Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary

CHARACTERISTICS OF A GENUINE SANCTUARY

> NO INTERACTION WITH THE ANIMALS ALLOWED       > STRICT POLICY OF NO BREEDING   

> PROVIDE LIFETIME CARE TO THEIR ANIMALS

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.

Today it is ‘forever home’ to some of the most abused and mistreated big cats rescued from circuses and other hellholes around the world. Here they slowly heal and learn to become lions again.

In May 2016 world headlines were made when the biggest animal airlift of its kind brought 33 lions rescued from circuses in South America by Animal Defenders International (ADT) to live out their lives here in their new African home.   Lions have also been received from Stichting Leeuw’s lion sanctuary in Amsterdam with whom Emoya are also partnered.

The Bahati Estate is a working farm with cattle, sheep and game so, although the main focus is on caring for the cats, volunteers will also have the opportunity to be involved in caring for livestock and general farm maintenance. Tasks include (but are not limited to) cleaning of cat enclosures and water holes, checking electrical fencing, enrichment of cats, preparation of feeds and building and upgrading of enclosures. Time is also set aside for photographing specific cats under supervision.

Accommodation is in tented rondavels with en suite bathrooms. Each tent sleeps two people.

Meals are enjoyed in the main lodge around a large circular table, which is conducive to sharing of stories and laughter.

Minimum Age

18 years

Arrival day

Arrival on Tuesdays

Minimum stay

2 weeks

COST 

2 weeks:    1 400 Euro

4 weeks:    3 200 Euro

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in a twin share room
  • Transfers to and from O R Tambo Airport
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Coffee, tea and water
  • Seasonal fruit
  • Daily Servicing
  • Laundry
  • WiFi and Internet

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel & other Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Items of a personal nature

VUKA TIP

The accommodation here is unparalleled in the volunteer community. These tented huts have absolutely nothing in common with the tents in which most people go camping. This is a unique opportunity to stay in accommodations that one would normally only find in the most exclusive game lodges.

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