Updates & Outcomes
The Amakhala Game Reserve was founded back in 1999 after 6 local reserves joined forces in an attempt to reintroduce the region's once abundant flora and fauna back into its natural habitat. Since then the reserve has grown into a huge 7,500-hectare area and is now home to many African animals including lions, rhinos, and elephants. As well as its commitment to wildlife conservation, this game reserve is also home to the Amakhala Foundation which was started in 2009 on the reserves 10th anniversary. The foundation commits to numerous projects including its Environmental Education Programme, which offers local children the chance to learn about conservation from within the reserve and the Isipho Charity Trust which supports over 300 children through preschool classes, feeding schemes, HIV/AIDS education and providing materials for schooling.
As a volunteer on this project, you will have the opportunity to visit the school where the Isipho Charity Trust works. This is something volunteers (and indeed the children) love and during this time you can play with the children, help in their computer classes or maybe just sit and have a conversation to allow them to practice their English.
- posted on Oct 2, 2018
- by Leanne Sturrock
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When is the best time to volunteer?
On this project nearly all the activities take part all year round, meaning the only factor that may affect your decisions on when to volunteer is the weather.
In the coastal region where this project is situated there is not a big difference in daytime temperatures throughout the year. These can reach 35°C (74°F) but average 20 – 25°C (68-77°F). Night time temperatures, however, are much colder in June, July, and August. During this period which is winter in South Africa, they can drop to between 5 and 10°C (41-50°F). The rest of the year they average between 13 and 18°C (55-64°F). Whilst it does not rain heavily for long periods of time, February and March are definitely the wettest months, with October and November being extremely dry.
Community work, however, is the one activity that is affected as schools are closed between mid-December and approximately the 7th of January. Therefore, if you are keen to get involved with the community projects you should avoid volunteering during this time.
The easiest way to get here is to arrive into Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport), and then book a connecting domestic flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth. The project is approximately 1 hour (75 kilometres) from Port Elizabeth Airport. Airport transfers are not included in the price of the project, you can either organise your own transport to and from the reserve or we can organise this for you. There are two types of airport transfer available, the first is a shared transfer from Port Elizabeth Airport to the project on your start date which departs at 2pm, with the return transfer journey departing at 7am these transfers costs £35 each way. Alternatively, we can arrange private transfers anytime between 9am and 5pm for a cost of £85 each way, though this cost must be paid in advance.
This project starts on a Monday so you will ideally need to book a flight that arrives on this day, and a transfer can be arranged to suit any time. If you are staying in Port Elizabeth before your project start date please contact us and we may be able to arrange a pick up from your accommodation instead of the airport. On your final day, you will need to book a flight that departs after 12pm as the earliest available airport transfer is at 9am.
If you would like help booking your flights, please visit our flights page and fill out the form. A member of our team will get back in touch as soon as possible with a suitable quote.
Holders of UK, most other EU countries, Australian, Canadian and USA passports are not required to obtain a Visa in advance for South Africa. Upon entry, you will be issued with a 3 - month permit (at no cost). Make sure the correct date and length of stay in the country is entered onto your visa when at immigration. If you are travelling from Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Algeria, Angola, Comoros, China, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mexico, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Paraguay, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia or Vietnam, you will require a Visa and should consult your nearest South African embassy.
Please note that the South African immigration policy states that you will need at least two empty pages in your passport and at least six months validity to enter.
Currency and Exchange Rates
The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). The exchange rate is approximately 1 ZAR = £0.06, US$0.07 and €0.07. Please note exchange rates are subject to change.
What's included in the price of the project?
- Three meals per day
- Fruit juice, tea and coffee
- All volunteer activities (including at the Born Free Foundation)
- 1 Night at the luxury lodge
- A conservation donation to the project
What's not included?
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers to and from the project site (available at an additional cost)
- Weekend excursions
- Alcoholic beverages, personal snacks, etc.