Safari to Coast - Southern Africa Adventure

with All Out Africa

newspaper Childcare Communitites Land Conservation Marine Conservation Teaching Expedition Adventure
location Africa
start date Our projects begin on the first Monday of each month. 4-12 Weeks
salary Volunteer Project
accommodation includedAccommodation included
food and meals3 meals per day
training providedTraining provided






All Out Africa has hosted over 6000 volunteer and tour participants and many more lodge guests since its inception in 2004. Many of these people have become friends and ambassadors and are helping in various ways to build a better world. All Out Africa is dedicated to people, wildlife, travel, safety, education and entrepreneurship. We have built lasting friendships with our partners and are deeply engaged in the local communities and conservation areas we work in and committed for the long term. Join us on adventures that change lives.



gap year project highlights Highlights

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 Eswatini. The tour finishes with a local culinary delight – a traditional Swazi braai!
5-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
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.



typical day A Typical Day on this Course

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 children.

Volunteers have the option of choosing the following projects:

Childcare 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 the Indian Ocean. Mozambique is a colourful 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.

* Please note that the activities listed above are based on availability and may vary by season. These are samples of activities that are volunteers are likely to participate in.

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 volunteer project assisting with fun activities.

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 & enthusiasm

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 & relax……

Itinerary for your experience

Day 1 Fly into OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg where you will be met by All Out Africa staff members who will transfer you by road from Johannesburg to the Kingdom of Eswatini. It is approximately a 5-hour journey from the airport to you to your accommodation in the Ezulwini Valley.

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 Eswatini. 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 best opportunities to view Africa’s big game. We venture on a 5-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 Bushwalk (optional extra) as well as experience a night drive where you’ll go in search of nocturnal wildlife.

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

Day 8-20 Volunteer Projects, Eswatini You will spend the next 10 days volunteering on your selected project (Orphan Care/Building/Sports Development).

As a volunteer, the activities you might be involved in may include:

● Teaching basic English and maths to children

● Organizing the children at mealtimes

● Organizing creative games & craft classes to stimulate minds

● Organizing sports days for exercise and fun

● Participating in swimming and other sports

● Making clay bricks and preparing the land for structures

● Building structures including roofing

● Fencing and developing gardens to provide vegetables for the children

* Please note that the activities listed above are based on availability and may vary by season. These are samples of activities that are volunteers are likely to participate in.

If you are a 4 weeks Kruger to Coast volunteer you will not be involved in the Teaching and day to daycare of children at the Neighbourhood Care Points. As the children become very excited about new arrivals, the frequent change-over of volunteers disrupts the study and the impacts on attachment issues experienced by the children. 6 and 8 weeks Kruger to Coast volunteers, however, will have the chance to participate in assisting with the teaching and care of the children.

During this time you will also be supported to obtain your visa to enter Mozambique (the cost of a visa is not included in the program cost) and will also visit the Mantenga Cultural Village where you will have the 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 & 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 Travel back to Eswatini.

Day 28 Ezulwini, Eswatini At the Lodge in Eswatini 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 Eswatini and transfer by road to Johannesburg to catch your flight.

6 Week+ Option

Day 28-40 Ezulwini, Eswatini On returning to Eswatini from Mozambique, you will head back to your assigned volunteer project and have more time to contribute to your project.

Airport transfer is included and facilitated by All Out Africa.


ideal candidate Who are we looking for?

Join us with enthusiasm and energy to create change in people's lives!


our offer What we can offer you

During your stay, you will be accommodated in a variety of lodges as you tour Southern Africa, but the home base will be the award-winning Lidwala Lodge in Ezulwini Valley. Three meals a day will also be provided, some on a self-serve basis and others cooked for you.

Also included:
● Comprehensive 24 hours, 7 days 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

 

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