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Give back to others, experience spectacular sights and cultures and have fun on a life changing experience.

OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE SAID:

"Nice possibility to choose a combination between volunteering and travelling, the staff will help you make a great experience"Lianne Post, Holland

OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE SAID:

"It was one of my best holidays and i have seen so much in one month"Floor Alferink, Holland

 FAST FACTS

Swaziland, South Africa, Mozambique
4 Weeks
Starting at $2,433
5%
Lidwala Lodge & Kruger Campsite
3 meals per day
First Monday of the Month

Flights are not included in the cost.

OVERVIEW

Combine travel with giving back to others with our volunteer packages; help alleviate poverty, make new friends and experience the wonders and life in another country, all whilst supported by our experienced staff and staying in comfy accommodation.

The Kruger to Coast Volunteer Expedition will take you through some of the best that southern Africa has to offer in terms of wildlife, culture and beaches. Begin in Swaziland where you will get involved in grass roots community projects and make an active contribution to improve the lives of orphan and vulnerable children. Embark on a fiveday camping safari through the world famous Kruger National Park to spot big game. Venture to tropical Mozambique where you spend time on world class Indian Ocean beaches.  Not only will you’ll have the amazing opportunity to see some of African most incredible wildlife, snorkel with whale sharks and paddle to tropical palm fringed islands but you will also have the opportunity to participate in an important community development projects.

As a volunteer, the activities you might be involved in will include any of the following practical projects:

• Teaching basic English and maths to children
• Organising the children at meal times
• Organising creative games and craft classes to stimulate minds
• Organising sports days for exercise and fun
• Participating in swimming and horse riding lessons
• Making clay bricks and preparing land for structures to be build 
• Building structures including roofing

Highlights

The highlights of this incredibly diverse and comprehensive tour of southern Africa include:

• Safari in Kruger National Park in search of Africa’s famous Big five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino
• Sunset/night drive in Kruger, a great time to spot the large cats
• Volunteering (choose between orphan care, sports development or building). This is your turn to learn a new role and contribute to sustainable development projects
• Visit to a Swazi Cultural Village and learn about Swaziland’s rich culture
• Relaxing on Tofo’s spectacular palm-fringed beaches
• Ocean Safari – snorkel with amazing creatures such whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins
• Island Kayak trip through the blue ocean waters around Inhambane, Mozambique

Accommodation and Meals 

During your stay you will be accommodated in an award winning lodge, in Ezulwini, Valley of Heaven, and whilst in Kruger you will be camping inside the park at the Lower Sabie campsite. Three meals a day will also be provided, some on a self-serve basis and others cooked for you. For more information please see the Swaziland Lidwala Lodge and Kruger National Park Accommodation factsheets. 

Project Start Dates

Start date for this project is the first Monday of the month throughout the year, with the exception of December when the project is closed.

YOUR ROLE

There are 3 distinct parts to this travel experience each with its own interesting flavour. 

In Kruger you will be joining a camping safari holiday. Here your days will be spent on game drives searching for the incredibly diverse wildlife that this world renowned national park has to offer, while at night you will be camped out under the African stars, sitting around a crackling campfire listening to tales of the African bush. While in Kruger your guide will teach you about the animals and plants of the African Savannah and how important it is to protect this beautiful but fragile eco-system.

When you arrive in the beautiful mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland your role will switch to volunteer as you get involved in projects that aim to uplift the lives of orphaned and vulnerable. Volunteers have the option of choosing the following projects: 

• Teaching, which involves assisting the teachers at our Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) , which act as pre-schools for orphan and vulnerable children (6 week option only)
• Building, which involves projects such as laying bricks for new classrooms or maintaining the gardens at our NCPs
• Sports, which includes assisting with running sporting activities with our NCP children including swimming and horse vaulting lessons
The final week of your experience is spent on the beautiful golden sand beaches of sunny Mozambique. After two weeks of hard work in Swaziland it’ll be time to relax in this tropical climate and swim the blue waters of the warm and inviting Indian Ocean. Mozambique is a colorful and vibrant African country like no other and it is here that you will get to spend the last days of your trip -a wonderful finale to an inspiring tour.

Day in the life of a volunteer:

7:00

Wake up to see the sunshine, jump in a hot shower and get yourself started for the day with breakfast!

8:00

Travel to your placement and get ready to begin your day 

8:30

Participate in your chosen project, such as coaching sports, conducting research, teaching a lesson or building a classroom wall! 

13:00

Time to either return to your accommodation for lunch, or eat the packed lunch you made that morning! 

14:00

Begin your afternoon’s work with a full stomach and enthusiasm – this may involve returning to your morning placement or having the opportunity for additional projects including local language lessons and assisting at homework clubs

16:30

Return back to your accommodation and share your day’s adventures with other volunteers, maybe even a quick swim in the pool!

18:30

Enjoy a delicious evening meal and relax……

ITINERARY

Itinerary for your exciting experience

Day 1

Fly into OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg (more details in “Arrivals” section in the Swaziland Destination Brief) where you will be met by All Out Africa staff members who will transfer you by road from Johannesburg to the Kingdom of Swaziland. It is approximately a five hour journey from the airport to you to your accommodation in the Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven).

Day 2

The second day begins with an informative presentation that will brief you on all you need to know about the culture and country, how to effectively contribute during your volunteer experience, and what to expect on the tours. 

In the afternoon you will embark on a Cultural Tour where you will visit the museum to learn about Swazi history and culture, and then will walk around a real Swazi village to experience day-to-day life in Swaziland. The tour finishes with a local culinary delight – a traditional Swazi braai! 

Day 3-7 Conservation tour, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park is probably Africa’s most famous conservation area. Spanning nearly 20,000 km2 it covers a vast array of habitats and associated wildlife. It has an aura of ancient times and offers some of the best opportunities view Africa’s big game.

We venture on a five day tour into the heart of Kruger Park including four nights camping in the park and unlimited game drives exploring the vast wilderness with the expert guidance of one of our wildlife guides.

Previous groups have had great sightings of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, wild dog, giraffe, zebra to name just a few animals! There is an abundance of wildlife and birds to be spotted on your Kruger safari. You will also have the exciting opportunity to take part in a guided bush walk (optional extra) as well as experience a night drive where you’ll go in search of nocturnal wildlife.

On Day 7 you will depart Kruger for the beautiful Kingdom of Swaziland.

Day 8-20 Volunteer Projects, Swaziland

You will spend the next 10 days volunteering on your selected project (Orphan Care/Building/Sports Development).  

If you are a 4 weeks Kruger to Coast volunteer you will not be involved in the teaching and day to day care of children at the orphan care centres. As the children become very excited with new arrivals, the frequent change-over of volunteers disrupts the study and impacts on attachment issues experienced by the children. 6 and 8 week Kruger to Coast volunteers, however, will have the chance to participate in more hands-on teaching and direct care of the children. 

During this time you will also be supported to obtain your visa to enter Mozambique (the cost of visa is not included in the program cost) , and will also visit  the Mantenga Cultural Village where you will have chance to experience traditional Swazi culture and lifestyle as well as witness traditional dancing and singing. You will also be invited to participate in learning the local dance moves!

Day 21-26 Mozambique Beach and Whale Shark Tour

Mozambique is world famous for its idyllic tropical beaches on the Indian Ocean. As a former Portuguese colony that has come out of a prolonged civil war, it is now booming as quite possibly Africa’s top beach destination. Tofo is a laid-back beach village in southern Mozambique and offers some of the best opportunities in the world to snorkel in the wild with the world’s biggest fish – the whale shark. With diverse coral reefs, whales, manta rays, dolphins and nesting turtles Tofo is a marine paradise and yet it is relatively close to the vibrant historic trading port of Inhambane.

We venture on a 7 day tour to Tofo where you will experience the laid-back beach lifestyle of this colourful and vibrant country. You will take an ocean safari to snorkel with the magnificent whale shark and also have a full day kayak trip across the blue waters to the palm fringed islands in the Inhambane Bay.  If you are a certified diver you will have the opportunity of exploring the spectacular fish life of the coral reefs!  There is also the option to take part in an Internationally Accredited Open Water or Advanced Dive Course (extra cost) should you wish to dive. Here you’ll have the opportunity of exploring the spectacular fish life of the coral reefs and the chance to find the “Tofo Big 5” – whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, dolphins and humpback whales.  There are plenty of optional extra activities including beach horse rides, quad biking, mangrove kayaking, surfing, body boarding, deep sea fishing and catamaran cruises.  A beach party or two is par for the course and some chill time on the beach is guaranteed.

Mozambique is a true gem on the east African coastline, an unspoiled paradise waiting to be explored!

Day 27 Ezulwini (Swaziland)

Depart Mozambique, and transfer back to your backpacker lodge in Swaziland.

Day 28 Ezulwini (Swaziland)

At the Lodge in Swaziland you will have a full day to relax, pack up and make preparations for your departure the following day (4-week volunteers).

4 week option:

Day 29 Return home

Sadly all great adventures must come to an end and on your final day you will leave the backpacker lodge in Swaziland and transfer by road to Johannesburg to catch your flight. Airport transfer is included and facilitated by All Out Africa.

6 week (or longer) option:

Day 28-40 Ezulwini (Swaziland)

On returning to Swaziland from Mozambique, you will head back to your assigned volunteer project and have more time to contribute to you project. 

Day 41-42 Ezulwini (Swaziland)

At the Lodge in Swaziland you will have a full weekend to relax, or do some last minute hiking and exploring before you pack up and make preparations for your departure on Monday.

Day 43 Programme ends

Sadly all great adventures must come to an end and on your final day you will leave the backpacker lodge in Swaziland and transfer by road to Johannesburg to catch your flight. Airport transfer is included and facilitated by All Out Africa. 

INCLUDED IN FEE
  • Comprehensive 24 hour, 7 day a week support from All Out Africa
  • Volunteer projects specifically designed to enable you to make an active contribution during your stay
  • Support of volunteer project coordinators who are experts in their fields which ensures the volunteer experience is valuable
  • Comprehensive orientation to the country, its culture and your role as a volunteer upon arrival
  • All food and accommodation throughout your stay
  • Tour guide for the duration of your tours, imparting their expert local knowledge and spotting lions in Kruger
  • Donation to our non-for-profit foundation which supports community and conservation efforts within Swaziland

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

You can also add one of the following to your adventure of a lifetime prior to or upon arrival:

  • Internationally recognised Open Water or Advanced Dive Course
  • Bush walk in Kruger, to see some of the smaller creatures that reside in Kruger up close and personal
  • Zip lining weekend through the mountains, waterfalls and gorges of Malolotja Nature Reserve
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