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The Lion Whisperer Wildlife Sanctuary

  • 8 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : JNBKNG

Kevin Richardson (also known as the 'Lion Whisperer') is a high-profile conservationist who runs The Lion Whisperer Wildlife Sanctuary. This 1, 2 or 4 week ‘muck in' opportunity will leave you smiling with the memory caring for various predators covering various duties from enrichment, to basic animal husbandry. Volunteers also play a role in doing maintenance work to restore old farming land back to pristine bush in a newly established big five reserve.

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Introduction

Head over to the Welgedacht Game Reserve in Pretoria, South Africa for this amazing once in a life time experience! You may even be able to meet Kevin Richardson (also known as the ‘Lion Whisperer') who runs this amazing sanctuary. Kevin is devoted to caring and enriching the lives of the animals that live here; including lions, spotted and striped hyenas, black leopards, wildebeest and giraffes. The sanctuary is set on a 45,000 hectare game farm which lies within the perimeters of Dinokeng Game Reserve. Volunteers play an integral part in restoring Welgedacht Game Reserve back to its former glory. Once completed, the reserve will be the first free-roaming Big Five of its kind in Gauteng. Volunteers will carry out all sorts of tasks including maintaining, caring and managing the animals on the farm.

Day 1 - Arrival Johannesburg

Volunteers will be collected at OR Tambo International Airport by a representative from the Welgedacht Game Reserve and transferred to the reserve to settle in. On route you will be taken to a grocery store to purchase your personal extras you may wish to purchase and then taken to the volunteer house. After a brief orientation, you will be given free time to freshen up and relax. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure

Day 2 - On the Project

After breakfast you will be collected by one of our team members who will give you a short orientation of the site and the kind of tasks you will be performing during your stay. Volunteers will be split into work teams and rosters given for your weekly work schedule.

Day 3 to 5 - On the Project

Volunteers will follow the work roster that will be drawn up based on the needs at that particular time. Duties will include things like animal welfare (food preparation, fly traps and animal enrichment); Game Counts; Anti Poaching; Animal Enrichment (taking animals on drives/walks, shifting them between enclosures); River Clean ups; Fence Checks, Office Work on rainy days (Data Capturing, filing); General Cleaning and Maintenance (Bush-cutting, Weeding, Fence Repairs, Enclosure cleaning, washing game vehicles, occasional paint or building work).

Day 6 - On the Project

Volunteers usually go on a bush walk in the greater big five reserve and after returning have an afternoon of leisure followed by a braai in the evenings.

Day 7 - Relaxing Day

Volunteers choose to go to one of the local attractions where they usually have a lunch (at their own cost). Transport to the outing is done by Welgedacht Game Reserve at no cost. Some of the facilities we visit are Cullinan Diamond Mining Town and Chameleon Craft Village. Or you can just sit back and relax!

Day 8 - Departure Day

Sadly you have come to the end of your stay. After breakfast you will be at leisure to pack up your belongings and prepare to be transported back to OR Tambo International for your flight.

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  • TRIP NAME: THE LION WHISPERER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
  • DURATION: 8 DAYS
  • FROM PRICE: $1381
  • TRIP CODE : JNBKNG
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  • South Africa

What's included?

- Information Package
- Volunteering experience
- Accommodation
- Meals
- Airport Transfers
- 24 hour support