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Volunteer and Safari in South Africa

Image of a stunning beach in South Africa with a tree in the foreground - KILROY
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Recommended duration

3 weeks


Johannesburg/Cape Town

Travel type



Flights, safari and volunteering

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Combine wildlife-spotting with volunteering on this three-week adventure in South Africa. Spot the Big 5 in Kruger National Park on an accommodated safari before giving back to local communities in Cape Town at a pre-school and learning centre volunteer project.

Start your South Africa adventure in Johannesburg, where you'll go on a 5-day safari trip through one of the biggest and most diverse national parks in all of Africa - the Kruger National Park. If you're lucky, you might get to spot the Big 5 of buffalo, leopard, lion, elephant and rhino.

After your safari, you'll board a plane to Cape Town, where you'll spend two weeks volunteering at a local community project. You'll be working with young children from disadvantaged communities, teaching and looking after children between 3 months and 6 years old.

*From price per person based on shared accommodation

What's included:
  • Flights to South Africa from the UK (arrive Johannesburg, depart Cape Town)
  • 1 pre night of hostel accommodation before the safari
  • 5-day safari in Kruger National Park with most meals included
  • 1 post night of hostel accommodation after the safari
  • Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town
  • 15 days of volunteering at a pre-school and learning centre in Cape Town
  • Three meals a day during the volunteer project
  • Booking fees
  • Your own travel advisor
What's not included:
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations (ask us about our discount with Nomad Travel)
  • Meals (unless otherwise specified)
  • Optional activities

Travel suggestion Volunteer and safari in South Africa

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This itinerary is just a suggestion and can be customised to suit your unique travel plans. Make it longer, make it shorter. Add in the things you want to do. Get in touch with our travel experts to turn this itinerary into your dream trip.

Johannesburg Kruger safari

Start your South Africa with a night in Johannesburg before setting off on a 5-day safari through the Kruger National Park. You'll spend two nights in the cosy Bush Lodge, situated in a private reserve where animals roam freely and unrestricted. There'll be day and night drives to spot wildlife and visit popular watering holes.

For a change of scenery, on day four you'll head off on the Panorama Route, famous for many natural wonders and viewing points. First stop will be to view the impressive Blyde River Canyon. Then it's onto the tranquil Greenfire Lodge Hazyview for more safari adventures.

After a final night back in Johannesburg, you'll fly to Cape Town to start your two-week volunteer project.

Cape Town Volunteering

Your stay in Cape Town starts with a 2-day orientation, where you will take part in a welcome meeting and a local barbecue party, known locally as a braai. You will also receive a small welcome pack with a t-shirt, book and sim card. The next morning you will head into Cape Town for a guided walking tour and afterwards you will hop on a bus and head to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront harbour area for food and drinks.

After the orientation, the work begin. You'll be volunteering five days a week, Monday through Friday. Volunteers assist in the day-to-day running of the kindergarten and give one-on-one attention to children in need. In order to get the most out of your experience as a volunteer, you need to be positive, proactive and ready for new challenges.

Cape Town Explore the city

Once the project is over, you can choose to spend more time exploring the city and the surrounding area of Cape Town. Now is the perfect time to hike (or take a cable car) up Table Mountain, visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held in prison during the apartheid era, or make a trip to the Cape of Good Hope (and maybe spot some penguins on the way!).

Then it's time to hop on your return flight home. Of course, you can always continue your adventures elsewhere...

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