Wildlife Farm Project

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Wildlife Farm Project

2 Weeks From €1400

The Wildlife Farm is home to many orphaned and injured animals, offering care to young orphaned animals, as well as a haven for injured animals while they recover from their trauma. The farm is home to animals including elephants, lions, tigers, cheetahs, the spotted hyena, white lions, and hippo, as well as free-range game such as giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, warthogs, impalas, waterbucks, and the red hartebeest.

Some of the animals on the farm are wild and kept in separate enclosures as they are not able to be released into the wild. The farm acts as a home for many abused and neglected animals, as well as raising young animals that are rejected by their parents. The farm is unique in its design and activities.  

The current aims of this project include reviving areas of damaged natural plant life, establishing viable populations of indigenous animals that were once poached, and restoring the general area to its original pristine condition. The area is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and has a history dating back over 200 million years. It is their duty to protect and preserve this history; all volunteer assistance is greatly appreciated and targeted towards this cause. 

Details about the project

What's included

Upon arrival you will be collected from the airport and driven to your accommodation for the 2 Day Johannesburg orientation. Once the orientation is complete you will be transferred to your project location.

Guidance

24 hour support and supervision 

Accommodation

Room share with other volunteers

Food & Beverages

Three meals a day, coffee & tea included

Details about the project

Wildlife Farm Project details

  • Arrival Day: Wednesday 
  • Time: Your flight can land anytime on Wednesday 
  • Airport: O R Tambo (JNB) International Airport (or Lanseria)
  • Orientation: Wednesday – Thursday 
  • Project Starts: Friday. You will be transported to the project via transfer.  
  • Departure Day: Friday 
  • Departure time: You MUST take a late evening flight out of JNB as the transport will only arrive back to JNB in the late afternoon 
  • Min Duration: 2 weeks (incl 2 day Orientation) 
  • Min Age: 18 
  • Max Age: (Recommended) – 30. Due to the environment and setup of this project, youth are best suited for this project.  

NOTE: 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 the airport

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 upgrade s
  • Ecological grass survey and cutting of grass in enclosures, trimming trees

Monday:

AM: Farm projects (Plants, Roads, Enclosures)

PM: Animal Improvement project and predator feed

Tuesday:

AM: Cleaning enclosures & Weeding

PM: Lion and tiger pools & Platform repairs

Wednesday:

AM: Cleaning enclosures & Weeding

PM: Lion and tiger pools & Cub camp reno & Predator feeding

Thursday:

AM: Excursion day

PM: Excursion day

Friday:

AM: Hike to dam & Animal improvement project (big cats)

PM: Elephant swimming & Meat prep for predator feed

Saturday:

AM: Elephant walk

PM: Walk through camps (Excursions)

Sunday:

Off

  • Completed application form 
  • Basic level of competency in English 
  • Copy of return flight itinerary 
  • Medium level of fitness 
  • Travel Insurance

The volunteer accommodation is within walking distance from the main area where the meals are served. Volunteer accommodation exists of: 

  • 1 cottage that sleeps up to 6 people 
  • 1 log cabin with 4 bedrooms that each sleep 2 to 3 people. This accommodation has a lounge and a kitchen 
  • 1 cottage/house with 4 bedrooms each with 2 beds with a lounge and a kitchen 
  • 1 house with 3 large rooms that each sleep 6 people each – dormitory style. This house has a with kitchenette 
  • There is a separate building with communal bathroom facilities.
  •  All linen will be provided and strictly no visitors are permitted to enter the property unless permitted by the project leader 

9

Activity level

6

Education level

9

Involvement level

7

Independence level

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