Travel & Volunteer

Combine independent travel with volunteering in local communities and a conservation project. Get a deeper insight of South Africa while teaching children computer skills, helping them developing through sports and art, and using your passion for animals to help protect African wildlife. Travel between projects and tour the country on the ever-­popular hop-­on hop-­off shuttle service, the Baz Bus.

There are different project types to choose from that each run for a minimum of 2 weeks (except Elundini, which has a minimum of 4 weeks). You can choose to do 2 or 3 projects and any combination is possible.

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Package Highlights

• Volunteering at South Africa’s top volunteer projects
• Travelling between projects at your own pace and  meeting friends along the way
• The flexibility to start volunteering on projects when you are ready
• Each of the projects offer different experiences
• Working with children in urban and rural environments
• Working with wildlife on a game farm
• Touring South Africa on the safe hop-on hop-off Baz Bus
• Learning about South African cultures and way of life

Project Details

Project starts: Every Monday
Location: Cape Town, Kimberley, Chintsa, Bloemfontein or Hartebeespoort
Minimum duration: 4 weeks + travel time

Volunteer Requirements

• CV/Resume
• Police clearance (not required for conservation projects)
• Minimum age of 18
• Basic level of competency in English Copy of return flight itinerary
• Acceptance subject to Availability


Accommodation will depend on the projects that you are working on.


Below info applies to all projects EXCEPT Shark conservation project.
Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day.
Meals will depend in the projects that you are working on.
Tea and coffee will be available all day.

All other drinks will be at own expense.

A refrigerator is available for volunteer’s personal food
Important reminder: Participants must advise SAVE of their dietary needs


Volunteers will travel around South Africa on the Baz Bus. The host organisation will arrange transport to the volunteer project from the closest Baz Bus stop. On project days the volunteers will be transported by private car or mini bus. The vehicles are roadworthy and have all relevant licenses and liability insurance.

Getting to the projects

Humanitarian projects – Cape Town

White shark project – Gansbaai – Return transfer from Cape Town international airport or anywhere in Cape Town CBD.

Pre-Vet project – Chintsa

Computer school – Chintsa – Volunteer will receive a free pick up from East London airport or Buccaneers backpackers on the Baz bus route.

Wild life sanctuary – Hartebeespoort

Hartees Animal projects – Hartebeespoort

Hartees Animal and Community project – Hartebeespoort – Return transfer from Johannesburg International airport or Johannesburg CBD.

Big cat project – Bloemfontein
Volunteers will receive a shuttle from Johannesburg International airport to the Engen garage in Bloemfontein on the city bug. The city bug departs from JNB at 09:30 and 13:30. If your flight does not arrive before this time you will need to stay an extra night in Johannesburg. You will be collected from the Engen garage by the project coordinator.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation fee will apply for all cancellations as detailed in the SAVE Volunteering Terms & Conditions.

56 days* or more prior – Deposit
42 to 55 days* prior – 35% forfeit
28 to 41 days* prior – 50% forfeit
14 to 27 days* prior – 75% forfeit
Less than 14 days* prior – 100% forfeit

*From date of notifying SAVE Volunteering of cancellation

Humanitarian projects – Cape Town

Volunteers will either stay in 1 of 5 volunteer houses or at Saltycrax backpackers in the dormitory.
Each house has 2 to 3 bedrooms and sleeps 2 to 3 volunteers in a room.
The house has a self-catering kitchen, lounge and bathroom.  Linen is provided however volunteers must
bring their own towel.

White Shark project – GansBaai

Shared chalets sleeping 4 – 6. Each chalet has it’s own lounge, kitchen and bathroom and there is a bigger lounge and relaxation area in the lodge, a swimming pool and pool table is also available.
Accommodation is provided in our comfortable, self-­‐catering lodge close to our headquarters at the
Great White House from which tours depart and research is coordinated.

Computer School program – Chintsa

School project – A 4 bedroom house with 2 – 6 volunteers  in a room.
Communal kitchen, lounge and patio with view of the beach. Walking distance to beach and shops.

Conservation project – Chintsa

Volunteers sleep in either a tented camp or in cabins, there is not electricity but a generator is available.

Wildlife Sanctuary – Hartebeespoort

Volunteer house is close to the elephant and lions enclosures. There is a 3 bedroom house with 2 people in a room with linen provided. Communal kitchen and lounge.

Animal Sanctuary project & Animal and Community project – Hartebeespoort

All accommodation will be located in the town of Hartbeespoort. Our Volunteer house has multiple rooms with various facilities. All self-catering facilities supplied. Safe and secure environment.

Big Cat farm – Bloemfontein

The three bedroom farm house is within walking distance to the main lodge. There is a fully functional kitchen, one bathroom and an extra bathroom facility at the camp site. 2 – 6 volunteers in a room.

HOW THIS WORKS – Choose between Option 1, 2 or 3


4 weeks
Any 1 humanitarian project
8 weeks
Any 2 humanitarian projects
• Meals and accommodation for 4 to 8 weeks while volunteering
• Baz Bus ticket


2 weeks
Any 1 wildlife project
4 weeks
Any 2 wildlife projects
• Meals and accommodation for 6 weeks while volunteering
• Baz Bus ticket


6 weeks
Any 1 humanitarian project for 4 weeks + any wildlife project
• Meals and accommodation for 6 weeks while volunteering
• Baz Bus ticket


Urban Humanitarian – Cape Town
• Adventure Surf Club Project
• Settlement Projects
• School/Educare Projects
• Skills Development Projects
• Disabled School assistance
Urban Humanitarian – Hartebeespoort
Hartees safe house
Rural Humanitarian – Chintsa
School and Computer Class Assistance

• Fly to either Cape Town or Johannesburg International Airport.
• Volunteer straight away or travel on the Baz bus first.
• Stop and sightsee between projects. You have as much time to hop on and hop off at Baz Bus stops between your projects.

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