Love Lions Alive is a small Sanctuary with hands on management by the few people involved. You will become part of a family and treated as one of the team. We do not take in a lot of volunteers at the same time, so you will not be lost in a big group of people. You will have the opportunity to know all the people involved.
Each day is different, we may plan to do certain things one day and then something else may come up, such as going to get a cow.
Volunteers to Love Lions Alive become our family and friends. We are a small organisation and we like to keep it that way. We value each person who comes to help us out as a vital member of the team.
If you love nature, like to get some sun on your skin and breath in fresh mountain air, you just may be the right kind of person for us. If you would enjoy sitting quietly alongside of a lion enclosure noting the behaviour of the lions but would equally get stuck into digging a hole or carrying stones to build a wall, you might fit in here. If you think you would enjoy the sunset over an African valley from atop a giant boulder with the glow of golden light reflected off the mountain behind you while listening to lions roar, you might end up sitting exactly there as a member of the LLA Volunteer Team.
You will need to get yourself to South Africa, Johannesburg, O.R. Tambo International airport or Durban, King Shaka International Airport. Flights and necessary visas, insurance and travel associated expenses are not included in the package.
You may come at any time of the year for any period of time up to two months. Longer periods of stay have to be arranged once we know each other.
We will try to collect volunteers from Johannesburg or Durban, however, there are only a few of us involved in the project and if we can not get a way, there is a shuttle bus or a coach from Johannesburg or Durban which stops at the bottom end of our farm. Book your trip to Montrose, Swinburne. We can help you with this. This trip takes approximately 3.5 hours.
WEATHER & CLOTHES
Since we are situated at the foot of a mountain and at the top of an escarpment, we have very quick weather changes. You will need to be prepared for cold weather to move in at any time. You literally can be in shorts and t-shirt getting too much sun one moment and be surrounded by mist and light rain the next. It is also cold at night, even in summer you will need a good quality jacket and boots.
You should have clothes in which you are prepared to get dirty, closed shoes for when you work near lions, a hat, sunscreen and importantly a torch (light).
There is cell phone reception at the farm and we have limited WIFI.
This is high lying land so there is no Malaria.
Food is provided on a self catering basis. Volunteers need to share cooking tasks with the rest of the group. Drinks are for your own account. When you feel like it, there are a number of take-away/fast food outlets at the petrol port 2 km away, which would be for your own account.
ZAR1350 (at the current exchange rate that is €90.95 or US$ 112) per person per night.
This covers all your expenses at the project other than your own extra food/drinks/personal items/excursions.
R470 of this fee goes towards the running, building and upkeep of the sanctuary and the lions. This is how we keep LLA in existance.
So as to respect the lions' privacy, we are not a tourist park. We prefer to have a handful of dedicated lion lovers as volunteers than to open our gates to a multitude of paying visitors, this does however mean that we rely on volunteers as our means to generating funds to run the sanctuary.
Read Andi's blog in which she talks about the business model of having volunteers at LLA
We will send you more information and an application form if you are interested in booking - email firstname.lastname@example.org
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