All Out Africa

Safari, Beach & Community Development

Lobamba, Swaziland show on map

Non-profit | All Out Africa

Spend time working on worthwhile projects in the community, take a thrilling safari and then spend a week on the palm fringed beaches of Mozambique.

Combine travel with giving back to others with our volunteer packages; help alleviate poverty, make new friends and experience the wonders and life in another country, all whilst supported by our experienced staff and staying in comfy accommodation.

The Kruger to Coast Volunteer Expedition will take you through some of the best that southern Africa has to offer in terms of wildlife, culture and beaches. Begin in Swaziland where you will get involved in grass roots community projects and make an active contribution to improve the lives of orphan and vulnerable children. 

Embark on a fiveday camping safari through the world famous Kruger National Park to spot big game. Venture to tropical Mozambique where you spend time on world class Indian Ocean beaches.  Not only will you’ll have the amazing opportunity to see some of African most incredible wildlife, snorkel with whale sharks and paddle to tropical palm fringed islands but you will also have the opportunity to participate in an important community development projects.

As a volunteer, the activities you might be involved in will include any of the following practical projects:

  • Teaching basic English and maths to children
  • Organising the children at meal times
  • Organising creative games and craft classes to stimulate minds
  • Organising sports days for exercise and fun
  • Participating in swimming and horse riding lessons
  • Making clay bricks and preparing land for structures to be build 
  • Building structures including roofing

Highlights

The highlights of this incredibly diverse and comprehensive tour of southern Africa include:

  • Safari in Kruger National Park in search of Africa’s famous Big five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino
  • Sunset/night drive in Kruger, a great time to spot the large cats
  • Volunteering (choose between orphan care, sports development or building). This is your turn to learn a new role and contribute to sustainable development projects
  • Visit to a Swazi Cultural Village and learn about Swaziland’s rich culture
  • Relaxing on Tofo’s spectacular palm-fringed beaches
  • Ocean Safari – snorkel with amazing creatures such whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins
  • Island Kayak trip through the blue ocean waters around Inhambane, Mozambique

VOLUNTEER ROLE

There are 3 distinct parts to this travel experience each with its own interesting flavour.

In Kruger you will be joining a camping safari holiday. Here your days will be spent on game drives searching for the incredibly diverse wildlife that this world renowned national park has to offer, while at night you will be camped out under the African stars, sitting around a crackling campfire listening to tales of the African bush. While in Kruger your guide will teach you about the animals and plants of the African Savannah and how important it is to protect this beautiful but fragile eco-system.

When you arrive in the beautiful mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland your role will switch to volunteer as you get involved in projects that aim to uplift the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children.

Volunteers have the option of choosing the following projects:

Teaching which involves assisting the teachers at our Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) , which act as pre-schools for orphan and vulnerable children (6 week option only)

Building which involves projects such as laying bricks for new classrooms or maintaining the gardens at our NCPs

Sports which includes assisting with running sporting activities with our NCP children including swimming and horse vaulting lessons

The final week of your experience is spent on the beautiful golden sand beaches of sunny Mozambique. After two weeks of hard work in Swaziland it’ll be time to relax in this tropical climate and swim the blue waters of the warm and inviting Indian Ocean. Mozambique is a colorful and vibrant African country like no other and it is here that you will get to spend the last days of your trip -a wonderful finale to an inspiring tour.

ITINERARY: 

 Day 1

Fly into OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg (more details in “Arrivals” section in the Swaziland Destination Brief) where you will be met by All Out Africa staff members who will transfer you by road from Johannesburg to the Kingdom of Swaziland. It is approximately a five hour journey from the airport to you to your accommodation in the Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven).

Day 2

The second day begins with an informative presentation that will brief you on all you need to know about the culture and country, how to effectively contribute during your volunteer experience, and what to expect on the tours. 

In the afternoon you will embark on a Cultural Tour where you will visit the museum to learn about Swazi history and culture, and then will walk around a real Swazi village to experience day-to-day life in Swaziland. The tour finishes with a local culinary delight – a traditional Swazi braai! 

Day 3-7 Conservation tour, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park is probably Africa’s most famous conservation area. Spanning nearly 20,000 km2 it covers a vast array of habitats and associated wildlife. It has an aura of ancient times and offers some of the best opportunities view Africa’s big game.

We venture on a five day tour into the heart of Kruger Park including four nights camping in the park and unlimited game drives exploring the vast wilderness with the expert guidance of one of our wildlife guides.

Previous groups have had great sightings of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, wild dog, giraffe, zebra to name just a few animals! There is an abundance of wildlife and birds to be spotted on your Kruger safari. You will also have the exciting opportunity to take part in a guided bush walk (optional extra) as well as experience a night drive where you’ll go in search of nocturnal wildlife.

On Day 7 you will depart Kruger for the beautiful Kingdom of Swaziland.

Day 8-20 Volunteer Projects, Swaziland

You will spend the next 10 days volunteering on your selected project (Orphan Care/Building/Sports Development).  

If you are a 4 weeks Kruger to Coast volunteer you will not be involved in the teaching and day to day care of children at the orphan care centres. As the children become very excited with new arrivals, the frequent change-over of volunteers disrupts the study and impacts on attachment issues experienced by the children. 6 and 8 week Kruger to Coast volunteers, however, will have the chance to participate in more hands-on teaching and direct care of the children. 

During this time you will also be supported to obtain your visa to enter Mozambique (the cost of visa is not included in the program cost) , and will also visit  the Mantenga Cultural Village where you will have chance to experience traditional Swazi culture and lifestyle as well as witness traditional dancing and singing. You will also be invited to participate in learning the local dance moves!

Day 21-26 Mozambique Beach and Whale Shark Tour

Mozambique is world famous for its idyllic tropical beaches on the Indian Ocean. As a former Portuguese colony that has come out of a prolonged civil war, it is now booming as quite possibly Africa’s top beach destination. Tofo is a laid-back beach village in southern Mozambique and offers some of the best opportunities in the world to snorkel in the wild with the world’s biggest fish – the whale shark. With diverse coral reefs, whales, manta rays, dolphins and nesting turtles Tofo is a marine paradise and yet it is relatively close to the vibrant historic trading port of Inhambane.

We venture on a 7 day tour to Tofo where you will experience the laid-back beach lifestyle of this colourful and vibrant country. You will take an ocean safari to snorkel with the magnificent whale shark and also have a full day kayak trip across the blue waters to the palm fringed islands in the Inhambane Bay.  If you are a certified diver you will have the opportunity of exploring the spectacular fish life of the coral reefs!  There is also the option to take part in an Internationally Accredited Open Water or Advanced Dive Course (extra cost) should you wish to dive. Here you’ll have the opportunity of exploring the spectacular fish life of the coral reefs and the chance to find the “Tofo Big 5” – whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, dolphins and humpback whales.  There are plenty of optional extra activities including beach horse rides, quad biking, mangrove kayaking, surfing, body boarding, deep sea fishing and catamaran cruises.  A beach party or two is par for the course and some chill time on the beach is guaranteed.

Mozambique is a true gem on the east African coastline, an unspoiled paradise waiting to be explored!

Day 27 Ezulwini (Swaziland)

Depart Mozambique, and transfer back to your backpacker lodge in Swaziland.

Day 28 Ezulwini (Swaziland)

At the Lodge in Swaziland you will have a full day to relax, pack up and make preparations for your departure the following day (4-week volunteers).

Typical day

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VOLUNTEER
7:00 Wake up to see the sunshine, jump in a hot shower and get yourself started for the day with breakfast!

8:00 Travel to your placement and get ready to begin your day.

8:30 Participate in your volunteer project assisting with fun activities.

13:00 Time to either return to your accommodation for lunch, or eat the packed lunch you made that morning!

14:00 Begin your afternoon’s work with a full stomach & enthusiasm 

16:30 Return back to your accommodation and share your day’s adventures with other volunteers, maybe even a quick swim in the pool! 

18:30 Enjoy a delicious evening meal & relax...... 

Details on Arrival

Start date for this project is the first Monday of the month throughout the year, with the exception of December when the project is closed. 

BEFORE YOU BOOK YOUR FLIGHT

All our volunteer projects commence on the first MONDAY OF THE MONTH, as this is when All Out Africa staff can personally collect you from the airport.

Airport transfers on this day is what is included as a part of your project fee. If you arrive on another day, additional charges may occur.

If your project/expedition begins in Mozambique you should fly to Inhambane. You may do this by flying to Johannesburg in South Africa or Maputo in Mozambique then take a connecting flight to Inhambane. To ensure your journey is fluid and easier, please try and book your connecting flight to Inhambane on the same day that your flight lands in OR Tambo or Maputo.

Please make sure you arrange a valid visa for Mozambique prior to flying. You can get a visa in Mozambique on arrival only if your country of origin does not have a Mozambican embassy.

VISA FOR MOZAMBIQUE

It is your responsibility to check if you need a pre-arranged visa. Should you need a letter to assist with a visa, please let us know and we will happily assist.

Currently immigration require all tourists going directly to Mozambique to apply for visa before they travel should their home country have a Mozambican Embassy. You can get a visa in Mozambique on arrival only if your country of origin does not have a Mozambican embassy. If you are staying longer than 30 days be sure to get a single entry (not a multiple entry) visa. Visas can still be purchased at land border crossings, although this cannot be guaranteed and it is recommended (and often cheaper) to obtain a visa at the Mozambican Embassy.

ARRIVALS

You will be given an ‘International Arrival/Departure form’

on your flight – please fill this in on the plane before landing. When you are filling in the Arrival/Departure form please remember that participating with All Out Africa counts as ‘tourism’ for immigration purposes.

If you transit through OR Tambo 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 would have filled out on your flight. Your passport is stamped/endorsed by the Immigration Officer and he/she will issue you with a visa. You will then proceed to international departures to prepare for your flight to Inhambane.

If you transit through Maputo, Mozambique you will pass through the Immigration Desk where you will have to hand them your passport and your Arrival/Departure form that you would have filled out on your flight. Your passport is stamped/endorsed by the Immigration Officer and he/she will issue you with a visa. You will then proceed to domestic departures to prepare for your flight to Inhambane.

You will then enter the baggage reclaim area to collect your luggage. Once you have your luggage make your way to the exit. There you will be met by one of our staff (holding a sign and wearing a T-shirt with the All Out Africa logo).

DEPARTURES

When you arrive a member of All Out Africa staff will request your flight departure time and will organise a transfer for you from Tofo to the Inhambane airport. 

Free-time activities

Although during your tour you may be staying at several locations, your home base will be in Swaziland. Your evenings and weekends will be free time to explore the Kingdom of Swaziland! You will be staying in beautiful Ezluwini Valley, which translates to the “valley of heaven”. The area offers many amenities nearby such as a shopping centre with restaurants, shops, grocery stores, night life and a movie theatre! Swaziland also boosts many nature loving activities such as hiking and game parks for a chance to see African wildlife up close and personal. Your program includes some additional cultural activities to help settle you in to your new destination, such as local market tours, a cultural village and walking tour to name a few.

Along the tour you will have the opportunity to explore and participate in many more activities too!

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

You can also add one of the following to your adventure of a lifetime prior to or upon arrival:

  • Internationally recognised Open Water or Advanced Dive Course
  • Bush walk in Kruger, to see some of the smaller creatures that reside in Kruger up close and personal
  • Zip lining weekend through the mountains, waterfalls and gorges of Malolotja Nature Reserve 
Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at HIGH SCHOOL level
Required Documents
Police Clearance required for working with children.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
All Out Africa (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by All Out Africa

INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Comprehensive 24 hour, 7 day a week support from All Out Africa
  • Volunteer projects specifically designed to enable you to make an active contribution during your stay
  • Support of volunteer project coordinators who are experts in their fields which ensures the volunteer experience is valuable
  • Comprehensive orientation to the country, its culture and your role as a volunteer upon arrival
  • All food and accommodation throughout your stay 
  • Tour guide for the duration of your tours 

(Airport transfers on ARRIVAL day is what is included as a part of your project fee. If you arrive on another day, additional charges may occur.) 

Airport Pickup at O.R. Tambo International Airport

ARRIVALS

Airport transfers on ARRIVAL day is what is included as a part of your project fee. If you arrive on another day, additional charges may occur.

DEPARTURES

When you are returning home, the transfers leave in the morning, so please organise for your flight to depart OR Tambo after 15:00, or alternatively you will have to travel the day before and spend a night in OR Tambo.

When you arrive a member of All Out Africa staff will request your flight departure time and will organise a transfer for you from Swaziland to OR Tambo. 

Accommodation

On your combination tour you may stay at several locations, whether it be camping underneath a blanket of stars, or sharing a dorm room in one of our award winning lodges. Each location may include: an outdoor pool, TV lounge, WIFI, and a communal kitchen to prepare meals and snacks. Your accomodation will likely be close to amenties, such as shopping centre’s, resturants and public transport- amoung others.

Throughout your stay you will be accommodated in a dorm room with bunk beds and communal bathroom facilities. Bed, mattress, sheet and pillows will be provided, but note if you plan to go on safari, a sleeping bag maybe required for your tent. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers, interns and students receive 3 meals a day when joining an All Out Africa experience. These meals are provided at your accomodation and are eaten together.

Breakfast is self-service from a selection of items including cereals, bread, fruit, yogurt, eggs and spreads. Lunch too is self-service featuring yummy items such as bread, ham, cheese, salad and fruits. Dinner is a cooked meal; types of dishes served include pasta, stir-fry, braai (BBQ) and curry.

Vegetarians and most food allergies can be catered for.In order to fully support you during your experience, please advise us at time of booking if you have any food allergies or preferences, so we can cater for these in our meal plans. We will do our best but be prepared your food selection may not be as varied as other participants. If your food allergies/preference are quite restrictive, we may require you to pay an additional fee to allow us to cater for you. 

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. We assist you to find cheap flights to Swaziland.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Swaziland provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Swaziland you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Swaziland.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2,502.00
6 weeks
$2,942.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$3,259.00
Average fees
$516.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Lobamba/Swaziland between 4 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. All Out Africa will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Swaziland.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with All Out Africa during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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