Volunteer in South Africa – Wildlife Sanctuary
Hartebeespoort, South Africa
How do I start to explain how much I love this place?
My name is Cathrine. I´m 19 years old, from Norway. This journey was my very first adventure that I organized by myself. I traveled with two friends of mine, and we were all a bit nervous and excited. When we arrived at the Wildlife Sanctuary, the first thing we saw was three female lions; Sahara, Sarabi and Savuti, playing in the shade. It only took us a second to forget how nervous we were and we never looked back.
If I had known how amazing our stay would be, I would never had booked tickets home after just two weeks. I understood just when walking out of the car the first day that I had made a huge mistake. I never wanted to leave.
Interacting with the animals was insane. In just two weeks I got to walk with lions, train both lions and tigers, cuddle with Jack the zebra and Bailey the cheetah, and walk with the elephants-Three and her two girls. That’s just a couple of the things we did with the animals. We also got to see Misty the giraffe, just a couple of hours old! That is an experience that few things in life can top.
What really came as a surprise for me was the other volunteers and the staff. I never thought I could make life long friendships in just two weeks. Even though we had ”Sh*t Mondays”, where we would start the week with an entire day cleaning away shit, the Mondays were always good days, because I had so many good friends with me.
Looking back there is only good memories. I came back to Norway under 24 hours ago, and I am already looking for new tickets back to my real, African home. If you consider travelling to the sanctuary, don´t hesitate. I can promise you the only thing you will regret is not staying there forever. – Cathrine