Bahati Working Farm and Big Cat Sanctuary

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Hidden in the pristine wilderness of the Waterberg biosphere nature reserve  lies the Bahati Estates, a small slice of paradise that offers visitors understated luxury and a veritable fortune of archaeological treasures and biological diversity.

The Bahati Volunteer Programme provides you the opportunity to experience and get involved in the day-to-day running and operations of an African farm.  At Bahati you can turn your African holiday into the experience of a lifetime. Find yourself or simply unlock your future potential.

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The Bahati Volunteer Project offers four-star accommodation at Bushman’s Hide.  Volunteers can enjoy shared accommodation, by way of a luxury safari tent with en-suite bathroom. Excellent meals are included daily, and in your downtime you can indulge in unwinding in a glorious swimming pool as well as play a number of board games.

But the real magic of Bahati enfolds in her natural recesses, where on a walk through the bush you can truly enjoy coming together with nature, drink in a glorious burnt orange African sunset, or simply slip into a faraway world while enjoying a book from our library or just meditating under the shade of a glorious umbrella tree. It is here, where you are so close to nature that you will find that you will be able to truly relax and unwind and reconnect with the person you aspire to be.

As a Volunteer at Bahati Volunteer Programme, you will have a unique opportunity to get involved in the day-to-day running and operations of the farm. Some of these tasks may include:
Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary:

  • Morning checks
  • Checking electrical fence
  • Cleaning of fences
  • Cleaning of enclosures
  • Enrichment
  • Preparing of meat
  • Evening feeds
  • Photos and videos
  • Assistance to veterinary care when needed

 Note: We allow NO interaction between volunteers and the big cats 

Game management

  • Game counts
  • Game movement
  • Parasite control
  • Collection of feed and licks for the animals
  • Daily observations of black impala

Livestock maintenance
 Nguni Cattle:

  • Tick and parasite control
  • Feeding and watering
  • Maintenance of camps
  • Veterinary care
  • Record keeping
  • Tagging of the calves
  • Branding of cattle

Bapedi Sheep:

  •  Monitoring
  • Tick and parasite control
  • Feeding and watering
  • Maintenance of camps
  • Veterinary care
  • Record keeping
  • Tagging of lambs

Boschvelder Chickens:

  • Egg collection
  • Feeding
  • Veterinary care
  • Designing and building chicken coops for free range chickens

Resident Great Danes: Koda & Gaia!

  • Feeding
  • Daily walks
  • Daily brushing
  • Weekly wash

General Farm Maintenance

  • Invasive species eradication
  • Bush clearing
  • Soil erosion management
  • Enhancement of natural grazing through establishment of tree lucern, pastures and buffalo grass
  • Fence patrols and repairs
  • Road maintenance and repairs
  • Fire control during dry months
  • Website and Social Media Updates
  • Compilation of weekly news letter
  • Assisting with filming
  • Placement of trail cameras
  • Photographic data updates
  • Creating a community garden for sustainable food production
  • Lodge Maintenance

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The Bahati Volunteer Programme has several options for volunteers depending on your desired length of stay.

  • 7 day
  • 14 day
  • 4 week
  • 8 week
  • 12 week

Each programme, in addition to giving volunteers a chance to experience everyday life on a working farm, also includes unique enrichment programmes.

Pick Ups and Drop offs

For logistical reasons collection and drop off days will all be on the same day via O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg. Pick ups and drop offs occur on Sundays between 10h00 and 14h00 to reduce additional travelling times and costs. The current rate for a return trip from OR Tambo to Bushman’s Hide is ±R5,000 … If 2 or more volunteers share the cost it will reduced considerably. Please send us your flight arrangements as soon as possible and we will arrange a transfer for. You will be met in the international arrival hall with a signboard.

Alternatively, for arrivals outside our scheduled times, we recommend staying overnight at the City Lodge O.R. Tambo as it reasonably priced and located directly at the Johannesburg airport.

The cost of the volunteer programme includes:

  • Accommodation in our four-star lodge
  • Accommodation options:
  • Luxury Safari Tents (single/double)
  • Tiger Cottage (sleeps 4)
  • All meals
  • Tea, instant coffee and water are freely available
  • Seasonal fruit will be available
  • One drumming evening every week
  • Daily servicing
  • Wifi Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Weekly trip to Vaalwater for shopping.

Not included in the Bahati Volunteer Programme, in addition to anything not mentioned above:

  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel expenses including transfers to and from Bahati Estates
  • Health, travel and cancellation insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages (Limited alcoholic beverages and soft drinks can be purchased on site)
  • Cigarettes (please note all rooms are non smoking)
  • For personal expenses obtaining money in the local currency, the South African Rand (ZAR) is necessary and can be arranged on your arrival.
  • Tipping in restaurants etc. is usually 10% of the total bill.
  • Snacks: If desired, you should purchase your own personal supply of any special snacks.

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