St Lucia, Zululand, is a coastal paradise in South Africa, warm all year round, home to the largest population of hippos and crocodiles in the country and wildlife around every corner. Imagine waking up with monkeys rummaging through your breakfast cereals, spotting hippos dipping in the river before lunch and spending your evening under the stars, on a night safari drive through some of the most infamous Game Reserves in Africa and spotting everything from leopards to hyenas! In between all that, you still have time to meet some of the more interesting characters you’ll come across; the traditional Zulu villagers you’ll be volunteering with on a daily basis.
Zululand is an area still ruled by the Zulu Royal Family and surrounding the tropical tourist town of St Lucia are a number of villages, impoverished, underdeveloped and in desperate need of resources and this is where volunteers work each day, on our Education and Medical programmes.
Also surrounding the tourist town of St Lucia (In fact, one of the only towns in the world to be) is a stunning World Heritage Site made up of long stretches of untouched beaches, huge plains filled with Africa’s most magnificent wildlife and endless rivers and lakes, so whether you want to get out on the ocean to spot whales or turtle hatchlings or hit the safari vehicles to spot the elusive black rhinos, you have it all at your doorstep.
For the most adventurous volunteers, how’s about a trip to Mozambique to swim with wild dolphins, or diving into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to snorkel and scuba dive? Failing that, why not spend the night in the beautifully fully-furnished volunteer house having a traditional South African Braai (BBQ!), lying under the unpolluted and crystal clear skies and relaxing with your fellow volunteers and staff?
Oh, but keep an eye out for the hippos who come walking through town each night!