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Frequently asked questions...

Here is some regular questions asked by our previous family members...

Do I need a visa?
Nationals from the European Union, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand:
At present, you do not need a visa to enter South Africa and will be granted a temporary Visitors Permit valid for up to 90 days providing you have:
a) a pre-booked return flight within 90days

b) a passport valid for at least 6months.
PLEASE NOTE: If you do not fall under one of these countries, then you need to arrange a visa in advance. We will not be held
accountable for any persons entering South Africa and then being deported due to incorrect paperwork.

Are weekend activities included?

No, weekend activities and transportation is not included! Please ensure that you budget correctly for the activities, accommodation as well as transport.

Are we affected by the current draught in South Africa

  • The reserves we work on have natural spring water or bore holes.

  • The volunteer house has water supplied by the natural spring

  • We drink rain water (you may purchase bottled water this in not included as the rain water is safe)

Why should you join US?

  • No false advertising, we are happy for you to contact previous volunteers

  • You can see the difference you make

  • We are a small permanent team and take in small groups giving everyone a personalized experience

  • Our volunteers become our friends

Who should apply?

  • Anyone who loves the outdoors and wildlife

  • Anyone wanting to learn more about South African Wildlife

  • You need to be physically fit and speak English.

What happens to your money?

  • We have high running costs as we feel volunteers work hard and should live comfortable and eat well.

  • When profit is made it goes back in into the program to make improvements

  • Donations to the reserves we work on in the form of planting indemic plants

  • Donations to local schools and educating them on the importance of conservation.

What happens to the research and data collected by volunteers?

  • Elephant research goes to EMOA

  • Cheetah research goes to  Endangered Wild Life Trust

  • Field data like game counts go to the individual reserve managers and owners for their recordes.

What is the age limit?

  • 18 years and older

  • Volunteers under the age of 18 will be considered individually and need a guardians consent.

  • School groups with chaperones are welcome

Do we do special diet requirements?

  • Yes we cater for vegetarians, vegans, lactose intolerant, gluten free and diabetics often.

  • Please enquire for other meal restrictions

Do you need vaccinations?

  • No we suggest having a tetanus injections, however it is not compulsory.

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+27 (0)82 923 8855


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