Cheetah Sanctuary Project

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Cheetah Sanctuary Project

This Cheetah Sanctuary was founded in 2016 with the primary goal to help prevent the decline of cheetah populations and increase the gene pool through captive breeding programs. Captive-born cheetahs are later released into the protected wild of selected private game reserves in South Africa. 

The project strives to actively participate and financially support the release of endangered species, especially cheetah, into the protected wild through the centres successful Cheetah Breeding, Wilding and Release Program which was set up in August 2018. The centre raises awareness for South African wildlife by educating adolescents, especially those from underprivileged and marginalised communities in South Africa. 

Details about the project

What's included

During your two week Cheetah Project you will be collected and dropped off at the airport, you will receive a 2 day Cape Town orientation with included walking tour as well as transport to your project location. During the project there will be transport arranged for you to go shopping in town for any necessities or snacks. 24 hour support and supervision. There is a laundry service available and you will be given two t-shirts for volunteer work.


24 hour support and supervision 


Shared room with other volunteers on project site

Food & Beverages

Two meals a day, coffee & tea included

Details about the project

Cheetah project details

  • Arrival Day – Friday 
  • Time – Your flight can land anytime on Friday 
  • Airport – Cape Town International Airport (CPT) 
  • Orientation – Friday – Saturday 
  • Project Starts – Sunday (You will be collected at your orientation accommodation and taken to the project) 
  • Departure Day – Saturday (You will be collected and taken to CPT airport) 
  • Departure time – You must take a flight out of CPT anytime after 16h00
  • Min Age: 18 
  • Max Age: N/A – Good physical and mental health 
  • 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 Airport
  • Cleaning of the animal enclosures (poop-scooping, removal of old bones, removal of plants harmful to animals, etc), refilling water bowls and helping with general maintenance 
  • Preparing food and feeding the animals 
  • Assisting with sanctuary maintenance and other group activities
  • Planning and helping with animal enrichment (treats, toys, building climbing structures, shades or hides, etc)
  • Collecting data and participating in the long term animal behavioural study in connection with changes of feeding times, interaction between different animals, animals in heat, visitor activities, enrichment etc
  • Assisting with preparation of veterinary or DNA-Testing days
  • Assisting experienced guides with educational visitor tours as a “shadowing guide” 
  • Assisting with “Education days” for children of the local community

Your day starts at 6.30am and finishes at 5:30pm.

Each morning, after the daily enclosure cleaning and a light breakfast, you will meet with your co-ordinator and the tasks for the day will be allocated to you. Your daily hours and break times will be discussed at the morning meeting. The working hours are long, and you need to be flexible to accommodate unexpected things. All volunteers will have the option to take two days off per week to explore all that Cape Town has to offer.

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

The volunteer house is situated on a farm with views onto the leopard and cheetah camps, and the impressive Drakenstein Mountains. Up to 12 volunteers can be accommodated at a time. The volunteer house is custom built for volunteers. It includes a large central living area – with a shared kitchen, lounge room, TV, dining room, outdoor deck and braai (or BBQ) area, where you can relax in the evenings and look across the cheetah enclosures in the valley and the mountains ahead of you. The sunsets are always beautiful, so you can spend every evening just watching the sun go down behind the mountain while the sky change through the pinks, oranges and reds.


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