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A GoEco volunteer holding 4 month old baby leopard cub Cody
Me holding 4 month old baby leopard cub Cody!

Volunteering in South Africa – An Experience of a Lifetime


Volunteer in South Africa – Wildlife Sanctuary
Hartebeespoort, South Africa

My trip to South Africa truly changed my life. Ever since I was a little girl I had always wanted to work with animals. I’ve lived on a dairy farm, and worked at a zoo, but nothing had ever given me the experience that Wildlife Sanctuary had given me during my time in South Africa.

A GoEco volunteer gets close to a pregnant giraffe
Me with their pregnant giraffe Lucy

Everyone always asks me to tell about my adventure but the only words I can get out are “It was a truly amazing, once in a lifetime trip.” Waking up in the morning or in the middle of the night hearing the lions roaring, truly made me feel like I was dreaming. I played with the 4 month old leopard cub like I would play with one of my kittens at home.

A GoEco volunteer holding 4 month old baby leopard cub Cody
Me holding 4 month old baby leopard cub Cody!

One of the most amazing parts was walking animals outside the sanctuary in their natural environment. There were Elephant walks at 7 am, where you can walk right along the three elephants and take some breathtaking photos. I also loved walking the lions, and being able to walk right next to these amazing animals. Tiger training had to have been my favorite part of my trip. It was awesomee to work right next to these big cats and walk them around a training course.

A GoEco volunteer spends time with Jasmine the tiger
Their big tiger Jasmine.

Another amazing part of my experience was being able to meet people from all around the world. It’s so interesting to learn about other people’s cultures and ways of life.

A GoEco volunteer feeds a zebra and her baby
A zebra and her baby during one of our feeding drives.

My experience as a whole was truly one of a kind, and I look forward to visiting South Africa again! – Samantha

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