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Wildlife Farm

Project Highlights

- Help out with looking out for wild cats
- Assist animals that once had no hope
- Learn about conservation and Africa’s wild animals
- Live on a wildlife reserve
- Learn and help with the daily running of the farm

2 Day Welcome Orientation

Your project starts with a 2-day orientation in Johannesburg at Curiosity Backpackers. Arrive in Joburg or Jozi, as it is known locally, and get shown around by people who know the city well. The orientation is excellent for first-time visitors to find their feet the local way and meet other volunteers on your project.

Day 1
You will be picked up from the airport and taken to the hostel. Here you will be given a chance to settle down before your will be receive your welcome pack. You will be given a briefing on your volunteer program and then meet other travelers and volunteers for a Pan Africa welcome dinner.

Day 2
After breakfast you will be taken on an immersive experience of Johannesburg and Soweto. Here you will learn about the vibrant, creative neighbourhood of the Maboneng Precinct (A place of light) and go on an in-depth rich history of Soweto.

Johannesburg (eGoli, Jozi, Mjojo) as local calls it, is a city built on the findings of gold, the city has re-imagined it-self more than five times. Over the past decade areas like Maboneng have played an instrumental role in re-writing the history & future of this city bringing in a colourful and lively hub of creativity , art, coffee, food and music into Johannesburg. You will also see historical hidden treasures like "The Carlton Centre, which is the second largest building in Africa. As well as a visit to Ghandi Square, where the largest statue of Mahatma Ghandi was erected to signify the urban renewal of the city. The Chancellor house where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo ran the first black legal practice in the country.

Soweto, South Africa's biggest township - here you will have the opportunity to take some photos at the iconic Orlando Towers and Soccer city, home of the World Cup final. We then head to the Hector Pietersen Memorial for a brief history on the youth uprisings in the 1970's. After this we will make our way through Vilakazi street (The only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize Peace winners - Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.) Thereafter we stop over for some lunch and a chance to buy some local arts and crafts.

Day 3
During the course of the day you will be transported via shuttle to the project. Your tour leader will advise the time of departure the night before around dinner time

About Your Location

We are situated in the North West Province; 45 minutes from Johannesburg. With 750 hectares of pristine bushveld and are part of the ‘world heritage site’ - the Cradle of Humankind. We have a unique eco-system where animals, birds and man live in harmony. Activities on the farm range from game drives, elephant walks and animal interactions.

Volunteer Tasks

Volunteers work 5-6 days a week and have Sundays off. All work carried out by the volunteers will have a direct positive impact on the conservation of the wildlife. Some of the ongoing projects that volunteers might be part of include, but are not limited to:

- Daily farm duties such as cleaning animal enclosures, feeding the animals and changing the water
- 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 (Filling, scraping and levelling) and erosion control
- Animal life improvement project: volunteers can be a part of the improvement of the animal's lives. Whether it's doing day to day cleaning, feeding and watering, to painting the elephant house and building new enclosures. These projects change according to the needs of the animals and farm
- Big Tiger pool repairs
- Lion enclosure upgrades
- Ecological grass survey and cutting of grass in enclosures, trimming trees.

Example Itinerary

AM: Farm projects (Plants, Roads, Enclosures)
PM: Animal Improvement project and predator feed

AM: Cleaning enclosures & Weeding
PM: Lion and tiger pools & Platform repairs

AM: Cleaning enclosures & Weeding
PM: Lion and tiger pools & Cub camp reno & Predator feeding

Excursion day

AM: Hike to dam & Animal improvement project (big cats)
PM: Watch Elephant mud bath & Meat prep for predator feed

AM: Elephant walk
PM: Walk through camps (Excursions)


** Thursdays are excursion days where you can join the group activity or choose one of your own as per below options. You can also do these activities on your off days (Sundays). Please note that activities are at your own expense.

Quad Biking
Zip Lining
Sterkfontein Caves
Pilansberg Safari (near Sun City)
Maropeng - Cradle of Mankind
Sun City
Lesedi - Tribal Dancing and dinner
Monkey Sanctuary
Hot Air Ballooning
Aerial Cableway
Valpro - Vulture Park
Monte Casino Bird Park
Croc City
Monte Casino - Evening entertainment
Shop Runs, including Chameleon Village

Safety Management

With every new arrival we have a safety and orientation briefing where we discuss issues such as general safety in South Africa for example, what to do in the settlements, where not to go, what to do in case of an emergency, sea currents, HIV AIDS and crime. We offer all our volunteers 24/7 support and assistance.


Airport pick-up
2-day orientation in Johannesburg including 2 breakfasts & 2 dinners
1 free laundry voucher
Three meals a day (on project)
Hiking excursions
24-hour support and supervision
Donation to the project
Certificate of appreciation

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Basic level of competency in English
Copy of return flight itinerary
Medium level of fitness
Acceptance subject to availability

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.

Hvað er innifalið?


Orientation Weekend
Please note that accommodation during the Orientation Weekend in Johannesburg is dorm-based even if you choose to stay in a private room at the project.

Project Accommodation
The farm is located 1 - 2 hours from JNB Airport and roughly 1 hour (50 km) from your orientation accommodation. The volunteer accommodation is within walking distance from the main area where the meals are served.

The volunteer accommodation consists of:

- 1 cottage that sleeps up to 7 people.
- 1 log cabin with a kitchen and 3 bedrooms that each sleep 2 people.
- 1 cottage with a kitchen and 4 bedrooms that each sleep 2 people.
- 1 house with a kitchenette and 3 large rooms that sleep 15 people in total.
- 1 lounge room with TV and couches.

Please note that rooms are shared, no single rooms available. Bathroom facilities are shared as well, some in buildings separate from sleeping area.

All linen will be provided and strictly no visitors are permitted to enter the property unless permitted by the project leader. Participants are expected to keep their rooms and personal belongings tidy at all times and participate in any chores as required for the cleanliness and operation of the shared facilities.

The private twin/double rooms are always subject to availability.

Staðbundnar samgöngur

You will be met by the driver with your name on a board as you exit the terminal at Johannesburg International Airport. We'll then transfer you to your accommodation for your orientation in Johannesburg.

Getting to the Project
After the orientation weekend you will be transferred to your project accommodation.

Transportation at the Project
On project days the volunteers will be transported by minivan. The vehicles are roadworthy and have all relevant licenses and liability insurance.

You MUST take a late evening flight (Not before 21:00) out of JNB as the transport will only arrive back to JNB in the late afternoon (16:30 - 17:45).


Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day which include :
Breakfast: self-catering breakfast of cereals, fruit, yogurt, toast & spreads
Lunch: self-catering lunch of breads, fruit, cold meats, salad & spreads
Dinner: a hot meal will be served every night. These range from a traditional BBQ, stews, casseroles, fresh vegetable etc.
Tea and coffee will be available all day.

Exception: During your Johannesburg orientation you will receive 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts; other snacks are at your own expense.

Also note:
All dinners will include meat, starch and vegetables.
A generous amount of food will always be given so no one will go hungry.
All other drinks will be at own expense.
A refrigerator is available for volunteer’s personal food.

Please advise us on your dietary needs when filling out your application form. Participants with very specific dietary needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense.

Frekari upplýsingar

Visas, Insurances & Flight Tickets
Visas and insurances are the responsibility of the intern. Travel insurance is compulsory. You are also required to present a copy of your return flight itinerary when entering South Africa.

Emergency & Safety
All guides on the property are qualified in ‘First Aid’ and are within 150m of the volunteer accommodation. Each volunteer will have the emergency contact details of the nearest staff members and will be equipped with a house radio as well. The nearest hospital is within 20 minutes drive of the lodge.

Winter in South Africa
Please note that May through to September are our winter months and it can get quite chilly with an average temperature ranging from 5 degrees Celsius at night to 15 degrees Celsius during the day. So please make sure to pack enough warm clothes if you plan your trip in that period.

There is laundry on-site. The laundry service costs R50.00 per medium bundle of clothing. 1 Laundry Voucher is included in your package.

Please note: The project is not responsible for any damage to clothes during washing or ironing.

Shops/Grocery stores
You will receive weekly transport into town so that you can purchase essentials and food items. Shop runs are R20 per trip.

There are plenty of ATMS in Johannesburg where you will have your orientation. Once on project you will have the opportunity to withdraw money on your weekly shopping trip.

Packing List
- Flashlight and batteries
- Notebook and pen
- Proof of all inoculations
- First aid kit and personal medication
- Water bottle
- Garden gloves
- Casual working clothes for hot and cold days
- Semi formal clothes for functions and for trips to town
- Jackets
- Sunscreen and hat
- Swimsuit and towel
- Personal toiletries and bath towels
- Raincoat
- Insect repellent
- Laptop with own dvd’s if desired
- Pocket money

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