Lion sanctuary

Project name:

Drakenstein Lion Park

Project purpose:

Lion sanctuary

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Same sex shard unit (max 3)

When does the project run?


communal kitchen / recreation room, accommodation included, electricity, western toilet, scheduled shopping trip to town

How long can I stay?


basic understanding of English, be at least 18 years of age and reasonably fit.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

General volunteer activities will include but not be limited to the following:
• Monitoring visitors to the sanctuary to ensure our animals well being.
• Food preparation for the lions.
• Cleaning the grounds and facilities.
• Cleaning lion camps.
• Clearing alien vegetation.
• Clearing fence lines and general fence maintenance.
• Fence construction.
• Firebreak maintenance (and fire fighting in the summer!).

What should I pack?
 Sleeping bag (you are responsible for providing your own bedding)
 Small daypack
 Work gloves x 2
 Torch with extra batteries
 Towel
 Personal toiletries/medications

 Books
 Camera/film
 Warm clothes for cold nights
 Light clothes for hot days
 Hiking boots
 Underwear/socks
 Sunglasses/sunhat
 Cash/credit cards/travellers cheques
 Passport
 Driver’s license (if available)
 Travel insurance certificate
 Copies of important documents

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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