South Africa Volunteer & Safari
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: C360
Duration: 8 or 10 weeks
Our epic South Africa Volunteer & Safari combines an exciting range of our fantastic projects in South Africa in one awesome adventure trip. This really is the ultimate South African experience! Go wild on a 14 day South Africa Big 5 Conservation programme, work with wonderful wildlife at a sanctuary and even meet mischievous monkeys at a monkey sanctuary. Take an awesome road trip along South Africa's stunning Garden Route and then volunteer with kids in Cape Town on this incredible South Africa Volunteer & Safari.
This trip is fully flexible and tailor-made to suit you, so if you want to add in or take out tours then let your travel advisor know and you can plan your own perfect itinerary!
- The ultimate South African adventure, encompassing adventures from Cape Town to Kruger National Park and everything in-between, including awesome wildlife experiences!
- Enjoy our 14 day South Africa Big 5 Conservation on a private game reserve: Spot incredible animals on safari and volunteer with conservation and in the community
- Get hands on with a whole array of animals at an amazing Wildlife Sanctuary and even add in a unique experience meeting mischievous monkeys at a Monkey Sanctuary
- Volunteer in Cape Town’s local communities at schools, local settlements, crèches or sports projects
- Take an awesome road trip from Cape Town along South Africa’s famous Garden Route
Our epic South Africa Volunteer & Safari combines an exciting range of our fantastic projects in South Africa in one awesome adventure trip. This really is the ultimate South African experience! Go wild on a 15 day South Africa Wild Adventure, work with wonderful wildlife at a sanctuary and even meet mischievous monkeys at a monkey sanctuary. Take an awesome road trip along South Africa's stunning Garden Route and then volunteer with kids in Cape Town on this incredible South Africa Wild Adventure programme.
There are two options to choose from on our South Africa Volunteer & Safari:
OPTION 1: 14 day South Africa Big 5 Conservation + 15 day Wildlife Sanctuary + 7 day Garden Route Road Trip + 15 day Cape Town Community Volunteers
OPTION 2: 15 day Monkey Sanctuary + 14 day South Africa Big 5 Conservation + 15 day Wildlife Sanctuary + 7 day Garden Route Road Trip + 15 day Cape Town Community Volunteers
All our 360 trips are fully flexible and tailor-made to suit you, so if you want to add in or take out tours then let your travel advisor know and you can plan your own perfect itinerary.
At our monkey rehabilitation sanctuary in South Africa you can help to rehabilitate injured, orphaned and abandoned monkeys, bush babies, baboons and other animals until they can be returned into the wild. Helping to feed your new monkey mates as a volunteer, typical tasks will include constructing new enclosures, planting vegetables and even bottle-feeding the babies! Experience other South African attractions such as seeing a 6000 year-old baobab tree, visiting local villages and soaking up the scenery.
Spend between 14 days volunteering on our incredible Big 5 game reserve in the heart of the African bush. You’ll get involved with everything from capturing animals for medical treatment, to feeding predators, securing fences from poachers and maintaining indigenous plant species. Enjoy the reserve’s fantastic facilities during your free time and spend weekends exploring the local area with excursions to some of the brightest highlights of the Garden Route. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, that’ll leave you with magical memories as well as the satisfaction of helping to conserve some of the most amazing animals on the planet.
Animal lovers will be in their element on this amazing South African wildlife volunteering adventure! Volunteer with amazing animals & birds and help to rescue, rehabilitate and release animals at a stunning wildlife sanctuary. See big cats, servals, caracels, squirrel monkeys, marmosets and over 250 species of bird and help to feed the animals and support the sanctuary in a volunteer role. You may even get a chance to care for new-born baby animals on this unforgettable wildlife experience! In your spare time you can enjoy the nearby surfing hotspot of Jeffrey's Bay.
Spend 15 days volunteering in Cape Town and making a difference in local communities. Help support kids and communities by helping in local schools, crèches, after-school clubs and day care centres. Volunteer in settlement communities, teach in schools, assist at childcare centres, or help at a local swim and surf after-school club. It’s a rewarding way to get involved caring for local Cape Town communities and experiencing the buzz of this brilliant South African city at the same time.
Enjoy 7 days of action-packed adventure and incredible experiences on this South African road trip. See the best of Cape Town and the Garden Route and see wonderful wildlife such as elephants, penguins, cheetahs and lions. Explore the mysterious Cango caves, enjoy a canoe ride in Wilderness National Park and take a tour of the famous Addo Elephant Park. With an unbeatable range of optional adrenaline activities on offer all along the route, you will have the opportunity to swim with sharks on a cage dive, bungee from the world’s highest jump or go ziplining over a river. It’s a lifetime’s-worth of amazing adventures packed into a brilliant 7-day road trip!
Our South Africa Volunteer & Safari trip offers a unique experience that includes our most amazing South African projects and makes for unforgettable memories. Have a South African adventure you’ll never forget!
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Flight/Travel route: UK - Port Elizabeth - Cape Town - UK
Your South Africa Volunteer & Safari trip begins with the South Africa Big 5 Conservation. You will need to arrive into Port Elizabeth before 4pm on your start date.
After your South Africa Big 5 Conservation ends, you will be taken back to Port Elizabeth for a final night. Your Wildlife Sanctuary trip also starts in Port Elizabeth, so you are already in the right place for your next programme.
Once your wildlife sanctuary stay is over, the sanctuary can help you arrange a return transfer back to Port Elizabeth Airport (own cost). You will then need to fly from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town for the start of your Garden Route Road Trip. You will be met at Cape Town airport and taken to your hostel. The road trip ends back in Cape Town, where your community volunteering is based. Your trip ends in Cape Town and you can fly back to the UK from there.
Flight/Travel route: UK - Hoedspruit - Port Elizabeth - Cape Town - UK
Fly into Hoedspruit on your start date to join your Monkey Sanctuary programme.
At the end of the Monkey sanctuary project you will need to fly from Hoedspruit to Port Elizabeth. You need to arrive into Port Elizabeth before 4pm for your Big 5 Conservation project.
After your Big 5 project you will be dropped in Port Elizabeth city centre, where you can then get collected by the Wildlife Sanctuary project.
Once your Wildlife Sanctuary stay is over the sanctuary can help you arrange a return transfer back to Port Elizabeth Airport (own cost). You will need to fly from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town for the start of your Garden Route trip. You will be met at Cape Town airport and taken to your hostel. The road trip ends back in Cape Town where your volunteering starts. Your trips end in Cape Town and you can fly home from there.
You will need to book your own international and domestic flights to move around during this South Africa Wild Adventure. Our partner team at Flights 360 can help you book all your flights in one go, so you won’t have to worry about a thing! For a great flight deal call Flights 360 on 01892 543943 or email [email protected]
Monkey Sanctuary (Option 2 only)
You will spend 14 nights at the monkey sanctuary. You will be staying in rustic-style dormitories (3-9 people sharing, mixed sex) right in the midst of the South African bush! Flush toilets, hot showers and electric points in the dorms. Wi-Fi access during working hours in the communal areas. Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided, though you many want to bring a sleeping bag if you are at the project during the winter (June & July) as it can get very cold at night. The staff will do your laundry (for a small fee) if you wish.
Three meals a day, teas and coffees are included in the price of your monkey sanctuary experience. A semi-continental breakfast is served at 9am, with lunch at around 1pm normally consisting of sandwiches or hot dogs. Dinner is at 6pm and during weekends you’ll get the opportunity to experience South African braais (BBQ’s) and help prepare your own traditional potjie (stew). Vegetarians and vegans can be catered for on request.
South Africa Wild Adventure (Options 1 & 2)
All accommodation during your stay on the programme is included. You'll be staying in one of our backpacker five-star volunteer camps in the heart of the game reserve. These are made up of single sex dorm rooms with shared single sex bathroom facilities. The camps feature a lounge area, entertainment area with TV and satellite, and an on-site shop. You’ll have access to the game reserve’s facilities including table tennis, table football, pool table, a library, swimming pool, tennis courts and cricket field.
You'll be provided with three meals a day during your stay. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.
Breakfast consists of cereals, bread, butter, jam, tea, coffee and cheese, but we sometimes serve eggs, sausages and baked beans as well.
Lunch and dinner are varied and include meals such as burgers, chicken and chips, veggie dishes and potato casserole – you definitely won’t go hungry!
Meals are served in the central dining area. Breakfast is served from 9.30 – 10am, lunch is from 1 – 2pm and dinner is from 6 – 7pm.
Please note: The reserve is an alcohol-free environment, but you will be able to go out for drinks in Port Elizabeth during your free time.
Wildlife Sanctuary (Options 1 & 2)
14 nights’ accommodation at the wildlife sanctuary is included. Please note: you need to arrive into Port Elizabeth before 5pm in order to be transferred to the project.
You will be living within the grounds of the wildlife sanctuary in our on-site backpackers wooden lodges, in twin-bedded cabins. This is basic accommodation, but it does have hot water and electricity. You may want to bring a sleeping bag with you, especially during the winter months. At the accommodation there is a TV lounge with satellite TV, a DVD player, and various chill-out areas to relax in after a hard day’s work! All your meals will be provided.
Garden Route Road Trip (Options 1 & 2)
6 nights of dorm accommodation are included. Staying at a four star hostel in a safe and easily accessible area for some of the nights, you’ll be just a five minute walk from the beach, a shopping centre, restaurants, bars and pubs. Staying in shared mixed dorms, you’ll have personal lockers, new ortho-care mattresses and clean linen in all the bunks, so you know you’ll get great night’s sleep. Accommodation can however be upgraded to doubles or en suites at an additional cost.
Facilities at the hostel include: Internet, a jacuzzi, lounge and TV room, laundry, Zen garden, communal kitchen, and complementary tea and coffee. Your accommodation for all the other nights will be at clean and friendly hostels. A welcome Braai is included in the price but most meals during the road trip will be at your own cost.
Cape Town Community Volunteers (Options 1 & 2)
14 nights’ accommodation is included in either our volunteer house or in a local four star hostel, which are next to one another so you can use all the facilities wherever you are staying. At the volunteer house you’ll find a communal lounge and kitchen facilities, and will stay in shared dorm rooms with around four other people. At the hostel you’ll be living comfortably in shared mixed dorm rooms, which accommodate between four and ten people. Facilities at the hostel include: Internet, a jacuzzi, lounge and TV room, laundry, Zen garden, communal kitchen, and complementary tea and coffee.
Both the hostel and the volunteer house are just a five-minute walk from the beach, a shopping centre, restaurants, bars and pubs. 3 meals a day are included on week days, consisting of a continental style breakfast every morning, a selection of breads, meats, spreads and fruit at lunch, and a range of hot meals in the evening. Meals are not included on weekends, but there are plenty of local restaurants and cafes to visit
The minimum required age to participate on our trips is 18.
Nationals of the EU, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand don’t require a visa to enter South Africa, though South African Immigration does ask that you have two completely blank consecutive pages in your passport. As long as you hold a valid passport (and a valid return ticket) you will be granted a temporary 90-day visitor’s permit on arrival, allowing visitors to stay in South Africa for up to three months. You should also ensure that your passport will still be in date for six months after you return. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.