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South Africa Voluntour

Travel Southern Africa for 17 days on an amazing and unique Voluntour experience. Volunteer with African Wildlife and make a difference to the communities and some of the most incredible animals Africa has to offer.

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Supplier Tour ID: CPTAFR/250681
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Cape Town

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrival and airport Pickup Cape Town.
Cape Town International airport or Cape Town city centre, rest of the day at leisure.

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Day 2

FULL DAY WELCOME ORIENTATION & CITY TOUR
Cape Town city walking tour including Signal hill, Boo Kaap, Long street, Company gardens, green market square & cape town tourism.

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Day 3

Cape Town – Wilderness Canoe/Sedgefield
Early morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town CBD or Stellenbosch.
Canoe on the Wilderness lagoon and watch the bird life while gliding over the water in a pure encounter with nature in Wilderness National Park - 18km of beaches cooled by sea spray, five lakes, five rivers and two estuaries, Wilderness is one of nature`s jewels in the crown.
Walk along the white sandy shores of the local beach.
-Overnight in Wilderness / Sedgefield area

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Day 4

Knysna heads /Tsitsikamma forest hike/Jeffreys Bay Surfing
Nestled between forested mountains, sea and curving around a big lagoon, visit The Heads where the sea crashes through these two massive sandstone cliffs.
Optional bungee jumping - face your fears as you bungee from the world’s highest bungee jumping bridge or watch the adrenaline junkies as they scream through the air.(Optional Extra)
If you don`t want to do the bungee experience, you can visit the 1000 year old Big Tree in Tsitsikamma forest.
Walk along forest trails in Tsitsikamma National Park, exploring this marine reserve with its unique combination of dramatic coastal and forest landscapes.
- Overnight in Jeffreys Bay

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Day 5

JBay/Addo Elephant Park
Rise early morning for a guided game drive in the tour vehicle to explore Addo National Park – the third largest national park in South Africa, a world of diversity; varied landscapes, fauna and flora and home to over 500 elephants, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, lions, a variety of antelope and zebra and other species. An additional early-morning optional 4x4 Game drive in Addo with a park ranger is available on request.
Go for a quick surf or beach-time at Jeffreys Bay. The backpackers hire out surf boards and wetsuits at extra cost, or shop at surfwear factory shops for excellent deals on well-known labels.
- Overnight in Jeffreys Bay

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Day 6-11

VOLUNTEERING BIG FIVE GAME RESERVE (Eastern Cape)
Your average day will begin at 7am for breakfast before you leave to begin your volunteer duties at the reserve at 7:30am. Daily activities at the reserve will include tracking Lions with telemetry and monitor devices and identifying antelope and to area allocated for vegetation survey. After a well-earned 1 hour lunch at the reserve you will take part in other programme activities such as; Canoe on the river to survey bird behaviour, General reserve maintenance, and Anti-poaching control, Predator Monitoring or even Bush camping and Night Drives.

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Day 12

Addo Elephant Park
The Addo Elephant National Park is located in the dense Eastern Cape Bush of South Africa. It offers visitors spectacular elephant viewing in a malaria free environment.
The park is currently home to more than 550 elephant as well as:
• Cape Buffalo
• Lion
• Black Rhino
• Various antelope species such as Eland, Kudu, Red Hartebeest etc
• Warthogs
• And of course the flightless Dung Beetle which is exclusively found at Addo. (Elsewhere in Africa, Dung Beetles have to migrate with the herds but this is not the case at Addo).

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Day 13

Jbay/Cango Caves/Oudtshoorn Ostriches
Optional waterfall zip-lining - zigzag across the river gorge and experience nature from a different angle.
Tour a working ostrich farm to learn more about the world`s largest bird.
Return to the wild for an optional late afternoon 4x4 game drive with a knowledgeable game ranger at a private game reserve.
- Overnight in Oudtshoorn

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Day 14

Oudtshoorn/Elephants/WINE TOUR & Route 62 – Cape Town
Optional Elephant Bush Walk to learn about these gentle giants in a natural environment. Fall in love with these orphaned, gentle and lovable animals. Learn about their background and behaviour as you stroll with them in nature.
Visit the Cango Caves. These caves are an illuminated wonderland of subterranean magic and mystery, with passageways and chambers meandering far below. The tour will explore the narrow passages and vast halls filled with colourful ancient stalactites.
Travel via Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, and sample some of the best local wines. Along South Africa`s famous country road you`ll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, rugged Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. Reach Cape Town by evening.

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Day 15

FREE DAY – Surf lesson (free) or take advantage of Cape Town and all its highlights: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Skydiving, Paraglyding, Botantinical gardens and much more (at own cost)

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Day 16

FREE DAY – Surf lesson (free) or take advantage of Cape Town and all its highlights: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Skydiving, Paraglyding, Botantinical gardens and much more (at own cost)

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Day 17

CAPE PENINSULA TOUR FULL DAY (Penguins, Cape Point, Seal island)
Spend a day exploring the beautiful Cape Peninsula on this tour from Cape Town. With a professional local guide by your side, you’ll have the opportunity to get a true sense of the beauty and diversity of Cape Town as you meander along some of the city’s most precious gems.
Cape Town is famed for her iconic Table Mountain, but this city has far more to offer than just that. Just a short drive from the inner city, diverse fauna and flora, spectacular views and cultural delights will wow you. This tour combines the best experiences the Cape Peninsula has to offer, all in one actioned packed itinerary.
Travel to Hout Bay harbour and enjoy free time to wander independently and revel in an unparalleled cultural experience, with local traders, informal markets, fresh fish and chips and more. Or choose to board a boat and cruise to Duiker Island to view the lazy Cape Fur seals as they bob about and soak up the sun. Meander along the sheer drops of Chapman’s Peak Drive as you make your way to the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Upon entry be sure to look out for roaming ostriches or mischievous baboons as you drive up to the breath-takingly scenic Cape Point. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, as the short hike to the top is not to be missed, offering panoramic views of the peninsula and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Having your photo taken at the famed Cape of Good Hope sign, marking the southwestern-most tip of Africa, is a must. Along the way, stop to drink in the coastal scenery while wandering amid the fynbos. Next up, you can get your fix of cuteness as you walk alongside African penguins at Boulders beach and learn about these endangered creatures and the efforts being made to conserve them. Round off your day watching the surfers of Muizenberg trying to catch the wave of the day, as you drive back to Cape Town via this coastal town.

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Day 18

DEPARTURE DAY
Drop off at the airport.

Inclusions:
    • Meals
    • Accommodation
    • Project work as per itinerary
    • Touring as per itinerary
    • Airport Transfers
    Accommodation

      Dorm accommodation in Cape Town on Tour & at Big Five Game Reserve

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Tour Highlights:
    • Visit and explore beautiful Cape Town
    • Contribute to and support the Conservation efforts in a Big Five Game Reserve
    • Visit Addo Elephant Park
    • Go Canoeing, surfing and more