Are your Xmas celebrations the same every year? Do you know exactly who’ll be around the table, what will be on your plate, in your glass? Will you get a gift that you really want but have forgotten about by the time March comes around? If the comfort of traditional Christmas activities appeals to you then we wish you a happy festive season and you can stop reading now; but if you’re looking for something a little more exciting, more adventurous, more ALIVE - what better way to spend the festive season than volunteering with us in Africa? Enjoy hot summer weather, wide open spaces, and a unique African Christmas lunch around a table of like-minded souls from all over the world! This year we’re offering volunteering programs over Christmas time at our project base in Thanda Private Game Reserve in South Africa, and at our lions and community projects in beautiful Livingstone, Zambia. We’ve got something for everyone and you’ll be sure to spend the holidays in a way you’ve never experienced before. Conservation and Community Projects in South Africa At Thanda Private Game Reserve in the rural KwaZulu-Natal area of South Africa, we are proud to offer 4 conservation focussed projects, including a unique photography and conservation program. And since all work and no play is no motto for the holidays, we’ve lined up some amazing extra activities and celebrations for volunteers: Sundowners in the game reserve on Xmas Eve Xmas Day game drive followed by lunch and dinner which will be a warthog / sheep on a spit! You will also have an opportunity to spend time around the fire in the Boma or in the pool! Secret Santa gift exchange with volunteers from all around the world Opportunity to share your Xmas traditions with the group Evening party games like charades and trivia quizzes! If you’d like to join our team at Thanda for a true African Xmas, you can choose from the following projects: African Wildlife Big 5 Conservation Project Large Predators Research & Conservation Project Elephant & Rhino Research & Conservation Project Wildlife Photography & Conservation Project Make your enquiry now! Spend your Christmas with underprivileged kids and international volunteers in Livingstone, Zambia The Christmas volunteer experience in Zambia includes involvement in children’s holiday clubs, afternoon community projects like farming and reading, art and literacy clubs, helping at a local elderly care home and providing after school support to vulnerable children. You’ll be staying at the very popular Livingstone Backpackers and you’ll have loads of free time to enjoy barbeques, the bar and swimming pool as well as the climbing wall. Why you’ll love Christmas in Zambia: Visit the majestic Victoria Falls Do some river rafting, bungee jumping and other adventurous activities Walk with African lions at our sister project Enjoy game drives and safaris in local parks Secret Santa gift exchange with volunteers from all around the world Fun, games and a traditional Christmas lunch at a local lodge Opportunity to share your Xmas traditions with the group If you’d like to join our team in Livingstone, Zambia for a true African Xmas, you can find out more here! Take a walk on the wild side this Christmas on our Lion Rehabilitation Project in Livingstone, Zambia Have you ever spent a Christmas in the African bush? It’s an experience like no other and our Livingstone Lions project invites you to celebrate the festive season in the most unique way possible! In addition to walking with lions and working on conservation efforts, you will join the team on an exciting game drive on Christmas eve in the Mosi-oa-tunya National Park and watch the setting African sun with a cold drink in your hand on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. On Christmas day experience a traditional African ‘braai’ (barbeque) and some party time in Livingstone town. Places are limited, what are you waiting for? Christmas is, after all, the season of giving!