Kruger To Coast
• Safari in Kruger National Park in search of Africa’s famous Big five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino
• Sunset/night drive in Kruger, a great time to spot the large cats
• Volunteering (choose between pre-school kids sports development, building or Savannah conservation). This is your turn to learn a new role and contribute to sustainable development/conservation projects
• Visit to a Swazi Cultural Village and learn about Swaziland’s rich culture
• Relaxing on Tofo’s spectacular palm-fringed beaches
• Ocean Safari – snorkel with amazing creatures such whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins
• Island Kayak trip through the blue ocean waters around Inhambane, Mozambique
You can also add one of the following to your adventure of a lifetime prior to or upon arrival:
• Internationally recognised Open Water or Advanced Dive Course
• Bush walk in Kruger, to see some of the smaller creatures that reside in Kruger up close and personal
• Zip lining weekend through the mountains, waterfalls and gorges of Malolotja Nature Reserve
There are 3 distinct parts to this travel experience each with its own interesting flavour.
The Kruger National Park
Imagine a wild life nirvana, an un-fenced national park bigger than Wales, stretching from South Africa to Mozambique. With wild Africa all around you. You will enter one of the worlds best game parks and enjoy a camping safari. Here your days will be spent on game drives searching for the incredibly diverse wild life that this world renowned national park has to offer.
At night you will sit under an incredible blanket of stars as you hear elephants and lions calling out into the wilderness, safe and protected by your blazing campfire.
Swaziland Sports Coaching
Next stop you will be taken to the small mountainous kingdom of Swaziland. Swaziland is one of the last true kingdoms in the world with a King as ruling head of the country. The succession of the King to the thrown has been kept in the Dlamini line, if you want a sense of adventure, you will find it in Swaziland. When you arrive in the beautiful mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland your role will switch to volunteer as you get involved in projects that aim to uplift the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children or help conduct research to help us understand and conserve our Savannah ecosystem.
Volunteers have the option of choosing the following projects:
• Building, which involves projects such as laying bricks for new classrooms or maintaining the gardens at our NCPs
• Sports, which includes assisting with running sporting activities with our NCP children including swimming and horse vaulting lessons
• Conservation, which involves conducting research and analysing data relating to the species and fauna/flora found
Diving in Mozambique
After two weeks of hard work in Swaziland it’ll be time to relax in this tropical climate and swim the blue waters of the warm and inviting Indian Ocean. This week you will be in Priaha de Tofo, think beautiful stretches of beach, a friendly laid-back vibe, a small but pumping night life, great diving and snorkelling and a few good restaurants, and you are pretty much there.
You will learn to dive (or complete your advanced if you already have a certification) in waters home to Whale Sharks and humpback whales if you pick the Community and dive option. Clear visibility and warm tropical ocean currents support thousands of beautiful fish. The perfect end to an wonderful trip.
Itinerary for your exciting experience
Fly into OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg where you will be met by our staff members who will transfer you to the Kingdom of Swaziland. It is approximately a five hour journey from the airport to you to your accommodation in the Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven).
The second day begins with an informative presentation that will brief you on all you need to know about the culture and country, how to effectively contribute during your volunteer experience, and what to expect on the tours.
In the afternoon you will embark on a Cultural Tour where you will visit the museum to learn about Swazi history and culture, and then will walk around a real Swazi village to experience day-to-day life in Swaziland. The tour finishes with a local culinary delight – a traditional Swazi braai!
Day 3-7. Now it really begins!
Conservation tour, Kruger National Park, South Africa!
Kruger National Park is probably Africa’s most famous conservation area. Spanning nearly 20,000 km2 it covers a vast array of habitats and associated wildlife. It has an aura of ancient times and offers some of the best opportunities view Africa’s big game.
We venture on a five day tour into the heart of Kruger Park including four nights camping in the park and unlimited game drives exploring the vast wilderness with the expert guidance of one of our wildlife guides.
Previous groups have had great sightings of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, wild dog, giraffe, zebra to name just a few animals! There is an abundance of wildlife and birds to be spotted on your Kruger safari. You will also have the exciting opportunity to take part in a guided bush walk (optional extra) as well as experience a night drive where you’ll go in search of nocturnal wildlife.
We will leave the Kruger and head in to the beautiful Kingdom of Swaziland. Today is a travel day. After check in in our accommodation in Swaziland we have a nice meal together and an early night sleep. Another adventure starts tomorrow.
Volunteer Projects, Swaziland
You will spend the next 10 days volunteering on your selected project (Helping with Building project /pre school kids Sports Development/Savannah Conservation).
As a volunteer, the activities you might be involved in will include any of the following practical projects:
• Organising creative games and craft classes to stimulate minds
• Organising sports days for exercise and fun
• Participating in swimming and horse riding lessons
• Making clay bricks and preparing land for structures to be build
• Building structures including roofing
• Fencing and developing gardens to provide vegetables for the children
• Savannah Conservation data collection and monitoring, including surveys on birds, rodents, ungulates, vegetation and bats.
During this time you will also be supported to obtain your visa to enter Mozambique (the cost of visa is not included in the programme cost) , and will also visit the Mantenga Cultural Village where you will have chance to experience traditional Swazi culture and lifestyle as well as witness traditional dancing and singing. You will also be invited to participate in learning the local dance moves! Savannah Conservation volunteers may visit Shewula Cultural Village instead of Mantenga.
Day in the life of a volunteer:
7:00 Wake up to see the sunshine, jump in a hot shower and get yourself started for the day with breakfast!
8:00 Travel to your placement and get ready to begin your day
8:30 Participate in your chosen project, such as coaching sports, conducting research, teaching a lesson or building a classroom wall!
13:00 Time to either return to your accommodation for lunch, or eat the packed lunch you made that morning!
14:00 Begin your afternoon’s work with a full stomach and enthusiasm – this may involve returning to your morning placement or having the opportunity for additional projects including local language lessons and assisting at homework clubs
16:30 Return back to your accommodation and share your day’s adventures with other volunteers, maybe even a quick swim in the pool!
18:30 Enjoy a delicious evening meal and relax……
Volunteers on the Savannah Conservation programme will follow a similar pattern but the day will vary depending on the research being conducted, some early mornings or evenings may be scheduled and you will be given more free time during the day instead.
Mozambique Beach and Whale Shark Tour
Mozambique is world famous for its idyllic tropical beaches on the Indian Ocean. Tofo is a laid-back beach village in southern Mozambique and offers some of the best opportunities in the world to snorkel in the wild with the world’s biggest fish – the whale shark. With diverse coral reefs, whales, manta rays, dolphins and nesting turtles Tofo is a marine paradise and yet it is relatively close to the vibrant historic trading port of Inhambane.
We venture on a 7 day tour to Tofo where you will experience the laid-back beach lifestyle of this colourful and vibrant country. You will take an ocean safari to snorkel with the magnificent whale shark and also have a full day kayak trip across the blue waters to the palm fringed islands in the Inhambane Bay. If you are a certified diver you will have the opportunity of exploring the spectacular fish life of the coral reefs!
There is also the option to take part in an Internationally Accredited Open Water or Advanced Dive Course (extra cost) should you wish to dive. Here you’ll have the opportunity of exploring the spectacular fish life of the coral reefs and the chance to find the “Tofo Big 5” – whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, dolphins and humpback whales.
There are plenty of optional extra activities including beach horse rides, quad biking, mangrove kayaking, surfing, body boarding, deep sea fishing and catamaran cruises. A beach party or two is par for the course and some chill time on the beach is guaranteed.
Mozambique is a true gem on the east African coastline, an unspoiled paradise waiting to be explored!
Day 27 Ezulwini (Swaziland)
Depart Mozambique, and transfer back to your backpacker lodge in Swaziland.
Day 28 Ezulwini (Swaziland)
At the Lodge in Swaziland you will have a full day to relax, pack up and make preparations for your departure the following day .
Day 29 Return home
Sadly all great adventures must come to an end and on your final day you will leave the backpacker lodge in Swaziland and transfer by road to Johannesburg to catch your flight. Airport transfer is included.
South Africa is emerging as a rainbow nation from its apartheid past. The country boasts some of the worlds most exciting attractions ranging from natural scenery, beaches and wildlife to bustling cities rich in cultural diversity.
In Kruger you will be accommodated in safari style dome tents with two people per tent. Tent, mattress, and pillow are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. The camps are fenced so you will be safe from wild animals while in camp. The camps are well equipped with clean toilets, hot water showers and well stocked shops were you can by drinks, snacks, souvenirs etc.
our Lodge located in the Ezulwini valley (known as the valley of heaven) in central Swaziland. This is the cultural heart of Swaziland and is where most of the tourist activities are based, and is also where the Royal Palace, houses of parliament, national sports stadium and national museum are located within a scenic semi-rural setting. The capital town Mbabane is a 15 minute drive away.
The super friendly and comfortable Lodge accommodation
the lodge situated on the main Ezulwini road, less than 2km from many of the areas main facilities & attractions (craft markets, the Gables shopping centre, hotels, restaurants) and is within 5km of the project you can choose from.
You will be accommodated in a dorm room with bunk beds with communal bathroom facilities. The lodge has a large deck area, outdoor pool, TV lounge, WIFI, and a communal kitchen to prepare meals. The lodge is surrounded by a spacious garden with plenty of trees and boulders, a communal barbecue (braai) and campfire area. Often you can see monkeys roaming around the garden and the many plants attract a wide range of birds.
Mozambique is one of Africa’s top beach destinations, with stunning tropical beaches, excellent diving and magical offshore islands.
Project accommodation Tofo
The accommodation is in a beach backpacker lodge where you will share dorms. Bed, pillows, and sheet are provided but again you will need to bring a sleeping bag. The lodge is situated right on the beach and set among lush indigenous vegetation and tall coconut palms. There are communal toilets and hot water showers. The lodge has its own restaurant and bar which is located high on top of a sand dune with sweeping views over the bay and out into the Indian Ocean.
You 3 meals a day when joining this amazing trip. These meals are provided by tour guides and are eaten together by the campfire in the evenings.
Breakfast is self-service from a selection of items including cereals, bread, fruit, yogurt, eggs and spreads. Lunch too is self-service from items such as bread, ham, cheese, salad and fruits. Dinner is a cooked meal which you may assist with cooking on a rotational basis. Types of dishes served include pasta, stir-fry, braai (BBQ) and stew. Vegetarians and most food allergies can be catered for.
Trip Frequently Asked Questions
- Book flights that arrive into OR Tambo before 13:30 on the day of arrival
- You will be met in the arrivals area of OR Tambo by a member of the team (holding appropriate agent signs)
- The transfer will leave OR Tambo at 14:45 for Swaziland
- If you arrive on an early fight, you will be taken to a nice Lodge where you can rest, relax, shower and lock away your bags before departing for Swaziland
Flights arriving after 13:30
- Arriving on flights that arrive after 13:30 are advised to arrive a day earlier and you will need to pay for your own accommodation. We can advise you where and pick you up the next day.
Occasionally your luggage may get delayed en route although this is not very common. In such cases your bags will usually arrive on the next flight (or two) so it is wise to bring with you, in your hand luggage, one spare change of clothes and a wash bag. It never hurts to be too prepared!
- White Water Rafting on the Great Usutu River
- The cultural quad bike tour
- Rural home stays at living Swazi villages
- River tubing adventures to the famous rock lodge
- Mountain biking
- Horse back riding amongst wildlife in a game reserve
- Craft shopping
Please note the activities are not included in the price of the project and need to be funded locally if you choose to do them.
The weather in Swaziland varies depending on the season – it can be very hot and quite cold and all the temperatures in between! So please pack considering the guidelines below – anything from swim wear to hoodies may be required!
The Swaziland summer is opposite to the northern hemisphere, with hot temperatures being experienced in December and colder temperatures in July.
• October to March is when Swaziland’s rainfall is at its highest – so bring a waterproof and shoes suitable for rainfall
• The hottest months are October to March – so bring swim wear and light, cool clothing. Temperatures can cool in the evening, particularly in October and March so bring a fleece or similar for the evenings
• May to August are the winter months, typically they are drier but are colder, particularly in the evening when temperatures can drop to 1 or 2 degrees. Days can be warm and sunny and also cold, so bring a mix of clothing
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- All accommodation throughout your programme
- All meals. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
- Airport pick-up at the start of your tour (on set arrival day)
- Orientation upon arrival
- Daily game drives in Kruger
- A guided bush walk, sunset drive/night drive (you may choose one option)
- Full support and daily guidance from the project coordinator and assistant co-ordinator on project in Swaziland
- Project equipment
- A trip to a Swazi Cultural Village
- A PADI Open Water or Advanced Dive Course with accredited operators if booked on Community and dive
- Airport drop off at the end of your tour (on set departure day)
- Tour guide for the duration of your tour
- Travel Insurance
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“I loved every minute of my trip, it was so much fun, and also learned a lot! The best experience for me on this trip was being in Swaziland. In the village i met so many beautiful kids, who came running up to me and the others for cuddles and photographs, loved it!”
“My highlight was Mozambique, the beaches were just stunning. Ahhh and the Kruger park off course! “
“It was a great trip to the Kruger Park. In two hours we saw the Big Five and on the other days mostly all animals. That was really amazing.”
“Kruger was a great experience! Beautiful surroundings, we saw a lot of animals. Seeing a leopard six times in those days was amazing. Our guides were loads of fun and prepared five star meals for us! Going to Kruger was a dream come true!”
“My Kruger adventure was really amazing! It was amazing, not only to see the Big Five and all the other animals but especially the people who were driving with us! Lots of love”