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This volunteer travel programme is ideal for responsible travellers. You’ll see the very best of South Africa (staying in Fair Trade establishments along the route), whilst also sparing some of your time to give a little back to this remarkable country by volunteering in a rural school in the stunning Eastern Cape.
Accommodation is provided by an award-winning fair trade backpackers’ lodge, followed by shared accommodation at our volunteer house in Chintsa. See the itinerary page for more details.
Meet at Cape Town airport and transfer by shuttle to ‘The Backpack’ a multi-award winning backpackers lodge in the city centre with a swimming pool and a great café. We spend four nights at the lodge in Cape Town giving you ample opportunity to explore this beautiful city.
Included: Airport shuttle transfer, accommodation, shark cage dive or boat-based whale watching with the leading, responsible and ethical operator in this field; this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
From Cape Town you will take a flight to East London on the Eastern Cape of South Africa where you’ll take a transfer to the beautiful little coastal village of Chintsa. Meet the volunteer team and arrive at the volunteer house where you’ll be based for the volunteer phase of the trip. The volunteer house overlooks the beach and ocean and there is plenty to do!
During your time in Chintsa you have the exciting opportunity to get involved in one of our most popular volunteer teaching projects; the Wild Coast Schools Volunteer Project. The project helps to equip young learners at rural schools with life-changing computer literacy skills. Use your own knowledge and skills to teach in computer labs and from the ‘Big Green e-Machine’, our mobile 4×4 vehicle computer lab!
Afternoons can be spent running a homework club for vulnerable and orphaned children and getting involved in sports coaching as part of our youth development initiative.
Heading on to Mthatha by bus for the choice of how to spend next five nights! There are three places to choose from and are free to spend all five nights at one spot, or stay at a range of places in order to see the most of this stunning region. From Mthatha many of the remote parts of the Wild Coast are accessible so you can expect to discover endless unspoilt beaches and rich, traditional Xhosa culture.
The three accommodation options are…
Included: Bus transport, all accommodation, three activities of your choice.
From the Wild Coast you travel to Sani Lodge in the majestic Drakensberg mountains for three nights. Discover the famous Sani Pass and hike to the caves to explore ancient Bushman paintings. The team at Sani Lodge are experts on the area and will help you to discover the best of this breath-taking area of South Africa. Don’t forget to try their amazing chocolate cake!
Included: Transport, accomodation and mountain-based activities
On day 18 it’s on to your final stop; Soweto Backpackers. The iconic township of Soweto is home to the liberation of South Africa and is rich in culture and heritage. You will get a chance to experience this all at street level on a bicycle tour which will leave you in awe of this amazing country. The following day we take a fantastic walking tour to absorb the sights and sounds of Soweto. After all the activity, you’ll have the chance to relax and reflect on the awesome journey you’ve made over the lat three weeks!
Included: Transport, transfer back to OR Tambo Airport, accommodation, Soweto bicycle tour
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