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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: SAVK
Duration: 20 or 21 days
Combine volunteering and adventure on this rewarding and exhilarating 20-day South African adventure!
Volunteer with communities in Cape Town and make a real difference to local children. You’ll stay at our amazing, coastal accommodation at Table View near Cape Town with other volunteers and work with the kids in local schools, crèches and clubs. You’ll have time to enjoy Cape Town nightlife, beach life and unique sights before heading off on the ultimate South African road trip! Enjoy 6 days of action-packed experiences as you leave Cape Town and travel along the famous Garden Route. Encounter local wildlife such as elephants, cheetahs and lions. Explore the mysterious Cango caves, enjoy a canoe ride in Wilderness National Park and visit 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 bungee from the world’s highest jump or go zip-lining over a river! It’s a lifetime’s-worth of amazing experiences packed into a brilliant combo of a trip!
A rewarding and thrilling 20-day South African combo! Spend 14 days volunteering with communities in Cape Town and make a real difference to local children. You’ll stay at our amazing, coastal accommodation at Table View near Cape Town with other volunteers and work with the kids in local schools, crèches and clubs. You’ll have a rewarding experience that will stay with you forever, not to mention boost your CV! You’ll have time to enjoy Cape Town nightlife and beaches with other volunteers, and you can explore further or relax and unwind for two days before starting 6 days of action-packed experiences travelling along the famous Garden Route on the ultimate South African road trip. Encounter local wildlife such as elephants, penguins, cheetahs and lions. Explore the mysterious Cango caves, enjoy a canoe ride in Wilderness National Park and visit 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 zip-lining over a river! It’s a lifetime’s worth of amazing experiences packed into a brilliant combo of a trip!
There are a range of fantastic community volunteer projects which you can take part in in Cape Town. Let us know your preference when you book, and we can get the ball rolling on your volunteer experience.
You should choose one project to focus on, and most of your volunteering will then take place at this project for the duration of your stay, although you do have the flexibility to move projects if you wish.
Please note alternative projects will be running during school holidays and over festive periods. Please download the trip notes or contact us for further information.
Day 1, Saturday
You will be welcomed at the airport by a coordinator who will transfer you to your volunteer house accommodation. You will have an introductory orientation session. The rest of the day is free for you to check out the shops, beach, bars and restaurants. In the evening you will be invited to a Braai (a traditional South African BBQ) at the hostel.
Day 2, Sunday
After breakfast you will meet your local tour guide who will explain the busy South African bus system, and help you purchase your ticket and travel unaccompanied into Cape Town centre. You will be met by a tour guide and taken on a walking tour where you will visit historical sites such as the Castle of Good Hope and the Grand Parade. You will visit the Parliament buildings and the District Six Museum where you will learn about life under apartheid South Africa. You will be taken to explore St Georges Mall and Greenmarket square where you can purchase African arts and crafts.
At 2pm you can take a bus or walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Here you can relax, eat some fresh fish, drink a cocktail or two and watch the ships come in and out of the harbour. You can explore this area and find shops, markets and musicians.
From 4pm or after you can head back to the hostel and start planning your next day.
Day 3, Monday
Breakfast is from 7.45-8.15am on all volunteer days. Project volunteering from 8.30am-12/12.30pm. Afternoon – Volunteer meeting to discuss planning, problems and challenges, help with donations, lesson planning, training on how to teach and plan activities with kids, tips on behaviour management and age-appropriate lessons.
Days 4-6, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Breakfast 7.45-8.15am. You will take part in your volunteer programme at morning sessions, running from 8.30am-12/12.30pm. Lunch is between 12-2/3pm on all volunteer days, and afternoon volunteer sessions run from 2-4.30 for settlement or teaching projects and 3-4.30pm for the swim/surf project. During the evenings you will set aside some time for project or lesson planning.
Day 7, Friday
A flexible day where you can help with handing out donations to local settlements, do training or planning sessions or get involved in fundraising activities in the local area. You will also have some free time to yourself.
Days 8 & 9, Saturday and Sunday
Day 10-13, Monday-Thursday
Your second volunteer week will follow the same schedule as the previous week.
Day 14, Friday
Another donation or fundraising Friday.
Day 15 – Saturday: Cape Town to Sedgefield. Optional Lion Walk, which gives you an unbeatable opportunity to interact with young lions in their natural setting. Then you’ll make tracks for a night spent in Sedgefield.
Day 16 – Sunday: Sedgefield via Storms River to Jeffery’s Bay. Optional activities include canoeing at Wilderness National Park, world’s highest bungee jump, or ziplining. Overnight stay in Jeffery’s Bay.
Day 17 – Monday: Addo Elephant Park and Jeffery’s Bay. Addo Elephant National Park. Optional 2-hour guided 4x4 safari. Free time in Jeffery’s Bay and visits to surf shops.
Day 18 – Tuesday: Jeffery’s Bay to Oudtshoorn. Along Route 62 through the Karoo. Visit to an ostrich farm near Oudtshoorn. Visit to the Cango Caves.
Day 19 – Wednesday: Oudtshoorn to Cape Town. Elephant experience. Tsitsikamma National Park. Visit a Wildlife Ranch and get up close to some awesome animals. Return to Cape Town.
Day 20 – Thursday: Depart from Cape Town.
Please note: This Garden Route itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. At times, part of the tour may run in reverse.
This is the 2019 itinerary. If your volunteer programme begins in 2018 you will follow a slightly different itinerary. You will arrive on Friday instead of Saturday and your experience will last 21 days. On your arrival day, you will be transferred to your accommodation, shown around and given a map of the area. You will also meet your volunteer leader and receive a full introduction to the project. That evening, you will enjoy a South African BBQ with the group. The next day (Saturday), you will enjoy a walking tour around Cape Town. Sunday is a free day to relax before your volunteer placement begins on the Monday.
This South African road trip offers an unbeatable range of optional activities at brilliant prices, so you can add in all sorts of unforgettable adventures along the way! From wildlife experiences to elephant rides and adrenaline activities, there’s something for everyone on this ultimate South African adventure.
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