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Project Itinerary

Africa Unearthed • 13 days

Join us on our Africa project and experience vast arid deserts, cultures bursting with colour and energy, unique local cuisine and extraordinary wildlife right up close. Volunteer in the communities of Saint Lucia and neighbouring Khula Village, and find yourself right on the outskirts of a UNESCO Heritage Site. Africa is at the very top of any explorer’s bucket list – discover it for yourself.


Day 1 Arrive in South Africa and travel to Saint Lucia

Arrival into Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. You will be met by our local VESA team, easily recognisable with their VESA shirts and signs. Please ensure you are at the international arrivals halls at the time of the group flight arrival. From here, you will travel via minivan to the picturesque Saint Lucia, a small town in South Africa’s first World Heritage site. You will be staying at Bibs’ International Backpackers. This will be your home throughout the volunteer week.

Accommodation:

St. Lucia’s Bib’s International Backpackers

Meals included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2-7 Volunteer Week

These will be your volunteering days! You will be split into three groups and work on a rotation to undertake the following:

  • Working with children and communities teaching English preparing lunches, constructing or renovating facilities.

  • Constructing homes for local families deemed in dire need of assistance.

Working with the KZN-Ezemvelo Wildlife Authority in two wildlife conservation projects:

  • The Saint Lucia Crocodile Center, with Nile Crocodiles, Dwarf Crocodiles, Slender-Snout Crocodiles and American Alligators.

  • The Emdoneni Cheetah Project, with Cheetahs, Caracals, Servals and African Wildcats.

Daily Schedule:

The daily schedule will run as follows: 08:00 am – Breakfast 09:00 am – Begin volunteer work 12:30 pm – Lunch 01:00 pm – Continue volunteer work 04:00 pm – End of work day 04:30 pm –  Free time and activities 07:00 pm – Dinner 08:00 pm – Free time and activities

Accommodation:

St. Lucia’s Bib’s International Backpackers

Meals included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8-10 Adventure week begins!

The Adventure week begins in Saint Lucia and it will be jam-packed with activities:

  • A full day safari in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve home to the Big Five: Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, Buffalos.
  • A cultural tour of a Zulu village along with a visit to the iSangoma – a traditional Zulu healer
  • Boat cruise safari along the world-renowned Saint Lucia Estuary to get up close to crocodiles and hippo.
  • An open-air safari through the iSimangaliso on the way to Cape Vidal, where you’ll spend the day on a stunning and isolated beach, complete with a BBQ lunch.

Accommodation:

St. Lucia’s Bib’s International Backpackers

Meals included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11-12 Explore Swaziland Explore Swaziland

For the last part of your trip, we take you into Swaziland, a former province of South Africa which is now an independent country, and one of Africa’s hidden gems!

Here we will be staying in the stunning Mililwane Wildlife Sanctuary at Sondzela Backpackers.

While you are there, you will have the opportunity to visit local craft markets, explore the sanctuary via one of its many walking trails, relax by the pool, and choose between the following activities: quad biking, caving and white‑water rafting!

Accommodation:

Sondzela Lodge Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Meals included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 Travel home

Transfer by coach to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport for your flight home/your own travels or continue on with us on The Road To Mozambique.

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