Spend two weeks in Cape Town, volunteering your time to teach underprivileged children and help keep children off the streets before spending your second week on a backpacking tour of the world-famous Garden Route!
Cape Town will not run out of water in 2018, but is still in the midst of a drought. We are encouraging our volunteers to continue saving water and would like to assure you that African Impact has contingency plans in place should the situation change – all volunteers will have sufficient water. Life in Cape Town will continue and the community programs need dedicated volunteers more than ever.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Help create a brighter future for children in disadvantaged inner-city communities in Cape Town
- Assist at under-staffed and under-resourced pre-schools by planning lessons, teaching classes, and proving one-on-one attention to children
- Run educational after-school programs, working with disadvantaged, orphaned and vulnerable children in the community
- Embark on a trip along the Garden Route, one of the most famous drives in the world
- Spot the Big 5 on safari and get outdoors; canoeing, hiking and dipping your toes in the ocean!
“This was such an amazing opportunity. Not only was I able to travel across the world and experience a new country, but I made great friends, went to so many new places and made an impact on the community all at the same time. The African Impact experience is one that you MUST have; you will leave the beautiful country a much more great full, positive, and educated individual.”
Kristen Kuhn, USA
“My trip with African Impact was one of the most incredible things that I have ever done in my life. It exceeded any expectations that I had, by far! The staff and the African Impact Team definitely made this experience what it was. The projects were incredible and I definitely felt like a made an impact, as well as enjoyed the endless activities to do in Cape Town!”
Hunter Brennan, USA
Dates & Rates
- All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
- All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
- 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
- Tea, coffee and filtered water
- Medical and travel insurance
- Flights to your chosen destination
- Weekend trips and other non-project activities
- Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
How your volunteer fee is used:
Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.
African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.
About the Destination
Despite being one of the top tourist destinations in the world, many visit Cape Town and don’t experience what life is like for the millions of disadvantaged and poverty-stricken people living in the communities surrounding the city which is why we suggest spending one week volunteering in the nearby community of Khayelitsha, South Africa’s fastest growing township. With a population of roughly 2 million people, statistics relating to unemployment, HIV, and orphaned and vulnerable children are staggering due to the sheer size of the population.
During your stay at the tip of Africa, your first week will be spent in Observatory – the city’s most bohemian suburb, a short 10-minute drive from the city center with a quirky selection of bars, restaurants, cafes and vintage stores. The house is fully furnished, comfortable and spacious, and has a cook and housekeeper as part of the friendly team. You will share a room with two to six other volunteers, and bathrooms are communal. Wi-Fi is available for a small fee, plus there’s access to a small lock-up safe for your valuables.
Cape Town’s colorful and vibrant atmosphere will get your volunteering and travel experience off to an exciting start as you experience the delicious foods, rich culture and unbeatable scenery on offer. You can spend your weekend visiting cultural and heritage sites such as Table Mountain and Robben Island or even head to the beach to relax or hit the waves.
We also think you can’t come to South Africa and not travel along the world-famous Garden Route. Packed with exciting activities and amazing wildlife opportunities, you’ll travel through mountains, along the ocean, see sand dunes, canoe the rivers and even head out on safari before being returned to Cape Town.
This volunteering and travel opportunity in Africa promises to leave you fulfilled, with new insights, new friends and a newfound appreciation for your own way of life.
Volunteers will spend their first week on our Teaching and Education project in Cape Town, before heading out on a Garden Route Tour for the second week.
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Fun & Travel
6-Day Garden Route Garden Backpacking Adventure
Fun & Travel
Day-1 Cape Town - Hermanus - Cape Agulhas
We depart from Cape Town/Stellenbosch early on Monday morning for Hermanus. We follow the scenic coastal road, stopping at Betties Bay to view a colony of endangered African penguins. You can spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales during the whale season (July to November) and many shops, restaurants and markets. In the afternoon we will drive on to Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa, where we visit a viewpoint known as the “real” place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.
Included Highlight: Penguins at Betties Bay
Optional Activities: Whale watching boat trip (in season July – November)
Fun & Travel
Day-2 Cape Agulhas - Oudtshoorn
We travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via the scenic and spectacular Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route. You will be able to experience the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour, followed by a sampling of the local wine & craft beer.
Included Highlight: Craft beer and local wine tasting and Cango Caves Adventure tour
Fun & Travel
Day-3 Oudtshoorn - Knysna - Sedgefield
After breakfast we head over the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain pass where we will explore Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy an easy paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of birdlife. After about 40 minutes, the canoes will be left for a 2km hike along a boardwalk, which will take us to a lovely waterfall and rock pools. After the canoeing, we will head to the famous town of Knysna via the spectacular Lake District of the Garden Route. This up-market little town is filled with curios, restaurants and a waterfront, where you will be able to have lunch and do some shopping. After Knysna we will head to the Knysna Heads viewpoint for some spectacular views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Late afternoon you can spend exploring Sedgefield with its spectacular views and beaches.
Included Highlight: Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
Fun & Travel
Day-4 Sedgefield - Tsitsikamma - Addo
After breakfast, off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route we will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters). There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among you to test their courage. The afternoon will be spent in Tsitsikamma National Park with its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide choice of activities for all, including hiking, crossing a suspension bridge and swimming. Late afternoon we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo.
Included Highlight: Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
Optional Activities: 216m Bloukrans Bungee jump OR treetop canopy tour
Fun & Travel
Day-5 Addo - Wilderness
We will spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. We will spend up to 3-4 hours exploring the 28,000 hectare National reserve with approximately 600 elephant and some Cape buffalo, lion, black rhino, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, hartebeest and many more animals. After an exciting morning of game viewing we will drive back to the heart of the Garden Route where we will overnight and have sundowners overlooking the spectacular Wilderness Beach.
Included Highlight: Entrance and 3-4 hour drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park
Optional Activities: 2 hour open vehicle game drive with Addo field guide
Fun & Travel
Day-6 Wilderness - Mossel Bay - Cape Town
After breakfast at the popular George Farmers’ Market, we will stop in Mossel Bay to spend some time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try a 10,000 foot tandem skydive or sand boarding on the longest dune in South Africa. We will arrive back to Cape Town/Stellenbosch in the early evening.
Optional Activities: 10 000 foot tandem skydive OR Sand boarding the longest dune in South Africa