YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.
Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.
THE REWARDS OF DOING THIS PROJECT:
This placement would suit wildlife and conservation enthusiasts who are looking
for some hands-on experience and are willing to work hard.
- You'll get a varied experience with many different species of animals.
- You'll have a memorable opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal experience with
many of the animals who are homed at the Sanctuary.
- You'll leave feeling very proud of yourself for having helped to give injured and
orphaned wildlife a second chance.
- You'll learn a lot about different wildlife species and the difficulties encountered
when trying to rehabilitate and release them. Hopefully you'll help to raise awareness
by talking to friends and colleagues on your return home.
- This project will be an excellent entry on your CV, demonstrating your initiative,
commitment, unique working experience and your concern for nature.
ANIMALS IN THE SANCTUARY:
The sanctuary currently accommodates a variety of different animals here are just
some of them - Over 250 species of Birds, Cheetahs, Servals, Variety Hawks, variety
Owls, Black Eagle Cape Vulture, Blue and Crowned Cranes, Macaws, African Greys,
Cockatoos, Amazons plus lots of other parrots, Ground squirrels, Squirrel monkeys,
Marmoset monkeys, Meerkats, Grysbok, Blue and common Duiker, Bush buck, Kudus, Ostrich,
Emus, Goats, Giraffe, Zebra, Blesbok, Impala, Nyala, Waterbuck, wallabies, crocodile.
The owner has several dogs and cats that have the run of the property.
The park has purchased cheetahs who have reached maturity. They are between 6 and
8. They had their first cheetah cubs born and are keeping 3 of the hand reared kittens,
Bertha, Kiera and Indie.
Some animals are able to be returned to the wild, like some of the buck, raptors
and birds, but unfortunately most will need to stay in the Sanctuary for the rest
of their lives. When animals have been in the care of humans for too long, they
are no longer able to survive in the wild. In the Sanctuary, though, they have a
safe haven for the rest of their lives! Birds in particular are often put down if
their injuries are such that they would have difficulty surviving in the wild. However,
in the Park they're cared for and continue to live in safety.
(Information correct at time of writing)
Tourism and Education: To cover the cost of feeding and caring for such huge numbers
of animals, the Sanctuary has been opened to the public as an education centre and
tourism destination. All funds raised from the tourists go back into the Sanctuary
to take care of the animals and expand the animals' natural living habitats.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome
Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet
where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator
for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well
as while you're on your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide
and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching
Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all
we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome,
elegant and beautiful country.
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:
When you arrive you will be met at the airport and driven to the project site. There
you'll be welcomed by a member of the Project Team who will take you to your accommodation
and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction
so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as
well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety
issues, tipping, and lots more.
LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:
The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country while you're
in South Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very,
very beautiful. Cape Town is probably the most beautiful city in the world (I can
say that, I grew up there :-) KwaZulu-Natal comes a very close second, albeit very
different. Knysna is where South Africans go on holiday, which gives you some idea
of how lovely the region is. When you lie on the beach and watch dolphins jumping
the waves, you'll think you're in Paradise.
LOCATION: PORT ELIZABETH:
The Sanctuary and Wildlife Park is situated 50 km south west of the city centre
of Port Elizabeth (PE), on the Eastern Cape’s sunshine coast, in a malaria-free
area. It's set on 1,000 hectares of superb bush and grassland.
PE is known as the 'Windy City' and the 'Friendly City'. The city is a outdoor-lover’s
paradise, with boat cruises; diving opportunities, the Seaview Predator Park; Bayworld
(which incorporates an oceanarium, museum and snake park). You also shouldn't miss
a trip to the lush forests of the Kragga Kamma Game Park, where white rhino, buffalo,
cheetah, giraffe, zebra, nyala, bontebok, lechwe and other animals roams freely.
A popular fun spot is the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex, with shops,
eateries, an amphitheatre and a casino.
EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
KwaZulu Natal (KZN) is renowned for its Game Reserves and traditional Zulu Culture
: The attractions in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) range from vibrant cities to the gorgeous
Land of a Thousand Hills, from tranquil beaches to outstanding Game Parks and Nature
Reserves. These are just some of the sites you shouldn't miss:
- Big Five Game Reserves (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino - and lots more,
of course) and Travellers volunteers are able to work in many of them, including
Tembe and Mkhuze.
- Beautiful St Lucia Wetlands with its Crocodile Centre and Wetlands
- Numerous nature parks,
- Fantastic beaches for swimming and diving. The beaches are truly golden.
- Lively Durban where South Africans go to have fun,
- The San Art Park for a collection of astounding rock paintings,
- ... And much, much more!
DURBAN (Tekweni in Zulu) is the ancestral home of the Nguni people.
Africa's bewitching seaside playground in the sun with radiant golden sands and
lush sub-tropical greenery. The city has balmy weather all year round, making it
a perfect holiday paradise. Durban International Airport is only a 10 minute drive
from the City. Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, Durban Metro after dark buzzes with
elegant lounges, funky taverns and cozy inns, distinctive local theatre and live
music, and trendy clubs, pubs and discos. This is nightlife in a modern, authentic