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Travel to Kruger National Park to observe the African Big Five and other magnificent wildlife species up close! This add-on is the perfect way to conclude or begin your South African volunteer experience.

Program Highlights:
  • Experience a three-hour game drive at sunset
  • Enjoy a bush walk as the sun rises and spot the African Big Five
  • Indulge in a full-day safari on Day Two
  • Go on a scenic tour of Blyde River Canyon
  • Taste an authentic, African barbeque dinner (Braai) 
  • Participants have their choice of lodging

Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum three-day commitment):

Arrival Day, Friday: Arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Make your own way to the designated hostel in Johannesburg to settle in for the night. Participants joining this tour following a volunteer experience at the Wild Cat Sanctuary or Wildlife Sanctuary will be transferred from their program to the hostel.

Day 1, Saturday: You are picked up from your hostel in Johannesburg and travel to the Big Five game reserve for a sunset drive. After dark, spotlights are used to locate nocturnal animals. Participants will experience a traditional African barbeque dinner. 

Day 2, Sunday: Following breakfast, enjoy a full day of traveling through the Orpen Gate of Kruger, which is home to the largest concentration of giraffe, zebra and antelope in the park, and attracts numerous lions and other large predators. 

Day 3, Monday: The day begins with a sunrise bush walk. Participants have a high chance of encountering buffalo and nyala while traveling on foot. Following breakfast, participants drive to the Three Rondavels of the Blyde River Canyon, which are enormous rocks that are thought to be reminiscent of indigenous Rondavel huts. Participants will be taken back to the hostel in Johannesburg, or O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

Extending your stay: Participants have the option to extend their stay in Kruger for an additional one, two or three days. All departure days include airport drop-off. 

The four-day tour includes a visit to our African Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, with the option for participants to sleep out in the bush during the second night.

The five-day tour includes a visit to our African Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and a second morning bush walk.

The six-day tour includes a visit to our African Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a second full day of game drives and a second morning bush walk.
 
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Location of the Project:  Kruger Park, South Africa
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Project length:  Min 3 days - Max 6 days
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Arrival Airport:  O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Age:  18-80

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared tents
Food:  Breakfasts and dinners are provided
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Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), lunches, personal expenses.
Kruger National Park spans over two million hectares! It was established to protect various wildlife species and is by far, the most famous wildlife reserve in South Africa. The diversity of its life forms is incomparable to any other and until today the park remains a world leader in advanced environmental management and conservation.
Internet
Internet:  WiFi is available in shared, public spaces such as the pool and bar area.
Laundry
Laundry:  No laundry services are available.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Participants will be placed in double “tents.” The rooms have brick and mortar back walls and canvas front and side panels. Participants can upgrade to twin, family or single rooms in a lodge, treehouse or 4-star lodge for additional fees. Every unit in the two lodges is thatched, air-conditioned has en-suite bathrooms and showers. Each room in the 4-star lodge has a private bathtub. Each bed has its own mosquito net. The Treehouse Lodge is secure, comfortable and relaxed. These rooms are built in trees or have trees as supports. Some are built on stilts within the tree canopy. There are small pools at each of the upgraded accommodation options. *Please note that both standard and upgraded accommodation photos are displayed below.
Food:  Breakfasts and dinners will be provided. Participants will buy their lunches at a nearby restaurant.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
  • Basic level of English 
  • General good health 
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