Live with lion cubs in South Africa
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From $1,664 (was $2,079), 2 weeks, South Africa Trip code: SAC67

  • Adventure 1 out of 5
  • Relaxation 1 out of 5
  • Culture 1 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Feeding, caring and playing with the adorable lion cubs
  • Helping to look after the other animals on the reserve
  • Living on this incredible wildlife reserve and hearing the roar of the lions from your bedroom- amazing!
  • Participating in game drives on the reserve

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Set in a stunning location in the North West Province of South Africa, the reserve is involved in white lion research and conservation and is home to a number of adorable lion cubs - and their older brothers and sisters, mums and dads!

 

At this wildlife reserve and lion breeding centre you will be spending your days looking after incredibly cute lion cubs, feeding them, playing with them and giving out lots of cuddles! You will have an amazing hands-on experience and getting so close to these animals is a once in a lifetime experience! However, dont forget that your role isn't always glamorous; the animal enclosures will need to be kept in good order, so expect to get dirty!

 

The lions, cubs and other animals all need a huge amount of care and attention and this is where you come in - and after spending time here we're certain you won't want to go home! What we can guarantee is that you'll fall in love with these incredible animals!


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What will I be doing?

  • The project (2 weeks)

  • Volunteer role (2 weeks)

  • Your typical itinerary (2 weeks)

  • What should I expect? (2 weeks)

  • Free time (2 weeks)

The project: 2 weeks

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Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is a wildlife volunteer destination to write home about. Never far from the news, it’s a vast, modern multicultural country, full of contradictions and full of interest. It offers so many opportunities for student travel that it’s difficult to summarise.


There’s the country itself – offering everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah to scrubland, bushveld to stunning coastlines. If your taste is for Africa’s big five, this is the one of the very best places on the continent to see them.


Then there are the people and what they’ve achieved. If your interest lies in modern politics, South Africa should definitely be on your travel shortlist. You’ll have the chance to live and volunteer in a country that has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.

  • Location: Brits, South Africa

The centre currently has over 100 lions including some cubs as well as other predators and game that you will be helping to look after. It’s involved in lion research, breeding and conservation and has been featured in documentaries by National Geographic and Aquavision among others. The centre is also involved in educating young people and is also open to members of the public wanting to learn more about wildlife and spend time in this stunning location.

 

The project works directly with the University of Pretoria and together they are at the forefront of white lion research; they are the only facility in the world that practices principles of ethical breeding as part of their white lion breeding programme. They have also participated in research on Lion AIDS and TB in lions and have even hosted several film crews for documentaries from around the world. An exciting fertility research project on big cats is presently being undertaken at the project, with several prominent researchers and professors from South Africa and Europe involved.

 

When the big cats grow up many of them will remain as part of the ongoing research projects; some are kept for breeding and others are released into enclosures. Any animals that are passed on will be to reputable reserves where checks have been carried out the make sure they have a good new home.

Volunteer role: 2 weeks

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Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is a wildlife volunteer destination to write home about. Never far from the news, it’s a vast, modern multicultural country, full of contradictions and full of interest. It offers so many opportunities for student travel that it’s difficult to summarise.


There’s the country itself – offering everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah to scrubland, bushveld to stunning coastlines. If your taste is for Africa’s big five, this is the one of the very best places on the continent to see them.


Then there are the people and what they’ve achieved. If your interest lies in modern politics, South Africa should definitely be on your travel shortlist. You’ll have the chance to live and volunteer in a country that has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.

  • Location: Brits, South Africa

You will be helping to raise the cubs - feeding them and caring for them – along with making sure that all the other wildlife and facilities at the reserve are well looked after and maintained. Don’t forget that you may also be involved in cleaning out the enclosures and will probably get dirty in the process; so roll up your sleeves and leave your gladrags at home! The rangers you'll be working with are keen to pass on their knowledge and experience and you will learn so much about the lions, the challenges facing them and how the reserve is run - an incredible opportunity for everyone!

 

Volunteers typical activities can include:

  • Caring for the small cubs; stimulating, bathing and feeding the cubs as well as extensive interacting with guests and tourists on 'cub team' day 
  • Preparing food for the bigger cubs; handling raw meat, meat allocation, weighing and cubing meat and keeping a record of all milk and meat consumed daily
  • Working with the ranger team; collecting vegetables, chickens, carcasses from local farmers and feeding the large and mature lions
  • Mending and painting fences
  • Raking and cleaning lion enclosures
  • Cleaning and maintenance of farm needs 
 

 

 

Your typical itinerary: 2 weeks

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Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is a wildlife volunteer destination to write home about. Never far from the news, it’s a vast, modern multicultural country, full of contradictions and full of interest. It offers so many opportunities for student travel that it’s difficult to summarise.


There’s the country itself – offering everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah to scrubland, bushveld to stunning coastlines. If your taste is for Africa’s big five, this is the one of the very best places on the continent to see them.


Then there are the people and what they’ve achieved. If your interest lies in modern politics, South Africa should definitely be on your travel shortlist. You’ll have the chance to live and volunteer in a country that has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.

  • Location: Brits, South Africa

Day 1 (Monday) – Arrive into Johannesburg Airport (airport code JNB)

Today you will be met at the airport and taken straight to our backpacker’s hostel in Pretoria. You’ll need to arrive before 4.15pm so that you’re all ready for the orientation which kicks off at 5pm. The orientation will cover what it's going to be like at the project, do's and don'ts, how to stay safe and gives you the chance to ask any questions that haven't yet been answered.After the orientation you’ll have dinner prepared for you and this is the perfect opportunity to socialise with your fellow volunteers and have some time to relax before your first day at the project tomorrow.

 

Day 2 (Tuesday) – Introductions at your project

The following morning you will be taken from Pretoria to Brits where your amazing lion adventure will start! The project is 1-2 hours drive away, around 70km north of Johannesburg. The project and accommodation are on the same site so you won’t be late for work! Take time to get to know everyone and settle in, because this is your home for the rest of your stay.

 

Your first full day will be fairly laid back to get you settled in at the reserve. The staff at the reserve are always happy to answer any questions that you might have.

 

Days 3 to 7 (Wednesday to Sunday) – Keep up the good work

Now you’re a fully-fledged member of the team, you can aim to be on duty from around 7am to 4pm daily. You’ll be up with the birds in the morning but the afternoons are normally yours to relax by the pool on the reserve. You will sometimes be asked to work until 7pm as the cubs need constant attention…it’s hard work, but someone has to do it!

 

Following weeks

You remaining time on the project will be filled with caring for the cubs, cutting up meat for the bigger cats and any other activities needed by the project.

 

Your Last Day

Sadly, your final day at the project has arrived and after you've said your goodbyes to your new furry friends and other volunteers a member of the team will transfer you back to Pretoria. The team can also arrange for you to be transferred onwards to Johannesburg airport for a local fee so please arrange this with them in country. Please ensure that you allow sufficient time for checking in when booking your onward flight, usually we advise to make sure that your flight departs after 5pm.

 

 

What should I expect?: 2 weeks

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Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is a wildlife volunteer destination to write home about. Never far from the news, it’s a vast, modern multicultural country, full of contradictions and full of interest. It offers so many opportunities for student travel that it’s difficult to summarise.


 

  • Location: Brits, South Africa

This is the perfect project for anyone with a love of lions and other stunning African wildlife. The project is quite laid back and structured with you in mind. Part of the experience is what you put in, but it's also about what you get out of it.

 

Deep breath... the centre is home to 100 lions, cheetah, tigers, hyena, caracal, serval, civets, impala, blesbuck, kudu, zebra, eland, giraffe, waterbuck, ostrich, warthog, gnu, red hartebeest! Phew... the list is never ending! This gives you a wonderful opportunity for a hands-on experience with the lion cubs as well as a huge range of other activities on the reserve, this trip really is a once in a lifetime experience!

 

As well as the work at the reserve, there are also great opportunities for horse-back safaris and visits to other reserves nearby at weekends and days off. All told, this is a fantastic South African wildlife experience that will stay with you forever!

 

 

Free time: 2 weeks

Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is a wildlife volunteer destination to write home about. Never far from the news, it’s a vast, modern multicultural country, full of contradictions and full of interest. It offers so many opportunities for student travel that it’s difficult to summarise.


 

  • Location: Brits, South Africa

It’s not all work and no play! You’re in South Africa so there’s lots of sightseeing to be done and lots of fun to be had! Your days off will be arranged according to the needs of the project but you can just ask if you want to take specific time off, it’s all very flexible.

 

You will be able to take 1/2 days off at weekends but don't forget that the hungry cubs will still need feeding! These 1/2 days are your valuable time off to rest and explore. If you can tear yourself away from the swimming pool on-site there is plenty to see and do and the surrounding area is definitely worth exploring. Around Brits there is a cheetah centre, crocodile farm, cultural village and plenty of curio shops to browse, so there is no chance of being bored! 

 

 

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What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport pick-up on arrival date and transfer back to Johannesburg on final day
  • In-country orientation
  • 24hr emergency support

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional excursions

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum 17 years, maximum decided on potential participants health. Under 18 year olds need to have an indemnity form from the project signed by parents.

 

Accommodation

You will be staying in ‘rondavel’ style huts on site at the centre which are on a shared two or three person basis. The rondavels are well equipped and have modern amenities such as hot running water, showers and Western style toilets. There are two swimming pools on site along with a lounge with television and a beautiful garden for you to relax in during the afternoons.

The bathroom facilities include hot water, shower and western style toilets. Valuables can be locked up in the office safe but please mark these with your name to ensure they don't get confused. You don’t need to bring bedding with you as this is provided and a mosquito net is optional. You will need to bring a towel for the pool! Don’t worry about packing weeks and weeks worth of clothing as there are laundry facilities available. There is a local town around 30 minutes away so if you need to stay in touch with family or friends from home, then telephone and internet facilities are nearby. There is WIFI available 24h.

 

Meals

Whilst staying in the reserve, all meals are included and prepared for you - it's all good hearty South African fare. You will need to make sure you work hard to burn off all the great food you'll be eating!

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. What should I bring with me?

All our volunteers say definitely bring a pair of gloves with you and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty!

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Bring gloves with rubber palms Bring warm clothes in winter for evenings Bring casual clothes You have lots of chill time so things to do.

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Interactions with the animals,especially the babies very special. Getting dirty on ranger duty(This aspect of the experience could definitely be promoted) Card games with the staff

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Meeting the Jacobs family and their staff and lions

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Be prepared to get dirty Lip balm and moisturiser are your new best friends Don't be afraid to have a go at everything,you will surprise yourself

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Interacting with and feeding the cubs Meeting new people and forming friendships Safari

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Bring warm clothes if visiting in winter Check your adaptor Lip balm

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Meeting new people Seeing cubs Bonfire party

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Dress for the temperature.(South Africa winter is not an English winter) Be prepared to do tasks you wouldn't expect. Have Fun

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Hayley Aspland - September 2014

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Holding and feeding 4 days old lion cubs Meeting an amazing group of people Ranger days(: All of it

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Lily Morton - September 2014

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Amazing Entertaining Fun Relaxing Spontaneous

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The experience of the project and the staff are very friendly

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Do research about the trip and activities.

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Aleena Shehraz - September 2014

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Feeding the 2 day old cubs

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Embrace the experience Bring gloves Bring things to do in the evening(eg, word board games.)

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Isabel Biggs - September 2014

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Once in a life time experience

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The Lions, cubs, ranger days

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Annie Wells - August 2014

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New friends, amazing memories, definitely returning!

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Ranger days, feeding 3 day old cubs, getting to see a vet work with 4 lionesses

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Bring more than one pair of gardening gloves, be prepared for the weather to drop in the night, bring trainers that you don't care if you have to leave behind!

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Coral Humber - August 2014

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The best two weeks of my life

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Ranger days Interacting with the cubs Feeding the big cats Having the freedom to see the cubs whenever you wanted Seeing the vet dart four female white lions and being able to go in while the vet was working The monkey and elephant day

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You get quiet a lot of freetime so take a book or whatever you like to do. Take a fair amount of money as there is a lot to do outside of the project.

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Hayley Aspland - August 2014

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The whole trip was amazing! Holding and feeding a 4 day old lion cub; playing with 12 week old Cheetahs; watching a vet in action with four adult female lions; making some amazing new friends who I am staying in touch with; and just the day to day fun things you get to do! :)

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Take gloves with you! Any old gardening gloves will do. And some lipsil! 2) Make sure your adapter works in SA as many worldwide adapters don't actually work there. 3) A handshake and smile goes a long way in SA...and take your sense of humor with you too! :)

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Live with lion cubs in South Africa2014-08-25

Kellyanne Cook - August 2014

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(10/10)
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Wonderful

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The whole thing was amazing, wonderful experience

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Never forget Amazing Once in a life time

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Live with lion cubs in South Africa2014-08-13

Clare Molloy - July 2014

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(10/10)
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Once in a lifetime trip

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Waking up in the morning to the sound of lions roaring. Overall I loved the whole experimence. Getting to hold a lion cub. Once in a lifetime

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Have fun- it goes by too fast Take loads of photos Make loads of new friends

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Live with lion cubs in South Africa2014-07-28

Kate Stellman - June 2014

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(10/10)
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Best experience of my life! Can't wait to go back!

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Bottle feeding the baby cubs, going on walks with the older cubs, or getting to play with the cubs whenever I'd like! Also making amazing new friends!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Do this trip!!!! 2. Have an open mind and you will have fun and make friends :) 3. Bring t shirts that u don't really care about because while playing with the cubs they could get ripped, but it's worth it of course!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Live with lion cubs in South Africa2014-06-23

Natasha Philip - May 2014

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(10/10)
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Once in a lifetime trip that I will never forget!

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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Definitely working with the cubs! You can play with them anytime you want, which is amazing. Also getting to go on day trips to elephant, cheetah and monkey sanctuaries, as well as the Pilanesberg safari and Sun City waterpark.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Bring stuff to do in the evenings as you have a lot of free time 2) Bring clothes/shoes you don't mind getting torn to shreds - no nice dresses! 3) Leave your inhibitions at home! Don't be afraid to get involved in everything as you only have two weeks!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Live with lion cubs in South Africa2014-05-22

Kate Rist - May 2014

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(10/10)
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Unforgettable - I am already planning my return trip with my friends,

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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Getting to work with the lions from 4 weeks old to walking with 2 year olds. Also visiting Pilanesburg safari park and getting to see the many other animals in South Africa. Bottle feeding the babies and playing with the older cubs was amazing!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Definitely bring gloves for cutting up carcasses but also handling veggies for the zebras and other wild animals on the park. Bring something to do in the evenings, maybe films or a few books. Get stuck in with everything as the time goes so so fast!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Live with lion cubs in South Africa2014-05-18

Stephanie Macdonald - April 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Most incredible experience of my life, I will go again!

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Volunteering with lion cubs!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Take gloves! 2. Look at the trip notes, it will help with your packing. 3. Don't be afraid of the lion cubs!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

8

Live with lion cubs in South Africa2014-04-17

Laura Phelps - January 2014

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(10/10)
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Amazing, life changing, beautiful, my heart belongs to lion park

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Getting to play with the cubs as much as you wanted in free time, getting up close with cheetahs, stroking a hyena!!! The whole experience was amazing. I have never done anything like this and was nervous of going on my own so it really was life changing for me. Everyone is so friendly. You just get stuck in as much as you can and enjoy.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Wear suncream even if cloudy, I learnt my lesson and got pretty sunburnt Take jeans that you don't mind being chewed through, those cubs can be menaces. There is wifi available so worth taking a laptop for updating home but also if you want to watch a film etc in the evenings.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Live with lion cubs in South Africa2014-01-08

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