The reserve’s priority is its on-going wildlife research and it is home to a fascinating lion education centre. The research conducted by the reserve is absolutely essential in order for it to gain a detailed understanding of one of the world’s most intriguing and misunderstood endangered species – the lion.
Nature-loving volunteers are desperately needed to help look after these incredible animals, and the project offers them the unique and exciting opportunity to come face to face with the Pride.
Volunteers are immediately involved with the day-to-day care of the lions and in particular any new born cubs.
How long can I go for? Placements last either 18 or 32 days and include a 4-day arrival orientation.
Working hours: 6 hours a day, 5 days a week
Eligibility: British/Irish, 18+ Volunteers must have a love of wildlife and be willing to get their hands dirty!
Approximately 20,000 in Africa today. The lion population in Africa has halved since the early 1950s and is now predicted to total approximately 20,000. In the list of endangered species the Lion is considered to be “Vulnerable” (IUCN Red List). There is ongoing research in to the genetic make up of the white lion. Contrary to early speculation it is now considered that the white lion is sub species rather than an albino Lion.
Volunteers stay onsite in fully furnished and fully-equipped 2 bed apartments with en suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. There are also two swimming pools and a bar to enjoy and all meals are prepared for volunteers.
The lodge itself is situated on a beautiful 260 hectare bushveld farm less than an hour’s drive away from Johannesburg and Pretoria. As well as the lions, a variety of game and bird life call the reserve home.
Volunteers on the programme work alongside local people and other volunteers.
Johannesburg is easily accessible from the reserve. These are just a few ways that volunteers can get the most out of Jo’burg:
Top of Africa: Climb to the top of Africa’s tallest building for a great a panoramic view of the city.
Mandela Family Museum: Nelson Mandela's first home is now a museum and is the perfect place to learn about apartheid.
Cloud 9 Spa: Go on, pamper yourself!
Lesedi Cultural Village: Make a trip to the authentic Zulu, Sotho, Pedi, Xhosa and Ndebele villages and discover the traditional customs, food, dances and music of the people who live there.
Gold mines: All that glitters is gold in these mines on the outskirts of Johannesburg.