Volunteer & Travel offers a very unique and authentic experience to those that wish to explore South Africa while being part of its diverse culture.We travel and stay in communities that are not always in the mainstream for tourists. Volunteer in Durban by giving time to organizations that are part of the community allows travelers an opportunity to immerse themselves in our culture.Our volunteer programs are short term and long term plus, we provide hostel/backpacker accommodation within the community.
Our expeditions are in 7 seater SUVs, ready for adventure. There is also a backpacking feel to it even though we stay in great hostels, backpackers, lodges and sometimes camping sites.There is always the reassurance of travelling with a local but with the freedom to explore each place on your or with the group.
We are committed to giving and supporting the communities we work and live. Our way of responsible tourism is founded on principles of dignity and respect for the environment and the people we wish to empower. Integration and immersing Volunteers in these communities vital , even more meaningful than handing out gift and leaving
Our aim to empower and help non-profit organization s figure out methods of remaining self efficient. One of these organizations that benefits is a Community Centre For Children and Flashmobkindness. Our Volunteer Program is centred around these two organizations, there are 3 children's centres around Durban and with Flashmobkindness we volunteer around South Africa looking for places that need assistance.
We encourage open minded and positive people to join our adventures.
Volunteer & Travel itinerary
Day of arrival
Pick up from the airport
Drive to South of Durban where we have a centre with accommodation for volunteers
Welcome dinner with everyone
Mondays & Wednesdays
8:30am Day at the Centre begins
Activities throughout the day include:
Cooking for the Children
Washing hands, Brushing Teeth, Changing clothes
Painting the Centres
Administration at our office in Durban
3:30pm day ends at the Centre
Volunteer have an option to be taken to the beach (5 mins away) for the rest of the afternoon.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
8:30am Drive 45 mins to the Kwa-Mashu Centre
Pick up food to deliver to Centre around the area
Distribute food to the children
Distribute food to the local community
Distribute food to the care givers and staff
Pick up food for the volunteer house
2pm Drive back to the volunteer house
Volunteers have the option to be taken to the mall (7 mins away) or supermarket for the personal shopping.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
6:00am we leave for one of our road trips.
Johannesburg/Soweto including Kruger trips we leave on Thursdays at 6am
Each trip has its own itinerary but we generally spend 3-4 day weekends at one of our travel destinations
The Cape Town/Wild Coast/Garden Route takes 7 days
Days might overlap depending where we go so please be flexible and enjoy the ride
St Lucia/Wetlands/Hluhluwe Game Reserve
6:00 am: Drive to St Lucia about 3 hours north of Durban
9:30 am: Arrive at Tented Safari Lodge in St Lucia
10:00 am: Enjoy breakfast, brunch, relax by the pool at the lodge.
Walk around the small town or head to the beach
14:00 pm: We go for a booked boat ride to see the Hippos
16:30 pm: Boat ride ends
17:00 pm: Volunteers return to the tented lodge to have time to themselves.
For the rest of the evening everybody can prepare their own dinner with food supplied
Get a chance to mingle and meet other travellers for the rest of the evening
5:00 am – 14:00 pm: Safari at Hluhluwe Game Reserve, lunch included.
Volunteers can spend the rest of the day as they wish.
This is our lazy day before we head back home. Volunteers can choose to hang out at the lodge or go for a walking tour or just hand out at the beach
!5;00 pm; We drive back to the volunteer home (3 hours)
6:00 am: Drive 2.5 hours to the Drakensberg Mountains from Durban.
9:00 am: Check in at the Backpacker Lodge and prepare to go for a hike
10:00 am: Go for the Amphitheatre/Tugela Falls hike, lunch included.
16:00 pm: Hike ends, we return to the backpacker lodge.
17:00 pm: We enjoy a rest at the hot bub before dinner.
19:00 pm: Dinner is served at the lodge
7:30 am; Prepare for a trip to Lesotho, don’t forget to bring your passport.
Drive to another country within South Africa, meet the Basotho and be part of their village.
Experience the culture and the history of the Lesotho Kingdom.
Lunch is included.
16:00 pm: Lesotho trip ends
!8;00 pm; Return to the lodge to mingle with other travellers and prepare for dinner.
We usually reserve this day for nothing but relaxing and enjoying the beauty that is the Drakensberg mountains
16:00 pm: We leave for the volunteer house
6;00 am: Leave for Johannesburg (5 hours)
12:00 am: Arrive at Maboneng Precinct and check in at the hostel/hotel
13:00 pm; Lunch at the local restaurant
15:00 pm: Rest at the hostel whilst mingling with other travellers
!9;00 pm: Braai night, dinner at the hostel
21:00 pm: Enjoy nightlife
!0;00 am: We take a Johannesburg/Soweto (4 Hours)
14:00 pm: Apartheid Museum
16;00 pm: Return to the hostel
18:00 pm: Participate in hostel activities and enjoy the evening
9:00 am: Neighbourhood Goods market in Braamfotein. … shopping, food and music
16:00 pm; Return to hostel and enjoy the rest of the day as you wish
Bars, restaurants and clubs are walking distance from the hostel.
9;00 am; Sunday market with live music, local food and local goods on sale.
13:00 pm: Roof top party down town Johannesburg
20:00 pm: Return to hostel
6 am: Return to Durban (5 hours)
Kruger National Park
6;00 am: Drive from Durban to Kruger National Park (8 hours)
11:00 am: Stop to eat late breakfast
12:00 am: Drive to Crocodile Dam Gate, South of Kruger National Park
15:00 am: Arrive at accommodation for the night
6:00 am: Enter Kruger National Park gate
6;30 am: Self-Drive Safari ending at Skukuza Camp
14:00 pm: Check in at Skukuza Camp site (Tented Safari accommodation)
Spend the afternoon relaxing at the pool or the restaurant
18:00 pm: Dinner under the stars
Volunteers are welcome to book a night Safari at their expense
20:00 pm: Night Safari
8;00 am: Start booked Safari, including lunch.
This will take much of the day so we rest at the camp afterwards.
15;00 pm: Return to base camp and spend the evening together
10;00 am: Exit Kruger National Park and drive towards Durban
15:00 pm: Stop for a late lunch
18:00 pm: Arrive back at the volunteer house
Wild Coast/Coffee Bay/Eastern Cape
6:00 am: Drive from Durban to Coffee bay (6.5 hours)
10:00 am: Breakfast stop at Umtata
13:00 pm: Arrive at backpackers in Coffee Bay
14:00 pm: Walk to the beach to play volley ball
18:00 pm: Have dinner at a Xhosa village
8;00 am: Surfing camp, lunch included
16:00 pm; Surfing camp ends
19:00 pm: Dinner around camp fire with fellow travellers
10;00 am: Tour to Hole in the Wall begins (5 hours)
15:00 pm: Tour ends and we return to the backpackers
Volunteers can spend time at the beach or at the backpackers
19;00 pm: Dinner at the backpackers
6:00 am: Leave for Durban (6.5 hours)
11;00 am: Breakfast stop
15:00 pm: Arrive back at the volunteer house
Cape Town/Garden Route/Jeffery’s Bay
6:00 am: Drive to Coffee bay (6.5hours)
13;00 pm: Arrive at backpackers’ n Coffee Bay
Spend the afternoon at the beach
18;00 pm: Spend the evening at the backpacker and eat dinner.
8;00 am: Drive to Jeffrey’s Bay (7 hours)
12:00 pm; Stop in East London for lunch
13;00 pm: Continue to Jeffery’s Bay
17:00 pm: Arrive in Jeffery’s bay check in at Hostel/hotel/backpackers
19:00 pm: Dinner at a restaurant in town.
Rest day in Jeffrey’s Bay
6;00 am: start driving along the Garden route, spotting landmarks and sightseeing throughout the day.
10;00 am: Stop for food in Mossel Bay
11;00 am; Continue to Cape Town whilst we are sightseeing
17:00 pm: Arrive in Cape Town and Check in at the Hostel/Hotel
19:00 pm: Dinner at the hostel/hotel and
21;00 pm: Explore Cape Town nightlife
8:00 am: Take a CT walking tour
Take a Wine Tasting tour
Hike up Lion’s Head
Explore the many markets
18:00 pm: Return to Hostel
19:00 pm: Dinner at hostel
Volunteers can decide on what they would like to do on this day
Last day in Cape Town. Volunteers that planned on exiting V&T in Cape Town are left to continue their travels, whilst the remaining return to Durban with us.
We take a different route towards Durban