African Pride Project

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African Pride Project

An environmentally friendly sanctuary for any captive bred big cats, where they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives. One of the main purposes of the centre is to be an educational platform to create awareness about conditions that big cats face in captivity, and how animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. Operating with the aim to change all breeding facilities into sustainable ethical projects.

Believing in the connection between both environmental and wildlife conservation, and working to become the first “green” big cat sanctuary in South Africa running solely on solar energy. The sanctuary is a 40-hectare paradise with a beautiful home for the animals, the owners and the many volunteers visiting. The land is filled with lots of large trees, a natural spring and an amazing 360-degree mountain view. Volunteers get to take part in the general upkeep of the animals and assist with the running of the sanctuary.

Details about the project

What's included

Upon arrival you will be collected from the airport and driven to your Cape Town accommodation for the orientation. Once the orientation is complete you will be transferred to your project location.


24 hour support and supervision 


Room share with other volunteers

Food & Beverages

Two meals a day, coffee & tea included

Details about the project

African Pride project details

  • Arrival Day – Thursday 
  • Time – Your flight can land anytime on Thursday 
  • Airport – Cape Town International Airport (CPT) 
  • Orientation – Thursday – Friday 
  • Project Starts – Saturday 
  • Departure Day – Saturday 
  • Departure time – You must take a flight out of CPT anytime after 16h00 
  • Min Duration – 2 weeks (incl 2 day Orientation) 
  • Min Age: 18 
  • Max Age: N/A – Good physical and mental health


You can also be collected at any hotel or place of accommodation on your arrival day, should it be within close radius of the city center or airport

As a volunteer, you will be offered the unique opportunity to be involved behind the scenes and you can learn what it takes to run a sanctuary.

  • Looking after the big cats and contributing to their well being and happiness 
  • Enrichment programme – making toys for the animals 
  • Preparation of food and feeding 
  • Cleaning and maintaining of enclosures 
  • General farm work 
  • Assisting with educational visits 

Sundays and Wednesdays are normally your days off, so you can expect a good variety of work and relaxation. Wednesday is your activity day where you will be enjoying the amazing Overberg area together with the other volunteers.

06h00 – 07h00: Breakfast

07h00 – 08h00: Morning Meeting

08h00: Start Morning Project

12h00 – 14h00: Lunch Time

14h00 – 15h00: Afternoon Project

18h00: Dinner

Please note that the project believes in not having a fixed schedule for everything, and have also learnt that plans can change every day, so the days on the project are varied. There will be a difference between summer and winter months due to temperature and hours of light during the day. You will have a morning meeting where leaders go through every day’s schedule so everything will be planned and set up for you. There will be breaks between the different projects, and leaders will try their best to be flexible for off sight activities, so you can expect a good variety of work and relaxation! Tuesdays are your activity days, where you might do some small work on the farm, but most of the day you will be enjoying the amazing Overberg area together with the other volunteers.

  • Completed application form
  • Basic level of competency in English
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Love for animals!

During your stay, you will enjoy our modern, yet cosy home. The house is situated in the middle of the property, so you will be mesmerized by the spectacular mountain view and feel at peace with nature whilst listening to the lion’s roar. The house consists of 4 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms, a spacious and fully equipped kitchen for everyone to cook, a big living and dining room area where dinners are enjoyed together, games nights, film evening or just relaxing with a nice book. Outside there is a traditional South African braai (BBQ) area and a lovely pool with a garden to sunbath for the hot summer days!


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