An unmissable adventure beckons
What is travel week?
Part of our wildlife volunteer placement. Travel week focuses on showing you some of the best of South Africa, letting you discover this magic country together with your fellow volunteers and guides.
Where will you be going?
Head south from the reserve base camp, staying at new and exciting locations along the way near the towns of Hoedspruit and Hazyview. You will get to explore the area, its picturesque landscapes and hidden locations.
What will you be doing?
In addition to the stunning scenery and natural wonders you'll see along the way, we've included exciting and adrenaline pumping activities that are too good to miss.
4 weeks wildlife volunteer + travel week
These small propeller-driven gliders make for incredible memories, as you take to the skies for an incredible aerial view of the landscape below.
Travel along the edge of Blyde River Canyon, the largest green canyon in the world! Along the way, stop at sensational viewpoints and see natural wonders such as the Three Rondavels, God's Window and a rock formation known as 'Bourke's Luck Potholes'.
For something completely different, go on a guided cave tour. As you explore this magical underground world, learn about its geology and the story the cave network played in local history.
Plus, keep an eye out for bats and other cave creatures that make this world their home.
White water tubing
Travel down the Crocodile River equipped with hard helmets, life jackets and flat bottomed tubes, navigating lazy bends and turbulent rapids. For those brave enough, enjoy several waterfall jumping points at 3, 5 and 8 metres high.
Hike through Blyde River Canyon for a day of adventure. This stunning nature reserve is home to many unique plants and animals that you may not have seen yet.
Temperate rainforest discovery
Nestled in the mountain gorges you'll discover a unique temperate rainforest and a hidden side of South Africa. This seemingly ancient environment is home to rivers, waterfalls, baobabs and endangered animals such as green monkeys and rare birds.
Horse safaris and elephant interactions
Horse safaris are a fantastic perspective and way to explore the bush. Head to a riding centre and venture out to search for wildlife. You will be placed in groups based on riding experience.
You'll also visit a local elephant sanctuary that works with rescued and orphaned elephants, to meet and get up close with these magnificent animals.
As you travel, visit a diverse array of wildlife centres and organisations for a better understanding of conservation in action.
You will get to explore a number of places including the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Rescue Centre, endangered species breeding centres, reptile parks and rehabilitation centres.
Giant baobabs and points of interest
There is lots to see along the travel route, including the largest baobab trees in South Africa, historic gold rush and mining towns, and geological features such as waterfalls and rivers.
You'll get a chance to stop off in many places and see the best of the local area.
Arts, Craft and manufacturing
Along the way there are various local and small-scale arts and crafts movements.
Visiting is a great chance to see some original art pieces as well as understand how the local people, armed with initiative and entrepreneurial spirit, are working to improve their communities.
Life on the road
You'll be staying at various backpackers and lodges.
They tend to be similar to base camp in style and standard of accommodation, with same-sex shared dorm rooms and communal bathrooms.
Rooms will provide most amenities and come equipped with bedding, linen, and power points for phones and cameras. Onsite wi-fi will be available at some of the locations.
Food and drink
During travel week, most meals will be provided by cafes and restaurants that you pass along the way.
You'll get breakfast, lunch and dinner included, as well as a non-alcoholic drink. Any optional extras are at your own volition.
During your travels, some of the places you'll stay have bars. After activities you are permitted to drink, but please do so responsibly.