Located in the middle of the bush, the camp is rustic and we do our very best to make sure everyone is kept clean, comfortable and well fed. You will enjoy hot showers, running water, and solar-powered lights in your traditional chalets. You may be sharing your chalet with up to 3 other volunteers, but everyone has their own bed and space to store clothes and personal items. The chalets are equipped with towels, bed linens and a mosquito net, and the rooms are cleaned every day. The accommodation is safe, the chalets have locks on the inside and all the windows have mosquito gauze in front of them. Laundry and ironing is done for everyone each day, with the exception of Sunday. WiFi is available for ZAR100 per week.
South African electrical power is 240V, but the country is prone to electricity cuts (load shedding) due to short supply so think twice about that hair dryer! Please turn off lights and heaters when not in the room. The plug adapter you need might be difficult to find in your home country so we suggest you buy the adapter in South Africa. Please also note that there may be a shortage of water especially during dry season so use water sparingly and have quick showers.
Your flight can land anytime on Thursday.
We can also collect you at any hotel or place of accommodation on your arrival day, should it be within close radius of the City centre or Airport
Volunteers will be met at Johannesburg International airport and taken to their accommodation. On the project start day, you will be transfered to the bus stop located at O R Tambo International from here you will take the shuttle bus to Hoedspruit. On your last day, you will be transported back to the bus stop to catch the shuttle bus back to Johannesburg.
IMPORTANT: There is an option to fly to and from Hoedspruit instead of taking the shuttles. This is at your own expense and should be communicated with your bookings agent upon confirming your spot!
Departure time: You MUST take a late evening flight out of Johannesburg as the shuttle will only arrive back to Johannesburg in the late afternoon/evening (+-17h00 – 18h00)
Volunteers are served three meals a day by the experienced kitchen staff. Breakfast consists of cereals, fruit, yoghurts, toast and spreads. Lunch is a salad (e.g. potato, pasta or beetroot salads) along with either cold meat, chicken strips, sandwiches, pizza etc. Dinner consists of a hot cooked meal such as beef stew, rice/pasta/potatoes, boerewors pot, chicken etc.
Water is safe to drink.
Tea, coffee and juice are available, all other drinks will be at volunteers' own expense.
A generous amount of food will always be served. If snacks are desired there are several grocery stores nearby which you can visit on your weekly shop run.
There are refrigerators available for volunteers’ personal food, soft drinks and medication if necessary.
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:
Visas and insurances are the responsibility of the volunteer.
- Casual working clothes for hot and cold days
- Warm clothes
- Sturdy work boots
- Sunscreen, hat
- Swimsuit & towel
- Personal toiletries and bath towels
- Raincoat and boots (gumboots)
- Insect repellent
- Laptop with own DVDs if desired
- Pocket money (drinks and souvenirs)
- Flashlight & batteries
- Notebook & pen
- First aid kit & personal medication
- Proof of all vaccinations
- Water bottle
Weekly transport into town is provided so that you can purchase essentials and food items.
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.