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 with 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.
Self-service breakfast: Cereals, bread, spreads (like peanut butter and jam), milk, yoghurt and fruit
Lunch and dinner: Volunteers take turns in cooking all meals and cleaning the kitchen as per schedule.
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 trips to town.
Exception: During your Johannesburg orientation you will receive 1 dinner and 2 breakfasts, other snacks are at your own expense.
Please advise us on your dietary needs when filling out your application form. Participants with very specific dietary needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense.
Visas, Insurances & Flight Tickets
Visas and insurances are the responsibility of the intern. Travel insurance is compulsory. You are also required to present a copy of your return flight itinerary when entering South Africa.
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.