Adventure Surf Club Project

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This project is run as a weekly extramural activity for disadvantaged youth from one of the local schools. Our main goal is to keep the children occupied and off the streets after school. Volunteers help us teach them valuable life lessons through adventure activities, teamwork, educational classes and sports such as skateboarding, swimming and surfing. The children that cannot swim yet, receive swimming lessons. Those that have already mastered this vital skill, are given the opportunity to learn how to surf. SAVE Skate Club is an after school project that is part of the Surf Adventure program. Volunteers will learn how to skateboard with a staff member and then assist with teaching the kids how to skate, as well as participate in other confidence-building activities. For most of the children this is the highlight of their day which is why we also use it as an incentive for them to do well in school, giving them a better chance at a brighter future. Those that turn up for school every day, behave themselves in class and study hard will rewarded by going skateboarding, swimming or surfing after school.

It is a great way for the volunteers to gain experience working with children and groups, and learn new outdoor activities like surfing and skateboarding – volunteers receive lessons so they can help teach the children.

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The Western Cape, where the program is based, is a very culturally diverse area of South Africa. There is a large integration of the poor with the wealthy. The main cultures that you will be working with are English or Afrikaans South Africans. The children on this program range from 12 to 14 years old and live in townships in Cape Town, such as Dunoon. Most of them can speak English, yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa. The homes they live in are often built from scrap metal and second hand wood and usually do not have running water. Forty percent of the families in these areas lack a male head of household and the children often have no one to monitor their educational progress or after-school activities. Furthermore, alcohol and drug abuse is common in the townships where they live and especially at this age they are susceptible to recruitment by local gangs.

Project Highlights

  • Learn to surf and teach the children how to surf
  • Learn to skateboard and teach the children
  • Spend most of your day outdoors and on the beach
  • Learn to assist in classrooms
  • Help children develop life, sport, and educational skills
  • Gain experience in working with children within an organisation
  • Provide children with new experiences
  • Learn about South African cultures and way of life
  • Develop new friendships

Project Details

  • Project starts: Every Monday
  • Location: Blaauwberg/Table View, Cape Town
  • Minimum duration: 2 weeks

Volunteer Requirements

  • CV/Resumé
  • Police clearance
  • Basic level of competency in English
  • Copy of return flight itinerary
  • Ability to swim

Project Wish List

  • Surfboards
  • Wetsuits
  • Swimwear
  • Surfboard trailer
  • Skateboards
  • Skateboard safety gear

Volunteer Tasks

  • Teaching kids how to swim and surf
  • Teaching and skating with the kids
  • Running fun days and sports programs
  • Assisting with lessons on computers
  • Assisting in preschools
  • Educating children in life lessons such as HIV, drugs etc.

Volunteers will work 5 days a week with the children. Some days volunteers will work a full 8 hours and other days 4 to 5 hours, depending on the needs of the project. The volunteers’ mornings are spent assisting in one of the schools and the afternoons are spent with the kids teaching them to swim or surf. Volunteers will also have a chance to learn how to surf with an instructor. Volunteers will receive a minimum of one surf lesson a week. Extra surf lessons can be booked for a an additional price.

Winter in South Africa

Please note that 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.

Espen – 2015

Cristina – 2015

Molli McGee 2014

Tom Visser 2013

Edward Schaefer – 20 (Norway)

I loved to spend time with the kids, especially to put a smile on their face. Thanks to this experience I feel more open minded and also more positive-minded.

Jorgen Ellingsen – 20 (Norway)

The best part of this amazing experience was to see the kids every day and having morning hugs with all of them, they are so amazing. The staff members were also amazing. Thanks to this experience I can appreciate what I have back home.

Hanna Rian Heggtveit – 20 (Norway)

I really enjoyed learning how to surf and skate. I liked to see how the kids live and to compare knowledge. I think that the balance was nice (School in the morning and activities in the afternoon. Learning how the kids live daily in Dunoon was difficult for me and really heartmelt, but the kids were always so positive!

Alex Green – 27/06/2016

My favorite part was surfing with the kids, the contrast between our lives and their lives touched me a lot, seeing the kids happy all the time was so nice.

Jake Hitchcock – 27/06/2016

I really enjoyed surfing, I had such a good time.The kids appreciate what they have and that had such an impact on me.

Milla – 14/03/2016

I loved to have a bond with specifics kids and the teacher.
I am really happy that I helped the kids and it was so great to see the progression of the kids.

Simone Molle – 19/03/16

The variety of activities was so cool! Loved to work wih the kids in the morning seeing their amazing smiles and in the afternoon I enjoyed the activities a lot, Thanks SAVE !

Edward Schaefer – 10/05/2016

I loved to spend time with the kids, especially to put a smile on their face. Thanks to this experience I feel more open minded and also more positive-minded.

Jorgen Ellingsen – 10/05/2016

The best part of this amazing experience was to see the kids everydays and having morning hugs with all of them, they are so amazing. The Staff members were also amazing. Thanks to this experience I can appreciate what I have back home.

Perille Bliksted – 09/05/2016

I loved to see the kids, they are awesome. I was touched when I heard how awful can be their lives at home, that is why I loved to spend a lot of time and to learn from each of them.

Foelke Bockelmann – 15/04/2016

I really enjoyed the whole experience, I also liked the variety of work.

Seeing how they live here touched me a lot.

Eelka Bockelmann – 15/04/2016

I had the best time when I was at the school to help the children and all the people that take care of thoses kids, it was really great.

Hanna Rian Heggtveit – 16/04/2016

I really enjoyed learning how to surf and skate. I liked to see how the kids live and to compare knowledge. I think that the balance was nice (School in the morning and activities in the afternoon. Learning how the kids live daily in Dunoon was hard.

Kirstine Bovbjerg – 22/04/2016

I met a lot of amazing people, made a lot of friends, especially with the others volunteers. The staff was also very great. I liked to give my positive energy to the kids.

 Yuri – 04/01/2016

Learning about the people here, children and teachers was such a nice experience. See living conditions here was eye-opening. I learnt a lot about interacting/teaching kids.

Josh – 04/01/2016

Working with kids here was so different than working with kids back home, the kids were so happy to see us everydays, I loved it.
I think I am now more open to new experiences, to meet new people. The kids were sad when we left, that was touching.

Katie Nerson – 02/04/2016

My favorite part of the project was to see the kids smiles, I loved the way they was quickly open up to you and attached to you.

Inger Louise – 02/05/2016

The project was great, I liked to switch from school in the morning to sport in the afternoon; all of this with the kid, that was great.

I had the opportunity to see the differences in my life and the lifes of thoses kids, but they are still happy.

Frederikke Hillebrand Lausten – 28/03/2016

Kids are so happy here in South Africa, I was so touched by the reality of their lives. I just want to come back.

Erik Eberhardt – 19/03/2016

I think the part of the project I enjoyed the most was surfing, of course with the kids!!

Jochem Groffen – 21/03/2016

Awesome experience ! Meeting all the volunteers was so nice, they were all so cool, I will never forget thoses chidren’s smiles.

Rasmus Madsen – 21/03/2016

Everybody should see this, it puts life into perspective. I loved to create realtionships with the kids, hearing their stories and play with them.

Sara – 14/03/2016

I loved the class with the kids, I gained their trust and respect, it is an unforgettable experience!!

Christina Stengaard – 29/02/2016

I loved to make the kids hapy during the projects, thanks save !

Julia Spreng – 12/02/2016

I loved everything about the project, I never surfed before, I really enjoyed it.

Nikki Dingemans – 15/02/2016

I am now able to open myself to new things. The kids were happy only because of us being there!

Ada Liverod – 15/02/2016

We helps a lot when we are in the school, just want to make them smile, and this is not difficult, thoses kids are awesome, I loved skate and surf because the kids really enjoyed it ! It is amazing to see how the kids are happy despite their background.

Jolenta – 14/03/2016

I felt in love with this place, the kids and SAVE!!

Moriah Badichi – 08/03/2016

It was so cool to talk with the kids, connect with them and make them happy!

Eva Berg – 07/03/2016

This project opened my eyes a lot, the kids were so happy that we were there for them.

Josef Moschl – 07/03/2016

Being in school with the kids was awesome, I remember how they looked at me when I had to say goodbye, it touched me a lot.

Guy Suskin – 08/02/2016

The schedules are good, nice combo between school sport and fun with the others vols!!

Loren Silberetein – 08/02/2016

I came with some ideas for activities for the kids and I loved the connection with the kids, especially during the afternoon activities.

Nathalie Dahlstrom – 28/12/2015

My favorite part avout volunteering was meeting kids and making friends from all over the world.

Nikita Bergum – 28/12/2015

Hanging out with the kids and meeting so many inspiring people was really nice. I loved being part of such a cool organisation like SAVE.

Elle Slater – 20/12/2015

Getting to know the kids and bonding with the them; seeing them every day at school and after school made volunteering here the best experience ever !

Tania Marcaccio – 20/12/2015

It was so great to get in contact with all kids, sharing experiences with them.

Anthony Winter – 12/12/2015

SAVE is doing an awesome job, thanks for this amazing experience, I loved being with the kids, especially during the sports sessions.

Linnea – 7/12/2015

I had the best time when I was with the kids, I was really attached to Elundini’s kids.

Sigurbjörg Rós Sigurðardóttir- 13/05/2015

I had a great time, getting to know the kids on project, learning to surf and meeting the awesome staff and volunteers. I’m really happy I got the chance to have this amazing experience.

Vilde Sophie Husby – 12/05/2015

I had an amazing experience. I have volunteered once before, and that doesn’t come close to this. Everything was so well organised, I felt like I actually helped. I really liked Babes and the surf project. It’s easy to see how much everyone who worked for SAVE cares about the projects, and that rubs off on us as volunteers. I also made a lot of new friends, and the time I spent at vol house was great. I love the open door policy at the office, and the fact that everything doesn’t feel super official, but kind of laid back.

Christine Norrelund – 05/05/2015

Once in a lifetime experience! Met kids and volunteers that I will never forget. Best spontaneous decision of my life!

Line Sondergaard- 05/05/2015

Amazing really awesome experience. Loved meeting the volunteers and working with kids. Loved Cape Town and will recommend anyone to come here.

 Meron Kubrom – 09/05/2015

Great experience. I like to believe I grew as a person and will take that growth back with me. Surfing definitely became an important part of my life that helps me connecting and staying in touch with the people I met here and learned to love and appreciate in the short amount of time I stayed here.

Fabian Lersch – 16/01/2015

Just awesome.

 Linn Linden – 12/04/2015

It’s only positive. I had such a good time, Met so many new people and learned so much by seeing how other people live. Project and surfing was so fun. Really great that you get to learn how to surf. I really want to come back.

 Jolenta Basmeijer – 09/04/2015

I’m happy I chose this project because it included a lot of variation. I loved working with the really young kids in the morning but I loved to work with the older kids too. surfing swimming and playing sports with them was really fun! the accommodation was nice too. I really like the fact that we stayed with so many volunteers so we could always have fun together. Lastly I want to thank the staff members because Shannon is an amazing project leader and the whole staff is helpful and just really sweet and fun. To be short, this was a great experience and these two months were the best of my life… thank you SAVE and I definitely will be back!

Nicole Fohringer – 21/03/2015

I had an amazing time on the project and I think about it a lot! I am definitely planning on coming back as soon as possible and stay longer the next time :)

Ruben Burger – 18/03/2015

Amazing experience, second time around this time and it felt great again. Amazing staff and great to see how you can make a difference.

Jacob Jensen – 06/03/2015

I had fun, and felt that I had a special experience. It’s was eye opening.

Marvin – 20/02/2015

On the first day I thought: can I stay here four weeks. on the second I thought: I wanna stay here forever and that hasn’t changed since.

Christina Piller – 06/11/2014

I really enjoyed my time in South Africa and I liked Cape Town! I’ll never forget the children at babes!

Evi Nijhof – 10/06/2014

I only experienced the Holiday Programme, I didn’t do the full project. I think it was really fun to do the Holiday Programme. Having fun with the kids and let them have a good time during their holidays. It was amazing to see how much fun they actually had. I really wanna go back to experience the full project.

Yarden – 01/04/2014

I was amazed by this project ,at first I thought when arriving in town and sleeping there over an weekend that this project is just gone be one of those normal once. But they proved me wrong this project was amazing and full of adventure programs. The staff members if they say 24 hours available they are actually that .I love all my new volunteer friends that I met and will return to this side again.

Eddie Yang – 10/03/2014

I would return to the project because of the people I met and how much fun I had. The people were very nice and fun to be with, the staff members especially. If only I could have worked more with the children would my experience have been over the top.

 Jenny Wilkomsfeld – 10/03/2014

My 8 weeks in Cape Town were pretty awesome and if I had the chance I would definitely return.  The kids are wonderful and though it is really tough sometimes with them, it was always a lot of fun. The most amazing thing were the other volunteers and the save Team! I have never met such lovely persons, being so helpful. It was like i got a new family over there and thats why I would recommend it to everyone to join the wonderful save organisation.

Anne Hendriksen – 10/03/2014

It was wonderful to work with the kids at Sarah’s and the surf kids, they were lovely! It was also nice we got some free time to do fun stuff next to volunteering. This was the first time I did some volwork, it wont be the last time. I fell in love with volunteerwork, Africa, the people of SAVE, the other volunteers and of course the most in love with the kids!!!

Alyson Cameron – 10/03/2014

I had an amazing experience and loved every minute. It went very quickly and I learnt many new things.

Johanna Huber – 10/03/2014

The experience is one of the best you can do. You meet amazing people and you work in a beautiful country. In the Project the help of the volunteers is needed and the children are so happy that they are there.

Andrea – 10/03/2014

The best time of my life so far. Enough said.

Metten de Jong – 10/03/2014

Wonderful experience I will never forget! Beautiful country and great people, volunteers and organisation both! Also amazing to help the people in the townships! Good way to give the children a better youth!

Mia Bosse – 10/03/2014

Its been amazing working with the kids and the entire SAVE crew.

Offir Elnekave 10/03/2014

I had a really good times it felt good helping the kids, it’s so important. I think everyone should do it! To teach them english and how to surf and swim is amazing, and the people are cool, social, out going. The house is pretty and the food is good, the people are caring and treat everyone really well.

Daan Groeneveld – 10/03/2014

Save experience was awesome, met some super cool people from CT and all around the world. It was good to work with the kids and at the towns, and the surfing was great!

Ellen Stofmeel – 09/03/2014

The project was the most awesome thing that I have done in my life, that’s why I’m returning in November already! I really can recommend it to other people, try it out. You won’t get disappointed. Also what I liked is that you can work during the week, and have a safari during the weekend or so. This was the perfect mix of work and fun/sightseeing.

Martine Haugen – 05/03/2014

I had ten amazing weeks in Cape Town! It turned out to be way better than I ever expected. I was so lucky that I worked on three different places; the computer project, Sarah’s, and Elundini! It is fantastic to work at all of those places, and a pretty big challenge as well!

I made a lot of friends during my stay, and I couldn’t be more happy! Thank you so much for this awesome time – I will definetly come back!

Molli McGee – 18/01/2014

This has been my second time back with SAVE, and I can once again say that I had an amazing time!

The surf project is a lot of fun because you can often go to the schools and help out in the morning and still surf with the kids in the afternoons. It’s so nice to be able to give the kids something to do after school!

The SAVE and SaltyCrax staff are all awesome people..it’s so cool to meet people who can work hard and play hard :)

I love living in the volunteer houses as well, they are super comfortable and great for the social aspect of volunteering!

Overall, this experience has changed the way I see the world and the way I want to live my life. One of the best parts is that I now know people from around the world that I will never forget, and that I’m glad to call good friends.

If you’re looking to help people and maybe help yourself in the process, then SAVE is the perfect place for you!

Michael Fohringer – 17/01/2014

I did the adventure surf club program for ten weeks and i totally loved it. It is amazing to see much fun the kids have and how fast they learn. Also for me it was very nice to meet new people from all over the world and the fact that you can learn how to surf makes it even nicer 😉 I had the time of my life 😉

Fredderick – 18/12/2013

I was on the Surf and Swim program at Save,for me the 8 weeks that I have been here was awesome and loved it .In the morning we all go out to the settlement area called De noon ,where we will be teaching Xhosa children how to do the alphabet and count .Also to the staff members of Save in south Africa well done on an great job you guys are doing there.I hope you all the best for the future and I will see you all soon .

Iris – 09/03/2013

The highlight of SAVE are the great kids and the amazing staff that helps them achieve their goals.

Great to see that even children with disabilities get a chance to go to school. The teachers have a lot of patience and without them those children wouldn’t interact the way they do now!

Surfing and swimming with the kids is also awesome because it’s so much fun to see them laugh and enjoying themselves.

One thing that makes this experience perfect are the other volunteers and all the things you can do in and around Cape Town. The activities organized by the SAVE staff and all the fun things you can do just by yourself are great.

So don’t hesitate, just go!

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up
  • 2 day Cape Town orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Weekly social events
  • Transport to and from projects
  • 24 hour support and supervision
  • Donation to the project
  • Certificate of appreciation

2 Day Cape Town Orientation

DAY 1: Friday
You are collected from the airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation. You will be shown around and given a map of the area. Depending on your arrival time, you will meet your volunteer leader and learn more about your project, if you arrive late you will be given a time that you will meet your leader. You have the day at your own leisure so you can explore the beach, shops, bars and restaurants. In the evening we have a traditional South African BBQ, called a braai, at the hostel.

DAY 2: Saturday
Start the day with breakfast and head to Saltycrax backpackers.
A SaltyCrax staff member will teach you about the bus system before you head out to Cape Town city centre.

You have two options to choose from:
1. 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.

2. The hop on hop off bus pass:
Board this open rooftop 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!

After 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 taking in the shops, markets and musicians on the side walks. Alternatively, you can take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, or visit the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held in prison during the apartheid era (own expense).

In the evening head back on the local bus to Table View where you can start planning your next day. We will help you book and arrange all that you need. Later, you can join the staff, guests and the locals at one of the restaurants or bars along the beach front in Table View – all within rolling distance from the hostel where you will be staying the night.

DAY 3: Sunday
You will have at your own leisure to relax and get ready before your projects starts.

Accommodation

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. Upgrades to private single or double rooms are available at extra cost.

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.

Meals

Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day. This includes:
Breakfast consists of cereals, fruit, yogurts, toast and spreads
Lunch consists of bread, cold meats, salad, cheese, spreads and fruit
Dinner consists of a hot meal such as a traditional South African BBQ (braai) and stews (potjies) made with fresh vegetable etc. All dinners will include a meat, starch and vegetable.

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. Tea and coffee will be available, all other drinks will be at own expense.

Volunteers must inform SAVE of their dietary needs. We will try our best to accommodate this however you may need to supplement your own food.

Extras NOT included

Laundry
Laundry service is available at an additional cost

Extra Surf lessons
Extra surf lessons are available at an additional cost. You can book the 3 day surfing bolt which includes:

  • 3 x 2 hours professional surf lessons
  • Surf photos analysis during 6 hours of lessons

Cape Town, mother city to the locals as well as everyone else around the world! Don’t miss out on what’s happening, join for one or many different types of activities offered in and around Cape Town.

Activities in Cape Town include

Surfing Lessons
A full day of surfing lessons at the sandy white beaches of Blouberg or Muizenburg.

Daily, weather permitting. Lunch included.

Kitesurfing Lessons
The ultimate power kite activity. Learn to speed across the water. Lessons are 4 or 6 hours long, from 10am to 2pm or from 10am to 4pm. Includes: boards, kites, harnesses, wetsuits, helmets and all appropriate safety equipment.

Daily, weather permitting.

Windsurfing Lessons
Head to Rietvlei, a fresh water lagoon, where a qualified instructor will teach you to windsurf.

Daily, weather permitting.

Cape Point Tour
Follow the scenic coastal roads of the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point, were you can hike or mountain bike through the nature reserve. Experience Cape Town at its best.

Daily. Lunch and entrance to nature reserve included

Wine Route Tour
Meander through stunning landscapes and wine farms. Stop at wine estates for tastings, and to appreciate the natural beauty and historical attractions of the region.

Daily. Wine tasting & lunch included.

Township Tour
Explore the culture and history of townships. Meet the locals, visit a crèche and drink home brewed beer. This is a must for anyone who wants an authentic view of South African life.

Daily.

Township Tour & Robben Island
After spending the morning in the local townships, take the ferry from the Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island. Ex-inmates guide the tours and recount their experiences and hardships while imprisoned on the island.

Daily, weather permitting.

Kloofing (Cliff jumping)
A day of extreme adventures. Hike through Kamikaze Canyon. Those brave enough can jump down 3-22m from cliffs into crystal clear rock pools below. Abseil down a 65m cliff.

Wed, Fri, Sat. Min 4 pax. Breakfast and lunch included.

Quad Biking
After a short introduction, join a guided ride through the many tracks, trails or courses.

Daily.

Abseil Table Mountain
Abseil 112m down the world’s highest commercial abseil. Enjoy a wonderful view of Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean at 1000m.

Daily.

Walking Tour of Cape Town
This 3 hour guided walk through the city centre focuses on the history of Cape Town from the days of Dutch settlement though the Apartheid years and into the time of the new nation. You will pass milestones like the Castle Of Good Hope, the District Six Museum and Company’s Gardens.

Mon-Sat

Ostrich Ranch
This guided tour includes a 45-minute walk in which you will see a variety of ostrich species and other birds as well as a display room, a leather factory and a cactus garden.

Daily.

Shark Cage Diving
See the Great White Shark face-to-face in its natural habitat. The experienced and specialised crew in Gansbaai will take you to “Shark Alley”, the prime spot for shark cage diving.

Daily, weather permitting. Breakfast, lunch.

Skydiving
Do a tandem jump or take lessons and do a solo jump. During the 20 minute aircraft-ride, you will have an awesome view of the West Coast, Cape Town, Robben Island and Table Mountain. Then enjoy an exhilarating free-fall at 200kph followed by a peaceful parachute-ride.

Daily, weather permitting.

Paragliding
Take lessons or book paragliding tours and soar high above fantastic landscapes. No experience is required for a 15 to 25 minute tandem flight from Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Sir Lowry’s Pass.

Daily, weather permitting.

Big 5 Safari
View South Africa’s Big 5 in their natural surroundings. Join us for breakfast before the game drive in a four star private nature reserve. Later, we have a picnic in the park. The park is in a malaria-free area and offers a variety of accommodation and guided tours.

Daily. Breakfast, lunch and snacks included.

Sandboarding (Full day)
Learn sandboarding in a safe and fun-filled environment. You are provided with high quality equipment and experienced guides.

Daily. Lunch included.

Cape Town to Windhoek Overland Safari

Introduction
This exciting holiday you will experience the best of Namibia. From Cape Town to giant sand dunes in ancient deserts, ancient rock paintings to incredible game viewing experiences in Etosha National Park – find those unforgettable memories. Embrace the magic of Africa with a tour that will leave you with an everlasting desire to discover more of this dynamic and diverse continent.

Included Highlights

  • Cape Town Township Tour
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Sossusvlei, Dune 45
  • Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
  • Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park
  • Etosha NP, Game Drives

Intended Itinerary
It is our intention to adhere to the route described below but a certain amount of flexibility is built into the tour and on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the following as a guide only.

Duration: 12 Days
Countries visited: South Africa, Namibia

Day 1:
Cape Town – Western Cape, South Africa
Our overland safari begins with a guided township tour. This upbeat and informative tour will introduce you to the people, culture and pace of life of the Cape Flats, one of Cape Town’s intriguing township areas.

After our tour, we leave Cape Town behind and make our way north over the Piekenierskloof, through the fruit growing area of Citrusdal to our camp overlooking the Cederberg Mountain range. Once we’ve settled in, we enjoy an optional wine tasting to sample some of the wines of the region.

  • Distance travelled: +/-260kms
  • Approx driving day: Half day
  • Accommodation: Highlanders Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No

Day 2:
Western Cape – Gariep (Orange) River
Continuing north, we pass through the Namaqualand region, famous for its spectacular flower carpet that covers the land between August and September after the winter rains. Namaqualand hosts a whopping 4000 plant species with approx. 40% epidemic to the area. We set up camp tonight on the South African side of the Gariep (Orange) River, a stunning backdrop. The camp by night is showered with stars of the Richtersveld – a truly peaceful and tranquil experience.

  • Accommodation: Umkulu camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Distance travelled: +/-400kms
  • Approx driving day: Full day

Day 3:
Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Today, we have the opportunity to enjoy a morning canoe safari on the river, or simply relax on the water’s edge. After packing up our camp, we cross the border into Namibia arriving at the breathtaking Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 550 metres deep and 27 km at its widest point, this stunning canyon is the second largest in the world – the first being the Grand Canyon. There are plenty of opportunities this afternoon for keen photographers to take pictures and enjoy a nice walk on the canyon edge.

  • Accommodation: Canyon Roadhouse – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Distance travelled: +/-180kms
  • Approx driving day: Half day

Day 4:
Fish River Canyon – Sesriem
Further north, we continue through barren, rocky desert land to Sesriem, the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park. This magnificent park containing the world’s oldest desert and highest sand dunes at 350 metres high. With an overall area of 49,768 km2 – containing part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range – it is the second largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in world. Once settled in, we enjoy the night around an open fire under the brightly lit starry skies.

  • Accommodation: Sesriem Camp- Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Distance travelled: +/-600kms
  • Approx day drive: Full day

Day 5:
Namib Naukluft National Park – Solitaire
Rising early, we enter the National Park and drive to our first stop – Dune 45. At 170m high, it’s fascinating shape and accessibility makes it the most photographed dune in the world. We clamper to the top of the dune in time to watch the sun rise as the shifting colours move across the open desert. The spectacular view from the top is worth every energy-sapping step. After a nice warming breakfast, we join a 4×4 vehicle transfer which takes us deeper into the park for a walk at leisure to view Deadsvlei area and the surrounding dunes. Departing from the dunes, we make our way to Solitaire, the smallest registered town in Namibia and home to the best apple crumble.

  • Accommodation: Solitaire Rest Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Distance travelled: +/-100kms
  • Approx driving day: Short day

Day 6 – 7:
Solitaire – Swakopmund
Today we head to the Atlantic coast for two nights, stopping for a photo opportunity as we cross the Tropic of Capricorn and down through breathtaking mountain passes of the Gaub and Kuesub. Surrounded on 3 sides by the Namib Desert, and on the 4th by the Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund is Namibia’s largest beach side town and offers a huge array of activities, an interesting German heritage, palm-lined streets and seaside promenades. Some desert-based adventure activities are on offer if you so choose – quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting). For those not adventure minded enjoy what the town has to offer and indulge in the town’s German café culture, museums, shopping and beachside strolls.

N.B: Swakopmund is time at leisure, so for the sake of practicality, meals in Swakopmund are restricted to breakfasts. Enjoy your days on the optional activities and sample the local restaurants.

  • Accommodation: Amanpuri Dorm Bed (two nights)
  • Meals included: Breakfast x 2
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Distance travelled: +/-350kms
  • Approx driving day: Full day

Day 8:
Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
Leaving Swakopmund we turn eastward through the endless dry plains to the beautiful Damaraland region and stop at Spitzkoppe, also known as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”. This spectacular granite rock formation rises 1728 metres and is a part of the Erongo Mountains, which was created by the collapse of a gigantic volcano. Over millions of years the outer layer was carried off by wind erosion, until the granite intrusion was exposed. Take your time to explore the area and take in the impressive sunrises and sunsets as the shifting colours move over the rocks. This area also holds the most impressive bushman rock paintings which can be viewed with a local guide of the area. The Spitzkoppe Restcamp lies at the base of the mountain and we camp overnight.

  • Accommodation: Spitzkoppe Bush Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Distance travelled: +/-150kms
  • Approx driving day: Half day

Day 9:
Spitzkoppe to Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park
From Spitzkoppe we make our way to Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park (Otjitotongwe means Cheetah, Cheetah in the local language of Herero), home to a non-profit organization, aimed at conserving cheetahs in a natural environment. The farm comprises of tame and wild cheetahs that were brought to the farm to prevent them getting killed by local farmers for killing their livestock. We meet the tame cheetahs for a photographic opportunity and take a small game drive in the larger enclosure before returning at sunset to relax around the open fire, swim in the camp pool and enjoy a sundowner at the local bar.

  • Accommodation: Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Distance travelled: +/-350kms
  • Approx driving day: Half day

Day 10 – 11:
Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park to Etosha National Park
Heading North, we make our way to Etosha National park. Etosha – meaning “place of dry water” – is enclosed by a central salt depression or pan that seasonally fills with water. At 22,750 sq km, this magnificent park is home to 114 mammals and 340 bird species. We spend the next two nights here, making camp inside the park at one of the three main sites offering floodlit waterholes for night-time game viewing. Observers frequently see a range of animals congregating around the watering holes including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Southern Africa. We have a short afternoon game drive upon arrival and a full day game drive the following day.

  • Accommodation: Okaukuejo or Halai or Namatoni Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
  • WIFI: No
  • Distance travelled: +/- 250kms on day 9 only
  • Approx drive day: Full day including game drives

Day 12:
Etosha to Windhoek
Leaving Etosha, we make our way south to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Windhoek (Windy-corner in English) is characterised by German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia’s early colonial history and has a mere population of 200,000 inhabitants. Our safari finishes upon arrival in Windhoek.

  • Accommodation: No Accommodation
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • WIFI: No
  • Distance travelled: +/-420k
  • Approx driving day: Full day

Tour Information
TOUR STYLE: Overland Tour
This tour is a participation camping tour and your help will be needed by assisting (usually on a rota basis) with the various day to day campsite duties, such as shopping, setting up the camp, cooking and keeping the truck tidy. But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour – most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
All tour highlights and inclusions, 2- person dome tents, fully equipped safari vehicle, camping and cooking equipment, sleeping mattresses, service of two crew, all road and vehicle taxes, all ground transportation, meals as indicated.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Local Payment, Activities and Excursions (optional), visa’s, travel insurance, flight departure taxes, airport transfers, optional activities, tips, drinks, sleeping bag and items of personal nature.

LOCAL PAYMENT
Every Overland tour has a Local Payment amount which must be paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour. This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price which is paid before travel. Paid in the currency listed in the brochure or on the website (usually US dollars in clean un-torn post 2006 edition notes) that pays for food, park entries, activities and camping costs along the way with payment goes directly to the supplier. Please refer below to what is covered by the Local Payment.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
These are optional activities that are paid directly to the provider while on tour and you are free to decide what activities you would like to do. Please see table below for prices.

ACCOMMODATION
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool.

TRANSPORT
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with onboard tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers.

LUGGAGE
Please try to keep your luggage to a minimum, bearing in mind that most airlines impose a 20kg limit. It should be brought in a soft backpack or rucksack along with a smaller day bag. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings and early morning game drives. You also need a sleeping bag (and small pillow if preferred). We recommended you pack a small torch or headlamp, mosquito spray and a money pouch/ belt that can be easily hidden. Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables and use your hotel safe to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets. A full ‘What to Bring’ list is included in our pre-departure booklet (online version), issued when you book.

VACCINATIONS/HEALTH
The table below indicates the vaccinations suggested for travel on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. You should seek professional medical advice from your GP or clinic at least six weeks prior to departure.

Please be aware that some of the areas visited on this tour are malarial. We strongly recommend you seek professional medical advice for the appropriate anti-malarial tablets.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
The table below indicates the visas required for travel to the countries on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. At least one month prior to travel seek confirmation from embassies or a visa specialist, that these requirements are still current. For UK citizens the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) offers free up-to-date travel info: www.fco.gov.uk For other nationalities a number of travel advice websites are listed on the Acacia website.

INSURANCE
It is a booking condition of Acacia that you have full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergency and repatriation to your home country. Your guide will ask you for a copy of this when you join the tour. It is also important that you leave a copy of your insurance with the person nominated as your emergency contact. We can recommend a respected, specialist travel insurance provider for this tour.

PERSONAL EXPENSES
Naturally you will require extra money for your own personal spending on the tour, for Activities and Excursions, snacks, drinks, souvenirs, tips and items of a personal nature. Everybody has different spending habits but as a guideline we suggest you budget South African Rand 150-200 per day (South African Rand can be used in Namibia). Also keep some US$ cash for relevant airport taxes and visas needed, optional activities and any additional accommodation before or after your tour.

Spending money Spending money is best carried as cash. South African Rand can be used throughout South Africa & Namibia and can be obtained from an ATM on arrival. US dollars (Us Dollars in clean, un-torn, post 2006 edition notes) is also accepted for many optional activities & at markets throughout Africa. We have an on-board passenger safe for security and your guide will advise how and when you can exchange money (US dollars, Sterling or Euro) to local currency throughout the tour.

  • Currencies are as follows: South Africa – Rand; Namibia – Namibian Dollar. Please note that Rand is legal tender in Namibia at the same rate of exchange as the Namibian Dollar.
  • ATM machines are found in Southern Africa. Please note they are sometimes unreliable (and therefore should not be relied upon)
  • Credit cards can be used to pay for optional activities although charges may be may be high by western standards (+/- 5%)
  • We recommend you bring your spending money in several different ways (some cash and some cards); your guide can best advise on what to use where.

TIPPING
This is always a matter for your own individual discretion but as in many areas where tourism is an important contributor to the economy, it has become customary to give a small gratuity to local staff, including your tour leader and driver, at the end of a tour if services rendered have been to your satisfaction.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
We strongly believe that you get the most out of a journey by respecting the culture and people of the places you visit. On our tours we try to travel in a way that benefits the communities we pass through and minimises negative impact on the environment. This can be from ensuring the campsites we use are clean when we leave and dressing respectfully in conservative areas to getting involved with local charity projects. We ask that you are open to this when you travel with us. Being proactive in responsible travel helps develop cross-cultural understanding and friendships with the local people, and will greatly enhance your experience in Africa.

When is the best time of year to volunteer?
I want to make the most of my programme, what length of time is best?
Where will I find the shuttle at the airport?
Is it safe to work in a township?
What do I need when I’m on the project?
How do I get to my project?
Can I take photos of the children?
I’m scared of HIV and AIDS, what are the risks?
How many hours/days will I be working?
Will I have time off?
What do I do on my time off?
Will there be free wifi?
This project runs all year round. However, during school holidays we run the project according to our holiday program.

School holidays 2017
The school calendar for 2017 is as follows:

First Term: 09 January-11 January
31 March-18 April
Second Term: 30 June-24th July
Third Term: 29 September-09 October
Fourth Term: 06 December-08 December

2017 Public Holidays:

Date Title

01 January 2017        New Year’s Day
20 March 2017    School holiday
21 March 2017    Human Rights Day
14 April 2017    Good Friday
17 April 2017    Family Day
27 April 2017    Freedom Day
28 April 2017    School holiday
01 May 2017    Workers’ Day
16 June 2017    Youth Day
09 August 2017    National Women’s Day
24 September 2017    Heritage Day
16 December 2017    Day of Reconciliation
25 December 2017    Christmas Day
26 December 2017    Day of Goodwill

Due to Christmas and New Years celebrations, projects are very limited, however volunteers may still use the accommodation and food.

Holiday Program
School and educare project/settlement project/sports development project
For these children the holiday program is mainly run in the settlements/townships where they live.
– Children’s ages range from 0 – 16 years.
– The program includes sports days, game days, outings to the beach or pools, etc.
– Working hours are generally from 8am – 2pm

Depending on the funds available you could also be involved in a building or renovations program (building educares, vegetable gardens, painting, etc.)

Adventure club/surf
We give these children an opportunity to experience new activities outside of their townships. Everyday is different, volunteers generally help one on one with outdoor and educational activities such as beach days, hikes up the mountain, visits to the museums etc.
– Children’s ages range from 11 – 14 years.
– Working hours are generally from 9am – 3pm
* During examination times (usually a week before the school holidays the project maybe effected)
* During the holiday program volunteers will receive their normal surf lessons

Disabled school:
This school is closed during school holidays, volunteers on this project will assist with the other programs until it reopens

Please note that during the holidays its a time for the kids to have fun, so the programs are less structured and may change depending on the amount of children that arrive on the day.

Example Itinerary

MonTuesWedThurFriSatSun

A.M : School assistance

P.M : Weekly Meeting/Training

A.M: School assistance

P.M: Swim/Surf lessons for kids

A.M: School assistance

P.M: Swim/Surf lessons for kids and volunteers

A.M: School assistance

P.M: Swim/Surf lessons for kids

A.M: School assistance

P.M: General duties

A.M: Off or activity day with kids

P.M: Off

A.M: Off

P.M: Off

 

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