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Cheetah Reintroduction in South Africa

Work hands on with cheetahs and learn more about this amazing but endangered species. Be part of the pioneering reintroduction project whilst living on a reserve. Join a 4 day trip to the famous Kruger National Park. By volunteering at this project, you will be contributing to saving the future of the cheetah. Your hard work enables the project to make improvements to the reserve and cheetah enclosures. Volunteers record data about the cheetahs which allows a profile to be made up for each cheetah and means their health and condition is closely monitored.

Volunteers also allow the project to progress with its reintroduction project, which is the first of its kind. It aims to see cheetahs back in their natural habitat. By spreading the word about the plight of the cheetah on your return, you act as an ambassador for the project, raising awareness of the problems the cheetah faces and what the project is doing to help them.

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What to Expect?

An amazing opportunity to work hands on with cheetahs and help save this incredible species from the possibility of extinction. The project is designed to introduce you to the fascinating wildlife Africa has to offer as well as the incredible cheetah and to work closely in all aspects of cheetah conservation. The project allows you to work closely with cheetahs on a daily basis. As the project is set on a 350 hectare reserve it provides the chance to learn about wildlife and conservation in Africa.

As part of this project, you will also have the opportunity to go on a 4 day trip to Kruger National Park which is home to the Big 5 and allows you to see the best of Africa’s wildlife in its natural habitat. Please note that the Kruger trip is only included and guaranteed for volunteers staying for 4 weeks. Volunteers staying for less that 4 weeks can arrange to do the trip for an additional cost if they wish as long as it’s scheduled within their stay.

While there is a routine in place, the timetable is fairly fluid and things can change. Some activities are seasonal and may depend on a number of factors. However a typical day could look like this: 7.00-8.30am Cleaning the cheetah enclosures and running the cheetahs to exercise them and provide stimulation and enrichment 8.30-9.30am Breakfast 9.30-1pm Morning duties which could be meat preparation, the removal of alien invader plant species, enclosure maintenance or phase 2 preparation 1-2pm Lunch 2-4pm Afternoon duties which could be spending time with the cheetahs, reserve maintenance or creating fire breaks 4-5pm Cheetah feeding (the timing of this can vary depending on time of year) From 5.30pm onwards is free time, a time to socialise and eat dinner.

You will have one day off per week and you can use this time to relax in the volunteer accommodation or by the nearby river, or you can choose to visit some of the sights the local area has to offer such as visiting curio markets, an elephant sanctuary, shopping at the local mall or visiting a spa. Transport to these attractions will be provided by the project for an additional fee to cover fuel costs. You will also get Sunday afternoon off, and this time is normally spent relaxing at the volunteer accommodation or by the river as no transport is available at this time.

  • Program ID: # 2065
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
  • location:
    Free State Parys
    South Africa
    26° 46' 12.486" S, 27° 43' 11.5644" E
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs

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