Project length: Minimum of 1 week to maximum of 12 weeks.
Project dates: Year round. (We will let you know the summer vacations) Saturdays are preferred for arrivals but you can choose any date.
Arrival airport: Port Elizabeth Airport.
Accommodation: Jungle cottage in ‘Big 5’ forest reserve
Meals: 03 major meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) while on the reserve
Airlines: Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Alitalia, KLM, SWISS, EL AL Israel Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Air Mauritius, Lufthansa, Ethiopian Airlines, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, Delta, Air China, Check www.skyscanner.in for cheap flights.
Vaccinations: All volunteers are recommended to have vaccinations against these childhood diseases; Tetanus, Diphtheria and Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Make sure to have vaccinations against; Typhoid and Hepatitis A.
Wildlife program is based at a Big 5 Game reserve just outside the city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The main objective and focus of this reserve, is the conservation and preservation of indigenous animal and plant life.
While South Africa, and the African continent as a whole, enjoys an abundance of magnificent wild animal and plant species, it also faces ever-increasing challenges in maintaining these high numbers. Never before has the impact of poaching and illegal trading, both of animal and plant species, been felt so greatly – many species are at near-extinction levels – but in the same breath, never before has the awareness and fight against these factors, been so great! Animal and plant reserves all across South Africa have, for many years, been implementing and running projects and programs, with the aim of minimising this threat, all with the hope of one day totally eradicating the problem as a whole!
Volunteers on this programme fly directly into Port Elizabeth airport and are transferred to the reserve upon arrival. Accommodation in large, shared dorm-style rooms (separate male and female dorms), as well as 3 meals per day (prepared and served on the reserve), are included in the programme.
This programme perfectly combines the hard work associated with maintaining and operating a game reserve, with the opportunity to see the Big 5 animals of Africa, first-hand. It certainly doesn’t hurt that you will be based on a beautiful 6000 hectare piece of land containing a mixture of grasslands, sub-tropical vegetation, fynbos and bushveld, completed with naturally formed pockets of water, amazing rock formations and splendid flora.
Volunteers are placed in groups and will, on a rotation basis, perform 2 activities/duties per day (daily schedules are provided every evening, stating the following day’s activities). These include the following:
Removal of alien (non-indigenous) vegetation in and around the reserve
Animal tracking and monitoring (Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, etc.)
Tree planting and landscaping to minimise the effects of erosion
Wilderness trail hikes and patrol
Fence and enclosure patrol and servicing
Game counts and capture
Assist with Vet duties
Feeding of predators in rehabilitation
Assist with early morning, daytime and evening game drives
*All activities are accompanied by a qualified game ranger
Cape Town is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations for a reason. Its beaches, such as Camp’s Bay, are world renown, and Cape Town’s beachfront and downtown areas are lively at any time. During the day it is easy to find artisans selling their crafts or outdoor cafes to enjoy the Mediterranean climate. At night, there are many excellent bars, clubs and restaurants where locals and foreigners can relax and socialize.
There are numerous cultural sites to visit, including the Bo-Kaap neighborhood and the Castle of Good Hope. They reflect Cape Town’s long history and help explain why the city is one of the most multicultural in the word. Robben Island, the infamous prison where political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, were held during apartheid is a difficult but necessary stop. For outdoor lovers, Cape Town has a wide mix of opportunities. Table Mountain is a breathtaking spot to visit, and there are many nearby hills, mountains and trails that make for great biking, climbing and hiking. Many, like Lion’s Head Mountain, also offer stunning views over the city and ocean below. Join in on tours down the Garden Route and a Game Drive to spot the Big 5.
Program starts and ends in Cape Town
Airport meet and greet in Cape Town International Airport.
Monday to Friday volunteering, 25-30 hours per week.
Weekends are free for surfing, beaches, sightseeing, adventure etc.
A typical work shift can be from 8:30am to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm in the evening. Subject to change.
Support: Local NV coordinator support 24/7 during placement.
Departure: From Cape Town International airport.
Youth Travel Abroad consists of a dedicated team, whose mission is to empower our youth by providing sustainable projects that bring about real change in local communities. Working in social development enables our youth world-wide to successfully face upcoming challenges in their personal and professional lives. We do not charge for volunteering for these causes. The fee covers services you will receive while working on the projects. The fee is as follows:
Full Board Services Weekly Fee
If you would like to opt for full board services, provided by Namaste Volunteer, the fee is as follow with the services in the fee are mentioned in the list below.
Application fee: US $99
One time application fee for all Jaipur volunteer program is US $99. The application fee is payable only when we find your application suitable and your skills compatible with the project objectives.
Placement in a suitable project and at our Volunteer House
Placement inventory information prior to arrival in South Africa
Transfer from the airport to the Stay Africa house
Dormitory accommodation for duration of stay
Transfer to local Namaste Volunteer office for Orientation
Orientation Programme, including Welcome Session and Orientation Session
Meals – Breakfast and Dinner, Monday to Friday
Access to email, internet and mail holding facility at the local Namaste Volunteer office – at a fee
Bookings for tours and activities
The Namaste Volunteer House is located in Cape Town’s most bohemian suburb, Observatory! Affectionately called “Obz” by the locals, this suburb is the home of the oldest South African Astronomical Observatory, hence the name.
It’s an arty district that is home to a huge melting pot of various people, sights, sounds, tastes and cultures! The area is also located very close to the University of Cape Town and therefore is also home to many local and international students. The main entertainment area is centered around Lower Main Road – during the day, you’ll easily find yourself in one of the amazing little boutique shops, restaurants, coffee shops or cafes, meeting and chatting with the locals. As the sun goes down, Obz really comes alive! The music and lights of the various bars, clubs, pubs, pool halls, restaurants, etc. provide an awesome nightlife!
The Volunteer House provides a clean, comfortable, safe and secure living-environment for all our volunteers – the house is strictly used for our program participants and not open to members of the public.
Our house boasts the following amenities for your comfort and safety:
Backpacker-style dorm rooms sleeping between 4 – 8 per room
Lockers are provided to keep valuables safe (please provide your own padlock)
Strictly controlled access (all gates fitted with electronic keypad access)
2 TV Rooms / Lounges with full cable TV (various movie, sport & music channels)
2 fully-equipped kitchens (fridge, stove, microwave, kettle, cutlery, crockery, etc.)
Communal Showers and Toilets
Indoor and Outdoor braai/barbecue facilities
Pool Table, Table-Tennis table and dart-board.
Hi-Speed Wi-Fi (vouchers can be purchased at R100 for 4GB of data)
On-site Hostel manager and daily cleaning staff
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner included from Mon-Fri (lunch and weekend meals not provided)
The following services and components are not included in the application fee and full board weekly fee;
Meals during Orientation days
Lunch during the week and Meals over weekends
Transport to and from the City
Transport to and from Projects
Airport shuttle back to the airport after completion of Programme
Additional cost for special dietary requirements
Visa (if applicable)