Volunteers will be involved in the establishment and maintenance of the food gardens, which have been created using permaculture principles.
The African Conservation Trust (ACT) is a non-profit environmental organisation that is currently implementing the Umgeni and Hlabisa Rainwater Harvesting and Food Security Project. The project is a large-scale food security initiative creating gardens for schools and creches in two municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). Volunteers will team up with mentors of ACT to create and maintain food gardens at local schools and to assist with the establishment of homestead gardens for households in a rural area which is home to about 25,000 people. By the end of the project we hope to have established no less than 4,000 gardens and planted 4,000 fruit trees – boosting both the environment and the local economy.
Karkloof Canopy Tour – (1km long zip-line divided into 8 slides over treetops, past a cliff face and waterfall)
Butterflies for Africa (walk amongst the world’s most stunning butterflies with waterfalls, exotic birds etc.)
Ecabazini Zulu Homestead (learn about Zulu culture, medicinal plants, traditional food, singing and dancing etc.)
Moses Mabhida Stadium (Explore promenade of Durban and go to top of the stadium in the Skycar, etc.)
Natal Lion Park, African Birds of Prey Sanctuary, many hiking trails, many historical churches to view, white water rafting, Game drives, Explore the Battlefields Route (Natal Rebellion 1906), Microlighting over the breathtaking Midlands, Visiting the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Durban Harbour Cruises, Ride a Ricksha, just to mention a few.
We collect volunteers from Durban International Airport as well as the Pietermaritzburg Airport and will return the volunteers on the day of departure to the airport. Fees also include transport in-between projects, accommodation and excursions.
The standard option is a bed-and-breakfast type accommodation, but we also offer dormitory and more luxury options, if you are willing to pay a bit more. All accommodation is safe with tranquil surroundings. Volunteers could also look forward to recreational areas where you could mingle with fellow Volunteers or play a game of pool, darts etc. and all rooms have access to free WiFi.
Volunteers are provided with a buffet-style breakfast and at least two meals to choose from for dinner. Special diets could be catered for is needed. There are options of water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juices or sodas to have with your meals and volunteers only have to provide for themselves for lunch. If the volunteers are at the accommodation mid-morning, coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.