program South Africa: Track and Trail Safari
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South Africa: Track and Trail Safari

St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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!

Arrival Day Departure Day Status
21-May-17 27-May-17 Vacancies
11-Jun-17 17-Jun-17 Vacancies
16-Jul-17 22-Jul-17 Vacancies
17-Dec-17 23-Dec-17 FULL
31-Dec-17 06-Jan-18 Vacancies
14-Jan-18 20_Jan-18 Vacancies

Arrival and Departure Airport

The program commencement date is the arrival day and the last day of the program is the departure day .You will land and depart at Richards Bay International Airport (RCB), South Africa

On arrival day you can land any time between 8am – 12am (midnight) and there will be a Team Leader meeting you at the airport.

On departure day you can fly out any time between 8am – 12am (midnight) and you will be returned to the airport to catch your flight.

If you are landing outside this pick time contact us at

Participants are responsible for their own transfer and accommodation arrangements if arrival is prior to the program commencement day. Alternate times can be arranged but may incur an additional cost

For ANY Reach Out Volunteer program extensions either before or after your program, please check ARRIVAL, DEPARTURE and AIRPORT details on that project page and confirm with prior to making any bookings.


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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 (these amounts are listed as a guide only);

  • Overseas medical costs between $1,000,000.00 (For US citizens this level of cover may not be available.)
  • Emergency medical transport and repatriation $500,000.00
  • Cancellation costs $3,500.00
  • Trip interruption costs $2,500.00
Flights and Insurance
Extension Description
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Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day

When you volunteer abroad in South Africa with Reach Out Volunteers you can have the peace of mind that our Team Leader will be waiting to collect you outside the arrivals area of the Richard's Bay Airport. They will be holding an ROV sign and wearing an ROV shirt, so you can’t miss them!

They will take you directly to St Lucia where you will stay overnight in the Shonalagna Lodge.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tent/Bungalow.

Days 2, 3, 4, 5: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - Walking on the Game Park

Monday morning at around 8.00am you will travel to Somkhanda. Expect the journey to take about three hours.

When you arrive there will be a safety discussion and a short afternoon walk as an introduction and to establish respective fitness levels.

The day starts early, around 5.30am. That's the time when the animals venture to the water holes and we can be there to see them.

Each following day is a full day of bush walking and animal tracking.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tent/Bungalow.

Day 6: Friday Return to St Lucia

Around 8.0am we will depart for St Lucia

St Lucia is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site for its vast biodiversity. Once you arrive in St. Lucia, you will check in at the accommodation venue. In the afternoon we will take some of the walking trails in and around the wetlands area.

In the winter, (remember you will be in the Southern Hemisphere) the wind can be very chilly. So make sure you have WARM clothing to wear on any open vehicle trips.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Day 7: Saturday - Departure Day

After breakfast you will be transported back to Richard Bay airport, departing St Lucia at around 7.00am

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch.

What’s Included:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
  • All drinking water.
  • All accommodation.
  • All on ground transport.
  • All program activities unless specified as optional.
  • Building project materials.


Game Park: Comfortable Tent/Bungalow

In St Lucia: A comfortable hotel.