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Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape Province and lies near the border of the Free State Province. The city is most famous for what is now called the Big Hole, the site of what claimed to be the largest hand-dug excavation area where miners once dug for diamonds. The city is now filled with museums and monuments dedicated to this sparkly gem and the miners who brought the riches to South Africa. Kimberley is also considered a great area for birdwatching, with over 186 species in the area, as well as a popular destination for fly-fishing.
Your last three days will be spent in the Kruger National Park which spans over two million hectares! It was established to protect various wildlife species and is by far, the most famous wildlife reserve in South Africa. The diversity of its life forms is incomparable to any other and until today the park remains a world leader in advanced environmental management and conservation.
As a volunteer on this project, your main tasks will be promoting the health and welfare of all the animals living on the grounds. You will work with a variety of animals including 42 predators and two monkeys – the predators include: 4 cheetahs, 20 lions, 4 caracals, 2 servals, 1 African wild cat, 2 black-backed jackals, and 9 bat-eared foxes. You will be taught how to care for each animal, as they all have different needs.
Some of your tasks may include:
A typical day: You will wake up early, usually around 7:00 AM to the sound of the cats calling you. At breakfast, the staff will go over the day’s tasks and you will go about feeding the animals, checking enclosures and whatever else needs doing. After a lunch break, you may have additional tasks or get some free time to relax by the pool. You will have dinner as a group and free time but, just before everyone goes to bed, you will need to check on the big cats and make sure they are settled in for the night.
Internet: Volunteers will receive a voucher for 50 MB of data for their personal phones. Additional WiFi is available for a small fee.
Laundry: All volunteers will receive one laundry load voucher. Additional laundry services are available for a small fee.
While volunteering: You will stay at the volunteer house, which is located on the property and has a fully furnished kitchen and shared bathroom with hot water and Western style toilets. The rooms are shared with up to 6 other volunteers. While on the
While on the tour: Participants will be placed in double “tents.” The rooms have brick and mortar back walls and canvas front and side panels. Participants can upgrade to twin, family or single rooms in a lodge, treehouse or 4-star lodge for additional fees. Every unit in the two lodges is thatched, air-conditioned and has en suite bathrooms and showers. Each room in the 4-star lodge has a private bathtub. Each bed has its own mosquito net. The Treehouse Lodge is secure and comfortable. These rooms are built in trees or have trees as supports. Some are built on stilts within the tree canopy. There are small pools at each of the upgraded accommodation options. *Please note that both standard and upgraded accommodation photos are displayed below.
Food: Three meals a day are provided. Breakfast will consist of cereals and fruit, sandwiches will be served for lunch and a hot meal with meat and vegetables will be served for dinner. While on the tour breakfasts, lunches and diners will be provided according to the detailed itinerary.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
There is so much to see and do in South Africa that it will be hard to narrow down your choices. You can travel the Kalahari Red Dune Route from the Northern Cape up to the borders of Namibia and Botswana to see a wealth of cultural and natural treasures. If you enjoy bustling cities, don’t miss out on a trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town, both of which offer plenty of attractions.
Please note that all excursions are at an additional cost.