We have a bushcamp that has been set up especially for the volunteers on this project. Here, you will be staying in comfortable twin shared tents set up on raised platforms. There are bush showers, flushing toilets and a kitchen available at the camp.
You will be met by the driver with your name on a board as you exit the terminal at Johannesburg International Airport. We'll then transfer you to your accommodation for your orientation in Johannesburg.
Getting to/from the Project
If you choose to include return bus transfers between Johannesburg and the project, you will be met at Johannesburg International Airport and transferred to the bus terminal to catch a public shuttle at 07:00 so that you'll arrive at the Karongwe/Makalali gate around 12:15-12:45. The return transfer to Johannesburg Airport is also by public bus, so you will be transported to the Karongwe/Makalali gate to catch the 12:00 shuttle. You will arrive at Johannesburg International Airport around 17:00-18:00.
Alternatively you can book domestic flights to and from Hoedspruit Airport, which will save you a 6-hour bus shuttle from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit and back. Please note that the flights are at your own cost. Your travel advisor can assist you in booking the flights.
Transportation at the Project
The vehicles used at this project are roadworthy, safe and reliable, and have all relevant licenses and liability insurances.
All food for breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided, as well as fresh fruit. However, food is only re-stocked once a week so once it’s gone, it’s gone! If you have any special dietary requirements, please inform us before your arrival so that we can accommodate them, if possible. Exception: During your Johannesburg orientation you will receive 1 dinner and 2 breakfasts, other snacks are at your own expense.
Cordial fruit drink, tea and coffee are provided. Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages (beers and ciders) and snack foods are not available in camp but you can buy them on the weekly town trips.
Important Reminder : Participants must advise us of their dietary needs (e.g. if they are vegetarian or have any allergies) prior to their departure. Participants with very specific dietary needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense.
Visas & Insurances:
Visas and insurances are the responsibility of the volunteer.
Winter in South Africa:
Please note that May through to September are our winter months and it can get quite chilly with an average temperature ranging from 5 degrees Celsius at night to 15 degrees Celsius during the day. So please make sure to pack enough warm clothes if you plan your trip in that period.