Product Name Volunteer South Africa: Orphanage & Game Park Experience
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Volunteer South Africa: Orphanage & Game Park Experience

St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
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With ROV you will live in the heart of a Game Park. Not a one day drive peering out a bus window. You will have six days in the heart of a Game Park assisting the work of the World Wildlife Fund in preserving the endangered Black Rhino.

The most heartwarming time will be the week working at a village kindergarten/créche. You will build new classrooms, soup kitchens, water catchments etc. for the children. You will help to feed, educate and care for them. We have worked with three different communities and helped over 250 children. You will meet amazing people who share your desire to really make a difference. There are few opportunities in any volunteer work abroad program that offer an emotionally fulfilling and satisfying experience like this.

The east coast, where you can be part of our international volunteer program, is a hot-spot for nature lovers with lions, elephants, rhinos, hippos, and a coastal wet-land teeming with bird life. Some of South Africa’s most famous game parks with safari and lodge accommodation are located in this area.You will experience the real Africa living deep in the heart of a game reserve being surrounded by giraffes, warthogs and impalas and bonfires under the magnificent African starry night.

Here there are volunteer opportunities where you can have a major impact on the lives of children and on the rhino conservation efforts to save this wonderful and endangered species in Africa. You will be tracking endangered rhinos, setting night motion sensor cameras and removing illegal snares. You will work at a reptile center, visit the incredible cheetah rehabilitation center, feed African elephants and be on safari in the magnificent Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve. You can expect to see lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants and all the gang from the Lion King!

The east coast is traditional Zulu country and you will learn Zulu, watch Zulu dancing and a weapons fighting display. You will meet a traditional Sangorma (medicine-man), try Zulu beer, take a cruise among hundreds of hippos and crocodiles and, if you choose, you can even go horse riding in the national park where your horse may get up close and personal with the local zebras.

Arrival Day Departure Day Status
07-May-17 20-May-17 Vacancies
28-May-17 10-Jun-17 FULL
18-Jun-17 01-Jul-17 Vacancies
02-Jul-17 15-Jul-17 Vacancies
03-Dec-17 16-Dec-17 Vacancies
17-Dec-17 30-Dec-17 Vacancies
31-Dec-17 13-Jan-18 Vacancies
14-Jan-18 27-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 King Shaka International Airport (DUR) – Durban, 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.


Did you know you can book Travel Insurance by just clicking on the Flights and Insurance button below?

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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South Africa: Orphanage and Game Park - 14 Days
Provide safety, shelter and food to young children in impoverished communities and help protect the endangered rhino populations.
Mozambique Adventure - 14 Days
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African Volunteering Adventure - 35 Days
This is an amazing experience that allows the more adventurous spirit to be deeply immersed in the real Africa.

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 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 speciality, Bunny-Chow (don’t worry it’s not made from bunny rabbits!). It is delicious and you will love it!

Optional activities in Durban:

  • Swimming with Sharks. (Must purchase ADD ON prior to arrival)
  • Hire a surf board or boogie board.
  • Spend a lazy afternoon on the beach.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel.

Days 2: Monday - Transport to Somkhanda or St Lucia

Depending on numbers your program may commence in at the Game Park or in St Lucia. This Itinerary assumes you commence at the Game Park however if the weeks are reversed then your first week will commence in St Lucia.

After an early breakfast the volunteers will be collected from the accommodation venue and transported to Somkhanda Game Park by shuttle van.

Along the way we will stop at the Endomeni Cheetah project where you will have the chance to interact with these magnificent creatures. In addition to cheetahs you will learn about various other cats that have been rescued and are being rehabilitated. Volunteers will lunch at Endomeni.
At Somkhanda you will be living in the heart of the African wilderness. Somkhanda Game Park has 4 out of the Big 5 (elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo). 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!

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

Day 3: Tuesday - Getting to know Somkhanda

Days start early here, around 6.30am so we can catch the animals at the water-holes. You will have a quick tea/coffee and light breakfast before heading off on a Game Drive and Bush Walk. There will be a hot breakfast served later in the morning around 10.00am.

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.

On these trips you 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. Lunch is served at the Restaurant. We usually take a night drive to see nocturnal animals.

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

Day 4: Wednesday - Elephant interaction and snare patrol

After breakfast we will prepare lunch packs before we depart for Bayete where we met and interact with elephants. In the afternoon, after returning to Somkhanda we will be involved in a snare patrol.

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

Day 5: Thursday - Rhino Monitoring

Today we learn the basics of telemetry tracking and use the equipment to find and check on the Rhino population. Also we may be involved in alien plant removal.

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

Day 6: Friday - Big 5 Day

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.

This evening we will have a chance to learn some of the Zulu language and see the famous Zulu dancers!

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

Day 7: Saturday - Get to know St Lucia

Breakfast at accommodation before heading out to Dukuduku Village, where you will be immersed in activities which may include: construction, teaching, cooking, agricultural work

In the afternoon volunteers will get an orientation of St. Lucia, and have the opportunity to check out the local shops, craft markets and cafes. Enjoy a sunset hippo and crocodile cruise on Lake St. Lucia to see the amazing animals up close, followed by dinner prepared by our local chef.

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

Days 8: Sunday - Beach or Horse riding

Today, in the morning, if you are feeling adventurous we can arrange horse riding through the iSimangaliso National Park, where you can get up-close and personal to zebra, wart-hogs and various other African animals. This is an optional activity and the alternative is to visit the markets or stroll on the beach.

In the afternoon we are going to the Veyanne village for an amazing cultural experience. This will occur between 14H00 till 17H00

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

Day 9, 10 & 11: Monday Tuesday & Wednesday - Project work

Volunteers will spend the next three days working on a construction project at the local crèche. Reach Out Volunteers has helped support over 200 children to receive food, education, sanitation and medication.
Volunteers will be involved in building projects which may include building new classrooms, bathrooms, soup kitchens, general maintenance, and assisting in the cooking.
Lunch each day will be enjoyed at the crèche alongside the children.
You can spend the afternoon working on the construction project or assisting teachers in the crèche with lessons.
The evening activities over the next two nights will include a night drive through St. Lucia where you will be on a safari truck with flashlights spotting hippo, as well as a Zulu lesson.

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

Day 12: Thursday - Project work and Party

This will be the last day the volunteers will be working at the crèche. You will be finishing off your project work and in the afternoon children at the crèche will throw a good-bye party to celebrate your time there.
After dinner you will participate on a night drive through St Lucia to spot the hippos, various deer and the elusive leopards.

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

Day 13: Friday - St Lucia– Durban

Volunteers will enjoy a sleep and will have some free time to do some last minute shopping in the markets of St Lucia.
After lunch the volunteers will bus down to Durban to stay at Asteys Backpackers where they will have dinner.

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

Day 14: Saturday - Fly Out Day– Durban

Volunteers are taken to the airport in time for their flights.

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

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.


In Durban: Bungalow close to the beach.

In St Lucia: A comfortable hotel.

GamePark: Bungalow or comfortable tent.

Volunteers will be separated in rooms by gender. All linen, pillows, towels provided. Rooms have own private bathrooms, and doors with locks.