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Key Facts

Program Focus:

White Lions, Wildlife Conservation

Location:

Tsau Conservancy, Greater Timbavati

Price:

From £450

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Want to volunteer with white lions in Africa?  This is the opportunity you have been looking for!

Volunteer World International are exceptionally proud to be able offer our volunteers the amazing opportunity to visit South Africa and play a hugely important role in the ongoing preservation of White Lions, now technically extinct in the wild.  Owing to this fact alone, this program offers volunteers a truly one-of-a-kind opportunity for visitors to see and work with the White Lions and assist the White Lion Trust (WLT) with their ongoing commitment to ensuring the survival of this iconic species…

The long term and primary objective of the WLT program is the re-establishment and protection of White Lions in their natural wild habitat within their endemic area – the Greater Timbavati region of South Africa.  To achieve this goal, the WLT draws on years of experience, understanding and far reaching protocols to ensure preservation and conservation can be achieved in a sustainable manner, now, and for many years to come with substantial emphasis placed on community participation, education and cultural upliftment.

Volunteer World International in conjunction with The WLT offers an exclusive opportunity for suitable candidates to volunteer or intern with the White Lion Conservation Project and thus play an integral role in achieving the survival of this amazing species. Successful candidates will be trained as active members of the conservation monitoring and research team and thus go far beyond just members of a student/volunteer program leading to a hugely rewarding and memorable stay.  Due to the ever changing needs of the project, dynamic and adaptable candidates have a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience whilst making a valuable contribution to the long-term conservation of the White Lions.

For anyone wanting to volunteer with lions in Africa, this truly is a premier opportunity to make a genuine long term difference to support this critically endangered species.

PLEASE NOTE:  THE WHITE LION TRUST PROJECT OPERATES A STRICT POLICY OF NO CONTACT WITH THE LIONS, NO CUB PETTING OR WALKING WITH THE LIONS IS PERMITTED.  LIONS THAT HAVE BECOME HUMAN HABITUATED OR IMPRINTED CANNOT BE RETURNED TO THE WILD.

  • In conjunction with the Global White Lion Protection Trust, Volunteer World International are proud to offer volunteers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to the ongoing survival of the enigmatic White Lion, undoubtedly one of the planets most beautiful species and unfortunately, a species on the verge of extinction.

    This program offers volunteers the one of a kind opportunity to view these animals in the wild and contribute heavily towards their ongoing preservation, if this isn’t enough reason though to visit us here, check out the some more of the amazing experiences available to all volunteers choosing to book with the White Lion Conservation Program!

    • Track the resident White Lions with telemetry equipment through the heart of the South African bush in the Greater Timbavati region.
    • Get to know the individual animals from a distance while learning about and recording their behaviour.
    • Get out and about in the bush assisting with preservation of the reserve for regular bush clearing and erosion control exercises.
    • Take part in predator/prey studies and resultant herbivore and game counts.
    • And most importantly, take the one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the day-to-day trials and tribulations of running a leading conservation initiative.  One of the most rewarding volunteer visits you could possibly imagine!

    A perfect bush setting, stunning location and hugely beneficial and rewarding experiences make this an absolute must for any volunteer with a passion for big cats and the genuine conservation of their ongoing preservation!

    Download the full project fact file here for an in-depth breakdown of the experiences available to volunteers choosing the Great White Lion Conservation Volunteer Program!

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  • Volunteer World International are hugely proud to be associated with and to be in a position to offer our volunteers the opportunity to visit and work closely with the Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT) to assist in their ongoing efforts to protect and preserve the future of the critically endangered White Lion.

    Volunteers are invited to become a part of this serious conservation initiative currently undertaking pioneering approaches to achieve their goals on both scientific and cultural fronts with keen focusses on both community education and upliftment.  The volunteer program itself focuses in particular on learning more regarding the resident White Lions resident at the reserve to further understand how wild population numbers can be successfully grown thus saving this critically endangered species and in the process offers incoming volunteers the genuine potential for life changing experiences and a deepened sense of values and personal growth.

    The reserve though is not just home to lion, other species that may be seen during your stay include Impala, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Warthog, Duiker, Steenbok, Porcupine, Serval, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Monkeys, Baboons, Nyala amongst many others that roam the land freely with the occasional sighting of Cheetah and even African Wild Dogs or ‘Painted Wolves’!  Indeed the volunteer camp is situated in the midst of the land where 2 white lion males and 1 tawny lioness roam freely in this most stunning of real African Bush settings.

    Day to day activities at the program are as varied as the sightings of the animals you may see and occur during an average 6 day working week (Sundays are rest days) – you will never have the opportunity to be bored with a range of activities that may include any of the below:

    1. Lion Monitoring

    • Lion-tracking using telemetry
    • Recording of lion behavior
    • Lion supplementary feeding (during veterinary treatment or ‘boma bonding’)

    2. Habitat Management

    • Bush-thinning
    • Erosion control
    • Gabion construction
    • Alien plant control
    • Boma (acclimation enclosure) clearing
    • Herbivore / Game counts

    3. Scientific Research

    • Predator/Prey study
    • Data capturing of research information

    4. Community Development

    • StarlLIon Eco-cultural education program
    • Organic food-growth programs
    • Community re-cycling projects
    • Eco-construction of infrastructure

    An important part of the projects protocols is working with the local communities to provide education and upliftment which features as an integral part of the core volunteer program, an element that leaves a mark on nearly all visitors.  Regular visits to local communities and schools are made as part of your stay and offers a massively rewarding addition to the experience that is sure to tug at the heartstrings of even the most ‘child-wary’ volunteer!

    So, with a perfect African Bush setting, variety of stimulating activities, the opportunity to become involved in some of the most beneficial work being undertaken by any organisation anywhere in the world, the chance to join this amazing project is surely one that is not to be missed…!

  • The White Lion Conservation volunteer program – not only an opportunity for volunteers to play an integral role in the preservation of one of the worlds most critically endangered species but also located in one of the most spectacular and biodiverse regions of South Africa!

    Situated in the Limpopo Province in South Africas tropical North East near the Mozambique border and world famous Kruger Park, the White Lion Conservation Program offers a true South African bush experience and an insight into the ‘real’ South Africa – the perfect base for your South African adventure to begin.  With the Kruger Park within easy reach and a multitude of activities to take part in even in your time off from the project, this is certainly a program that ticks all the boxes for anyone wanting to make a genuine a long lasting difference to lion conservation in a  truly South African setting!

  • Enjoying a stunning location at the heart of one the worlds most biodiverse regions near South Africas world famous Kruger Park, volunteers to the White Lion Conservation Program will never be short of something to do on their off days.

    Below is a list of just some of the activities that can be arranged either via your on site coordinator or through ourselves here at VWI to keep you entertained outside of project working days!

    • Safaris or Game-drive in neighboring reserves
    • On-foot wilderness walks
    • Day trips to the Kruger National Park
    • Day trip along the ‘Panorama route’ including famous tourist spots such as God’s Window, Pilgrims’ Rest, etc.
    • Trips to Blyde River Canyon
    • Big Swing (bridge swing) in Graskop
    • Camp Jabulani (Elephant safari)
    • Visit to Endangered Species Protection Centre
    • Visit to Khamai Reptile Park
    • Horseback Safari
    • Visit to Mafunyani Cultural Village

    Not your average volunteer program and not your average array of entertainments for your spare time also – more great reasons to volunteer with lions at the White Lion Conservation Volunteer Program!

  • Volunteer World International are committed to only offering the greatest volunteer opportunities available within South Africa at affordable prices we are confident will not be beaten.

    Find cheaper pricing for the same experience offering the same level of service with any other volunteer company, let us know and we WILL match it and remember, for bookings of 2 people or more, you are instantly entitled to 5% off the total value of your placement as a ‘thank you’ from VWI!

      GB£ US$ EU€ CA$ AU$
    2 Weeks GB£750US$1200EU€950CA$1350AU$1350
    3 Weeks GB£1075US$1725EU€1360CA$1935AU$1935
    4 Weeks GB£1395US$2250EU€1770CA$2520AU$2520
    5 Weeks GB£1725US$2775EU€2180CA$3105AU$3105
    6 Weeks GB£2050US$3295EU€2590CA$3690AU$3690

    For longer stays, please contact us for a specific quotation!

    Whats Included
    • Return transfers from Hoedspruit Airport/Bus station to the program (Tuesdays only).
    • Full training from experienced and qualified coordinator
    • Accommodation in converted farmhouse on the reserve
    • Food is provided but is prepared by volunteers themselves
    • Self service laundry facility is available @ R30 per load (approx USD 3 or GBP 2)
    Not Included
    • International Flights and Visas
    • *Airport Transfers (transfers can be arranged as an optional extra if required, contact us for further details)
    • Gifts, entertainment and beverages (unless otherwise detailed)
    • Weekend excursions (if required)
    • Monthly stipend

    The White Lion Conservation Volunteer Program accepts new volunteers every Tuesday and volunteers should aim to arrive to either Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport or the local bus station on the Tuesday.  Flights to Hoedspruit are available from Johannesburg on a daily basis, for volunteers wishing to take an overland transfer though, arrivals should be made to Johannesburg for Monday (latest) ready for overnight accommodation and transfer through to Hoedspruit early on Tuesday morning on our shuttle service – Volunteer World International can arrange this for any volunteers wishing to take this option at additional cost.

    Note: VWI uses Paypal to issue all our invoices – should you require a quotation in a currency not listed above, please contact us detailing your requirements!

  • Volunteer in South Africa Booking Process

    Booking with VWI is as easy as 1-2-3 and a great hassle and obligation free way to start planning your dream vacation to South Africa!

    Once you have decided on the project(s) you would like to visit, fill in our simple application form to get the ball in motion.  We will then confirm availability back to you within 24 hrs of receipt of your enquiry together with a quotation and hold a reservation with your chosen projects for 7 days.  Once you are completely happy with your itinerary, simply pay a minimum 20% deposit to reserve your placement and then start planning and looking forward to the vacation of a lifetime with us here in South Africa!

    So, youve found your ideal project – now click the below button and take the first step towards the volunteering adventure of a lifetime!

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