Kruger to Coast Volunteer Adventure

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Highlights

Sunset in the Kruger National Park

Trip Highlights

  • Your Southern Africa adventure in Swaziland, Mozambique, South Africa.
  • See wildlife in Kruger National Park – one of the best in Africa for big game.
  • Make a real difference to the lives of children in Swaziland.
  • Laze away the days and party away the nights!

Trip Summary

This is a real Southern Africa adventure! Safari! Swim! Five days and a million memories in one of the continent’s wildest wildlife spots – South Africa’s Kruger National Park – a week with wild whale sharks, diving and exploring the coral reefs in the warm blue waters of the ocean. Soak up the culture and learn what life’s like in a Swazi village.

Soak up the sun with five idyllic days living, swimming, sunning right next to the ocean. Do some volunteer work with children in Ezulwini, Swaziland and make a real difference to their lives.

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip itinerary

Day 1-2

You will fly into O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg before 1:30pm, where you will be met by a member of our in country team and transferred to Swaziland.You will be transferred to a lodge which will be your home for the first couple of days and while you're there you'll have an orientation. The orientation will be a detailed briefing of the itinerary by your expedition leader, giving you the chance to meet your fellow travellers and ask any questions you may have.

Day 3-7

Your tour starts in one of the most famous conservation areas in Africa – Kruger National Park. Its varied habitats and wildlife is an opportunity for an amazing adventure experience! Offer some of the very best opportunities to see Africa’s big game animals.

We’ll spend five days in Kruger – camping of course – and get right into the heart of the Park. You’ll be with an expert guide and get to really explore the area and learn about this wild place. That means – game drives, a guided walk through the bush to search for big game, a night drive in search of nocturnal wildlife. This a wild place and these are wild animals, so no guarantees – but you have a good chance of catching sight of lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard and wild dog.

We then turn southwards and head for Swaziland. It’s time to prep for your community development projects. 

Day 8-20 Community projects, Ezulwini, Swaziland

A couple of weeks working with communities that really need your help. You’ll be in care centres that support the children left vulnerable and alone in the wake of the AIDS pandemic. The age range of the children is from 3 to 13 and the average age is 4 years old. There’s a variety of work to be done – all badly needed and hugely welcomed: everything from helping with building to running sports days, teaching the children to assisting on medical projects – the list is very long.

Typical volunteer activities will include:

  • Organising creative games and craft classes and practical projects to stimulate young minds.
  • Organising sports days – exercise and fun.
  • Planting a range of crops that can improve their nutrition.
  • Just being there for the children and giving them the attention and kindness they need.

A typical day will usually involve volunteering in the morning, normally between 9am and 12pm plus travelling time to your centre. You'll need to budget up to R15 per day for travelling.

You'll return to the backpackers for lunch, then afternoons can include Siswati lessons, trips to local hospitals/people in the community, included trips or free time to relax and explore the local area. You’ll also visit the Mantenga Cultural Village to learn something about Swazi culture, lifestyle and traditional dancing. 

Day 21-27 Marine conservation tour, Tofo Beach, Mozambique

We’re heading for a week of relaxation on the idyllic tropical ocean beaches of Mozambique.

The first night we spend in a Mozambican bush lodge en route to Tofo in southern Mozambique. Then on to the stunning Inhambane peninsula, where we’ll be staying at a beautiful laid-back beach village. Ever wanted to swim with wild whale sharks? This is your chance. Tofo is a marine paradise with coral reefs, whales and nesting turtles. Nearby is the vibrant historic trading port of Inhambane.

We’ll be here for five days, so there’s plenty of opportunity to try out beach life Mozambique-style and you’ll be living right there in reed huts, dorm-style, among the coconut palms on the very edge of the ocean. There’s an ocean safari – get up close and personal to whale sharks in the balmy ocean (what an adventure!) And there’s a unique opportunity to go on an ocean kayak expedition, crossing calm blue water and exploring the beautiful islands of the Inhambane Bay. South African paradise.

If you have a dive certificate you can get down and swim amongst the amazing coral reefs with one of the local dive operators. Of course, there’s plenty of time for chilling on the beach. There might just possibly be one or two parties as well.

On day 27, you will depart Mozambique and transfer to your backpackers lodge in Swaziland. 

Day 28

You’ll spend the final full day of your South Africa adventure back at the backpacker lodge in the Ezulwini Valley where we started out. Time to relax and catch your breath after an amazing month. Then it’s time to pack, say some tearful farewells and swap mobile numbers. On day 29 you will be transferred to O.R Tambo for your flight. (Please ensure that your flight is after 2:30pm) 

If 4 weeks isn't long enough for you on this amazing trip then why not extend your African adventure and stay for an extra 2 weeks on our 6 week option?

Day 28-40 Return to the project in Swaziland

After the beaches of Mozambique you'll return to the volunteer project in Swaziland for the final couple of weeks. The children will definitely be pleased to see you again, and by choosing the 6 week option you will have the chance to be much more involved with the day to day care of the children at the centre, allowing you to have much more interaction with them, and even helping out with teaching. Working with the children for this longer period is a much more rewarding experience.

Your typical volunteer activities will include:

  • Basic teaching of English and Maths
  • Organising the children at meal times and in the mornings before classes
  • Stimulating, creative games and craft classes
  • Arranging sports days for excersise and fun

Day 41-43

On day 41 you'll return to the Lodge in Ezulwini and spend a full weekend relaxing. Or you can get in some last-minute hiking and exploring before preparing to leave after the weekend. The programme will end on day 43 when you will be taken back to the bus station for your transfer to Johannesburg.

Destination Information

Finally, there’s Mozambique. Undiscovered is the word. You’ll find paradise beaches on the shores of the beautiful blue ocean – especially in the wilder north of the country.

Perfect diving, loads of little offshore island gems and swimming with whale sharks (they eat plankton, not people). Sleep off lunch under the palm trees.

Trip Notes

What's Included

  • All accommodation
  • Airport Transfers to and from O.R Tambo International Airport
  • Three meals a day
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Daily game drives in Kruger
  • Ocean safari and snorkel with whale sharks
  • An island Kayak trip
  • A trip to a Swazi Cultural Village
  • 24-hour contact

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance

Additional Information & FAQ's

Minimum Age & Eligibility

Minimum age of 18 years, maximum decided on potential participants health and physical ability.

Accomodation & Meals

While in Kruger National Park you will be camping in dome safari tents (camping equipment will be provided). Accommodation while in Ezulwini, Swaziland will be in a backpacker lodge in a dorm room. While in Tofo, Mozambique, you will stay in beach style reeded dorms. With each type of accommodation, a mattress, sheet, pillow and pillowcase will be provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag.

All meals will be provided throughout the tour and participants will share the cooking duties on a relaxed rotational basis. Cooking facilities will be communal and quite basic and food will be purchased during a weekly food shop. Generally breakfast will consist of cereals and toast, for lunch you will have sandwiches and salad and for dinner you will have a cooked meal.

FAQs

What Will Happen With Visas On This Programme?

We will let you know exactly what you need to do before you go so that any necessary visas are organised.

What Spending Money Should I Take With Me?

We recommend that you take around £70 per week with you.

Are Meals Are Included?

Yes, you will receive 3 meals a day.

What Are The Group Sizes Like?

Your group will have a maximum of 12 people.

Can I Get In Touch With Other Travellers Before I Go?

Yes! We provide a 'buddy list' of others email addresses around 2/3 weeks before you go so you can get in touch with each other.

Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?

Yes, you will need to take a sleeping bag with you.

Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?

Yes, you will need a mosquito net for when you are in Mozambique.

Is There A Safety Deposit Box/safe?

Yes, in all locations there will be one available for you to use.

Extra Notes

Visa Information

Ensuring you have the correct visas for your travels is your responsibility. Please make sure your passport has the correct validity required for your entire time away.

The information below is designed to advise UK passport holders and is correct to the best of our knowledge. If you hold a different passport please contact the relevant embassies to confirm requirements.

To enter South Africa you do not require a visa in advance. All British passport holders are able to stay for up to 90 days at no charge and this can be obtained on arrival.

Swaziland – Granted on arrival, free for up to 30 days. Customers on the 6-week program don’t need to worry as you will be leaving and re-entering Swaziland throughout the trip and will obtain new 30-day stays each time.

Mozambique – Visa Required. The team will help with this in-country and will either take you to the embassy in Swaziland or the visa can be obtained on the border. Costs vary according to how you obtain your visa. Be prepared to pay approximately 700 Rand for your visa.

Visa courier service

If you prefer to use a specialist visa courier service to apply for your visa on your behalf, we recommend Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

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kate barrett

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sarah cranney

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Getting stuck on the island after our kayak trip in Mozambique and having to sleep on the chief's floor, and volunteering but mainly the building - you could see your progress every day and it's great fun working with everyone.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No time to fit anything much else in! Wouldn't have changed a thing.

Tips for other travellers?

Pack less - you don't need much! Go with an open mind, some crazy things can happen when you least expect it!

tara chesterman

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything - Kruger, Swaziland and Mozambique were all amazing, the guides at All Out (Bob and Wawa) were fantastic and volunteering with the children was very rewarding.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No, once on the trip there are other tours/ activities that can be done - the zip lining was great fun.

Tips for other travellers?

Do as many activities as possible as it adds a lot to the already packed schedule. Make sure to bring old clothes for painting Lots of mosquito spray! They are the worst in Swaziland.

stefanie rupprecht

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Krueger Nationalpark and the contact to the people living in Swaziland

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

While volunteering it would be a great experience to visit not only the ncp (neighbourhood care points) and the hope house or the orphanage, it would be interesting to get the chance to visit a highschool oder primary school to get in contact with kids who speak english and get in contact with elderly kids or tenagers.

Tips for other travellers?

Malalotja, Milwane in Swaziland and diving with liquid divers in Tofo

ryan lee

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Kruger National Park. Working with the kids and learning all about the three totally different countries.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No. Enjoyed everything.

Tips for other travellers?

Give everything a go. Don't book with Transmagnific. Enjoy it.

Any other comments?

Transmagnific is an absolute disgrace. Did not fulfill their end of the deal - you pay money and they did not even pick us up to take us to the airport so All Out had to organise another Shuttle to take us there. Do not recommend to any other travellers. Shocking company.

joseph warren

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Basically it was the best month of my life by far, highlights definitely include seeing a Cheetah hunt and kill a Steenbok in Kruger Park, doing a zip lining weekend in Swaziland from valley side to valley side and finally quad biking along the beaches in Mozambique. But everything was awesome the people were great and everyday was very fun, interesting and it passed too quick.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

The itinerary specifies things that just are not necessary. For example I thought I was going to be staying in some form of wilderness but really it's pretty comfortable, no need for any speak if. Travel equipment and casual clothes is necessary. Also please change the way you suggest getting to Swaziland because transmagnific are an absolute joke one of the worst companies I've ever used. On the way they didn't have enough seats and they left us behind on the way back because they shadowed up to the meeting point early, and seen as we had paid in advance they just left. Please change this and tell people to either catch a flight from johanessburg to Manzini in Swaziland (the best option) or use a sky travel bus service. And tell people to book the transport too we had someone turn up without a space because they hadn't been told booking was necessary.

Any other comments?

Please just change the way of getting to Swaziland. Don't use transmagnific, get a flight from Johannesburg to manzini or use sky travel bus as they did a good job when transmogrification were incredibly unprofessional and shoddy.

Hannah Clarke

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The volunteering was the best thing i've ever done, the children are so happy and the teachers so thankful. The nursery we were meant to be at wasn't actually open, so I ended up doing the sports program, which was definitely more fun! I ended up staying an extra 2 weeks because I wanted to do more volunteering! The Kruger safari was incredible, I had never done anything like it before and loved every minute.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

We tried to organise going to Botswana, but it was too expensive. If we had budgeted for this from the get go I think it would have been more manageable. More volunteering, make sure you don't go during swazi "half term" because the schools open and close when they want!

Tips for other travellers?

1. Swazi time is a real thing, go with the flow of the lifestyle as nothing is set in stone. If it's raining, cloudy, the buses don't run so the children can't go to school so you have a day off volunteering. Make use of these days and don't just sit around! Climb mount sheeba! Be open minded and don't expect everything to run as planned. 2. Be friendly with the locals, you'll probably be proposed to about 10 million times, and even if you say you're married, they'll say you need two husbands! 3. The amazing lodge is so close to a shopping mall, which I really didn't expect! You can buy everything you need out there!

Any other comments?

Really appreciate your surroundings!

jacquie broeckx

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Spotting wildlife in Kruger, working with the most amazing children in the world and watching their face light up by just seeing you! Swimming with dolphins in Mozambique

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I don't think so, wouldn't have had time to squeeze anything else in!

Tips for other travellers?

Check the weather for the time of your trip-in winter it is still hot!! Have an open mind! Be super flexible and say yes to everything Ask loads of questions!!! If you don't know something, ask. You will learn so much more this way and get the absolute most out of your trip

Martin Gruhn

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What were the highlights of your trip?

- Swaziland...such a beautiful and awesome country - singing and dancing with the children - Ocean Safari in Tofo - Bushfire Festival in Swaziland - seeing Lions, Elephants, Rhinos standing right next to me in Krueger National Park...amazing experience

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

as all the other volunteers...i would have loved to extend my stay :)

Tips for other travellers?

- take a good camera with you - dont forget your torch - enjoy every second...time will pass so quickly

Olivia de Vahl Rubin

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Spotting 6 out of the super 7 in Kruger, playing racing games with the kids in Swaziland and swimming with whale sharks in Mozambique.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Would have liked to have been aware of the Kruger to Cape course that some people were on as the Kruger to Coast course was with that company anyway.

Tips for other travellers?

Be prepared for serious surprise thunderstorms in Swaziland, restrain yourself from buying too many snacks from Gables, the local supermarket, and don't bring clothes that you don't mind getting grubby. You are working with little kids after all!

Any other comments?

As I was only volunteering for two weeks, we didn't really get to work properly with the kids, so we couldn't really get to know them well enough to think about sponsering them. The first week we were put on sports where we visited a different school a day and played with the kids. This was tiring, but great fun. The second week though, we were put on building, which sounds great, but wasn't. We were meant to build a new kitchen for an NCP (school) but instead we were painting another layer of paint onto the inside of the classroom and waiting for the building supplies to arrive. We only spent a day and a half building the kitchen, and only managed to get the foundations going which was frustrating and disappointing. Hopefully this can be better organised for volunteers in the future...? Besides this, we all had a great time and have memories that we will cherish.

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