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African Track and Trail wildlife

African Safari

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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08-Jul-18 14-Jul-18 Vacancies

 

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 the Game Park. There will be a short afternoon walk as an introduction and to establish respective fitness levels.

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

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

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

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

Day 5: Thursday Return to St Lucia

An early morning walk to check out the animals followed by a late morning trip back to 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. You will the afternoon free to see the town and check out the local markets.

If you wish you can enjoy a sunset hippo and crocodile cruise on Lake St. Lucia to see the amazing animals up close.

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

Day 6: Friday - ISimangaliso

Today is a full day walking the iSimangaliso trails. We will be driving to different areas. So make sure you have WARM clothing to wear on vehicles. The wind can be very chilly in winter..

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

Day 7: Saturday - Departure Day

After breakfast you will be transported back to Richard Bay airport.

  • 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.

Accommodation:

Game Park: Comfortable Tent/Bungalow

In St Lucia: A comfortable hotel.

Itineraries are subject to change. While we make every effort to ensure the itinerary is completed as it is described we operate in third world countries where transport, infrastructure and promised delivery dates can be unreliable.

Extension Description
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Arrival and Departure

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.

  • Generally all our programs start on Sunday and finish on Saturday.
  • If you are doing an extension after the program please check the relevant Arrival & Departure tab on the program page to confirm your departure airport. If you are unsure email us at admin@rovolunteers.com to confirm.
  • If your flight is delayed and you are landing after the arrival date we can still collect you but a private collection fee will apply.
  • If you have purchased an extra day before or after your program a private collection will be arranged for you. This is included in the fee for the extra day.
  • If you are arriving early or departing late and have not organised an extra day on program with us you will be responsible for your own transfer & accomodation.

 

 

Insurance

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;

  • Overseas medical costs
  • Emergency medical transport and repatriation
  • Cancellation costs
  • Trip interruption costs

The World Nomads policy accessible below is one of the few Travel Insurance policies that covers volunteering.

Visas

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 admin@rovolunteers.com

Before you go…

Check:
  • If you are arriving early - you have purchased an extra night add on and sent an email to admin@rovolunteers.com to confirm, otherwise we will assume you are making your own way to the accommodation on the first day of the program.
  • If you have any long layovers, you may wish to do some research on the airport, check out the following site: http://www.sleepinginairports.net
Pack:
  • We recommend bringing a wifi enabled device in case of delays or issues so you can send and receive email. Also, carry a charging cable and a mini-power pack to recharge the device. (If you are delayed you may spend a lot of time on the phone to insurers and loved ones).
  • Put any medicines and valuables in your carry on luggage so you still have them if your luggage is delayed/lost in transit.
  • Don't forget to bring some warm clothes, toiletries and entertainment in your carry on luggage!
  • Make sure you have appropriate clothing for the climate you are arriving into - look through the get ready information, and also check some weather reports before you leave.
  • If you want to, bring along some donations for the community you will be visiting
  • For some travel packing tips, check out: http://www.marieclaire.com/travel/a17001/packing-tips-tricks-travel
Day of departure:
Arrival…
  • If you are arriving on the first day of program, a team leader wearing a ROV T-Shirt will be waiting at the airport from 8am - Midnight.
  • If you are arriving a day early, the team leader will pick you up at the time specified on your ROV program.
  • If you are delayed and unable to contact us, you should make your way to the accommodation listed in your pre departure email.

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The South Africa Track and Trail Program

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.