“Combine a classic African safari and volunteering in South Africa for a truly inspiring holiday.”
The Wildlife Volunteer & African Safari Tour is the perfect way to experience South Africa. You’ll meet inspiring people, gaze upon awe-inspiring landscapes, and interact with iconic wildlife, and all this whilst helping change things for the better! Setting off in the buzzing Johannesburg, you’ll make your way to the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, which rescues injured wildlife with the hope of releasing them into the wild. You’ll spend two days helping out where needed and interacting with the animals. You’ll also get to experience wildlife in a different way with a night drive to see nocturnal animals. Then, you’ll volunteer for five days at the Daktari Bush School, which aims to inspire and educate local children to care for their environment. The rest of the tour will take you to the Olifants River and the famous Kruger National Park for some world-class wildlife watching.
We have a strong commitment to promoting action-fuelled adventures that are also environmentally friendly, priding themselves on their respect for Africa's nature. They use biodegradable products when camping in the wild and strive to protect and nurture local communities. Toerboer supports organisations including 'Qhubeka', a World Bicycle Relief program that is dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities for Africans by utilising sustainable transport. This organisation provides locals with bikes, expanding their ability to travel and educate themselves with minimal impact on the environment. They also advise their customers on how best to be a environmentally responsible traveller and offset their flights, carbon emissions, with a donation through the organisation 'Atmosfair'.
Johannesburg: On your arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your guesthouse in the trendy suburb of Mellville. You’ll have the rest of the day to relax or take part in optional activities such as the half day Soweto Tour. In the evening, you’ll kick off your adventure with welcome cocktails and a starter platter at the popular Moyo’s Zoo Lake restaurant.
Johannesburg – Hoesdspruit: Today marks the start of your South African adventure. On your way to the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, you’ll stop to admire the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels Viewpoint, the Blyde River Canyon, the Lowveld, to cite but a few of these incredible places… You’ll arrive at Moholoholo Forest Camp where you’ll be briefed on the next two days at the rehabilitation centre. In the evening, you’ll go on a night drive to spot some of the nocturnal wildlife.
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre: You’ll start the day by meeting the staff and students at the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre. After having been assigned specific tasks, you’ll meet the animals of the centre including lions, cheetahs, African wild dogs and eagles. For the next two days you’ll clean the enclosures, feed the animals and take part in stimulating activities with the centre’s residents. The evening will be spent around the fire, listening to your guides’ travel tales…
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre – Daktari Bush School: Once your work at the rehabilitation centre is completed, you’ll drive to the Daktari Bush School. You’ll be briefed on your role for the next 5 days.
Daktari Bush School: Every Monday, the school welcomes underprivileged children for a week and educates them about their environment through a wildlife orphanage. For the next 5 days, you’ll assist in inspiring the children to care for nature and help them acquire essential life skills.
Daktari Bush School – Phalaborwa: After your work at Daktari Bush School is finished, you’ll head off to the Three Bridges Curio shop where you’ll find beautiful hand-made crafts from the local area. You’ll then drive to Phalaborwa, at the gate of the Kruger National Park. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a cruise on the Olifants River and watch the incredible spectacle that is the African sky at sunset…
Phalaborwa - Malompheni Wild Camping (Kruger National Park): In the morning, you’ll visit the Amarula Lapa where a sweet cream liqueur from the Marula Tree fruit is produced. Then, you’ll head to the gate of the Kruger National Park where you’ll be met by your guide for the day. You’ll enter the park and follow the Malompheni Eco Trail to a remote part of the Kruger. You’ll overnight at a wild camping spot by the Letaba River. Sleeping in the African bush amongst its incredible wildlife is a one-in-a lifetime experience that you won’t forget!
Malompheni Wild Camping - Satara Rest Camp (Kruger National Park): You’ll wake up to the sound of the Swainson’s Francolin and head down to the river to watch the sun rise over the water. You’ll learn all about the tracks left behind on the sand bank from a night full of action by the river. You’ll then continue your journey through the Kruger National Park before reaching Satara Rest Camp, your home for the night.
Satara Rest Camp – Hazyview: Today, you’ll rise early to make the most of the Kruger with a game drive. You’ll then leave Kruger National Park and make your way to Hazyview where you’ll have the afternoon free to explore. In the late afternoon, you’ll drive to the Shangana Cultural Village where you’ll meet the Mapulana community and learn about their way of life. In the evening, you’ll get the chance to experience an authentic Shangana style festival, which tells the story of the Shangana nation. You’ll even get to have a go at drumming yourself…
Hazyview – Johannesburg: Today you’ll return to Johannesburg for a fitting farewell dinner and drinks at a Jazz Club in town.
Journey home: Your tour concludes today. You’ll be transferred to O.R Tambo International Airport for your return flight with memories to last a lifetime.
- The rate shown is a 'from' price per person (based on two sharing)
- A single supplement will apply
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- Three meals per day
- All transport (including vehicle, fuel, toll and driver/guide)
- All activities (except when indicated otherwise in the program)
- Qualified and experienced English speaking driver/guide
- Two bottles of water per client per day
- All entrance fees where applicable
- Support to two welfare/social/sustainable projects through the Toerboer Safari Trek International NPC
- One full laundry wash included
- Flights and visas
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Any other services or activities not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' to speak to the operator!