At African Impact, we create the most transformative and impactful volunteer experiences on the planet for communities, wildlife and volunteers.

African Impact Logo - Who We Are

The year was 2004 and a handful of well-traveled people sat around a table in the heart of the Zimbabwean wilderness. With backgrounds in tourism, development and conservation, they knew they wanted to do something great. They wanted to use their passion and skills to start a travel company that made a difference. They wanted to introduce people to the Africa they knew. The people. The wildlife. The magic.

When we opened our doors to our first batch of international volunteers, we were a small, family-run organization with big dreams.

The African Impact team and volunteers in Livingstone, Zambia

African Impact staff and volunteers in Livingstone, Zambia

It didn’t take long to see that there were a lot more people like us. People who wanted to travel while truly experiencing a country at its best, and worst. People who wanted to genuinely connect with the local people and to leave a place better than they found it. We grew and opened new volunteer projects in new countries across southern Africa.

We eventually set up home in the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town. As the industry grew we recognized that doing the right thing, being responsible, doing good, and still providing travel experiences was, at times, complicated. We grappled with what we were… a travel company? A tourism company? How was the volunteer experience related to the impact they made? The industry was evolving, and so were we.

We are incredibly lucky to have an amazing team of people behind African Impact, most who started as volunteers and have been on this journey since the beginning. This is our strength and what has allowed us, over the years, to go beyond volunteering, to focus on what it does best; provide an exchange of ideas and mindsets. We’ve learned that if a community has total buy-in and ownership of a project – and a volunteer is truly informed about their own role and contribution to this – volunteering has the power to transform both a community and a volunteer. That is a beautiful thing and what we witness every day on our projects.

Ultimately, our goal is to take volunteering, internships and group travel as far as it can go, combining genuine impacts with extraordinary experiences. Our story isn’t over, we haven’t even scratched the surface. So, learn more about us, ask the right questions and if we’re the right organization for you, we’re excited to welcome you on our journey.

Our commitments to extraordinary experiences and responsible volunteering.
Award-winning responsible programs developed hand-in-hand with local communities.
From humble beginnings to leaders in the volunteer travel industry.
Words From Our People

“I originally decided to take a gap year in hopes of gaining a better sense of what I wanted to pursue in my future. Now, nearly halfway through this year, I realize I am gaining so much more than that simple clarity. As time passes, its clear to me that the work my colleagues and I are doing is having a major impact on the development of these children. With the presence of volunteers, they are gaining knowledge and exposure that they wouldn’t normally receive in their current situations and environment. Although I know these children are gaining vast amounts due to our work, I am gaining more.

Throughout my life thus far, specifically during high school, I struggled with my identity. Who am I? These children have made me realize who I am and who I am striving to become. ”

Katy, Past VolunteerUSA

“I learned from African Impact's business classes to think about things that are everyday items and that won’t go bad quickly because even with selling small things every day, you make a better profit than selling big things once every two days – like clothes, or shoes. Other people didn’t think about those things until we went to class either, but I’ve always wanted my own business so I just tried! In the beginning, so many people told me I couldn’t do anything with the small money I had but now my business is doing well.”

Mary, Community Member in TanzaniaTanzania

“At African Impact we talk about the impact we make on the communities and environments we work in, the people we interact with and the volunteers that come through our doors. We don’t often talk about the impact on staff and for me this has been huge. I’ve never worked in an environment where I’m so happy, inspired, challenged and motivated to achieve on a daily basis. The opportunity to work in the communities I have is a privilege and one I’ll never forget.”

Dan, Cape Town TeamUK