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 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.
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.
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.
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..
After breakfast you will be transported back to Richard 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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Mozambique Adventure - 14 Days
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African Volunteering Adventure - 35 Days
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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.
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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.