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Volunteering in South Africa – The “Ins and Outs” of a Wildlife Sanctuary

Volunteer in South Africa – Wildlife Sanctuary
Hartebeespoort, South Africa

I spent an amazing two weeks working at the Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa this summer. My journey started off with a two-day orientation in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. I stayed at a hostel, hosted by the friendliest staff.

A GoEco volunteer cares for lion sisters
Lion sisters

I was able to get acquainted to the new culture and see so much of this historic city with our private tour guide. Our guide drove us to the Hartebeespoort area where the Wildlife Sanctuary was located.

GoEco volunteers walk the sanctuary with zebras

Immediately following our arrival, we were greeted by the staff as well as other volunteers who were already there. We were given a tour of the sanctuary and even ran into a few free roaming zebra and giraffe along the way.

A GoEco volunteer feeds a male lion
Male lion at feeding time

It was so fascinating watching “chop-chop” and all of the lions, tigers, and cheetahs at feeding time. It was a great start to my experience there.

A GoEco volunteer spends time with an ostrich

We started each day with our morning chores, followed by an amazing South African breakfast. We would have a mix of work to do in the field and cleaning of enclosures during the day before and after lunch.

A GoEco volunteer walks an elephant
Morning elephant walk

Following dinner, we had the rest of the day to ourselves to socialize with the other volunteers. The staff were always planning events and activities for us to participate in during the downtime, such as Africa Night and play movies filmed right there on the sanctuary.

A GoEco volunteer cares for a cape leopard
Salati the Cape Leopard

Each week there were also offered a few excursions that we could go on, including a trip to Chameleon Village, hot air balloon rides, Casino night, and a trip to Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary.

A GoEco volunteer visits a monkey sanctuary
Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

I took away so much more from this volunteer experience than what I had planned, not only did I learn so much about the ins and outs of running a sanctuary for wildlife, I made friendships with people from all over the world that I will cherish forever.

A GoEco volunteer walks a lion
Lion walk

I would definitely recommend volunteering here at the Wildlife Sanctuary. – Cierra

Get involved and begin the journey of your lifetime! Click here for more details about the Wildlife Sanctuary!

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