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1. Posted by monii (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

I travel to ZA in September and I am looking for a place to volunteer for around a month in October/November. Does somebody has experiences or know a place (nature,wildlife,plants,..)?
Moreover would I be interested in any tips about cheap accomodation, camping.
Thank you very much!

2. Posted by Demian (Full Member 117 posts) 10y

I know a friend of mine looked into this. But for a month it will be hard to find something in the nature/wildlife sector. A lot of people want that, and organisations/parks prefer people who stay longer, because you need some training.

I think the only sector where he got luck was AIDS/HIV projects, as there is never enough personell to cater for the millions of infected people... but that is mentally a lot tougher.

I'll ask him the organisations he found/approached, and let you know!

concerning accomodation...I'm sure you don't want us to name every single hostel in SA. Maybe specify the area/city you'll be going to a little more, and we'll be able to help!

3. Posted by monii (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Thanks for your answer Deman! Would be great if you could give me the name of the organisation from the Aids/HIV project and in which work your friend could help them.

I travel from Johannesbourg to Capetown by car and bring a tent with me. So I would be happy about information about recommendable campsites around Blyde River, in Kr├╝ger, Drakensberge, Hluhluwe, Gardenroute. And for Durban, Capetown perhaps a nice but cheap hostel. Do I have to book in advance?

4. Posted by Demian (Full Member 117 posts) 10y


For Johannesburg (if you don't have something already): The Ritz is a good hostel.

For the Drakensbergen: Amphitheatre backpacker

For Cape Town: The Backpack

For Kruger (I take you mean Kruger Park?): Lower Sabie camp and Letaba are good campsites with lots of game in the area. Check the park's site.

The other places you name I haven't been. If you want more specific info, send me a PM.

In general, it's always good to make reservations, but for backpackers it is usually not necessary to do that more than a week or so in advance. For the Kruger Park however, start now. We went without any bookings and had some trouble finding even a spot to pitch our small tent. Book as far in advance as possible to prevent disappointment (we were forced to stay in Skukuza Camp, one of the larger and less atmospheric camps).

I'll let you know when I have names of volunteer organisations!

Enjoy (the planning of) your trip!

5. Posted by monii (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Thank you very much for your advice and if you get information about places to volunteer I'd be interested to know!
regards, moni