The Kruger to Coast Volunteer Tour will take you through some of the best that southern Africa has to offer in terms of wildlife, culture and beaches. Begin in Eswatini where you will get involved in grassroots community projects and make an active contribution to improve the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children or contribute to active conservation efforts in the Savannah. Embark on a 5-day camping safari through the world-famous Kruger National Park to spot big game. Venture to tropical Mozambique where you spend time on world-class Indian Ocean beaches. Not only will you have the amazing opportunity to see some of Africa's most incredible wildlife, snorkel with Whale Sharks and paddle to tropical palm-fringed islands but you will also have the opportunity to participate in an important community development projects.
There are three 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 ecosystem.
When you arrive in the beautiful mountainous kingdom of Eswatini 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 one of the following projects:
Childcare which involves assisting the teachers at our Neighbourhood Care Points (NCP’s), which act as preschools for orphaned and vulnerable children.
Building which involves projects such as laying bricks for new classrooms or maintaining the gardens at our NCP’s.
Sports which includes assisting with running sporting activities with our NCP children including swimming lessons (depending on the season).
NEW! Savannah & Wildlife Conservation this project involves conducting multiple types of research with different species. Some of the conservation activities are conducted at specific times of the year whilst others are conducted all year round. Our coordinating project scientist will teach you how to assist with data collection throughout your project duration.
The final week of your experience is spent on beautiful golden and sandy beaches of sunny Mozambique. After two weeks of hard work in Eswatini it’ll be time to relax in this tropical climate and swim the blue waters of the warm and inviting 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 six 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 volunteers are likely to participate in.
By signing up with us you are donating your time and skills to work directly with communities in need through a structured project. There are many benefits to working with an organisation like ours. It is hard to find internships to support in a foreign country that are safe, worthwhile and reputable. When you sign-up for one of our projects for 2 or 12-weeks, you become part of a bigger, sustainable plan that our team of qualified staff has carefully crafted. You will also receive travel and visa support, orientation, a safe place to stay, logistical support, in addition to clear expectations of the work you will do. This is why we charge a fee for volunteering or interning abroad.
Your project fee goes towards a company you can trust, an experience that is worthwhile and an opportunity that will make a positive and sustainable impact on the community you have chosen to serve. For more information, please read here about our work towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
During your stay, you will be accommodated in a variety of lodges as you tour Southern Africa, but your home base will be the award-winning Lidwala Lodge in Ezulwini Valley and then Tilak Lodge in Tofo, Mozambique. Three meals a day will also be provided, some on a self-serve basis and others cooked for you. Enquire for private rooms.
The start date for this project is the first Monday of the month throughout the year, with the exception of December when new participants are not accepted.
Please ensure your flight arrives BEFORE 1:00pm.
7:00: Wake up to see the sunshine, jump in a hot shower, and get yourself started for the day with breakfast!
7:30: Travel to your placement and get ready to begin your day.
8:00: Participate in your chosen project.
12:00: Lunch hour! Time to eat the packed lunch you made that morning!
12:30: Begin your afternoon’s work with a full stomach and enthusiasm!
15:00: 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 and relax!
IMPORTANT NOTE: When you work with children, you will be in places where modesty will be an important factor. Please make sure you dress appropriately- failure to do so may result in you missing a day of interning. More information in the dress code will be provided in the pre-flight guide.
The following apply unless an agent agreement is in place or an invoice is provided containing alternate cancellation terms.
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 Backpackers Connection. It is approximately 18 minutes from OR Tambo Airport.
Day 2: Have breakfast and depart from Backpackers Connection to Komati River Chalets. On your way to Komati River Chalets there will be a quick stop to grab a self catered lunch. Upon your arrival, kick back and relax, later on the day you will receive an orientation to Kruger National Park which followed by a mouth-watering dinner. Previous groups have had great sightings of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, wild dog, giraffe, zebra to name just a few animals!