Optional Orientation Weekend
Accommodation during the orientation weekend in Johannesburg is dorm-based.
We have a bushcamp that has been set up especially for the volunteers on this project. Here, you will be staying in comfortable twin shared tents set up on raised platforms. There are bush showers, flushing toilets and a kitchen available at the camp.
Arrival with Optional Welcome Orientation
You will be met by the driver with your name on a board as you exit the terminal at Johannesburg International Airport. We'll then transfer you to your accommodation for your orientation in Johannesburg.
Getting to/from the Project
With Optional Welcome Orientation:
You will be transferred to the bus terminal to catch a public shuttle at 07:00 so that you'll arrive at the Karongwe/Makalali gate around 12:15-12:45. The return transfer to Johannesburg Airport is also by public bus, so you will be transported to the Karongwe/Makalali gate to catch the 12:00 shuttle. You will arrive at Johannesburg International Airport around 17:00-18:00.
Alternatively you can book domestic flights to and from Hoedspruit Airport, which will save you a 6-hour bus shuttle from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit and back. Please note that the flights are at your own cost. Your travel advisor can assist you with booking the flights, there are no specific restrictions as to what time you book the flight. Your return transfer between Hoedspruit Airport and the project is included. Alternatively, you can also take the return shuttle to Johannesburg at no additional cost.
Transportation at the Project
The vehicles used at this project are roadworthy, safe and reliable, and have all relevant licenses and liability insurances.
Volunteers may help themselves to tea, coffee, cereal and toast in the morning. For a late brunch you can make sandwiches or salads or have a tasty fry-up. In the evening, after the game drive, the volunteers cook a delicious meal together or just braai (South African BBQ) in our Boma, where we light up the fire after sunset. In the evenings we spend most of the time under the South African stars and start a fire in the boma. We sit around enjoying a well earned drink and an amazing dinner, telling stories of the day's adventures.
All meals are cooked by the group. Volunteers may help themselves to tea, coffee, cereal and toast in the morning.
- Cordial fruit drink, tea and coffee are provided.
- Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages (beers and ciders) and snack foods are not available in camp but you can buy them on the weekly town trips.
Exception: During your Johannesburg orientation you will receive 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts; other snacks are at your own expense.
Please advise us on your dietary needs when filling out your application form. Participants with very specific dietary needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense.
Visas, Insurances & Flight Tickets
Visas and insurances are the responsibility of the intern. Travel insurance is compulsory. You are also required to present a copy of your return flight itinerary when entering South Africa.
While there is no Wi-Fi available at the Endangered Species camp, when you go for lectures at the research base camp, you can access the Wi-Fi available there for a small fee.
There is a laundry service on-site for a small fee.
There are plenty of ATMS in Johannesburg where you will have your orientation. Once on project you will have the opportunity to withdraw money on your weekly shopping trip (not always guaranteed, only when space is available otherwise staff will pick up any groceries you need). The nearest ATM is at a garage 20 km away.
Winter in South Africa
Please note that May through to September are our winter months and it can get quite chilly with an average temperature ranging from 5 degrees Celsius at night to 15 degrees Celsius during the day. So please make sure to pack enough warm clothes if you plan your trip in that period.