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Expedition: Cape Town – Teaching & Backpacking Adventure

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Spend two weeks in Cape Town, volunteering your time to teach underprivileged children before heading off on a backpacking tour of the world-famous Garden Route!


  • Experience all that Cape Town and the surrounding area has to offer on a jam-packed, 2-week adventure with fellow travelers
  • Assist at under-resourced pre-schools in Cape Town’s townships and work with local teachers to plan lessons, teach classes, and provide one-on-one attention to children
  • Help create a brighter future for children in disadvantaged inner-city communities in Cape Town
  • Run educational after-school programs, working with disadvantaged, orphaned and vulnerable children in the community
  • Embark on a roadtrip along the Garden Route, one of the most beautiful drives in the world, with Tour Operator of the Year 2018
  • Spot Africa’s iconic wildlife on safari and explore the great outdoors by canoeing, hiking and dipping your toes in the ocean



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 poverty-stricken people living in the communities surrounding the city. Khayelitsha – the largest of the settlements – has a population of roughly 2 million people, meaning statistics relating to unemployment, HIV and orphaned children are staggering. It is here where we have worked since 2014 and invite you to join us for a week of volunteering before continuing on your adventure. Your contribution will directly support struggling children, providing them with skills and an education that gives them a positive head-start in their schooling.


During your first week at the tip of Africa, you’ll live in our shared volunteer house in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town’s South Peninsula. Aside from being one of the best surfing beaches around, it’s an area filled with vibey bars, cafes, and amazing restaurants. It is from here where you will travel into Khayelitsha each day to volunteer. In your free time, you could venture to the top of Table Mountain, visit the historic Robben Island, go paragliding, take to the ocean by kayak, hang out on some of the many beaches, sip wine at stunning vineyards or even take to the skies on a helicopter flight over the city.


Aside from having free time to explore everything Cape Town has to offer during your first weekend in Cape Town, this tour is perfectly complimented by a second week traveling the Garden Route with South African Tour Operator of the Year 2018. It is a stunning stretch of coastline famous as one of the best road trips in the world. And with spectacular natural beauty, world-class beaches, awesome backpacker hostels, an incredible range of adrenaline-fueled activities, iconic wildlife and a safari or two… it’s easy to see why.

Note: The tour returns to Cape Town, where you will book your return flight home.

The Finer Details

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Prices include (week 1):
    • First night’s accommodation in a local backpacker’s hostel
    • Full board and lodging, which includes 3 meals a day at our volunteer house (excluding meals at weekends)
    • Airport pick-up and all project-related transport
    • Assistance and support from the African Impact staff and Project Managers
    • All resources and training required for you to contribute sustainably to our project
Prices include (week 2):
  • Qualified guide and all transport
  • Pick up and drop off (either to the airport or your chosen accommodation in Cape Town)
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in dorm-style rooms (Upgrades available)
  • Dinners and breakfasts (except Day 5)
  • The following activities:
      • Wine tasting, Garden Route
      • Cango Caves Adventure Tour, Garden Route
      • Canoeing in Wilderness National Park, Garden Route
      • Game Viewing in Addo Elephant Park, Garden Route

Prices exclude:

  • Flights to Cape Town International Airport
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Soft drinks, snacks and souvenirs
  • Optional activities listed throughout the brochure
  • Weekend meals and all lunches throughout the second week
  • Laundry and WiFi
Why do an expedition with us?

We believe that when you travel, there should be no compromises. Even if you are limited on time you should be able to explore while still doing some good in the world. This is what we do. In fact, we are the experts in Africa. We create volunteer travel experiences that change lives (and not just your own).

Named the Top Volunteer Abroad Organization in 2017, we are expanding our extremely popular Expedition Programs that take you #BeyondVolunteering. They are not your average tourist holidays; they are the ultimate way to see, do and achieve as much as possible in two weeks. Join our team of passionate staff on the ground for a week of volunteering with local communities or wildlife, before heading out on a road-trip to discover some of Africa’s most iconic destinations.