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OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE SAID:
"Most memorable, valuable and life changing experience of my life thus far, SERIOUSLY LOVED IT......can’t wait to come back"Jenna Collins, USA
OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE SAID:
"Hands down the best experience of my life, and I‘m so grateful for everyone I’ve met along the way; I’ve never been happier!"Danyelle Lachowich, Canada
Experience the incredibly diverse and renowned marine and savanna wildlife of southern Africa while assisting to monitor threatened species and conserve their beautiful but fragile environments.
This expedition begins with 4 weeks in stunning Tofo, volunteering with hands-on whale shark research, coral reef monitoring, whale monitoring, and manta ray and turtle identification, in one of Africa’s best scuba diving and beach destinations. You will then travel to the beautiful Kingdom of Swaziland, with a few days to explore before departing on a 5 day tour of the world famous Kruger National Park, in search of the “big 5”. Following your safari, you will return to Swaziland for 3 weeks of volunteering on our Savanna conservation project in the country’s north east. Here you will help to conduct ecological research relevant to savanna ecosystems throughout southern Africa, including monitoring bats, birds, reptiles, ungulates, rodents, small predators and vegetation.
The highlights of this of the diverse and rewarding expedition are:
- Conducting hands on research and monitoring activities with some of Africa’s most special and unique animals
- Spending time in Mozambique’s beautiful coastal village of Tofo
- Safari in Kruger National Park in search of Africa’s famous Big 5
- Sunset/night drive in Kruger
- Bush walk in Kruger (optional extra to be booked once in Kruger)
- Exploring the culture and beauty of Swaziland and experiencing life as a researcher at our Savanna Research camp
You will be staying at Albatroz Lodge for the duration of your experience, which is situated next to the office and dive centre, and a few steps up from stunning Tofo Beach! Here you will also receive 3 meals a day. For more information about the lodge and meals please see the Albatroz Lodge Accommodation brief.
There are 3 distinct parts to this travel experience each with its own interesting flavour.
In Mozambique, your role will be to collect important data and conduct activities to support research and conservation efforts of the marine life in the area.
You will join other volunteers on the project to collect the data via beach walks, boat surveys, snorking and scuba dives off the coastline of Tofo in Mozambique. Volunteers are needed not only to carry out the field activities and contribute to worldwide research projects . You can expect an excellent diving, snorkelling and beach experience whilst gaining first hand marine research skills and contributing to a worthwhile project.
In Kruger you will be joining a camping safari holiday. Here your days will be spent on game drives searching for the incredibly diverse wild life 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 savanna and how important it is to protect this beautiful but fragile eco-system.
Once in Swaziland for the last part of your program, you will engage in walking and driving through game reserves conducting research activities that locate and monitor various species of wildlife, while recording habitat and environmental variables associated with the collection of such information.
This project aims to identify which species can be used as ecological indicator of the health of the savanna ecosystem. Threatened birds and bats are also a focus of this project due to their reproduction and movement. Tortoise movements and activity are monitored while threatened and endemic plants (some found nowhere else in the world) may also be surveyed to monitor reproductive success and survival.
Day 1-2 Arrival and Orientation
Fly into Inhambane, Mozambique via Johannesburg (more details in “Getting there” section in the Destination – Mozambique file). At the airport upon arrival in Inhambane you will be welcomed by an All Out Africa staff member who will accompany you to your accommodation in the beach village of Tofo. The second day begins with an informative presentation that will brief you on all you need to know about your volunteer experience in Mozambique. You will also take part in an orientation in which you will learn about the area and how to get around using public transport.
Day 3-7 PADI Dive Course
All dives and dive courses are dependent on weather and ocean conditions. In most cases it takes 4 – 5 day to get your PADI scuba course completed – then you are ready to go!
Day 8-26 Project Activities
Marine conservation project activities include an average of one or two dives per week and two or three whale shark ocean safari launches per week. All launches are dependent on weather and ocean conditions.
Day 27-30 Ezulwini Valley, Kingdom of Swaziland
You and the rest of your volunteer group will travel by private bus from Mozambique to Swaziland where you’ll spend 3 full days. You will be accommodated at a backpacker lodge in the Ezulwini Valley (the valley of heaven). From here you will be able to relax and explore the beautiful and mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland. Included in your package is a half day walking tour of the cultural capital of Swaziland and you’ll get to learn about the history and current affairs of the Kingdom. There are many optional activities to get involved in too – zip lining, white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding in a nature reserve, quad biking, paragliding and craft shopping.
Day 31-35 Conservation tour, Kruger National Park, South Africa
From Swaziland you’ll then venture on an exciting 5 day camping safari into the heart of the world famous Kruger Park, including 4 nights camping in the park and unlimited game drives exploring the vast wilderness with the expert guidance of one of our wildlife guides. 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 in the world to view Africa’s big game.
Previous groups have had great sightings of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, wild dog and a variety of other of Kruger’s specialties. You will also have the exciting opportunity to take part in a guided bush walk as well as a night drive where you’ll go in search of nocturnal wildlife.
On Day 35 you will depart Kruger and return to Swaziland.
You will be transported to the Savanna Research camp in Mbuluzi Game Reserve, where you will receive an orientation about your volunteer work for the weeks ahead.
Day 37- 56
Based at the Savanna Research camp and led by the resident field ecologists, you will visit some of the region’s most exciting wildlife areas to assist with a range of data collection and monitoring activities.
Sadly all great adventures must come to an end and on your final day you will leave Mbuluzi Reserve in Swaziland and transfer by road to Johannesburg to catch your flight. Airport transfer is included and provided by All Out Africa on the designated departure day, otherwise early departures are responsible for their own transportation.
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
- PADI Open Water course (or Advanced course/or research dives for an equivalent value)
- Research dives and ocean safaris
- Transfer from Mozambique to Swaziland
- Historical and local village walking tour in Swaziland
- Daily game drives in Kruger
- Sunset/night drive
- A guided bush walk (optional extra)
- Tour guide for the duration of your Kruger tour
Some Interesting Links
Volunteer Projects Contact
- +268 2416 2260
Adventure Tours contact
- +268 2528 3423