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South African Voluntour

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Cape Town + Safari + Adventure + Volunteer

The ultimate volun-tour experience
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Duration: 17 Days
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    For those looking to explore the Garden Route on an action-packed itinerary, stopping at all the best highlights the area has to offer; you’ve found your match! Wander along the Garden Route - a piece of paradise on the southeastern coast of South Africa. Search for members of Africa's Big 5, bungy jump, walk along forest footpaths, canoe and interact with African wildlife, and experience a Cape Town community all in one exciting itinerary.

    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 and specifically 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.
    Your role:
    In the Game Reserve:

    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
    Is the work dangerous?
    Is there a potential risk?
    SCHOOL PROJECT CLOSES:- Sunday 17th of December 2023.

    FIRST TERM ARRIVALS:- Thursday 11th of January - Sunday 17th of March 2024.


    SECOND TERM ARRIVALS:- Thursday 4th of April - Sunday 16th of June 2024


    THIRD TERM ARRIVALS:- Thursday 4th of July - Sunday 22nd of September 2024


    FOURTH TERM ARRIVALS:- Thursday 26th of September - Sunday 15th of December 2024

    17 Days
    Additional per week:
    Where to start........

    - 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!
    Minimum age:
    Police clearance:
    Special skills required:
    Qualities that we look for in our volunteers
     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.
    Language requirement:
    Basic English
    What's included:
    - Thursday arrivals transfer
    - 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
    What's excluded:
    What’s not included?
     All flights
     Visas
     Personal travel insurance
     Optional extra activities
    Closest town:
    Cape Town & Oudtshoorn
    Surrounding area:
    Thursday arrival and Sunday departure transfer included

    3 day garden route transport included

    Volunteering transport included Monday - Friday

    Free time activities transport not included
    Voluntour Bush & City
    In the Game Reserve:

    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?

     Accommodation
     Breakfast, lunch and dinner
     Support and assistance from program coordinator
     Foundation t-shirt

    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 2-6 with shared full bathrooms

    Communal living area, dining room and kitchen
    In the Game Reserve:

    Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

    In Cape Town:

    Breakfast and dinner
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