This is an extraordinary program! You will be on safari in a Big 5 reserve (lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo and leopards) walking in the African bush, tracking animal footprints and sleeping in comfortable huts while drifting off with the sounds of the animals in the distance. This is the real Africa!
Each day you will be awoken by a tap on your hut door. You will walk in the bush with two armed guides for safety, this is a big 5 reserve! In the afternoon as the day cools you will set off again, usually to view the afternoon activity at a local watering hole. Before nightfall you return to your hut, take a warm shower if you choose and enjoy pre-dinner drinks prior to sitting down to your evening meal and lots of excited conversation under the African stars to the background “music” of the African wildlife.
At all times you are accompanied by fully trained and professionally qualified, armed guides. All walks will be within a game park with 'Big 5' animals. Amazing!
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When you volunteer abroad in South Africa with Reach Out Volunteers you can have the peace of mind that our ROV Project Leader will be waiting to collect you outside the arrivals area of the Durban Airport. They will be holding an ROV sign and wearing an ROV shirt, so you can’t miss them!
Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will have free time. The accommodation is a one minute walk from a quiet and private beach. For those more adventurous, you can hire a surfboard and catch some waves while the rest of the group arrives. For dinner you will try the local South African specialty, Bunny-Chow (don’t worry it’s not made from bunny rabbits!). It is delicious and you will love it!
After an early breakfast the volunteers will be collected from the accommodation venue and transported to Somkhanda Game Park by shuttle van. The drive from Durban to Somkhanda is approximately 3 hours.
Along the way we will stop at the Endomeni Cheetah to support the project you will have the chance to interact and undertake other activities which may be required such as fixing fences and supporting the rehabilitation of a variety of animals. Volunteers will lunch at Endomeni.
At Somkhanda you will be living in the heart of the African wilderness. Somkhanda Game Park has the Big 5 (elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalo & lions ). Volunteers will arrive around 3.00pm and will learn about the Safety Procedures for the Game Park.
Nights here are usually spent sitting around bon-fires under the most magnificent starry skies and you will sleep to the sound of the African wilderness. Incredible!
Here volunteers will learn about the African wilderness and bush land. Somkhanda is home to rhinos, leopards, giraffe, kudu, and various unique African animals. A typical day usually involves some work removing alien plants after which we will go on a game drive. There will be a bush walk from the Lodge accompanied by rangers. We usually take a night drive to see nocturnal animals.
After breakfast you have the option of th elephant interaction experience. Here you will meet a Bull elephant and his family, learn how they were rescued and have the opportunity to feed the elephants. If you choose to stay at Somkhanda, you will participate in activities maintaining the game park and keeping the wildlife safe. In the afternoon, after returning to Somkhanda we will be involved in a snare patrols.
Today we learn the basics of telemetry tracking and use the equipment to find and check on the Rhino population.
Volunteers will be up early in the morning to have a safari through Hluhluwe. This is a Big 5 Game park that was crucial in saving the white rhino species from extinction in the 60’s. The volunteers will have lunch in the game park and will continue to safari into the afternoon before returning to St Lucia in the late afternoon for dinner.
After breakfast you will be transported back to Richards Bay airport.
Game Park: Comfortable Tent/Bungalow
In St Lucia: A comfortable hotel.
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|You will be on safari in a Big 5 reserve, walking in the African bush, tracking animal footprints and camping out at night.|
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Arrival Airport: Durban (King Shaka)
Departure Airport: Richards Bay
Arrival Day: Is the first day of your program
Departure Day: is the final day of your program.
Airport Collection Times: 8am -12am (Midnight) on arrival & departure day.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. It is recommended to purchase travel insurance as soon as you've been accepted for your program or at least by the time you pay your Progress Payment or book your flights. When you volunteer abroad it is important to ensure that your policy includes emergency medical evacuation as well as program and flight cancellation.
We suggest that you check the policy you intend to purchase and make sure it has at least the following benefits;
The World Nomads policy accessible below is one of the few Travel Insurance policies that covers volunteering.
The information below was correct at the time of writing, however visa requirements can change overnight. You must ensure that the details below are still relevant to your situation as it is ultimately your responsibility to organize a visa for your program.
Citizens of the European Union, Australia, Canada and the US do not need visas. If you are not a citizen of these countries please check the website of your nearest South African embassy.
If you need to arrange a tourist visa prior to travelling, we can assist you with documentation. Please send our admin team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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* Cheaper flights with alternative airlines may be available. However, sometimes you may end up paying much more with hidden costs and extras :( we avoid this and help to make the travel element of your ROV experience hassle free :)
This project is Tax Deductible for US citizens
For US tax-paying citizens:
We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. On this program you can claim up to US $1,399 as a contribution to our non-profit helping to protect wildlife.
Your taxable receipt will be sent upon completing your final contribution payment for your project.
For Australian tax-paying citizens:
On all of our projects we work with local community leaders to help those that need it most. Our volunteers make a significant contribution to bettering the lives of children, families and wildlife.
Whilst many of our projects are tax deductible, as a non-profit there are strict regulations that we must follow.
Due to the nature of this project and the benefit components involved, it does not qualify for tax deductibility in Australia.
What is a benefit component?
A benefit component is a benefit that you receive as a consequence of your contribution to a charity.
Due to the nature of this project, there may be periods where you are not directly volunteering or you are receiving a benefit above the acceptable limits.
Definitely do it, especially as an add on to the game park and creche program. There are few opportunities to go walking with the wild animals such as rhinos and lions and this was an experiance I will never forget.Jack, United Kingdom.