to socialise in, including a swimming pool and a barbeque to cook your own dinner at the weekends!
Why be a Cheetah Conservation Volunteer in South Africa?
- Take part in a rewarding programme that helps to protect Cheetahs
- Learn about conservation and our impact, as humans, on endangered creatures
- Explore the city and head further afield at the weekends for your own adventures!
- Meet interesting people who share your passion, and make new friends along the way
- Discover South African cuisine, with all meals and beverages* included
*tea, coffee and drinking water
You’ll arrive on Sunday, and have a day to relax and settle into your new surroundings; naturally, we want you to be fresh for your first day! Time zones are not too much of an issue here, as there’s only a 2 hour difference between the UK and Cape Town.
Monday to Friday
The volunteering hours are from 05.00 -17.00 (You are not expected to work the full hours unless you would like to!). Your schedule will be as follows:
- Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation
- Cheetah conservation volunteering
- Cheetah conservation volunteering
- Travel back to the Volunteer accommodation
These are the usual daily activities that will be required of you as a cheetah conservation volunteer:
- Food preparation & feeding (Please keep in mind you will work with raw meat)
- Cleaning of camps & refilling of the water bowls
- Creating enrichment for the animals
- Educating the public by assisting staff with certain tours
- Carrying out own guided tours (If English level is sufficient)
- Take part in group activities
- Maintenance and inspection of camps
Further activities may also include:
- Key Species Monitoring
- Cheetah Conservation
- Road and dam maintenance
- Bush clearing
- Foundation Support
- Town trip / Off / Game Drive
- Boma maintenance
- Fence maintenance
- Spekboom Planting
Evenings and Weekends
After a rewarding day as a Cheetah Conservation Volunteer, you can choose to explore the area or simply relax with your new-found friends back at your accommodation. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan bigger weekend adventures together!
Places to Visit
Cape Town, the famous port city of South Africa, lies at the foot of Table Mountain. Although its a small city, Cape Town boasts of dynamic culture and vast natural expanses. Here are some of our top must-sees!
- Table Mountains by arial Cable Car
- Drive to Chapman’s Peak
- Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
- Cape Point Nature Reserve
Cost of transport to project locations is not included, but will usually be around £1.50 per day. Additional excursions to sightseeing areas must be arranged separately and are not included in the programme.
This schedule can be changed depending on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Cape Town, the famous port city of South Africa, lies at the foot of Table Mountain and boasts a wealth of culture and natural landmarks. There is so much to do here when your day of volunteering is done, such as hiking, shopping, and checking out the fantastic aquariums – or even a penguin colony! It’s all there for your discover after your day of volunteering is done!
About the Accommodation
You’ll have a really comfortable stay at our Volunteer Centre! The accommodation comprises male/female dorm rooms with shared bathrooms, a communal living room and dining room.
In addition, there’s also a BBQ area and a swimming pool – perfect for relaxing and socialising with your new friends! And don’t worry about needing help – there are staff on-site 7 days a week to help you. Wifi is available in communal areas of the volunteer house so you can catch up with friends and family – if you get the time!.
You’ll have two mini-kitchens to cook in should the mood take you, and there’s plenty of storage for your own food. However, all meals are provided at the accommodation, prepared by our super cook! Meals – typically western, are served 3 times a day Monday to Friday, with breakfast consisting of tea, coffee, toast, fruit, and cereal. Lunch can range from sandwiches taken along to the volunteer project, to salad and Pasta. Finally, your evening meal will likely include potato, pasta, rice, meat and vegetables. Our volunteers love braai nights (BBQ) at the weekends, when they prepare and cook their own food together in the sunshine!
You’ll find a few small local stores that sell snacks, drinks, and any basic supplies you might need during your stay. ATM’s, banks, shops, and a local pharmacy are all nearby.
As mentioned, the volunteer accommodation has Wi-Fi in communal areas. However, if you would like to stay connected with your families and friends whilst in South Africa. we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone if you are staying for a longer period of time. Thereafter, the local team will help you to buy a local SIM card.
Transportation is available to all surrounding areas. However, transport costs are not included in the programme and extra provision must be made for your excursions.
Trip Country Info
Population: 55 million
Capital: Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial), Pretoria (executive)
Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati, Ndebele
Currency: South African Rand
Time zone: UTC +2
South Africa is a vast country with an incredible variety in landscapes, people, traditions, languages, cuisines and more. The country is often referred to as the “Rainbow Nation” due to its population diversity. The country is also renowned for its wines, so make sure not to miss these while you are here!
While big cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg can look quite first worldly, most of the country has remained underdeveloped. This is a perfect example of the economic inequality that exists in the country.
South Africa is an ideal destination for those interested in nature and it is incredibly varied in terms of landscapes. The country boasts a large number of National Parks such as Kruger, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which is located in the desert, Addo Elephant National Park, Simangaliso Wetland Park and many more. It is also a great place to spot the “Big Five” (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros) as well as a wide range of other species.
All in all, South Africa is an ideal place to start if you wish to travel in southern Africa and get a good insight into the region.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Under 18, Parental Consent|
|Good level of fitness|
|Comfortable clothing (you don't mind getting dirty)|
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance