Enjoy a Guided Volunteer Community Tour from Cape Town to Addo Elephant Park
Sampling beers at brewery
|Ski-boat cruise spotting whales|
Day 2: Monday
The Little Karoo, Route 62, Mineral Hot Springs and Oudtshoorn
Driving inland this morning our journey takes us north through rolling wheat fields to the Langeberg Mountains and on to the pristine semi-desert environment of the Little Karoo. Shortly after Barrydale on Route 62 we stop for a refreshing drink and lunch at Ronnies "Sex" Shop; an interesting; and now famous, roadside pub and restaurant bearing no actual resemblance to a sex shop other than the hundreds of signed items of underwear donated by international travellers. You’re welcome to leave your mark! After Ronnies we cross the road to Warmwaterberg Spa for lunch and a relaxing swim in 43-degree natural hot springs.
In the afternoon we drive through Ladismith and Carlitzdorp to the capital of the Little Karoo, Oudtshoorn. Known as the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. Here there is an option to view and ride one of these prehistoric birds on a working farm or go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view many rare and endangered animal species. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.
Pet a hand raised Cheetah
A free drink at Ronnies
Day 3: Tuesday
Cango Caves, Knysna Heads, Bloukrans Bungi Jump & Tsitsikamma
Today we begin the day with a short 20km drive to the magnificent Cango Caves. Here we’ll embark on a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system, to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world.
After our visit to the caves, we leave the Karoo and travel 60km to the coast through the magnificent Outeniqua Pass. Entering the Garden Route for the first time in George, we take a leisurely drive up the coast to Knysna. Rated South Africa’s most beautiful town, here we’ll take a walk to the entrance of the lagoon to explore the captivating scenery surrounding the famous Knysna Heads.
In the afternoon we drive to the highest bridge in Africa at Bloukrans Bridge, with a freefall of over 216m it is also the site of the highest bungi jump in the world! For those wishing to take the leap, this is your opportunity!! Overnight in Storms River Adventure Village.
Day 4: Wednesday
Tsitsikamma Zipline, Jeffreys Bay and the Sundays River Valley
After breakfast and a visit to the exciting 8 cable zipline at Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures, this morning we continue east up the coast into the Eastern Cape for the pristine beaches of Jeffreys Bay. Renowned the world over as one of the best surfing waves on the planet we’ll take time out to view the waves at "supertubes" before exploring the town and visiting the ever-popular surf wear factory shops ie: Billabong, Rip Curl, Roxy, Quicksilver etc.
After J.Bay we make our way inland to Addo and our accommodation for the night in the Sundays River Valley, set in a wild and beautiful location, here there is time to relax as well as explore the river by canoe. Around the campfire tonight, this is what you’ve come to experience... Wild Africa at her enigmatic best! Overnight in Sundays River Valley
Waterfall & treetop zip-line
|The Perfect Wave J-Bay|
Day 5: Thursday
Addo Elephant National Park, Game Driving and Port Elizabeth
Up early this morning we head down the road into the great Addo Elephant National Park! Proclaimed in 1931 this malaria free 145 000 ha park extends all the way down to the Indian Ocean and is home to the densest African Elephant population on earth totalling over 500 elephant. Addo Park is also famous for being the only park in Africa playing host to the Big 7 ie: Elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, the Southern Right Whale and the Great White Shark. At 8am we begin a 3-4hr game drive along a network of winding roads stopping regularly for photographs and information on the animals we encounter along the way. On our game drive we’ll also disembark from our vehicle at the main lookout point for a spectacular view over the evergreen wilderness that is Addo.
After our game drive we’ll take lunch at the park restaurant before a leisurely drive down to the coast and Port Elizabeth. A major sea port and tourist destination, Port Elizabeth is set along the beautiful shores of Algoa Bay and is fondly referred to as the Friendly City, in terms of area it is the second largest city in South Africa and the fifth largest in terms of population (1.1 million). In the early evening we take a walk along the Waterfront before enjoying a meal at the Boardwalk. Overnight in Port Elizabeth
Addo Elephant National Park
Friday, Saterday and Sunday
Our tour end at All Africa J Bay Lodge, Enjoy the day on the beach or catch up on some much needed rest. The evening we will enjoy a traditional South African meal (Potjiekos) You have the rest of the weekend free to explore and enjoy the beaches and town of J Bay.
Dorm accommodation in backpacker lodges and chalets.
All bedding, duvets, pillows etc.
Breakfast and dinner.
All park fees.
A free beer tasting at Birkenhead Breweries.
A free drink at Ronnies.
Entrance to Warmwaterberg Mineral Hot Springs.
A guided tour of Cango Caves.
A 3-4 hr game drive in Addo Elephant Park
The Project (Jeffreys Bay Community)
This project is funded and operated directly by All Africa Volunteers
Jeffreys Bay home to the perfect wave and endless summers, what a place to stay for a couple of weeks working on your tan while helping the local community improve their living conditions. Working with children from 6 months to six years old, playing games, singing songs and exchanging cultures.
The school has 2 permanently employed care givers who are very dedicated but lack resources such as age specific teaching aides. The volunteer will therefore be expected to assist in a very creative manner making use of the most basic equipment to fulfil the daily program objectives.
Presently there are 25 children to the 2 teachers and this brings capacity problems in terms of human resources. The volunteers will be of great help here in order to run smaller classes based on age or special needs.
A primary help will be obtaining financial aid. This will allow the teachers access to material (Photostats, paper, books, crayons etc) to use in the classroom situation. Another area is to create a project to teach the children how to help themselves through the environment Ė growing vegetables to eat, flowers to sell etc.
school receives no grants or funding of any sort from local or
national government (the school was built with foreign donations)Ė
infrastructure is therefore basic but functional, salaries low and
teacher aids minimal. A basic feeding program exists consisting of a
bowl of maze meal (porridge) and sugar.
∑ Welcome children to school
∑ Oversee outside free play while waiting for school program to start
∑ Assist children inside for breakfast
∑ Help with either cooking, serving or cleaning breakfast utensils
∑ Washing hands and general hygiene program
∑ Divide into age groups
∑ Continue with theme related project for the week
∑ Free play outside or inside if raining
∑ Song and dance routine
∑ Story time
∑ Assist in home time routine
Optional Community Upliftment
Your afternoons could be used for getting involved with community upliftment project, these include but are not limited to:
Repair and Maintenance of schools, churches and community buildings.
Establishing and maintaining vegetable gardens.
Field trips with children to beaches and nature reserves.
Maintaining and repair of houses of people affected by aids.
This community is located near the beach along the most breathtaking coastline with miles and miles of unspoiled beaches. Other projects that you can be involved with are, working with the children in the pre-school and primary school, working with street children, maintenance of schools and homes, sport development and building projects. We encourage volunteers to seek new ways to help these communities.
You will be staying at the Volunteer Lodge in Jeffreys Bay more info Jeffreys Bay Volunteer Lodge
Sharing Twin: In this option you book a bed in a twin room. You might share a room with someone from a completely different culture which adds to the whole learning experience.
Private: In this option you book a twin room that you don't share with anybody else.
Dormitory: This consists of 4 and 6 bed dorms.
Meals: Breakfast is supplied on a self service basis. Volunteers can supply and prepare their own meals or enjoy meals in the lodge or local restaurants just a hop from your accommodation.
Surf Lesson Main Beach has the right kind of waves for beginner surfers to learn on. There are no rocks and there are always decent sandbanks close to the shore, which means that beginners never have to venture deep out into the ocean to catch waves. It is rarely so flat in JíBay that novice surfers cannot catch small foamies (broken waves), which is all you are after when learning how to surf.
Lion Park What an opportunity to cuddle with lion cubs, the park has regular litters of cubs as a breeding centre. This is an amazing experience handling lion cubs.
Optional Activities in and around Jeffreys Bay
Surf shops galore, Billabong, Quicksilver, Surfer Girl and much more.
Kite and Wind surfing
Tours, lessons and rentals available through Island Vibe. Summer wind conditions are perfect for pros, while the protected lagoons are ideal for complete novices.
Jeffreys Bay is one of the top ten surfing destinations in the world, so to have a surf museum in this surf driven town was always a must. The museum is about the history of surfing and paying tribute to the many surfing pioneers and legends that have developed the sport over a span of several years. This is not only about the people and personalities but also about the evolution of the actual surfboard from wooden boards to the ultra light foam and glass fiber surfboards that exist today.
Donít leave J-bay without experiencing the perfect wave!
Main Beach has the right kind of waves for beginner surfers to learn on. There are no rocks and there are always decent sandbanks close to the shore, which means that beginners never have to venture deep out into the ocean to catch waves. It is rarely so flat in JíBay that novice surfers cannot catch small foamies (broken waves), which is all you are after when learning how to surf.
Feel the sensation of galloping across a wind-swept beach, with pure horsepower beneath you and open space stretching kilometres into the distance. The trail winds 13km through natural vegetation, providing one with ample opportunity to spot a variety of bird species, tortoises, dassies and plant life. If riders are fortunate enough to follow the trail during the seagull breeding period, the sight of undulating dunes is surreally broken by the graceful seabirds circling protectively over their grey-speckled fledglings.
The Seaview Lion Park in Port Elizabeth has made playing with lion cubs of varying ages an experience open to the public. Seaview Lion Park provides what is likely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Depending on the age of the cubs when you visit, youíll have the chance to play with cubs varying in age from 4 - 9 months. Zebra, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Impala, Duiker Monkeys and 40 other species of wildlife roam free in this wonderful game reserve.
Kragga Kamma Game Park
Lush coastal forest and grassland is home to vast herds of African game, including White Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Nyala, Bontebok, Lechwe and many more species. All the animals roam freely, unrestricted in natural surroundings. This owner operated animal friendly park, where no hunting or other disturbance of the game is permitted, means that you always get close up views and great photo opportunities.
The Shell museum, located in the Center of town, displays a huge collection of shells. This collection was started by Charlotte Kritzinger, a local shell collecting spinster in 1945, who pursued the hobby till her death in the late 1960ís. Acting upon an advertisement in the local paper the Municipality she bought the collection and opened the old Shell museum in the library in the 1970ís. In 1986 a curatrixes was appointed and the collection received further boost with the addition of 350 species of mostly deepwater and rare Shells.
If you can stand , you can Sandboard ! Exciting fun on the beach! They have skilled instructors to teach you how to sandboard. They also have boards for hire. We don't have that much snow in South Africa but we have plenty of sand piled up in majestic places along the beaches. Come and experience some thrilling fun on the sand!
Youíll be taken from town through the historically 'coloured' areas and on into the African townships, a shameful legacy of our apartheid years. Visit trading areas, a school and small craft centre, providing insights into the realities and challenges of post-apartheid South Africa.
The Mexican is the perfect place to relax, have dinner, enjoy the music and have some drinks. Itís situated next to Info Office in the centre of Jeffreys Bay.
Please note that you can extend for any length of time (min 1 month)
All Rates Quoted in South African Rands on dorm style accommodation.
Four Weeks Package
Staying for extra weeks
per week when staying on after a month
Double Room Sharing
Four Weeks Package
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per week when staying on after a month
for extra weeks
per week when staying on after a month
● Guided tour from Cape town
to Port Elizabeth
● Transfers to Port Elizabeth Airport
● Sponsorship for community project.
● Tour Lion Park
● Surf Lesson
This project starts every Sunday from Cape Town
|Who can Apply|
This project is open to anyone over the age of 18, fairly fit and in good health.
The Project is located in Jeffreys Bay South Africa, Volunteers must arrange their flights to Cape Town and return from Port Elizabeth airport
Work days will be weekdays from 8-4 with weekends off to relax or explore the area.
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