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Cape Town & Garden Route Voluntour 16D/15N
Start: Cape Town / Finish: Cape Town
Category: Independent Voluntour
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   WHAT'S INCLUDED
Cape Town Airport Pick-up & Drop-off

All Transfers by Road

15 Nights Hostel Accommodation:
- 3N in Cape Town
- 7N in Volunteer House Dorm
- 1N in Sedgefield
- 2N in Jeffreys Bay
- 1N in Oudtshoorn
- 1N in Cape Town

Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 10 Dinners

5 Days Volunteering Including:
- 3 meals per day
- Weekly social events
- Transport to and from projects
- 24 hour support and supervision
- Donation to the project
- Certificate of appreciation

Activities:
- Cape Town Walking Tour OR Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
- Cape Town Surf Lesson
- Cape Point (with Lunch) Wine route Tour (with Lunch) OR Robben Island Visit
- Skydiving, Abseil Table Mountain OR Shark Cage Diving (with Snack Lunch)
- Wilderness Lagoon Canoe Tour
- Knysna Heads Visit
- Tsitsikamma NP Hike
- Big 5 Addo Elephant NP Game Drive in Tour Bus
- Ostrich Farm Tour
- Cango Caves Tour
- Cango Wildlife Ranch Tour
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Spend an unforgettable two weeks in Cape Town working with impoverished children before travelling the stunning Garden Route and beautiful Wilderness.

Highlights:

  • Spend a week working with disadvantaged children
  • Enjoy beautiful Cape Town on city tours and surf-lessons
  • Travel the unforgettable Garden Route and Wilderness
   GENERAL

* Please Note: During your volunteering you will likely be grouped with other volunteers, but the rest of the trip will be self-guided, joining with small groups for tours.

**Please note that if you wish to volunteer with a project that works with children, you will have to undergo and pass a criminal records background check prior to arrival. You must make these preparations in your home country and send us the results prior to your trip so that we can confirm your volunteer project placement.

 

Overview:

On Days 1-3 get picked up at the airport, enjoy a welcome BBQ dinner, a city walking tour or hop-on hop-off bus, and a 2-hour surfing lesson in Cape Town. On Days 4-8 you will volunteer in a local school working with impoverished children. Volunteer work may include helping the children with homework, English, lesson plans, administration, developmental activities or vegetable garden. Days 9-10 you will have a choice of activities to pick around Cape Town. On Day 11, go canoeing in Wilderness NP and overnight at Myoli Beach. On Day 12 travel to Knysna and take a nature walk in Tsitsikamma NP with an optional waterfall zipline adventure, ending the day in Jeffreys Bay. On Day 13, take a 2-hour game drive in Addo Elephant NP. On Day 14 visit an ostrich farm and Cango Caves en route to Oudtshoorn. Spend a day in Cango Wildlife Ranch on Day 15, then return to Cape Town along the scenic Route 62 arriving at night. Day 16, get dropped off at the airport where your trip comes to an end. 

 

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1 - Friday: Cape Town Airport Pick-up & South African BBQ (D)

On arrival in Cape Town Airport you will be transferred to your accommodation, where you will be welcomed by our friendly staff and checked into your room. The hostel is within walking distance from all bars, restaurants, the beach, shops and transport terminals. Table View is famous for kitesurfing, water sports and its amazing views of Table Mountain from Kite Beach. In the evening you get to fill up on a delicious traditional South African BBQ – Called a Braai; while you meet up with other travellers from all parts of the world. Overnight in Cape Town.

 

Day 2 - Saturday: Cape Town Walking Tour OR Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass (B/D)

Start the day with breakfast at your accommodation and then meet with one of the hostel staff member that will teach you about the bus system before you head out to discover Cape Town.

You will have two options to choose from, you can either go on a Walking tour of the city, or jump on a Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass:

  • Walking Tour

Do a walking tour visiting historical sites like the Castle of Good Hope and the Grand Parade. Learn about life under apartheid in South Africa at the Parliament Buildings and the District Six Museum. Shop for African arts and crafts in Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall.

  • Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass

Board this topless bus that takes you to all the sites you need to see, such as Camps Bay, the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain… all from the comfort of your seat! Take the red route that takes you on a cultural adventure, or the blue route known for its scenic beauty.

After enjoying one of the above activities, you can take a bus or walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Sit back and sip a cocktail, enjoy some fresh fish and watch the ships in the busy working harbour or walk around and visit the shops, markets and listen to the musicians on the sidewalks.

Alternatively you can take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy breath-taking views of the city, or visit the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held in prison during the apartheid era.

In the evening head back on the local bus to Table View where you can join the staff, guests and the locals at one of the restaurants or bars along the beachfront in Table View – all within rolling distance from the hostel where you will be spending the night.

 

Day 3 - Sunday: Cape Town Surf Lesson (B/D)

Today you have a beachy day with a 2 hour surf lesson with qualified instructor. Spend some extra hours in the water with board and suit hire to try out your skills if you like (at extra cost), or just have some time to tan and grasp the views.

 

Days 4 to 8 - Monday to Friday: Volunteer Program (5B/5L/5D)

Start volunteering today. You will spend the next 5 days helping in the settlements with disadvantaged children who come from extreme poverty.

*Please request the overview DOC of the project before you arrive to get more insight and see if you can prepare for classes or bring anything along for the kiddies.

 

Day 9 - Saturday: Choice of Day Activity (B/D)

Have a free day for you to tick those last few things in Cape Town off the bucket list before heading on your trip of the Garden Route. You can decide which tours you want to do from the following:

  • Cape Point
    Spend a day exploring the beautiful Cape Peninsula on this tour from Cape Town. With a professional guide on your side, travel to Hout Bay and enjoy free time to wander independently or see the seals on Duiker Island. Cruise along Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope and along the way, stop at Cape Point to drink in the coastal scenery while wandering amid the fynbos. Then you’ll even get the chance to get up close to African penguins at Boulders beach.
  • Wine Tour
    Whether you're a wine connoisseur or just a lover of natural beauty, you'll be swept away with the tastes and sights of the Stellenbosch wine region. ​ Take part in many guided wine tastings to get your taste buds tingling with unique local pairings. Sample wine paired with biltong (cured meat) and 'droëwors' (dried sausage) and even artisan ice cream. Explore a Cape Dutch wine farm with unique heritage garden, lush vineyards and farm-to-table restaurants & winery.​
  • Robben Island
    Robben Island, the unique symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice” with a rich 500 year old multi-layered history, is visited every year by thousands of people eager to understand and honour the important aspects of South Africa’s history that the Island represents.

 

Day 10 - Sunday: Choice of Day Activity (B/D)

Have another day to decide which tours you want to do from the following:

  • Skydiving
    On the way up in the aircraft, the view is breathtaking. To the South, the Mother City lies sandwiched between towering Table Mountain and bustling Table Bay harbour. Further to the south, and to the far side of the mountain, lies False Bay, Hout Bay and the splendour of the South Peninsula as far as Cape Point. To the West, you will spot Robben Island - Cape Town's own Alcatraz - and the Atlantic breaking on the beautiful Cape West Coast, as famous for its icy water temperature as its mouth-watering crayfish. To the North, the Langebaan lagoon , a great kitesurfing and windsurfing venue.
    *Skydiving excluding transport
  • Abseiling
    Step off the top at 1000 metres above sea level, and Abseil into mind-blowing vertical space. The panoramic views from the top of Table Mountain are breath taking, but the views from the abseil are even better. Descending down the side of a sheer cliff you will have Camps Bay, the Atlantic Seaboard and the deep blue ocean at your feet with the Twelve Apostles at your side. The Table Mountain Abseil is guaranteed to get your pulse racing.
  • Shark Diving
    Going Great White Shark Diving in South Africa and more specifically a trip on the Slashfin, is a combination of goosebump thrills, education and relaxation on a luxury boat in the company of experienced experts and researchers! They will show you how to distinguish between a male and female shark and how to identify a specific shark by its unique dorsal fin and scars. The 20 - 25 minute boat trip to where the activity is to take place, is by itself an exhilarating adventure.

 

Day 11 - Monday: Cape Town to Sedgefield - Wilderness Lagoon Canoe Tour

It’s an early start today as you depart towards the Garden Route and an area known as Wilderness. Here you’ll find 18km of beaches cooled by sea spray with five lakes, five rivers and two estuaries. Wilderness is one of nature’s jewels and is a protected National Park. Canoe on the Wilderness lagoon and watch the bird life while we glide over the water in our pure nature encounter. After this, we head to the sleepy hollow town of Sedgefield and spend the night at Myoli beach, an undiscovered paradise perfect for swim or surf where your accommodation is situated right on the beach. Take your first swim in the Indian Ocean, enjoy some sundowners and reminisce around the fire.

 

Day 12 - Tuesday: Sedgefield to Jeffreys Bay, via Knysna and Tsitsikamma National Park

Travel again today to the holiday town of Knysna. Take a quick drive to the Knysna Heads, where the sea crashes below the massive sandstone cliffs – a great photo opportunity. Next is the ultimate adventure activity on this tour – the world’s highest bungee bridge jump at 216 mts high. This optional activity (at extra cost) is a must do for anyone who wants that rush of adrenalin.

Next, we calm things down a bit and travel to the tranquil Tsitsikamma National Park where you can explore the marine reserve with its unique combination of dramatic coastal and forest landscapes. Walk along forest trails to a suspension bridge and find a quiet spot from where to absorb this beauty. Next up is another highlight of the day, the optional Waterfall Zipline. Made up of eight cable slides, of which the longest is 211m, zigzag across the river gorge, as high as 50m above the water in some places. If you don’t want the zipline experience, then you can go for a walk in the forest. Lastly, we make our way to the seaside town of Jeffreys Bay – the surfer’s paradise – where we spend the first of two nights.

 

Day 13 - Wednesday: Big 5 Addo Elephant National Park Game Drive & Jeffreys Bay

Today you will be able to visit the Big 5 Addo Elephant National Park, which was proclaimed in 1931 to provide a safe haven for the few wild elephants that survived government-sponsored culling in the early 20th century. Today the elephants reached their hundreds, thanks to the efforts of the National Parks Board and a unique vegetation type – subtropical thicket, or valley bushveld. It is this thick, impenetrable vegetation that has not only provided protection for the elephants and buffalo in the area, but also provided a rich food source, supporting what is now the densest population of wild elephants on the planet. Our tour concentrates on finding and viewing elephants.

You’ll enjoy a two-hour game drive in the tour vehicle and there is also an additional optional two-hour safari in a 4x4 vehicle with a ranger at your own expense where you can search for the big 5 in their natural habitat.

After this you can go for a surf or just chill out in Jeffreys Bay. The backpackers hire out surfboards and wetsuits for a fee. We will stop at the Billabong, Rip Curl and Quiksilver factory shops for excellent deals before staying a second night in Jeffreys Bay.

 

Day 14 - Thursday: Jeffreys Bay to Oudtshoorn - Klein Karoo Ostrich Farm & Cango Caves Tour

Today we head inland towards the Klein Karoo. Once we arrive in the country town of Oudtshoorn we take a quick tour of an ostrich farm and learn more about the world’s largest bird. Make sure your friends take a picture of you hugging and kissing the world’s most friendly female ostrich, Betsie. From here, we visit the Cango Caves – 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 and stalagmites. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

 

Day 15 - Friday: Oudtshoorn to Cape Town - Orphaned Elephants, Cango Wildlife Ranch & Route 62

We start the morning with an unforgettable experience. An expert guide will teach you about the orphaned elephants, where you interact with these huge and lovable creatures. Feel the texture of their rough skin; scratch behind their ears, and even get a gentle trunk hug too. From here you will be taken to the Cango Wildlife Ranch, a sanctuary to some of the world’s most endangered animals and contribute to conservation of over 60 species, including: white lion, cheetah, Nile crocodile, hippo’s, meerkat, birds and other wild animals. To end off this memorable trip, we make our way back to Cape Town along South Africa’s famous country road, the Route 62. Capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, rugged Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards and we’ll make an unusual stop at a famous country pub in the middle of nowhere.

On arrival in Cape Town at approximately 18:00 to 19:00, you will be dropped off in the city centre or at your accommodation. 

 

Day 16 - Saturday: Cape Town Airport Drop-Off (B)

Have breakfast this morning and then take a transfer to the airport where your amazing adventure will come to an end. We wish you a safe journey onwards!  

 

Volunteer Information:

Volunteers will help in the daily running of the programs for example:

  • Teaching lesson plans to children in the preschool (colors, letters, shapes, art, etc.) as well as teaching English through play and vocabulary stimulation. (Training is provided)
  • Stimulating smaller children in the younger groups with developmental toys, touch and by speaking English to them, we hope it will help them learn faster when they get to the older groups. English is compulsory in later education. The earlier they learn, the more they benefit. (Training is provided)
  • Assisting with the tasks at the preschool such as cooking, cleaning, feeding and hygiene
  • Supervising children at all times during outdoor or free play
  • Helping with events
  • Fundraising - This can be done in advance to assist the program! Please contact us for more information on how you can help before you arrive!
  • Administration, lesson plan preparation, developmental activities, research, etc. This is mostly done after project hours in preparation for upcoming days. You may be required to do some of these tasks in your free time​.
  • Helping with the baby room – changing diapers, feeding babies, putting babies to sleep as well as basic stimulation through play
  • Assisting in the vegetable garden where we grow fresh produce for their meals
  • Helping with washing up after meals, cleaning classrooms, washing bedding and toys
  • Maintaining a safe and hygienic environment for the children at all times

Volunteers will work 5 days a week. Some days volunteers will work a full 8 hours and other days 4 to 5 hours, depending on the needs of the project.

Project tasks may sometimes seem repetitive – but your efforts will make a huge difference. Enjoy the project locations, your fellow team members, and the fact that you are helping to make a difference in the community development of South Africa.

Example volunteer itinerary:

  • Monday: Educare (Morning) & Weekly Meeting/Training (Afternoon)
  • Tuesday: Educare (Morning) & Vegetabel Garden (Afternoon)
  • Wednesday: Educare (Morning) & Cleaning Resources (Afternoon)
  • Thursday: Educare (Morning) & Fundraising (Afternoon)
  • Friday: Educare (Morning) & General Duties (Afternoon)

Please note that from time to time there can be unavoidable changes to projects. These can be caused by weather, conservation priorities, materials supply, or because ongoing projects have progressed more quickly or slowly than originally planned. We ask you to accept the changes – we are sure that you will enjoy the replacement projects just as much.

What can you bring to the volunteer project?

If you would like to bring something for the children at the other projects please consult your volunteer leader once on project. Some useful items we always need:

  • Stationery – arts and crafts for preschoolers, school supplies for older children
  • General hygiene products such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes (mostly children’s toothbrushes), face cloths
  • First aid items – plasters, bandages, antiseptic ointment, etc
  • Old clothes – all sizes but especially for children and babies
  • Old toys

If you are planning on buying something for the children, rather wait until you are here as then you will have a better idea of the community needs. Goods are also often cheaper in South Africa than overseas – not to mention that it saves you carrying it around with you! Your volunteer leader will be happy to go shopping with you for the required items. Most of our project requirements change from time to time. For more accurate information regarding project needs, please feel free to contact us.

Meals:

Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day. This includes:

  • Breakfast (cereals, fruit, yogurts, toast and spreads)
  • Lunch (bread, cold meats, salad, cheese, spreads and fruit)
  • Dinner (hot meal such as a traditional South African BBQ (braai) and stews (potjies). All dinners will include a meat, starch and vegetable.
  • Tea and coffee will be available, all other drinks will be at own expense

A generous amount of food will always be served. If snacks are desired there are several grocery stores nearby. There are refrigerators available for volunteers’ personal food and soft drinks.

NOTE: Let us know if you have special dietary needs (e.g. if they are vegetarian or have any allergies) prior to arrival. Participants with very specific dietary needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense.

Accommodations:

Volunteers will stay in one of our volunteer houses with bedrooms sleeping 2 - 5 people. All houses are facilitated with electricity, hot water, a kitchen, one or two toilets, a bathroom with a shower, beds with linen (no towels). Male and female volunteers will share rooms unless otherwise requested. Volunteers are responsible for keeping their own room and volunteer house tidy. Two to three times a week a cleaning lady will be there to clean the house and change linen. The volunteer houses are at walking distance from shops, restaurants, entertainment, bus stops and the beach.

Packing List:

  • Warm clothes – Many people have the perception that it is always hot in South Africa. However, May through to September are our winter months and it can get quite chilly with an average temperature ranging from 5 degrees Celsius at night to 15 degrees Celsius during the day. So, please make sure to pack enough warm clothes if you plan your trip in that period. We do not have indoor heating in South Africa!
  • Old clothes – bring comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty to work in
  • Sunscreen (and a sun hat in summer)
  • Prescription medication if needed
  • Basic first aid requirements

If you need anything else upon arrival, you will be within walking distance from several shops.

NOTE: ​The most important things to bring are a sense of humour, patience, an open mind and a positive attitude!

 

Important Information:

Activities can be reordered or exchanged in case of or due to weather or unforeseen conditions.

   DETAILS
Departure Times
Friday


Duration
16 days.

Departure Point
Cape Town Airport Pick-up

Arrival Point
Cape Town Airport Drop-off

Special Instructions
Please contact Bamba Experience at gobamba@bambaexperience.com a few days before your first day of travel for departure details.

***Please note that if you wish to volunteer with a project that works with children, you will have to undergo and pass a criminal records background check prior to arrival. You must make these preparations in your home country and send us the results prior to your trip so that we can confirm your volunteer project placement.

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CAPE TOWN & GARDEN ROUTE VOLUNTOUR 16D/15N - HOSTEL DORM
You will share a dorm room with other travellers in hostels and sleep in the volunteer house for the length of the volunteering.
Price per person: $1,699 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1
CAPE TOWN & GARDEN ROUTE VOLUNTOUR 16D/15N - HOSTEL DOUBLE
You will share a private double room with your travel partner in hostels and sleep in the volunteer house for the length of the volunteering.
Price per person: $1,914 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 2
CAPE TOWN & GARDEN ROUTE VOLUNTOUR 16D/15N - HOSTEL SINGLE
You will have your own private single room in hostels and sleep in the volunteer house for the length of the volunteering.
Price per person: $2,118 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1

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