Volunteering, responsible tourism, helping schools. Responsible tourism and volunteering
Responsible tourism and volunteering

South Africa offers a wealth of voluntourism and responsible tourism programmes – the best of which are governed by standards to ensure valuable, worthwhile exchanges.

Volunteer projects in South Africa
Volunteer projects in South Africa

Voluntourism is an innovative and fun experienced-base way to enjoy a country like South Africa and discover its people at a grassroots level.

Marine volunteer projects
Marine volunteer projects

South Africa’s massive shark and dolphin populations, resident African penguins and annual whale visitors provide much work for enthusiastic marine volunteers.

HIV/AIDS Volunteering
HIV/AIDS Volunteering

Volunteering to work with HIV/AIDS patients can be emotionally and mentally challenging, but it can also be a profound and life-enhancing experience.

Voluntourists in South Africa. Tips for voluntourists to South Africa
Tips for voluntourists to South Africa

If you’re looking for tips on being a voluntourist to South Africa, the first and best tip is to ask questions. And find a reputable operator.

Birding and flora volunteer projects
Birding and flora volunteer projects

Bird and plant enthusiasts will enjoy opportunities to work with raptors and sea birds in South Africa, and to research its natural biodiversity.

Volunteers work on elephant conservation. Wildlife volunteer projects
Wildlife volunteer projects

There are dozens of opportunities to interact with wildlife on a volunteer basis in South Africa, including Big Five, endangered species and orphaned animal projects.

Volunteer teaching
Volunteer teaching

Education is one of South Africa’s of the biggest challenges, and there are plenty of eager minds waiting to absorb information willingly shared by edu-volunteers.

Horses and riders at the Kaapsehoop Horse Trails Volunteer Project. Kaapsehoop Horse Trails Volunteer Project, Mpumalanga
Kaapsehoop Horse Trails Volunteer Project, Mpumalanga

Stretch your horizons and saddle up. The Kaapsehoop Horse Trails Volunteer Project will change your life and the lives of the local community.

Boulders Beach Penguins
Boulders Beach Penguins

Boulders Beach in Simonstown is famous for its colony of urban African penguins. But its population of avian city-slickers is increasingly endangered.

The VegTable, Rheenendal
The VegTable, Rheenendal

This vegetarian restaurant near Rheenendal offers a completely unique dining experience. Chef Brett Garvie is self-taught and grows, sources and forages for the food he prepares.

Rheenendal Ramble
Rheenendal Ramble

The road that takes you on the Rheenendal Ramble, close to Knysna, is 24km long, but you can spend days experiencing what this area has to offer.

Chavonnes Battery, Cape Town
Chavonnes Battery, Cape Town

The ruins of the Chavonnes Battery can still be seen at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, laying bare a fascinating piece of Cape history.

Pied kingfishers  Intaka Island, Century City, Cape Town
Intaka Island, Century City, Cape Town

This 16ha wetland reserve in the middle of one of Cape Town's densest shopping and residential developments is an island of tranquility attracting 120 species of birds.

Tswalu horse trail Explore the Diamond Route
Explore the Diamond Route

From the red sands of the Kalahari to the baobab-covered hills of the north-eastern corner of Limpopo, the Diamond Route comprises a group properties set aside by diamond mining companies for conservation and tourism in South Africa.

A baby elephant follows mum at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Western Cape
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Western Cape

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is conservation in progress – once a wasteland of overgrazed farms, today it is a staggeringly beautiful, successful wilderness area.

Penguins Eastern Cape, Cape St Francis, rescued seabirds. Sanccob Eastern Cape, Cape St Francis
Sanccob Eastern Cape, Cape St Francis

The African penguin population is in danger because of overfishing, habitat change and much more. But here’s a rescue facility that is making a difference.