Volunteering in South Africa
South Africa is truly one of the last areas of untamed wilderness remaining on the planet. This stunning destination boasts rugged countryside, extreme weather patterns and of course, fearsome wildlife. As a result volunteering in South Africa is an incredibly attractive proposition, the chance to pitch in and make a genuine difference in a country so spectacular tempts thousands of volunteers to the rainbow nation each year.
Here we take a look at two of the most popular volunteering projects available in South Africa, both on land and at sea.
Kruger National Park
Home to the “Big Five” Kruger National Park boasts a breath-taking array of powerful wild animals, picturesque flora and miles of beautiful countryside. This, unsurprisingly, is a destination visited my thousands of travellers each year.
However Kruger is more than just a location for a luxury South African holiday, it’s a living, breathing conservation project aimed at protecting the environment and those animals that call it home.
Here at Kruger you are offered the chance to experience nature at its wildest. You’ll help out with conservation work in the park, track animals, monitor wildlife populations, take part in small construction projects and help ensure the park is clear and safe for the resident animals (and their human guests).
This project is ideal for those with a true passion for animals. The hours are long and the work is hard however the rewards are plentiful and the chance to see the likes of Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard in the wild is something not to be missed.
Great White Shark Conservation
The king of the ocean is a fearsome predator, made famous by countless movies and immortalised in the minds of those who have had the chance to see one in their wild habitat.
However this stunning creature is also one of the most misunderstood and poorly portrayed animals on the planet, only attacking when it feels threatened and not one to actively seek out humans as prey.
Sadly the number of Great Whites in the wild is slowly falling and as a result there are a number of projects underway. In South Africa volunteers work with organisations to learn more about this formidable animal with hopes of eventually increasing its numbers.
You’ll need a steady set of sea legs and must have a true passion for sharks, in return you’re likely to receive the opportunity to partake in cage diving and have the opportunity to see these stunning creatures in their natural home.
About the Author
Matt Coe is a seasoned traveller with 50 destinations to his name. Matt is also head of marketing at Wanderforth, a luxury tour operator specialising in holidays to South Africa.