- 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!
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.
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Days 1-2: Arrival
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: Kruger National Park Camping Safari
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: Volunteer Projects, Swaziland
A couple of weeks working with communities that really need your help. Depending on the length of your stay you could be involved in helping to build new structures and building for the local communities or be placed in care centres that support the children left vulnerable 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 and teaching – the list is very long.
Typical volunteer activities may include:
- Making clay bricks for building projects
- Teaching basic English and Maths to children
- Organising children at meal times
- Preparing land ready for building new shelters and houses
- Building new structures for the local community
- Organising creative games, craft classes and practical projects to stimulate young minds.
- Organising sports days – exercise and fun.
- Planting a range of crops that can help improve nutrition.
- Just being there for the children and giving them the attention and kindness they need.
Please note, if you choose the 4 week programme, you will not be involved in the teaching and day to day care of children; if you choose the 4 week option you'll be involved in the making of clay bricks and building projects along with developing vegetable gardens for the children at the neighbourhood care points. Those staying for 6 weeks or more have the chance to be involved in teaching and day to day care for the children.
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 21-26: 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: Time to say Goodbye
You’ll spend the final full day of your Kruger to Coast Volunteer Adventure back at the 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: Volunteer Projects, 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 could 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 exercise and fun
Day 41-43: Departure
On day 41 you'll have 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. Please ensure your flight departs after 2:30pm.
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- All accommodation during programme
- 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
- 27/4 emergency contact
- Travel insurance
- Drinks and snacks
- Optional activities and spending money
- Local transport
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 mixed gender dorm room for up to 6 people. While in Tofo, Mozambique, you will stay in beach style reeded mixed gender dorms for up to 4 people. 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.
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Your flight should arrive at Johannesburg International airport before 13:30pm on your programme start date. Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged for after 14:30pm on your programme end date.
Please note that transfers are only included on your specified arrival and departure dates according to information given above. Any transfers required outside of these dates will be at your own cost along with any additional nights of accommodation required.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
Minimum age of 18 years, maximum decided on potential participants health and physical ability.
it is your responsibility to obtain the correct visas for your travels. 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. Travellers 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. For most nationalities it is possible to obtain your visa at the border on arrival for stays of 30 days or less. Please note that visas obtained on the border cannot be extended, if you intend to stay in Mozambique for more than 30 days, you will need obtain your visa from an Embassy prior to arrival into Mozambique. Costs vary according to how you obtain your visa.
Please note that the fine for overstaying your visa in Mozambique is approximately US$50 per person per day.
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.
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! Join our Facebook groups to find others on your trip.
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.