Part 1 - Your Garden Route experience begins as you drive along the longest wine route in the world, South Africa’s very own, Route 62. Enjoy the rugged scenery and winding roads as you make your way to Oudtshoorn to explore the fascinating underground maze of the Cango Caves.
Adventure awaits you over the next two days. Choose to join an elephant bush walk where you’ll get to meet three orphaned elephants. Hop in a canoe and explore the Wilderness National Park, keeping an eye out for the abundant birdlife. Face your fears as you hurtle off the world’s highest bridge bungy, or visit the mystical forests of the Tsitsikamma region. Enjoy a 4x4 safari with a game ranger as you set out to spot members of Africa’s Big Five, and connect with nature on a tranquil bush walk amongst the animals in a private game reserve. It’s all part if this 3-day adventure and it’s waiting for you…
Part 2 - Volunteer on a game reserve for a week and really make a difference by actively participating in the conservation of African wildlife within a fun, safe, stable and stunning environment.
Although this may sound similar to many other proudly South African volunteering projects, our dream for every person we come in contact with, is to have a lifestyle change towards thinking and living conservation. We want your time at the reserve to not only be the experience of a lifetime, but an experience that changes your life! Our aim is to empower ordinary people (like you!) to protect nature by creating a conservation lifestyle upon their return back home.
So what do we mean by a conservation lifestyle? A lasting change in heart, from selfish consumption towards preserving what has been entrusted to us.
The foundation is a starting point for you to become a conservationist because with your help there can be a better tomorrow. Our planet andspecifically the wildlife that abound on it, is a special gift that we have the luxury of experiencing and enjoying. We want to share that experience with you and more importantly we want future generations to have the opportunity to have similar enriching experiences.
This can only be achieved through conscious consideration of our current actions and learning new ways to preserve and conserve our greatest gift.Our conservation program could not function without the hard work, dedication and time of our volunteers. These volunteers are officially known by the government as voluntourists. By joining us you are becoming part of a generous group of voluntourists. Funds from our volunteering programme are reinvested into conservation, enabling us to grow and become even more successful in achieving our vision.
Part 3 - A week in Cape Town to volunteer at a choice of projects from working in a township assisting teachers at a pre school, from organic farming to feed the disadvantage community, become a football coach with children or support for a local skate park of over 100 children.
You will have the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing wildlife species in Africa such as lions, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, cheetah, meerkats and many other indigenous species. The Day-to-day program incorporates our dedicated volunteers. You will also be part of vital research on wild meerkat families.
The daily program may include the following activities:
Monitoring, cleaning and maintenance of lion and elephant enclosure
Preparing food for elephants and lions
Tracking and monitoring free roaming cheetahs
Researching and observing wild meerkat families
Performing game counts
Electric fence and enclosure patrolling
Setting up camera “traps” for research purposes
Relocating/ trans-locating wild-life
Mitigating human animal conflict
Contributing to habitat conservation, including planting spekboom
Community upliftment via local projects
Assisting and support at local farm school
Farming work such as maintaining water supply, fixing fences, etc.
Ultimately – learning to become a conservationist
Caring for wildlife and their habitat in Africa is not always easy and is faced with many challenges, but is one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences a person will ever have.
Typical day of a volunteer
Normally the working day starts at 08:00 and ends at 17:00. On Saturdays only essential activities are part of the program, followed by fun activities. There are usually four to six activities per day. Volunteers are free on Sundays giving them the opportunity to participate in Buffelsdrift Game Lodge activities or to explore the captivating Klein Karoo or the Garden Route. Volunteers are exposed to all activities as the program is based on a rotation system.
In Cape Town:
You are to be the role model, the inspiration and bring happiness to the projects.
Whether its loving cape town kids, football, Skate or Yoga2Africa you will find yourself immersed in a diverse cultural exchange and share your skills and passion with the children around you.
Please see website for individual info regarding the projects
Thursday 12 December 2019 - Wednesday 1st January 2020
- Cape Town
- Garden route road trip some of the most beautiful scenery in the work
- Worlds highest bunny jump off a bridge
- The African bush experience
- Volunteering in both conservation and community
And so much more!
Enthusiasm! Being energetic and having a positive attitude can help to motivate yourself and others
Flexibility and creativity
Reliability and integrity
Teamwork and willingness to serve
Passion to live what you have learned and to spread the conservation story.
- Sunday departure transfer
- 3 day garden route trip
- 5 days volunteering in a game reserve
- 5 day volunteering in Cape Town
- 17 days accommodation
- Breakfast lunch and dinner in Game Reserve
- Breakfast and dinner in Cape Town
- Free 2 hour surf lesson
- Cape Town city tour
- Cape Peninsular tour
Personal travel insurance
Optional extra activities
3 day garden route transport included
Volunteering transport included Monday - Friday
Free time activities transport not included
Accommodation is provided in a large tented camp with up to four people (same gender) per tent. The accommodation is basic, but the single beds are comfortable with bedding provided (duvets and pillows). Showers and toilet facilities are on- suite.. Power sockets for electrical items are available in each tent and in the communal area. Volunteers also have access to Wi-Fi in the tented camp. The daily meals are prepared by a staff member assisted by the volunteers.
What is included?
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Support and assistance from program coordinator
In Cape Town:
Set in the beautiful Hout Bay!
A quiet and comfortable House in the valley of Hout Bay. Just 20 minutes from Cape Town, and easily accessible by public transport.
The House is conveniently located close to the beach and shopping centre, where a variety of activities are offered. These include: Surfing, fishing, diving, sailing, sea kayaking, hiking trails, top restaurants, wine and township tours, and if that's not enough there's loads of live entertainment!
Rooms sleep 2-4 with shared full bathrooms
Communal living area, dining room and kitchen
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
In Cape Town:
Breakfast and dinner