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Earthstompers 3/4 Week Voluntour South African Experience!

Volunteer and Travel South Africa! See the real South Africa!

Adventure, Nature, Wildlife, Culture

3 Week Voluntour: ZAR 14 600.00 4 Week Voluntour : ZAR 20 000.00 

Week 1 : 6 Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure Tour.
Week 2 : Umkhondo Big 5 Wildlife Volunteer program.
Week 3 : Prochorus Township Volunteer Experience
Week 4 : Marine Volunteer Project and intern.

Where will my money go?

Week 1 : ZAR 5600.00
Week 2 : ZAR 5000.00
Week 3 : ZAR 4400.00 (This money will go directly to Prochures Non Profit organisation and will be used in the township to better the lives of the community. Volunteers will have a say where they would like to spend the money!)
Week 4 (Optional) : ZAR5000.00

Booking Procedure

Should you wish to make a reservation, please let me know so that I can secure the seats for you. Please complete attached booking form and return it to us by email. We require a 50% deposit to secure the reservation, with the balance due 30 days before departure. You can pay by credit card (5% credit card charge) or bank transfer.

Payment

A deposit of 50% is payable to agent or into bank account on confirmation of booking. Balance is payable 30 days before departure. Credit card payments will incur a 5% banking charge.

Cancelation Policy

The following cancelation fees will apply should you wish to cancel your tour. Please note we will charge a cash handling fee of 15% if you should cancel more than 30 days before departure to cover our bank charges.
30 days – 15 days 25 % of the total of the booking
14 days – 8 days 50 % of the total of the booking
7 days or less 100 % of the total of the booking
No-show 100 % of the total of the booking

Week 1: 6 Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure

Including:

Most Southern Tip of Africa, Overberg (Whale Route), Garden Route, Little Karoo and Addo. Earthstompers Adventures has been operating 6 Day Garden Route Adventure Tours since 2006. This is a Guided tour run by Registered and qualified tour Guides. This is a safe and affordable way to explore the Western Cape, East Coast, Little Karoo, Whale Route and Route 62. The tour gives you a good mix of Nature, Culture and Adventure, experiencing the best the Garden Route has to offer.

Tour Includes:

  • Qualified guide,
  • Air-conditioned bus,
  • 5 nights accommodation,
  • Dinners (except Day 3), breakfasts (except day 4)
  • Ostrich farm,
  • Cango Caves,
  • Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
  • Game viewing safari in Addo Elephant National Park,
  • Tsitsikamma National Park and Wilderness National Park.

We also have plenty of time for these optional activities:

Bungee jumping (216m) R 690.00
Tandem Sky Diving 10 000 feet R 1 600.00
Tree top Canopy tour R 450.00
Sand Boarding R 400.00
Knysna elephant park R 190.00
Close Encounter whale and dolphin watching (in-season) R 750.00
* Shark Cage Diving R 1 350.00*
2 Hour Open Vehicle Guided Addo Game Drive R 220.00

* Shark Cage Diving Clients will be picked up in Cape Town early Monday morning by the Shark Operator. Shark Diving Clients will only meet up with the tour group after lunch on the 1st Day and will miss out on the first half of Day 1.

Day 1 Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas

We depart from Cape Town/Stellenbosch early on Monday morning for Hermanus. We follow the Scenic Coastal road stopping at Betties Bay to view a Colony of endangered African Penguins. You can spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales during the Whale season (July to November) and many shops, beaches, restaurants and Markets. In the afternoon we will drive on to Cape Agulhas (The most Southern Tip of Africa). We will visit a View Point at the most southern Tip of Africa also known as the “real” place where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. You will have plenty of time to have a walk down to the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere.

Included Meals: Dinner
Included Activities: Penguins at Betties Bay
Optional Activities: Shark Cage Diving
 Whale watching Boat Trip ( Whale season) Overnight: Cape Agulhas

Day 2 Cape Agulhas – Mossel Bay – Sedgefield

We depart for Sedgefield after breakfast. We will stop in Mossel Bay for lunch and to spend some time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St Blaize hiking trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, visit the famous Diaz Museum Complex. The more adventurous can try a 10 000 feet Tandem Skydive or Sand Boarding on the highest Dune in South Africa. Late afternoon a leisurely walk on Myoli beach or just relaxing with a beer overlooking Myoli beach.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Included Activities:  
Optional Activities: 10 000 feet Tandem Sky Dive
 Sand boarding the biggest Dune in South Africa Overnight: Wilderness

Day 3 Sedgefield – Knysna – Plettenberg Bay

After breakfast overlooking Myoli Beach beach we head for the Touw River Waterfall in Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy a paddle up the Touw River through the indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of birdlife. After about 40mins of easy paddling the canoes will be left for a 2km hike along a boardwalk which will take us to the waterfall, where you will be able to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. After the canoeing we will head to the famous town of Knysna via the spectacular Lake District of the Garden Route. In this up-market little town filled with curios, restaurants and a waterfront you will be able to replenish and lose yourself. After Knysna we will head to the Knysna Heads view-point with some spectacular views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Late afternoon you can spend exploring Plettenberg Bay with its spectacular views and beaches.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Included Activities: Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
Optional Activities: Knysna Elephant Park
Overnight: Plettenberg Bay

Day 4 Plettenberg Bay –Tsitsikamma - Addo

After breakfast, off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route a stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 metres). There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among you to test their courage. The afternoon will be spent in the National Park with its unique combination of indigenous forest and the beautiful Indian Ocean. This provides a wide choice of activities for all, including long and short hikes, crossing the suspension bridge and swimming. Late afternoon we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 Country, Addo.

Included Meals: Dinner
Included Activities: Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
Optional Activities: 216 M Bloukrans Bungee Jump
 Tree Top Canopy Tour Overnight: Addo

Day 5 Addo – Wilderness

The morning we will spend exploring Addo Elephant National Park. We will spend up to 4-5 hours exploring a 28 000 hectare National reserve with over 450 elephant and some Cape buffalo, lion, Black Rhino, Wart Hog, Zebra, Eland, Koedoe, Hartbeest and many more animals. After an exciting morning of Game Viewing we will drive back to the heart of the Garden Route where we will overnight and have sundowners overlooking the spectacular Wilderness Beach in Wilderness.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Included Activities: Entrance and 4-5 hour drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park
Optional Activities: 2 Hour open vehicle Game Drive with Addo Field Guide.
Overnight: Myoli Beach in Sedgefield

Day 6 Wilderness – Oudtshoorn – Route 62 – Cape Town/Stellenbosch

After Breakfast a drive over the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain pass to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, also known as the Ostrich Capital of the World.

You will be able to experience the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves in a guided adventure tour, followed by a visit to the Cango Ostrich Show farm for a guided tour of an ostrich farm. The more adventurous can even ride an ostrich. (maximum weight of 75 kg). In the afternoon we depart back to Cape Town via the scenic and spectacular Route 62 which is South Africa’s longest wine route. We will arrive back to Cape Town in the early evening.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Included Activities: Cango Caves Adventure Tour
Optional Activities: Entrance to Cango Ostrich Show farm

Departures

All Tours depart from Cape Town and Stellenbosch every Monday.

Pick Up

Guest will be picked up between 07:00 and 09:00 from accommodation establishments in Cape Town and about 09:30 in Stellenbosch. If guests do not live in Cape Town or Stellenbosch additional transport has to be arranged into the city, or guests will be picked up along the way.

Itinerary

The company reserves the right to change itinerary, accommodation, and transport along the way should circumstances dictate. Unfortunately many of these outdoor activities are weather dependant which could force changes in the itinerary. The guide will try his best to arrange events according to prevailing weather conditions.

Vehicles

The vehicles that we will be touring in is a fully air conditioned and can comfortably seat 8 adults including driver/guide or 14 Adult including Driver/guide. We also have a CD and Mp3 player in the bus. (Welcome to bring your own music, if it is not too terrible we can play it). All vehicles have valid Operating Licences to convey paying customers.

Guides:

All guides are well trained, experienced and African born and bred. By law we are enforced to use THETA registered and Qualified guides with special PDP drivers licences. (Professional Drivers Licence). Earthstompers make use of only the best guides that will make sure you get a laid back, funny, relaxing, informative and safe trip.

Accommodation

All the accommodation en route has been selected over many years for its cleanliness, unique setting, closeness to nature and great atmosphere whilst not forgetting the human need for home comforts.

Accommodation at the backpackers takes the form of dormitory rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

Upgrades to single and double Backpacker rooms with shared Bathroom facilities and Upgrades to Backpacker rooms with en-suite bathrooms are available.

Guest House upgrades to Single, Double or twin en-suite rooms are available at an additional cost.

All bedding and towels will be provided.

Meals

All meals have been selected by management and include traditional South African meals. Breakfast would normally be a combination of healthy continental breakfast with fruits, cereals, yoghurt and toast or cooked breakfasts. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance. Lunch and drinks would be for Guests own account.

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you hold comprehensive travel insurance to safeguard you against possible unforeseen emergency. Earthstompers has comprehensive passenger and public liability insurance.

Exclusion of liability

Earthstompers, or its employees and agents shall not be responsible for and shall be exempt from any liability in respect of loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or inconvenience to any person or their luggage or other personal property under any circumstances whatsoever whilst on tour.

What do you need?

A love for nature, an adventurous spirit and an earthstomping sense of humour. Of course it would not be a bad thing to bring along a rain jacket, camera, swimming clothes, sun screen, towel, hat, warm jacket and personal toiletries.

Optional Activities:

The Optional Activities are not included in your tour price because this is activities that not everybody will be able to do. For example: Not everybody would like to jump of a 216 m bridge or jump from a plane at 10 000 feet. These activities can be paid in Cash or credit card direct to the Adventure Operator. These activities will be booked by your guide the day that the tour departs. Shark Diving and Whale watching Optional activities will have to be booked at least a week before the tour depart.

All included activities are not physically demanding and can be enjoyed by all ages, shapes and sizes on tour.

* Shark Cage Diving Clients will be picked up in Cape Town early Monday morning by the Shark Operator. Shark Diving Clients will only meet up with the tour group after lunch on the 1st Day and will miss out on the first half of Day 1.

Malaria:

Our tours take place in a malaria free area. No anti-malaria precautions are therefore necessary. You are however advised to bring insect repellent during summer.

Week 2 : Umkhondo Big 5 Wildlife Volunteer program.

Wake up in the morning to the roar of lions.

This is one of the amazing things you will experience at the Umkhondo Big 5 Wildlife Volunteer program.

We are situated on the famous Garden Route with spectacular scenery, mountains and sunsets.

The closest town – Albertinia is a 10 minute drive from us. It is a very small town with only the basics. We will do 2 town trips per week for volunteers to buy leisure food items and other.

We have tented accommodation with a communal area including bathrooms, dining room, kitchen and TV room. We have satellite TV and the whole camp is an internet hotspot so bring your laptop. Your direct neighbours will be the elephants in the boma at night on the one side, and all the other wildlife on the other side.

Species you can expect to encounter are elephants, rhino, lion, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, oryx, eland, springbuck, ostrich and much more.

At Umkhondo, volunteers will experience what it is like working on, and running a big 5 game reserve.

Included in your week stay with us will be 3 meals a day, project related transport, accommodation and a rifle handling short course which will teach you all the safety aspects of handling a firearm and give you the confidence to shoot accurately.

The reserve hosts a Game Lodge with nice swimming pools, 2 bars and more. Volunteers can feel free to utilise these facilities in their free time.

A typical day will start with feeding elephants, a cup of coffee in the reserve to start the day, rhino anti poaching patrols, tracking free roaming cheetah, projects and then end the day with a cold beer at the lookout point.

Projects vary but the current projects we run include:

  • Cheetah breeding program upkeep and feeding
  • Research projects on elephant, rhino, giraffe and cheetah
  • Game counts.
  • Erosion control and brush packing
  • Snake handling and enclosure maintenance
  • Bird and Flora identification
  • Tracking
  • Rhino anti poaching patrols
  • Fence patrols

Evenings are spent around a camp fire where the volunteers can socialise with each other.

One week Volunteer itinerary:

Saturday:

Afternoon check in and camp orientation.
Welcoming BBQ (Braai) and social evening at camp.

Sunday:

Volunteers can have a late sleep in.
Lodge orientation and time at the swimming pools if weather permits.
Volunteers are welcome to order lunch at the lodge at their own expense.
Short game drive through the reserve to get familiar with the land and animals.
You will have free time for the rest of the day to relax and get ready for Monday. Dinner.

Monday:

Early morning anti-poaching patrol. (06:00)
Tracking cheetahs with telemetry device.
Relax with a cup of coffee in the reserve.
Tracks and tracking.
Breakfast (9:30)
Game counts.
Wildlife condition checks.
Supplement feeding.
Lunch (13:00)
Meat preparation and cheetah feeding.
Alien plant removal.
Botanical walk.
Dinner.

Tuesday:

Early morning anti-poaching patrol. (06:00)
Tracking cheetahs with telemetry device.
Relax with a cup of coffee in the reserve.
Tracks and tracking.
Breakfast (9:30)
Elephant boma cleaning.
Reptile park visit and snake handling.
Fence patrol.
Lunch (13:00)
Meat preparation and cheetah feeding.
Road maintenance.
Bird walk.
Dinner

Wednesday:

Early morning anti-poaching patrol. (06:00)
Tracking cheetahs with telemetry device.
Relax with a cup of coffee in the reserve.
Tracks and tracking.
Breakfast (9:30)
Elephant boma cleaning.
Supplement feeding.
Darting and game capture lecture.
Lunch (13:00)
Meat preparation and cheetah feeding.
Cheetah camps clean.
Insect educational.
BBQ and social evening.

Thursday:

Early morning anti-poaching patrol. (06:00)
Tracking cheetahs with telemetry device.
Relax with a cup of coffee in the reserve.
Tracks and tracking.
Breakfast (9:30)
Elephant boma cleaning.
Fence patrol.
Alien plant removal.
Lunch (13:00)
Meat preparation and cheetah feeding.
Erosion control.
Test your tracking skills.
Dinner.

Friday:

Early morning anti-poaching patrol. (06:00)
Tracking cheetahs with telemetry device.
Relax with a cup of coffee in the reserve.
Tracks and tracking.
Breakfast (9:30)
Elephant boma cleaning.
Supplement feeding.
Planting out seeds.
Lunch (13:00)
Meat preparation and cheetah feeding.
Rifle handling.
Hike to top of lookout mountain.
Enjoy a cold beer ontop of mountain.
Farewell BBQ and social evening.

Dinners:

Ingredients will be supplied for breakfast and lunch so that volunteers can prepare for themselves.
Home cooked meals will be provided.

Accommodation:

You will stay in comfortable tents and have access to a communal area with bathrooms, dining room and kitchen.

Work:

Normal work days are from 06:00 to 17:00.
Volunteers are expected to get their hands dirty and work together as a team.
Volunteering can be hard work but we play just as hard.

Laundry:

Laundry can be handed in on Tuesdays to be collected on Wednesday afternoons. Please advise if any clothing cannot be tumbled.

Other:

Dietary and medical requirements have to be communicated 10 days before arrival.

Week 3 – Prochorus Community Project – Kayamandi Stellenbosch

ZAR4400 will go towards Prochorus Community Project. ZAR 1 000 will go towards your accommodation and meals. The rest of the money ZAR 3400 will be kept in a kitty and twice a year we will decide how to utilise this money. Volunteers will identify areas where they think we can spend the money. Example. Educational toys, Building a new classroom, New bathrooms, painting of creche, Taking children on education trips etc.

Accommodation:

Volunteers will stay with a Host Family in the township of Kayamandi in the heart of the Winelands, just outside the student town of Stellenbosch.

Meals:

Your host Mom will provide you with 3 meals a day!

Itinerary:

This project will run for 5 days: Monday to Friday
Volunteers will work on different projects every week. Allot of work include working with, feeding schemes and educating children between the ages of 2 years and 18 years.

More Info:

Prochorus is well established in Kayamandi for the past 12 years. Because of visibility, integrity and good management we are trusted to administer funds on behalf of overseas donors, coordinate volunteers, distribute goods and manage different projects:

  • Drama group – was started 3 years ago to build relationships with youth and offer them an alternative to idleness on the streets. They are very committed and dedicated, they won second price at the Buya festival this year.
  • Scholars Sponsorship – we raise sponsorships for school children to buy school uniforms because children without proper uniforms do not want to attend school – many parents cannot afford a basic uniform.
  • Computer Literacy – Computer courses for adults in the mornings and Mathematics classes on computers in the afternoons for Primary School pupils.
  • Emergency Relief – Provide food parcels and clothes to many people. The people that receive food parcels are taught to plant vegetables for themselves in the Food Garden.
  • Soup Kitchen – A cooked meal provided to 40 people ever day.
  • Crisis Clinic – In South Africa a person gets raped every 17 seconds – only one out of 10 reports it to the Police. We have one trained crisis counselor to inform and counsel with rape victims Stickers with rape-line number distributed in schools where awareness is regularly done.
  • Creche Support – Out of 28 creches in Kayamandi only 8 are in proper buildings. We offer support to 20 house and shack crèches by providing a fully equipped classroom as well as training for the leaders and volunteers to assist them. Before, the children were not stimulated at all!!
  • Playgroup – A playgroup was started for the toddlers that do not get exposure to ECD because the parents cannot afford to send them to crèches. Next year we plan to start 3 more playgroups in different areas.
  • Extra classes – Our volunteers facilitate extra Mathematics and English classes at the Primary School for children that have a disadvantage to the others because they were not exposed to ECD.

Facts about Kayamandi:

KM means “sweet home”
Population: 50,000
65% live in shacks
20% between ages of 18-35
25% Grade 12 girls pregnant or already have a baby
50% of mothers are single
31% of population unemployed
Hostels which were built for single men are occupied by 4 families per cubicle and 5 families share one toilet.
Average family consists of 8 people, often 3 generations share a 2 bedroom house, living from a salary of R1, 000.00 per month or the pension of one old person.
10 or more organizations or churches involved in KM

Biggest needs:

Health care – only one doctor at clinic 2 mornings per week; six nursing sisters examine 250 – 300 patients every day.
Joblessness, crime, rape and abuse
Youth: Drugs, alcohol, crime, lack of education, joblessness, and teenage pregnancies.

Optional Week 4: Marine Volunteers – Gansbaai South Africa

Work with and Study the Great White Shark and More….

  • Situated at Gansbaai – the shark cage diving capital of the world – about 2 hours drive from Cape Town
  • Our volunteer and intern programmes offer a limited number of places each year which allows participants to gain the maximum from their time working closely with biologists from our research team
  • Access to multiple marine species in a relatively small area of sea
  • Shark sightings all year peaking in the Southern Hemisphere in winter (May-September).
  • Southern Right Whales including calves arrive in July and leave in December for Antarctica. Other species including dolphins, seals and penguins are resident all year.
  • Accommodation is provided in our comfortable, self-catering house close to our headquarters at the Great White House from which tours depart and research is co-ordinated
  • Work in a unique environment.
  • A rich marine eco-system where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet at the southern tip of Africa
  • Home to one of the largest populations of Great White Sharks in the world; an important breeding area of the endangered Southern Right Whale (July-December); and one of the few remaining breeding colonies of the African Penguin
  • Also large resident populations of dolphins, seals and thousands of Seabirds Join Leaders in Eco Tourism and Marine Conservation.
  • Permanent team of full-time marine biologists studying the Great White Shark and other marine species in co-operation with universities and academic institutions worldwide
  • More than 9000 interactions with Great White Sharks and 1500 with Southern Right Whales every year viewed by thousands of international visitors
  • Fully dedicated research boat conducting studies into the biology and behaviour of Great White Sharks
  • State-of-the-art shark cage diving boat which operates every day when the weather permits
  • Active involvement in education and community programmes Come and join the Marine Dynamics team
  • Every volunteer and intern becomes completely involved in our eco-tourism (cage diving) and conservation work throughouttheir stay
  • You will learn about the behaviours and biology of Great White Sharks and the other species in our seas. Our marine biologists will be there to help, support and encourage you to get the most benefit out of your stay
  • Access to research facilities and lectures by our own and visiting speakers as well as visits to local marine organisations Individualised schemes for interns tailored to maximise opportunities for research and data collection
  • Everyone spends the majority of time at sea aboard Slashfin – our cage diving boat – or our newly commissioned research boat Lwazi (“seeking knowledge”)
  • Based on feedback from our volunteers and interns from all over the world we have developed an educational and research programme which gives you many opportunities. That’s why so many former volunteers and interns return for further visits.

Additional information

They Will Not Survive Without You
South African Youth travel Confederation
Backpacking South Africa
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