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Lion Conservation Project in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa
Quick Facts
about this position

Working hours


Minimum age

from 18 years


not required

Language skills

Good english knowledge

About this position

Overview: lion conservation project in South Africa

Work with South Africa's unique wildlife in a lion park. The park has existed for 15 years and has, among many other animals now 35 lions, 6 chimpanzees and even 2 tigers. This project offers volunteers the opportunity to work with rescued lions in their new home. The animals usually come from a zoo or circus and can no longer survive in the wild. The park offers these lions a beautiful environment where they are treated with compassion and respect. They can live here in dignity. Volunteers do not come into direct contact with the animals, because that does not correspond to the nature of lions. So you work for the animals, not with them. Tourists are coming for day visits and overnight visitors are accommodated in tents that are built right on the premises.

What to expect

Description: lion conservation project in South Africa

Internship duties: The volunteer manager will delegate duties to volunteers according to their interests and current requirements. The welfare of the animals takes centre stage in the daily work, therefore volunteers will assist the team to make everything comfortable for the lions and the other animals. Volunteers can assist with:
  • Cleaning and maintenance of the area and the lion enclosure.
  • Preparing food for the lions and feed the other animals in the park.
  • Maintenance, e.g. checking, repair or construction of fences.
  • Assisting with tourists and introducing them to the park
  • Prevent or deal with bushfires (summer only)
  • Working hours:
The working day starts at 08h30 and ends at 17h00 with one hour lunch a day. Volunteers work 5 days a week and are off on Saturdays and Sundays. Requirements:
  • The park is open for anyone that loves nature, adventure and being outdoors.
  • Tolerance and respect
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Commitment
  • Self discipline and independence
  • Knowledge of English

Itinerary of your stay abroad

Volunteer abroad program

Start date of project

The volunteer projects run throughout the year. Therefore, we are open for your individual suggestion, which we are going to propose to our partner organisation.

Time of arrival

We recommend to arrange an arrival a few days prios to the start of the volunteer project. You can move in to your guest family up to 3 days before the official project start at no additional costs. You then have enough time to recover from the long flight, get to know your host family and make your first trips.

Arrival at the Airport

Arriving in a new country is always exciting. We want your arrival to be as relaxed as possible. One of the staff members of our partner organization will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your host family or your shared flat. He/she will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find a flight at the desired date, don’t worry. You can choose another one a few days earlier or later.

Orientation program

Within the first days of your arrival one of the team members of our partner organisation will pick you up and show you around. You will get to know the country and its people and you will be informed about Do’s and Dont’s. The program will be held with more volunteers at the same time. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know like-minded globetrotters. Your local contact person will provide you with further useful hints for a good starting point into a new lifestyle.

The project starts

On the first day of your project, you are usually accompanied by a member of our local partner who will answer all of your questions. The further project days your local contact person will always be available for you via phone if you have any concerns or issues to share with somebody.

Free time & weekend

The weekend is totally yours! You may ask your local contact person from our partner organisation about upcoming events, sights, shopping tips or other must see’s. On some days there will be field trips organized by our partner organization. We recommend you to join them as it is always fun to experience a new country with others. 


You shall contact your local contact person a few days prior to your departure to inform about options for your airport drop-off. It will not be included in the services of the volunteer projects, but our expert will help you organize it.

Ready to get started?

Lion Conservation Project in Cape Town, South Africa

Flexible dates

from 1 week

from 18 years

Good english knowledge


1290 EUR

Questions? We will help you!

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Your accommodation

Accommodation: Lion conservation project in Cape Town, South Africa

Accommodation is provided on the park. Volunteers are accommodated in bungalows. Here you can either share a bungalow for two, or stay alone in a bungalow. There is room for a total of 3 volunteers at the same time. Included is the nightly roar of the lions, to make your stay a unique experience. Catering is not included in the programme, but every Monday volunteers can join staff members on the shopping trip to the next town. Internet is available free of charge. Protective clothing and equipment will be provided.

Our Service

Service: lion conservation project in South Africa

The rate includes:
  • Accommodation in a bungalow 
  • Return transfer from Cape Town airport or city centre to the project (approx. 50 km)
  • Internet on site
  • Protective clothing and equipment
  • Placement fee
  • Donation of Euro 100 to the lion park
What is not included in the rate?
  • Flights
  • Food & beverages
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses & travel
Our local team
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Our local team

Your coordinator in Cape Town

"My name is Jana Williams, I am originally from Germany, but living in South Africa for 8 1/2 years. Nearly 6 years of those I stayed in the mother city of Cape Town. I am now managing all internship and volunteer placements for Studentsgoabroad Cape Town. During my studies of Social Work I did internships abroad myself. I have been to London, India and even in Cape Town which was 12 years ago. While still living in Germany I started placing interns in Southern African countries and always enjoyed this activity. This activity is interesting, exciting, versatile and most of all positive, as a stay abroad always enlarges the personal horizon.

Learn more about Jana here!