A tropical tourist town, home to the largest population of hippos and crocodiles in South Africa, is where you will be based during your time volunteering. A coastal paradise, with long stretches of untouched and wild beaches, St Lucia is also one of the only towns in the entire world to be surrounded by a World Heritage Site and therefore incredible wildlife opportunities.
Picture this, waking up to the sound of monkeys playing on your roof, spotting hippos going about their business before lunch and spending your evening under the crystal clear milky way, 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 stunning 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 town are endless sightseeing and adventure activities for you to get involved in, whether that is setting sail on the Indian Ocean to swim with dolphins, spotting whales out to sea or following the journey of the endangered turtles which lay eggs on the beaches each year November – March. On land, why not jump onto one of the many safari’s that leave from the town and head to the great plains of Africa to view wild elephants, lions and rhinos!
Failing that, why not relax at the fully-furnished and beautiful volunteer house with your fellow staff and volunteers, take a dip in the pool or light up the traditional South African Braai (BBQ!) and enjoy a night under the stars, like you’ve never seen them before!
Oh, but watch out for the hippos who make a daily visit into town every night!