Vuka (pronounced v-oo-ka) is a Xhosa word meaning ‘wake up‘ or ‘arise‘. We see it as a call to answer that longing deep in your soul, which is prompting you to break out of the mundane and do something completely different and deeply meaningful;

Heed the call of Africa and feed your soul!

Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary

This world-renowned sanctuary is in a class of its own. Originally built as an up-market bush lodge, it is set on the 5000 hectare Bahati Estate 300 kilometres north of Johannesburg. The lodge itself perches on an outcrop with unparalleled vistas of pristine African Bushveld teeming with game.

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Baboon Rescue & Rehab

Located more than 2 hours north of Johannesburg in the true African Bushveld, this family-run facility is truly ‘far from the madding crowd’.

Here you will form part of a close-knit team caring for orphaned baboons and assisting in rehabilitating them to the wild.

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The Lion Sanctuary

Set in the beautiful Cape winelands, this sanctuary is only half an hour from Cape Town.  Established in 1998, this park is a refuge for captive bred or hand reared big cats which cannot be rehabilitated to the wild. Here they are assured of a home where they are treated with compassion and can live out their lives in dignity.

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Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary

Eseltjiesrus (literally ‘donkeys’ rest’) which provides a permanent refuge for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys, was officially opened to the public in 2007. Since then it has been providing an invaluable service, not only to the donkeys in its care, but also to the welfare of donkeys all over the country.

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