At Panthera Africa, tourists and volunteers will be educated and awareness will be created concerning the life threatening conditions most predators face every day, both in the wild and in captivity. They will also gain knowledge on how they can contribute and make a difference.  

Become part of the Panther “Pride”

Becoming part of the “pride” at Panthera Africa will give you a life-changing experience, and hopefully, inspire you to follow your dreams!

As it is very popular to volunteer at Panthera and there is limited space available, we highly recommend you to book as soon as possible. Panthera works on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure that you secure your spot well in advance before the intended arrival date. However, should you have an immediate booking request, please just send us your wish and we will do our best to accommodate you.

We would recommend that your stay will be a minimum of 2 weeks to ensure a full experience. Shorter or longer stays can be arranged and price varies accordingly.

Start- and end dates are on Saturdays, so please arrive and depart at Cape Town International airport between 10am and 2pm on the specific date. In case your flight is delayed or for other reasons you are not able to be at the airport before 2pm, you are responsible to cover your own transport to the project site.


A typical day at Panthera Africa

When being a volunteer at Panthera Africa you have the unique opportunity to be involved behind the scenes and you can learn what it takes to run a sanctuary.  The working hours will differ between summer and winter months due to temperature and hours of light during the day. There is a morning meeting where we go through every day’s schedule so everything will be planned and set up for you.

The daily tasks will include:

  • Looking after the amazing big cats and contributing to their wellbeing and happiness
  • Enrichment program (making toys for the animals)
  • Preparation of food and feeding
  • Cleaning and maintaining enclosures
  • General farm work (both hard and easy labor)
  • Assisting with our educational visits

Sundays and Wednesdays are normally your days off, so you can expect a good variety of hard work and relaxation. Wednesday is your activity day where you will be enjoying the amazing Overberg area together with the other volunteers and our volunteer coordinator.

Home sweet home

During your stay you will enjoy our modern, cozy home which is situated 5 minutes’ drive, or 20 minutes beautiful walk, from the sanctuary.

The house consists of 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, a spacious and fully equipped large kitchen and dining room area for everyone to cook and enjoy dinners together, games nights, a cozy living room area with a fire for film evenings or just relaxing with a nice book.

Outside we have a traditional South African braai (BBQ) area, and a lovely dam and large garden to sunbath and swim for the hot summer days!


We are proud to be in cooperation with The Pebbles project, who share our vision around the importance of education and the holistic approach to a brighter tomorrow! The Pebbles Project work with children and families in the Winelands farming communities in the Western Cape and focus on the entire life of the child and the challenging circumstances in which they live in order to make a significant and lasting difference. The children are regularly coming to join our educational visits, as well as our volunteers have the opportunity to visit the project and meet the children. To read more;

If you would like to join us in supporting this project, you can easily add R250 to the volunteer fee and sponsor a school pack for one child for a whole year.



Panthera Volunteer

Based on 2 week stay. Length of stay determines price

ZAR 18,630 pp* 14 DAYS

Transfers to and from Cape Town International Airport for arrival and departure, accommodation, breakfast (self-made) and lunch (vegetarian), weekly transport to grocery shop and our weekly Wednesday activities, a copy of the book “Cuddle Me, Kill Me” by Richard Peirce detailing the origin story of our sanctuary and issues facing captive big cats today!
Flight ticket, medical and travel insurance, dinner each night, lodging in Cape Town on arrival and departure if required, and any activities and sight-seeing that has a fee. We may cater for special dietary requirements such as vegan and non-gluten lunches, but will then charge an extra fee of R200 per week.

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