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Earth Lodge - South Africa

Your eco-luxury lodge located in Sabi Sands Private Reserve, famed for sublime leopard and wild dog sightings, all in sustainable luxury

About this project

This charity relocates mistreated elephants to their sanctuary where they are cared for by permanent staff, including veterinarians. Your stay contributes to the cost of the elephants’ upkeep and welfare.
Main volunteering activities:
  • Preparing the elephant’s vitamin balls
  • Tracking their feeding patterns
  • Assisting the vet on their daily checks
  • Washing the elephant
  • Cleaning their beds
  • Maintaining the gardens
Key information:
  • The typical number of days on this fulfilling project 2-3, but you can spend longer
  • It involves 7-8 hours of helping each day, starting at 7:30am
  • November to April is recommended, but you can help anytime
  • This volunteering project blends well with activities in central Sri Lanka, including Kandy and the rest of the Cultural Triangle
Successes to date:

The foundation has cared for over 80 elephants. There are currently nine elephants being cared for at the sanctuary.

One of the resident elephants was the first in the country to be born in captivity.

The Foundation’s mahout training program is the only one to be recognized and accredited by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife.

This project is for you if:
  • You are looking for a project that enables you to learn an enormous amount about elephants 
  • You would like an experience that has a variety of activities
  • You are happy rolling up your sleeves and don’t mind getting dirty
Nearby activities:
  • Exploring the fascinating Cultural Triangle
  • The Tea Country hill stations
  • Leopard spotting in Yala National Park

Suggested Itinerary for Sri Lanka

in Sri Lanka

Price: US$6,000 per adult, $3,800 per child under 12

This adventure enables you to bond as a family by conserving critically endangered sea turtles, plus you get to explore the wildlife highlights of Sri Lanka

Trip Highlights

  • Rolling up your sleeves and caring for elephants
  • Jeep safari to see elephants in the wild
  • Awesome views and the engineering marvel that is Sigiriya Rock
  • Bustling Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth
  • Epic train ride
  • The waterfalls and  scenery of Horton Plains
  • The beauty of the Tea stations
  • A working tea factory

Price Includes

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Expert local guides
  • Meals as specified
  • Volunteering costs
Note: Price excludes international flights

Sample Day by Day

Note: This is a sample itinerary only
Note: This is a sample itinerary only, and we delight in crafting unique itineraries to meet your family’s exact requirements

Earth Lodge is Sabi Sabi group’s eco-luxury gem, located in Sabi Sands Private Reserve.
Sustainability is the mantra here, and each individually designed suite features a private pool and well proportioned living areas, generous indoor-outdoor lounge, and expansive windows combine to blend harmoniously with the natural landscape.

Animals frequently come to drink at the nearby watering hole, providing unmatched close-up encounters with wildlife.

Families love the two-bedroom Amber Villa, with its own private pool and patio. 

Whilst plastic bottles and lids are used at Sabi Sabi, this was concluded to be the best way to conserve water, and plastics are donated to a local empowerment group of women who recycle the lids and bottles. 

All water bottles are supplied locally – packaged in corrugated cardboard (which is made from the recycled bottle caps) and are specifically provided with no stick-on labels so that the bottles can be fully recycled.

Drinking straws are biodegradable and 100% compostable, made from starch made from mealie corn cobs and other plant sources. These straws are colored with fruit and vegetable extracts and when disposed of, their naturally organic properties nourish plants.

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