Lion Sanctuary Farm

Bagamoya Wildlife Estate is a lion sanctuary farm, ideally situated about 25km from the Bloemfontein International Airport and 35km from the centre of the City of Bloemfontein, Free State Province, South Africa. A beautiful getaway place, where you get the chance to move around in the African bush, and view the African wildlife in a way that will leave you captivated.

Volunteers who join our projects, get wildlife experience and most importantly: they make huge contributions through their effort and time. You can get so much more than a typical safari experience at Bagamoya… here, you interact, raise, feed, rehabilitate and live among the wildlife of Africa! 

The Program

The aim of our volunteering program is to observe, work and spend time with animals from all over the world.  Most animals at Bagamoya are hand-reared.  There is daily interaction with all of the animals.

Main activities: raising of cubs (lion, tiger, caracal, cheetah, serval, monkey, …), building of camps, fencing, cleaning of camps, irrigation, nursery, plant trees, … .
When there are baby-cubs, whatever type of animal, the volunteers will have responsibility to feed the babies on the set hourly basis provided on a schedule.

This stunning working holiday will give also give you access to a wide range of optional activities.
For example: canoeing on the Modderriver at Bagamoya Wildlife Estate, horse riding, visit to city for relaxation, bootcamps and fully equipped gym, fishing, walking trails between our game, slips-and-slices, teambuilding, … .

Volunteers work 6 days a week, with 1 day all to themselves, where they will be driven to wherever they want to go.  Working times are 8 am – 5 pm. If you are working in the restaurant, the hours may vary.


• Food: 3 meals per day and one drink per meal*
• Accommodation
• Project related transport and other transport and fuel costs
• Training
• Wi-Fi an hour per day at certain times specified

*Other food, drinks and extras – like laundry or room cleaning have to be paid separately.

The volunteers can stay as long as they want and can come at any time of the year! To enjoy the place and its opportunities, we recommend 2 weeks as a minimum stay.


The facilities are charming, comfortable and basic.
The chalets sleep 4 people, have 2 en-suite bathrooms, kitchen and braai-area outside. It is situated at the hippo-hole.
The double-rooms sleep 2 per room and have 1 bathroom.
They are situated at the lion-camps at the main house. All rooms involve volunteers to share: 2 per room.
Warm water in all facilities.  Televisions with DSTV in each chalet and inside each room. We schedule regular trips to the city for shopping, so if there are things needed, it will be arranged.

How to apply?

It’s easy, just get in touch with us and let us know about your motivation for this program and when you would like to come!