South Africa is a parliamentary democracy and is in many respects a developed country, although much of its population lives in poverty. All major urban areas have modern, world-class hotels and tourist facilities. Game parks and areas most often visited by tourists have a wide range of facilities. Food and water are generally safe, and a wide variety of consumer goods and pharmaceuticals are readily available. The capital is Pretoria, while the seat of parliament is located in Cape Town. Johannesburg is the financial capital and largest city in South Africa. Durban is home to Africa’s busiest port and is the number one tourist destination for South Africans.
If your project/expedition begins in South Africa and you are travelling from abroad it is best to fly into Cape Town (it may be cheapest to fly into Johannesburg and connect to Cape Town). When you arrive at Cape Town International Airport, your first stop will be at the Immigrations Desk where you will have to hand them your passport and your Arrival/Departure form that you should fill out. Your passport is stamped/endorsed by the Immigration Officer and he/she will issue you with a visa. Please ask for a normal tourist visa.
- ALL OUT AFRICA, 8 Edward Street, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Projects settingThe South African projects are based in Cape Town. Cape Town is known as the “mother city” and encapsulates much of the diversity South Africa is famous for. Being Africa’s first major port it is steeped in history but is also one of the world’s most beautiful cities. With its dramatic mountain backdrops and white sand beaches with an amazing diversity of cultures and associated urban life, it is hard to beat as a city worth visiting. Yet it also faces some of the greatest social challenges with sprawling townships that are poverty stricken and ravaged by HIV AIDS.
Projects staffThe following are the South Africa projects staff who would work with you on a day to day basis:
Ashley joins All Out Africa with over 4 years experience in community development work. Having completed her studies in Psychology and Sociology, she has swapped the sunshine of California for the stunning beauty of Cape Town, as the Volunteer Projects Coordinator there. Ashley loves South Africa for its diversity, perseverance, and continual sense of hope, recognising that despite the divisions and hardships of the past, a spirit dwells that if properly embraced will bring positive change and a very bright future to this amazing country.
Should you join an expedition venturing to South Africa, the following are the guides who would lead you on the tours:
Bob Motsa – Senior Tour Guide for the Kruger to Coast Volunteer Adventure
Bob is a well-loved and respected tourism practitioner from Swaziland, and the lead Tour Guide for All Out Africa. His interests include backpacker travel, tours and expeditions, wildlife guiding, cultural guiding and community development. His relaxed nature puts volunteers at ease, his knowledge of wildlife and cultural facts ensures that volunteers get the most out of their tours and his patience allows for everything to run smoothly.
Psychology Mmema – Kruger and Mozambique Guide and wildlife specialist
An experienced tour guide who began his career as a game ranger in Swaziland. He has a vast knowledge of southern Africa’s wildlife and many personal stories of animal interactions. His enthusiasm and professionalism make him the perfect tour guide.
Mpho Nhlengethwa – Swazi Cultural and Swazi to Cape Tour Guide
Mpho specializes in Swazi cultural tours and is a resident in the areas he guides in so you’ll always get firsthand up-to-date information from a true local. His friendly, outgoing nature makes for fun and relaxed tour experiences.
For a list of other support staff, see http://www.alloutafrica.com/about/staff/4.
Contact detailsProject Coordinator: +27 797 684 148
- Rands (ZAR)
- MasterCard & ATM card is sufficient
- International dialing code: +27
- Police tel: 10111
- Ambulance tel: 10177
- Fire Service tel: 10111
- Table Mountain (hike or cable car up)
- Cape Point Nature Reserve
- Penguins at Boulders Beach
- Robben Island tours
- Whale watching tours (In season August – October)
- V&A waterfront
- Visitng surrounding beaches
- Mountain biking
- Boat cruises
- Great-white shark cage diving
- Tandem sky diving and paragliding
- Or just relaxation
Please remember that should you decide to use accommodation or do activities other than what is provided as part of the project/expedition itinerary, you will be responsible for covering the costs thereby incurred.
When your programme ends you may want to join an overland tour to Namibia or Botswana or elsewhere in Africa? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on add-on tours and adventures.
So diverse, so much fun in so little time.James Heyes
Assistant Manager Lidwala
Philile is the Lodge Manager at Lidwala Backpacker Lodge, where our Swaziland volunteers stay during their programmes. She has worked and lived overseas for 3 years where she first developed her interests in travel, diverse cultures and people.